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 Holy
Family, 27th December, 2020 Cycle B

Let us pray for the families of our community that eachmember may value the others so that, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and
trust, all may feel esteemed and loved.

Let us pray for the family of nations throughout the world
that peace may reign in places that are ravaged by civil and religious dissent,
by war, violence and tyranny.

Let us pray for those, like the Holy Family, who are forced
to become refugees and asylum seekers due to the harshness of conditions in
their own country.

Let us pray for those who do not know the love of a family,
particularly

for orphans,
and for those who are separated from their families due to working away from
home, serving abroad or spending time in prison.

Wirral Foodbank: needs
your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to
Wirral Foodbank can be found at

htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help People who need emergency food and support at this time can
contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.

During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into
the Church.

Thinking about becoming
a Catholic-

recently, people have started to reflect upon the
bigger questions of life, and explore their faith. If you have been thinking
about becoming a Catholic please get in touch either by phone or email, as our
time of preparation is set to begin shortly.

The Parish Newsletter & the
Wednesday Word, which is a helpful

reflection on next Sunday’s
readings, are presently available as you leave Church (via the front side
door). Please take a copy for yourself and anyone from your street or neighbourhood
who would appreciate receiving information about St John’s Parish at this time.

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: WE ARE FAMILY

From the corner of the farmhouse kitchen the mouse
looked on as the farmer’s wife opened a small box. To his horror the mouse saw
that it was a mouse-trap! So he went straight outside to the cow and asked her
to help him with the trap. “It doesn’t really affect me” said the cow. So the
mouse went to the chicken to ask for her help. But she said she wasn’t worried
by it either. Even the pig was unmoved by the mouse’s pleas.

In the middle of the night the
trap snapped shut and the farmer’s wife came downstairs to see what had
happened. The mouse wasn’t in it. Instead a poisonous snake had been caught by
the tail and it lashed out, biting her on the leg. The doctor came and said it
would take a long time for her to be well again. She needed building up with
lots of chicken soup. So the farmer killed the chicken to make the soup.

When the friends and neighbours
came round to sit with his wife they needed feeding so he butchered the pig and
had ham sandwiches on hand for anyone who felt peckish. But unfortunately his
wife got worse and after a few weeks she died. So the cow had to be slaughtered
to provide food for the reception after the funeral. The whole household was
brought down simply because it failed to concern itself with the smallest of
its members: the mouse.

The Holy Family was destined to
concern itself with the faults and failings of many. In fact, its ultimate
destiny was to take on the sins of the world as Jesus hung on the cross of
Calvary. Other people’s problems are not their own business; they’re ours too.
We belong to so many different levels of families: our nuclear family at home;
our extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc; the family
that is our local area; our nation; the worldwide family of humanity and the
family of believers that is the Church.

The feast of the Holy Family
shows us that we all belong to each other because we all belong to God. And any
problem that one of our family members might have is ours too. Even if it’s
only the mouse!

Feast of the Holy Family

27th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

NO EVENING MASS

Charles Reynolds RIP

For Our Family & Friends

Monday

28th

10.00am

William & Eileen Kealey RIP

Tuesday

29th

10.00am

Hugh Gourley

Wednesday

30th

Thursday

31st

7.00pm

For all who have died in 2020 parishioners and all who
have been affected in any way by COVID19

Friday

Mary the Mother of God

1st

10.00am

St John’s and

St Luke’s Parish

Saturday

2nd

Second Sunday After Christmas

3rd

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Molly & Ted Harrison RIP

John O’Shea RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Resumption of Public Worship; Thankfully despite the many Covid
19 regulations of our time, public Masses have now resumed on Sunday’s and
Weekday’s and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Churches in
this Christmas Season. Our Weekend Masses remain
at the usual times . You must still book in for
weekend Masses using the pink form (available from the front of the Church) or
by sending an email to

stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com. Social distancing still applies
and face coverings must be worn. Please do not come to Church if you feel
unwell or have any Covid 19 symptoms.

It is important, particularly at this time of year that we
all stay in touch with one another by phone, email, zoom or doorstep contact.
If anyone is in need of material or spiritual help please do get in touch by
phone 0151 645 314/0151

645 3996 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Prayers
for the Sick-

please remember
our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If anyone is in
need of a visit / Holy Communion, please do let us know, via parish email /
phone especially if they are in our Wirral hospitals or at St John’s Hospice.

