St John the Evangelist
128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ
Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

The First Sunday in Lent 1st March, 2020. Cycle A

WORD FOR TODAY No one escapes temptation. Fortunately temptation is not sinful; but giving in is. Are we aware of where temptation lies in wait? What are the occasions, the places and the people who pose the biggest threat to us? And what do we do to avoid them?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Lord Jesus, you resisted temptation to show us the way to true happiness: Lord, have mercy. Christ Jesus, you invite us to self-denial that our hearts may be renewed. Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you call us to share your paschal meal in purity of heart: Lord, have mercy. May almighty God have mercy on us, confirm and strengthen us against all temptation, forgive us our sins and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
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Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid, toiletries. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by
12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PLENTY OF TIME? One day the devil called a meeting in hell with all his demons. Top of the agenda was the question of how to get people to stop believing in God and end up ignoring sin and being forever at each others’ throats. This would then swell hell’s numbers. One of the chief demons said, “I have a plan. Let’s tell the people that there is no God and they’ve been tricked.” Another demon said, “No, that’s too obvious. Of course, there’s a just and holy God. Anyone except a fool knows that.” “Well then,” another demon said, “Let them believe that he is a just and holy God, but tell them that they are so sinful that they’ve had their last chance and now he won’t accept them. That will demoralise them.” But another said, “No, that won’t work. Everyone knows he’s also a God of mercy, and anyone who recognises their sinfulness and repents is assured of his forgiveness.” “I know exactly what we can do!” another demon exclaimed, “Let them believe there is a God – a just and holy God, full of mercy, but let’s just tell them that there’s plenty of time.” Lent is the season of penance and self-denial. It’s six weeks when we take stock of our lives and see whether they are taking us closer to God or further away from him. Is there any rush? Should we get urgent about it? Should we begin looking to see if there is a pattern about the way we fall into situations that we know are sinful and do us no good? Are there aspects of our lifestyle that need checking? Are some of our desires questionable? Are we genuinely trying to purify our motives? Do we do enough for others, close to home or those abroad who are in need?
Lent is about action, about opening ourselves to the working of God’s grace, about having a change of heart, a U-turn in the normal pattern of our behaviour. It’s a holy season of self-denial. But don’t worry; there’s plenty of time. Or so the devil says.

First Sunday of Lent 1st 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Yvonne Bushnell RIP
Betty Crebbin RIP
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 2nd 9.15am
7.00pm Rel/Fnd Moore Family RIP
Novena
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am Ints Carol Dalziel
Wednesday 4th 9.15am Jackie Devaney RIP
Thursday 5th 7.30am Rel/Fnd Fullerton FamilyRIP
Friday 6th 1.00pm Funeral Mass
Gerry Topping
Saturday 7th 10.00am Ints Philip + Sara White
Second Sunday of Lent 8th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Margaret Ellis Birthday Ints
Ints Doug Unwin
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily Masses

Lent 2020
Masses and Services at St John’s
Each Thursday in Lent Mass will be at 7.30am
Several Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre .
Each Saturday in Lent Mass at 10am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions until 11.30am . Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church.
On the Wednesday’s of Lent from this week, 4th March Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch. This week at Christ Church, Higher Bebington.

Deanery Lenten Station Masses have been arranged for each Tuesday in Lent beginning this Tuesday 3rd March, at Christ the King, Bromborough at 7pm.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

Sick Visits: If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit please let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
or Tel 0151 645 3314

