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


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

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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:   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



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



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  

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.

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