In Memorium: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ted
Bevan whose Funeral Mass will be at St
John’s on

Thursday
7th January at 12noon

and for Peter Merity whose Funeral Mass will be at
St John’s on

Friday
8th January at 10.30am.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful
departed rest in peace.

New Year: There will be two Masses
celebrated at St John’s to mark the Feast of Mary the Mother of

God. On New Year’s Eve (i.e. this Thursday) at 7pm Fr Bernard will offer a Mass for
all those who have died in our parish in 2020 and all those who have been
affected in any way by COVID 19. This will be followed by a time of Adoration
before the Blessed Sacrament. On


New Year’s Day Fr Paschal will offer a Mass at 10.00am for
the intentions of everyone in St John’s & St Luke’s Parish.

Next
Weekend

is the Second Sunday of Christmas with Masses at the
usual times, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am.

Feast of the Epiphany:
there will be two Masses at St John’s to celebrate the
Feast Tuesday
5th January at

7.00pm
Wednesday 6th January at 10.00am

Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
of £772.02p. Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of
Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church for private
prayer/a visit……….please always make cheques payable to
St John’s New Ferry.
You can also push offertory envelopes/donations
through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing order

You can also push offertory envelopes/donations
through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing order


(further info on this from Carol Dalziel or from Mike Russell at the
Curial Offices Tel 0151 652 9855)

Your giving to St John’s Parish
in these challenging times is very much needed and appreciated.

Fr Bernard thanks
you for your generous Christmas offerings and for the numerous cards and gifts
he has received all of which are very much appreciated. He also thanks all the
members of St John’s Parish for their prayers, help and support in the
challenging year of 2020 and prays that 2021 will be a better and healthier
year for everyone.

Our Schools are on holiday now until the 4th January: We wish
all the children and staff a safe and restful holiday after a difficult and
trying term.

Caritas at Christmas Appeal
2020:

Caritas would like to
provide food and gifts to those most in need in the Shrewsbury Diocese this
Christmas. A box for your loose change is on the table at the back of church
and will remain there until after Masses this weekend. Please be generous.

THE BIG CARD
is still on the table at the back of church. Please
write your Christmas message at a
suggested minimum
donation of £1.

All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this
very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

suggested minimum
donation of £1.

All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this
very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

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 Fourth Sunday
of Advent, 20th December, 2020 Cycle B

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE

Lord, I light this candle at
Christmas for myself and those who are dear to me. May its flame be a reminder
of the way you light up my days and warm my heart. May its fire burn away my
pride, my selfishness, and all that keeps me from you. As I celebrate the birth
of your Son, who came into the family of Nazareth, I pray to you for my own
family and friends, both living and dead. Keep them in your loveand let them
feel your powerful presence. I leave this candle now as a token of the service
I want to give you. May it continue to burn in all my thoughts, words and deeds
today and for ever. Amen


.

Wirral Foodbank: needs
your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to
Wirral Foodbank can be found at

htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help People who need emergency food and support at this time can
contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.

During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into
the Church.

Thinking about becoming
a Catholic-

recently, people have started to reflect upon the
bigger questions of life, and explore their faith. If you have been thinking
about becoming a Catholic please get in touch either by phone or email, as our
time of preparation is set to begin shortly.

Wirral Scout & Guide
Christmas Post

will look a
little different this year as they launch a free online eCard service. To find
out more visit

www.wirralcharitypost.org

The Parish Newsletter & the
Wednesday Word, which is a helpful

reflection on next Sunday’s
readings, are presently available as you leave Church (via the front side
door). Please take a copy for yourself and anyone from your street or neighbourhood
who would appreciate receiving information about St John’s Parish at this time.

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: RECEIVING GIFTS

Tom’s parents had told him that when
he graduated from university they would buy him a second-hand car. In the weeks
before his results came through he went with his father to look at what the
dealers had to offer and they decided on the right model. The day of his
results came. He’d passed with flying colours. A few days later when he came
home he expected to find the car waiting on the driveway, but instead his
father congratulated him and gave him a small package. The package contained a
bible and Tom was so furious that he threw the bible down and stormed out. A
week later his father died and Tom came home to be with his mother. In his
father’s room he came across the bible and as he leafed through it he saw a
cheque that his father had made out to him for the exact amount that the car
would have cost. The gift had been there all along but he had been unaware of
it.