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gerry Topping whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s this Friday at 1pm. Also William McGowan whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s on Friday 13th March at 12 noon. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Money Matters: Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection was £535.20p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Attention all Gift Aid Donors- The parish will soon begin the process of claiming back Gift Aid Tax Refunds on donations made in the year 2019-2020. If you have moved house in the last year or your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay income tax ( or if for any reason you do not wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please contact Steve Bell- 0151 644-7512. Note- if you are a tax payer and not in the Gift Aid Scheme, why not join and help the parish to benefit from some of your Income Tax? If you do not pay but your wife or husband is a tax payer, why not get them to join?
The usual monthly Novena which takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, will be held ,this month on Monday at 7pm( due to Tuesday’s Lenten Mass at Christ the King. )
The Men’s Group are leading The Stations of the Cross this First Sunday of Lent at 3pm. Please join them if you can. The Men’s Group will also be meeting this Wednesday 4th March in the presbytery at 7.30pm.
St John’s SVP Meeting, this Thursday at 6.30pm in the presbytery.
World Day of Prayer (Formally, Women’s World Day of Prayer-Local Service at Christ Church, Port Sunlight, 2pm this Friday. All are welcome.
CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day on Friday 6 March is the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day led by our founding mothers and, as it has been for sixty years, is an opportunity to reach out and support highly-skilled local experts around the world who help the poorest members of our global family. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope this week and give whatever you can to help experts like Sister Consilia – a nun and trained pharmacist who treats people in rural Zimbabwe – continue their vital work.
Readers and all Ministers: A meeting will be held on Saturday 28th March at 10.30am in Church. Please make every effort to attend as we prepare for our Holy Week and Easter Services. Thank you.
Year of the Word- Diocesan Spring Talks
Everyone most welcome.
Thanks to those who attended last week’s talk.
Talk 3- Miss Barbara Davis on the language we use to Speak of God in the Bible, Wednesday 4th March beginning at 7pm, Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY
Talk 4- Fr Michael Coughlan on Why Four Versions of the Gospel, Wednesday 1st April beginning at 7pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY.

Singing the Word is a day offered by the Diocesan Liturgy Commission for cantors, singers, instrumentalists, clergy and congregations on Saturday 21st March. In this Year of the Word, from 10am to 3pm you can join the Liturgy Commission at Saint John Plessington Catholic College on the Wirral.
Places are £5 payable on the day to help cover costs (6 places for £25). Our Key Note speaker for the day is Mr Martin Foster a well known composer and Director of the National Liturgy Office. To reserve a place contact Anthony Timothy at the Curial Offices 0151 652 9855 or anthony.timothy@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

St John the Evangelist
128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ
Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 23rd February, 2020. Cycle A

Dear Father, Help us all to learn to love each other as you intended. Help us to recognise you in all the people we meet each and every day. Help us to take action when we see a need in others. Please fill us with the courage, wisdom, determination and action needed to fulfill your will. Amen
World Day of Prayer-Local Service at Christ Church, Port Sunlight, 2pm on Friday 6th March. All are welcome

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid, toiletries. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by
12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

Extract taken from “Seasons of the Word” by Denis McBride C.Ss.R In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus address himself to the question of how his disciples should conduct themselves when they are faced with hurt and hatred. Jesus again develops the Law that he has received. “You have learnt how it was said…. but I say to you” Jesus quotes the ancient law of retaliation, the lex talionis, which fixed the boundaries of vengeance. The Law stated “(Anyone who) injures a neighbour, what he has done must be done to him: broken limb for limb, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As the injury inflicted, so must be the injury suffered” (Leviticus 24:19-20). This might sound a savage law but it was introduced as a legal practice to limit blood feuds between communities. In traditional tribal life if a man of one tribe injured a man of another tribe there could be outright war in which all the members of both tribes were involved. There were no limitations on the revenge the offended tribe would take against the family and tribe of the offender. The law “an eye for an eye” limited the retaliation to the penalty of the same injury. In its time, therefore, the law was merciful because it stopped whole families being wiped out. Jesus, however, revokes this law, saying that his disciples must not be provoked into taking retaliation for the wrongs done against them. The disciples must not allow another person’s hostility to be their cue for action. Their cue for response is taken from the nature of their discipleship, not from the wrong they have experienced. Jesus argues that the love his disciples give people is not related to the love they receive from others: it is not a social contract nor a fair bargain. The disciple loves because that is what the nature of discipleship involves. A disciple is a child of the Father – and look at the Father’s graciousness. He does not withhold the sun and the rain from those who oppose him; likewise, disciples must not withhold their love from those who oppose them. Jesus does not believe that love transforms enemies into instant friends. Love did not solve all Jesus’ problems with his enemies. In the end he was the one who reached out to free others and was stung in the process. He was stung to death. But he stayed with his supreme value because that emerged from who he was as the Son of the Father. Love is his way and it stays his way no matter what appears on the agenda. Even the scorpions.
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 23rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Simon Mercer RIP
Fr Jack McLeish RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 24th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 25th 9.15am Bishop Brian Noble RIP
Ash Wednesday 26th 12.00
noon Ints St John’s Parish
Thursday 27th 7.30am Ints Alexander Family
Friday 28th 11.30am Bill Reid RIP
Saturday 29th 10.00am Ints Topping Family
First Sunday of Lent 1st 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Yvonne Bushnell RIP
Betty Crebbin RIP
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily Masses

