The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 23rd 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 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
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
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
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

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