The
Christmas story is a bit like Tom’s experience. It’s not that God didn’t care
about humanity until that first Christmas when Jesus took flesh as the child of
Bethlehem. God has loved us from eternity and never ceases to do so. In fact,
if God stopped loving us for even one second we would cease to exist, for we
are held in being by the power of God’s love and compassion. Yet when Christ
came among us it was to show us that God loved us so much that he wanted us to
be with him eternally. It took the Christ-event for the world to be able to
refocus on its relationship with its creator.

When the
angel appeared to Mary it was this all-pervading love of God that was at work
again. In fact the angel’s first words to Mary were, “Hail, highly favoured
Mary”. When we say the Hail Mary we translate this as “full of grace” but the
Greek really means someone who has had favour heaped upon her. The birth of
Jesus began with Mary being reminded how much she was gifted by God.


The
challenge of this Christmas is for us to be aware of this grace. What we
celebrate is the birth of God’s own Son and the fact that although we might not
always recognise God’s gifts, they are always there for us.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Cycle B

20th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Brother Martin

Fitzgerald Family RIP

Fr Paschal’s Intentions

Monday

21st

9.15am

Barbara Forshaw 2nd Anv

Tuesday

22nd

9.15am

Des Capper RIP

Wednesday

23rd

No Mass/Service

Thursday Christmas Eve Vigil Mass
of Christmas


24th

5.30pm

7.30pm

For Poor, Sick & Needy

Seamus Reavey RIP

Friday

The Nativity of the Lord

25th

9.30am

11.00am

For those who have died since last Christmas

For Bishop Mark & for the Diocese

Saturday

Feast of

St Stephen

26th

12 Noon

For Our Altar Servers

Feast of the Holy Family

27th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

NO EVENING MASS

Charles Reynolds RIP

For Our Family & Friends

Exposition and Confessions Christmas Eve
from 10.00am to 11.00am.

Resumption of Public Worship; Thankfully despite the many Covid
19 regulations of our time, public Masses have now resumed on Sunday’s and
Weekday’s and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Churches in
these days of Advent and Christmas. Our Weekend Masses
remain at the usual times of Sat 5pm & Sun 9.30am with Fr Paschal also
resuming celebrating a Mass on Sunday’s at 11.00am.
You must still book
in for weekend Masses using the pink form (available from the front of the Church)
or by sending an email to

You must still book
in for weekend Masses using the pink form (available from the front of the Church)
or by sending an email to


stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com. Social distancing still applies
and face coverings must be worn. Please do not come to Church if you feel
unwell, have any Covid 19 symptoms or have been told to self- isolate.

Christmas
Masses at St John’s:

There will be four Masses celebrated in St John’s
Church to mark the Feast of Christmas. Masses on

Christmas Eve will be at 5.30pm and 7.30pm and on Christmas Day at 9.30am and 11.00am. The 5.30pm Mass on
Christmas Eve is already fully booked

but there is still capacity at
the other three Masses. Remember at none of our Masses can we exceed our Covid

number
of 70 units and to satisfy track and trace requirements you must book in for
Christmas Mass either by using one of the white booking forms at the front of
the Church or online by

10am on Tuesday 22nd December at the very latest. All bookings will
be confirmed by email or phone.

Next Saturday:
St
Stephen’s Day : Mass for our Altar Servers at 12noon

As
customary our Altar Servers will gather to renew their promises at this
socially distanced Mass. Parents and Parishioners are encouraged to come along
and pray for and support our wonderful Altar Servers. There will be a meeting
for all our Altar Servers and their parents in Church on Monday at 6.30pm.

(Fr Bernard is very
sorry that our Altar Servers have not been able to be part of our weekend/
Christmas Masses since last March owing to COVID 19 regulations)

Feast of the Holy Family: Next
weekend the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus. Mary and
Joseph please note there will no evening Mass at St
John’s next Saturday

: Masses on
Sunday at the usual times of 9.30am and 11.00am.

It is important, particularly at this time of year that we all
stay in touch with one another by phone, email, zoom or doorstep contact. If
anyone is in need of material or spiritual help please do get in touch by phone
0151 645 314/0151

645 3996 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Prayers
for the Sick-

please remember our sick and

housebound
parishioners in your daily prayers. If anyone is in need of a visit / Holy
Communion, please do let us know, via parish email / phone especially if they are
in our Wirral hospitals or at St John’s Hospice.