Lent 2020
Masses and Services at St John’s Ash Wednesday 26th February Mass at 12noon at St John’s . Ashes Services will be held in all our schools.( Masses at St Anne’s at 9.15am & 7.30pm)
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at all Masses and services .
Each Thursday in Lent Mass will be at 7.30am
Several Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre .
Each Saturday in Lent Mass at 10am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions until 11.30am . Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church.
On the Wednesday’s of Lent from 4th March Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch.

Deanery Lenten Station Masses have been arranged for each Tuesday in Lent beginning on Tuesday 3rd March, at Christ the King, Bromborough at 7pm.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

Our schools re-open on Monday at the usual times following the Half Term break.

Sick Visits: If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit please let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
or Tel 0151 645 3314

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gerry Topping whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s on Friday 6th March at 1pm. Also William McGowan whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s on Friday 13th March at 12 noon. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Money Matters: Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection was £545.82p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Attention all Gift Aid Donors- The parish will soon begin the process of claiming back Gift Aid Tax Refunds on donations made in the year 2019-2020. If you have moved house in the last year or your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay income tax ( or if for any reason you do not wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please contact Steve Bell- 0151 644-7512. Note- if you are a tax payer and not in the Gift Aid Scheme, why not join and help the parish to benefit from some of your Income Tax? If you do not pay but your wife or husband is a tax payer, why not get them to join?

Traidcraft stall will be open after both Masses this weekend.

Readers: A meeting will be held on Saturday 28th March at 10.30am. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.
Year of the Word- Diocesan Spring Talks
Everyone most welcome.
Thanks to those who attended the first talk last Wednesday, I am sure everyone was touched and inspired.
Talk 2- Father John Britto on Verbum Domini/ The Word of the Lord, the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV1 this Thursday beginning at 7pm at St Columba’s, Chester.
Talk 3- Miss Barbara Davis on the language we use to Speak of God in the Bible, Wednesday 4th March beginning at 7pm, Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY
Talk 4- Fr Michael Coughlan on Why Four Versions of the Gospel, Wednesday 1st April beginning at 7pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY.

An AUCTION in aid of Wirral SVP homeless project and SVP family support projects is to be held this Friday at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre at Sacred Heart Church. Moreton Cross. We still require donations of bottles, gifts, unwanted Christmas presents etc. More important we need people to come along and enjoy the fun while supporting these two very worthy causes. Further information or for collection of items please ring. 07905952798. Many thanks.

Singing the Word is a day offered by the Diocesan Liturgy Commission for cantors, singers, instrumentalists, clergy and congregations on Saturday 21st March. In this Year of the Word, from 10am to 3pm you can join the Liturgy Commission at Saint John Plessington Catholic College on the Wirral.
Places are £5 payable on the day to help cover costs (6 places for £25). Our Key Note speaker for the day is Mr Martin Foster a well known composer and Director of the National Liturgy Office. To reserve a place contact Anthony Timothy at the Curial Offices 0151 652 9855 or anthony.timothy@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

St John the Evangelist
128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ
Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th February, 2020. Cycle A

Heavenly Father, you gather us together in our faith journey Trusting in you, we join one another as a community
A community of faith on a journey
A journey to grow ever deeper in our faith
In our Love
In our Desire to long for you
Along the way, remind us of your Love
Of your sacrifice for us
Of your ever mindful presence
Let us never lose hope along the way
Help us to be strong
Strong in Faith
Strong in Love
Strong in our Desire to be ever mindful of your presence
For it is in your strength and Love and the Graces you bestow upon us, that we can go out and share in your Love and Faith with all those in our community.
It is in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reins with you and the Holy Spirit one God For ever and ever AMEN
Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid, toiletries. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.
Medjugorje Pilgrimage: A five day pilgrimage to Medjugorje costing £399 is being organised within our local pastoral area from 23rd to 27th June 2020. For more information please see the poster at the back of church or contact Maria Fryer. Tel 07576 243343.
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack.
Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by
12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