In Memorium: Many
thanks to all who came to Teresa Young’s Rosary and Funeral Mass last week. In
these Covid 19 circumstances, it was a fitting tribute to a fine lady and Ernie
and family are so grateful for your prayers, cards and support. Ted Bevan’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated
at St John’s on Thursday 7th January at 12 noon. May they and all
the faithful departed rest in peace.


Please note: A Mass will be celebrated in
Church in honour of Mary the Mother of God,

on New Year’s Eve, Thursday 31st
December at 7pm

for all those who have died in 2020 in our local parishes and those who have
died or have been affected in any way by COVID 19. All most welcome

Christmas Day Lunch

Sadly this year we will not be able to gather
as usual at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington, but we would
still like to provide festive food and a Christmas Day greeting to anyone we
would welcome this. If you or anyone you
know would appreciate a doorstep visit and/or some food, please let us know at Christchurch Parish Office
608 4429

or

parishoffice@christchurchhigherbebington.org.uk or
Reverend Mike Leach 609 0493

or
mgloach@gmail.com

Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory
Collection of £382.50p. Please note that
a basket is now on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations
when you come into Church for private prayer/a visit……….please always make cheques payable to St John’s New Ferry. You can
also push offertory envelopes/donations through the presbytery letterbox or
take out a standing order



(further info on this from
Carol Dalziel or from Mike Russell at the Curial Offices Tel 0151 652 9855)


Your giving to St John’s Parish in these challenging times is very much
needed and appreciated.

Caritas at Christmas Appeal 2020: Caritas would like to provide food and gifts to those
most in need in the Shrewsbury Diocese this Christmas. A box for your loose
change is on the table at the back of church and will remain there throughout
the Season of Advent. Please be generous.

THE BIG CARD
will be on the table at the back of church. Please
write your Christmas message at a

suggested minimum
donation of £1.

All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very
good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

Advent Resources for 2020-Shrewsbury
Youth Mission Team

Activities for Advent: A booklet of
activities to take you through the 4 weeks of Advent and enter into the themes
of hope, love, joy and peace. Any activities you don’t get through during
Advent, you can use to keep you busy over the Christmas holidays!
Advent ‘Give’ List: Ideas
for Advent/Christmas gifts where the real gift is your time and love.

How to enter into Advent:

Simple ideas to live this season well.

Advent ‘Carry’
Challenge:

A call to live out the Advent message of carrying the Good
News.

Advent ‘Give’ List: Ideas
for Advent/Christmas gifts where the real gift is your time and love.

How to enter into Advent:

Simple ideas to live this season well.

Advent ‘Carry’
Challenge:

A call to live out the Advent message of carrying the Good
News.

The
Great Advent Crib Build!

A booklet to take you through the 4 weeks of Advent, building the Nativity scene piece
by piece. Will you school take part? Please go to website for more details:
Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team [mailto:

youth@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 Third Sunday of Advent, 13th December, 2020 Cycle B

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope….

Wirral Foodbank: needs your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050. During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the Church.
Thinking about becoming a Catholic- recently, people have started to reflect upon the bigger questions of life, and explore their faith. If you have been thinking about becoming a Catholic please get in touch either by phone or email, as our time of preparation is set to begin shortly.

Wirral Scout & Guide Christmas Post will look a little different this year as they launch a free online eCard service. To find out more visit http://www.wirralcharitypost.org

The Parish Newsletter & the Wednesday Word, which is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings, are presently available as you leave Church (via the front side door). Please take a copy for yourself and anyone from your street or neighbourhood who would appreciate receiving information about St John’s Parish at this time.

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:POINTING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year has broken with tradition and decided to award a prize for someone who has won no sporting achievement. The award goes to the best back-room person, the best supporting act. So technically it could go to a caddie, to someone who paints the lines on the pitch, someone who drives the swimmers to the pool or someone who washes the kit.
It’s good to recognise that it’s OK to be Number Two. That’s because these people all make it possible for their friends to be Number One.
John the Baptist would have been in the reckoning for this year’s award. The whole purpose of his life was to play second fiddle to his cousin, Jesus. His preaching and his ministry pointed to someone whose shoes he wasn’t even worthy to undo. He was a witness to someone greater than himself. Yet his own work prepared the way for the Lamb of God.
John the Baptist knew who he wasn’t. He made it clear that he was not the Messiah. He also knew who he was. When they asked him who he was he could have built himself up: a great prophet, a wonder-preacher etc. But he simply said that he was a voice. Voices come and go, and some of them are never heard. Jesus is described as the “Word”, the “message” of God that has existed from all eternity the fullness of God’s plan for humanity. But John says he is simply a passing voice that points to the “Word”.
In the run-up to Christmas we are challenged as Christians. And our challenge is to be the voice of our time that points to something and someone that the world might not see. We are called to be witnesses to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And in particular we are called to bear witness to the fact that behind all the shallow glossiness of the season and the one-dimensional celebration of indulgence there lies a reality that shocks some and thrills others: our God has taken flesh and become one of us so that he might teach us how be like him. This is what we prepare for during Advent and celebrate at Christmas. And while we do so we point beyond the obvious to someone and something that only faith can see.

The Third Sunday of Advent
Cycle B 13th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am St John’s Parishioners
Teresa Young RIP
St Luke’s Parish
Monday 14th 6.30pm Rosary for Teresa Young
Tuesday 15th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –
Teresa Young
Wednesday 16th
Thursday 17th 9.15am Edward Kelly RIP
Friday 18th
Saturday 19th 10.00am
10.30am-11.30am Ints Carmel Group
Exposition
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Cycle B 20th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Brother Martin
Fitzgerald Family RIP
St Luke’s Parish
“Come Home for Christmas”: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for socially distanced individual Confession in Church with Fr Bernard & Fr Paschal next Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Resumption of Public Worship; Thankfully despite the many Covid 19 regulations of our time, public Masses have now resumed on Sunday’s and Weekday’s and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Churches in these days of Advent and Christmas. Our Weekend Masses remain at the usual times of Sat 5pm & Sun 9.30am with Fr Paschal also resuming celebrating a Mass on Sunday’s at 11.00am. You must still book in for weekend Masses using the pink form (available from the front of the Church) or by sending an email to stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com. Social distancing still applies and face coverings must be worn. Please do not come to Church if you feel unwell, have any Covid 19 symptoms or have been told to self- isolate.
Christmas Masses at St John’s : There will be four Masses celebrated in St John’s Church to mark the Feast of Christmas. Masses on Christmas Eve will be at 5.30pm and 7.30pm and on Christmas Day at 9.30am and 11.00am. The 5.30pm Mass on Christmas Eve is already fully booked but there is still capacity at the other three Masses. Remember at none of our Masses can we exceed our Covid number of 70 units and to satisfy track and trace requirements you must book in for Christmas Mass either by using one of the white booking forms at the front of the Church or online by 10am on Tuesday 22nd December at the very latest. All bookings will be confirmed by email or phone
It is important, particularly at this time of year that we all stay in touch with one another by phone, email, zoom or doorstep contact. If anyone is in need of material or spiritual help please do get in touch by phone 0151 645 314/0151 645 3996 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion, please do let us know, via parish email / phone especially if they are in our Wirral hospitals or at St John’s Hospice.
In Memorium: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Teresa Young who died recently. A Rosary will be prayed for Teresa in Church on Monday at 6.30pm. All welcome. Teresa’s Funeral Mass is on Tuesday at 12 noon which will be followed by burial in Plymyard Cemetery. We are also praying for the repose of the soul of Ted Bevan whose Funeral details have not yet been finalised but hopefully the Funeral Mass will be before Christmas. May these good parishioners and all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.
Christmas Day Lunch Sadly this year we will not be able to gather as usual at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington, but we would still like to provide festive food and a Christmas Day greeting to anyone we would welcome this. If you or anyone you know would appreciate a doorstep visit and/or some food, please let us know at Christchurch Parish Office 608 4429 or parishoffice@christchurchhigherbebington.org.uk or Reverend Mike Leach 609 0493 or mgloach@gmail.com
Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection of £595.92p.Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church for private prayer/a visit……….please
always make cheques payable to St John’s New Ferry. You can also push offertory envelopes/donations through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing order (further info on this from Carol Dalziel or from Mike Russell at the Curial Offices Tel 0151 652 9855) Your giving to St John’s Parish in these challenging times is very much needed and appreciated.
Missio: Thank you for emptying your Red Mission Boxes and bringing their contents to Church this Autumn. £250 has recently been sent from St John’s to Missio
Caritas at Christmas Appeal 2020: Caritas would like to provide food and gifts to those most in need in the Shrewsbury Diocese this Christmas. A box for your loose change is on the table at the back of church and will remain there throughout the Season of Advent. Please be generous.
THE BIG CARD will be on the table at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