Extract taken from “Seasons of the Word” by Denis McBride C.Ss.R Matthew himself is a Jewish convert living in Syria and writing his Gospel in the 80s for a mixed community of Jewish and Gentile converts. He has to hold these two groups together in the community – both the convert Jews who respect the tradition of the Law of Moses, and the convert Gentiles who have their own traditions. Matthew is writing in the 80s when the Christian community is facing heavy criticism from the official Jewish leadership; they claim that the teaching of Jesus is destructive of all that is cherished in Judaism. So when Matthew writes his Gospel he is anxious to show that Jesus does not come to abolish the Law of the Prophets, rather he is their completion. Matthew shows the continuity with the ancient tradition. But he also shows the discontinuity when Jesus says “You have heard how it was said…. but I say this to you…” Jesus completes the Law but he also goes beyond it. Because Jesus is who he is, he has the authority to put before people a new vision. Matthew asserts that Jesus’ authority is greater than the authority of Moses. Jesus’ demands are more radical; his vision is sharper; his expectations greater. Moses made concessions because of the hardness of people’s hearts; Jesus has hope that all people’s heart condition has improved since then. When we see our record of doing good against the demands of Jesus in the Gospel, we can all come away feeling helpless. Our own efforts look so shabby against the clear unambiguous demands of the larger vision. But Matthew is not writing his gospel to grind his readers into the dirt or make them feel helpless. He is calling the community of believers to face the vision of Jesus with a willing heart and a ready spirit. None of us can do this alone. That is why we are here, gathered in community, to pray that God will fund our efforts to bring that vision down to earth.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Edward+John J Kelly RIP
George Harvey RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 17th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 18th 9.15am Ints John+Kath Connolly
Wednesday 19th 9.15am John Blakeway RIP
Thursday 20th 7.30am Nora+Jack McCormick RIP
Friday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 22nd
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 23rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Simon Mercer RIP
Fr Jack McLeish RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily Masses

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Please drop in and have a chat with friends old and new.

Sick Visits: If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit please let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
or Tel 0151 645 3314

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gerry Topping who died last Sunday night. Funeral Mass here at St John’s on Friday 6th April at 1pm. Also William McGowan who died on the 11th February. Funeral Mass here at St John’s Friday 13th March at 12 noon. May they rest in peace.
Money Matters: Last Weekend’s Collection was £503.55p. Thank you for your continued generosity.
First Forgiveness
What a special evening last Thursday was, when our Year 3 children received the Sacrament of First Forgiveness. It was an important evening and the children were well behaved. Thank you to their families and to the parishioners who came to offer their support. We will continue to pray for them as they now move on to prepare to receive their First Holy Communion.
This week- February Half Term Holiday Club for young people aged 7-12 years in St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road Rock Ferry from 10am-1.45pm each day led by the Diocesan Youth Team. Five days of activity, filled with fun, faith and fellowship. Craft, sport, challenges, drama and song. There is something for everyone. Lunch will be provided. All young people must be registered. Registration forms are on the table at the back of Church and should be returned to the presbytery this weekend. Many thanks to those adults and parishioners who have volunteered to help.

GRACE Group- are meeting this Tuesday , when we will be looking at 1 John. If any of the women in the parish would like to join us, please give Claire Griffiths a call on 07985312708, we’d love you to join us!

The next monthly hospital Mass, will be celebrated in the Chapel(situated on the First Floor) at Arrowe Park Hospital this Thursday at 12.30pm by Father Chris Matthews. All most welcome.

Lent 2020
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 26th February… a day of fasting and abstinence…Mass at 12 noon in Church. Ashes Services will be held in our schools. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at Mass and at the services too. Once the Lent Program is finalised a full Lenten schedule will be published in next week’s newsletter.

Traidcraft stall will be open after both Masses next weekend the 22nd/23rd February.

Year of the Word- Diocesan Spring Talks
Everyone most welcome.
Talk 1- Fr Nick Kern on Dei Verbum/Word of God (Vatican 11) this Wednesday beginning at 7pm at St Columba’s Parish Centre, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL
Talk 2- Miss Barbara Davies on Verbum Domini/ The Word of the Lord, the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV1 Wednesday 27th February beginning at 7pm at St Columba’s, Chester.
Talk 3- Doctor Caroline Farey on the language we use to Speak of God in the Bible, Wednesday 4th March beginning at 7pm, Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY
Talk 4- Fr Michael Coughlan on Why Four Versions of the Gospel, Wednesday 1st April beginning at 7pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY.

St John’s SVP Meet this Thursday in the presbytery at 6.30pm.

An AUCTION in aid of Wirral SVP homeless project and SVP family support projects is to be held on Friday 28th February 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre at Sacred Heart Church. Moreton Cross. We require donations of bottles, gifts, unwanted Christmas presents etc. More important we need people to come along and enjoy the fun while supporting these two very worthy causes. Further information or for collection of items please ring. 07905952798. Many thanks.
St John’s Parish Pastoral Team- Meet this Thursday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any thoughts, observations, suggestions for the team to consider please place in the suggestion box at the back of the Church or through the presbytery letterbox or email them to us at stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Readers: A meeting will be held on Saturday 28th March at 10.30am. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.

St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury   (reg. charity 234025)

 

Parish Priest:  Fr Bernard Forshaw           Deacon: Revd Michael Daly    Phone:   0151 645 3314

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th February, 2020. Cycle A

 

WORD FOR TODAY                                                                                                                                               We can never underestimate the power of example. It’s not just people with high profiles who have the ability to affect how people think and behave. Who looks at me for some sort of lead, and what do they see in return?

 

 

WORDS FOR WORSHIP                                                                                                                                            Let us pray for the Church that it may be a light for those who are seeking meaning and may be the salt of flavour for those whose life has lost its taste.                                                                                  Lord, let us see your light: That we may enlighten the world.                                                                            Let us pray for ourselves that we may be conscious of the hidden effect we can have on those who listen to our words and observe our actions. Lord…                                                                                                Let us pray for those who bring the light of learning to our world, particularly for the staff of our local schools and colleges, that they may enjoy the reflection of God’s wisdom in those whom they teach. Lord…                                                                                                                                                              Let us pray for those who work to relieve the debt of developing nations, for those who struggle to bring reconciliation and peace to countries at war, and for those who provide food to peoples who are starving. Lord…

 

                                             

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please  keep your donations coming-  Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and  washing up liquid, toiletries.  Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.

We have a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Catholic schools across the Wirral.  For more information and/or an application pack please contact Sue Blackwell, Governance Support Officer, either by email: sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org   or telephone on 0151 652 9855.

Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery  letter box by

12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: PASS THE SALT!                                                                                                                         In Jesus’ day salt was very precious. Some people were even paid in it. (Our word “salary” is from the word for salt-payment.) Since there were no fridges or freezers people used it to preserve food as well as to flavour it. In fact, there is even today an Arabic expression of friendship that says, “There’s salt between us”. The obvious thing about salt is that it pervades everything it comes into contact with. You can’t just have part of your soup that is salty. The whole lot gets transformed. And today Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth. They are to bring flavour and taste to the earth, to all the people and situations they find themselves in. So often Christians appear as killjoys whose message is one of a life of deprivation and self-denial that would appeal to no normal person. Yet Jesus is saying that our job is to bring good news to a society that is becoming increasingly fearful and feeling under threat. The message of the gospel is one that is intended to add the flavour to life, to give life some seasoning, to leave a nice taste in the mouth. And we are called to be that salt. He also calls us the light of the world. The Jews he was speaking to had no electricity. They used oil wicks. Without matches it took an age to light these lamps and so, for safety reasons, when people went out of their homes for a while, they put the lamp under a container where it could burn without danger of catching fire. As soon as they came back in they took it from under the pot and put it on a stand. As our world comes under the grip of real or imagined terrorist threats, as conflicts break out here and there, and as once more we hear of countries suffering famine and disaster, where can we look to shed some light on the situation? The only true source of light is God since there is no darkness in God. Jesus today tells us that we are to be the light of the world. By living his life, by witnessing to him, to the power his gospel has to transform, we reflect not our own light but God’s. You are the salt of the earth, but what happens if the salt loses its flavour? You are the light of the world, but what happens if the light grows dim? Pass the salt!

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Tony Hyland

Kevin Dowd RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 11th 9.15am For Sick Parishioners  
Wednesday 12th 9.15am Mary O’Neill  
Thursday 13th 7.30am Ints Mona Heaney  
Friday 14th 10.00am Funeral Mass

Michael Hilliard

 
Saturday 15th 10.00am Carmel Mass  
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Edward+John J Kelly RIP

George Harvey RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily  Masses  

 

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Please drop in and have a chat with friends old and new.

 

Sick Visits: If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com  

or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.

This weekend at both Masses there will be an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick as we approach the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Tuesday, when our 9.15am Mass will be offered for all our sick parishioners/ friends.

 

 

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Hilliard, Funeral Mass on Friday at 10am. May he rest in peace.

Money Matters:   Last Weekend’s Collection was £553.69p.  Thank you for your continued generosity.                                                                           

First Forgiveness

First Forgiveness Celebration this Thursday  at 6.30pm in Church. Parishioner’s are most welcome to attend this First Forgiveness Service to pray for our children and offer them and their families our support.

First Sacraments Café/Gathering: A very enjoyable afternoon was held at St John’s Junior school last Monday afternoon. The parishioners who were able to attend were entertained by the children in Year 3. There was singing, dancing, prayers and time for the children to share their Sacramental preparation work . Each class received a candle as did a representative from the parish. These candles will be lit in school and the church during this time of preparing  to receive the Sacraments of Forgiveness and Holy Communion so we can all pray for God’s blessing on our children.

The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality- are holding their Annual Feast Day Mass at St Joseph’s Birkenhead, this Tuesday  at 7pm.

 

Local Pastoral Area Reps Meeting- at St Luke’s Presbytery 76 Church Road Bebington on Tuesday at 7pm.

Birkenhead and East Wirral Deanery Clergy Meeting at Christ the King Bromborough on Wednesday from 2.30pm-5.30pm.

 

February Half Term (17th-21st February) Holiday Club for young people aged 7-12 years at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 10am -1.45pm each day led by the Diocesan Youth Mission Team. 5 days of activity, filled with fun, faith and fellowship. Craft, sport, challenges, drama and song. There is something for everyone. Lunch will be provided. All young people must be registered. Registration forms are on the table at the back of Church and should be returned to St Anne’s Parish Office by this Friday – Tel 0151 645 3996. If any adults would like to help with this Holiday Club, please have a word with Father Bernard . At the moment we are in need of a few additional helpers/ volunteers.  

 

 

 

GRACE Group– are meeting on Tuesday 18th February, when we will be looking at 1 John. If any of the women in the parish would like to join us, please give Claire Griffiths a call on 07985312708, we’d love you to join us!

 

The next monthly hospital Mass, will be celebrated in the Chapel(situated on the First Floor) at Arrowe Park Hospital on Thursday 20th February at 12.30pm by Father Chris Matthews. All most welcome.

 

Year of the Word- Diocesan Spring Talks

Everyone most welcome.

Talk 1- Fr Nick Kern on Dei Verbum/Word of God (Vatican 11)Wednesday 19th February beginning at 7pm at St Columba’s Parish Centre, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL

Talk 2- Miss Barbara Davies on Verbum Domini/ The Word of the Lord, the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV1 Wednesday 27th February beginning at 7pm at St Columba’s, Chester.

Talk 3- Doctor Caroline Farey on the language we use to Speak of God in the Bible, Wednesday 4th March beginning at 7pm, Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY

Talk 4- Fr Michael Coughlan on Why Four Versions of the Gospel, Wednesday 1st April beginning at 7pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY.

 

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: A five day pilgrimage to Medjugorje costing £399 is being organised within our local pastoral area from 23rd to 27th June 2020.  For more information please see the poster at the back of church or contact Maria Fryer.                                       Tel 07576 243343.

Readers:  A meeting will be held on Saturday 28th March at 10.30am.  Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.