In the Beginning …….. a Liturgy for Advent from St Michael & All Angels Church Woodchurch this Thursday 17th December at 7pm. Please join us via http://www.churchservicetv/woodchurch for an evening of Advent scripture readings, poetry and music
Advent Resources for 2020-Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team Activities for Advent: A booklet of activities to take you through the 4 weeks of Advent and enter into the themes of hope, love, joy and peace. Any activities you don’t get through during Advent, you can use to keep you busy over the Christmas holidays!
Advent ‘Give’ List: Ideas for Advent/Christmas gifts where the real gift is your time and love.
How to enter into Advent:
Simple ideas to live this season well.
Advent ‘Carry’ Challenge: A call to live out the Advent message of carrying the Good News.
The Great Advent Crib Build! A booklet to take you through the 4 weeks of Advent, building the Nativity scene piece by piece. Will you school take part? Please go to website for more details: Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team [mailto: youth@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 Second Sunday of Advent, 6th December, 2020 Cycle B

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope….

Wirral Foodbank: needs your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050. During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the Church.
Thinking about becoming a Catholic- recently, people have started to reflect upon the bigger questions of life, and explore their faith. If you have been thinking about becoming a Catholic please get in touch either by phone or email, as our time of preparation is set to begin shortly.

Wirral Scout & Guide Christmas Post will look a little different this year as they launch a free online eCard service. To find out more visit http://www.wirralcharitypost.org

The Parish Newsletter & the Wednesday Word, which is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings, are presently available as you leave Church (via the front side door). Please take a copy for yourself and anyone from your street or neighbourhood who would appreciate receiving information about St John’s Parish at this time.

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: RAISED VOICES
It’s so hard to hear yourself think in December. The TV screams at us through adverts that are desperate to get us to buy their products. Cosy Christmas fireside scenes, talking reindeers, food and drink, comfortable sofas, the must-have gifts: this is dangled before us as the epitome of what Christmas is all about. And when we think that we’ll have a nice quiet read, the papers are packed with full-page adverts reminding us of what we’ve already seen for sale on TV!
There are other voices trying to get through to us in the lead-up to Christmas. One of them is Isaiah’s. Today he tells us that our time of being enslaved is over. We have been set free and have been offered the greatest Christmas present of all: sharing the life of God’s Son.
But Isaiah’s voice clashes with the other sounds of Christmas because he tells us that if we want to go beyond the tinsel and baubles then we have to do some personal spadework. If we really want to experience the true meaning of Christmas, then we have to make sure we’re not just drifting along with the Christmas crowd but instead are keeping ourselves focussed on the reason for our feast. And this means fine-tuning the way we live, resetting our spiritual compasses and going out to meet our God who is coming.
Advent is not a mini-Lent but it is a time to remember that repentance, turning back to God, is a Christian constant. “Here is your God” says Isaiah. And our God still comes to us today and everyday. Advent challenges us to find God’s face in the ordinary events of our daily existence. And if there are aspects of our lives that prevent us from seeing this face, then Advent asks us to make changes.
When God comes it is not to point a finger but to lend a hand. The God we ask into our Advent lives is not the vengeful judge but the loving saviour. God always comes to set us free not to condemn us. But, of course, if we are genuinely to welcome Jesus into our lives this Advent and Christmas, then we have to know what we need to be set free from. Otherwise we might as well join just join the shopping queue.

The Second Sunday of Advent
Cycle B 6th 5.00pm
9.30am

11.00am Brenda Shanahan
Elizabeth, Terence & John Robinson RIP
St Luke’s Parish
Monday 7th
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8th 9.15am
7.30pm Fr Frank Rice RIP
Novena
Wednesday 9th
Thursday 10th 12 Noon Funeral Mass-Ted Welch
Friday 11th
Saturday 12th 10.30am-11.30am Exposition
The Third Sunday of Advent
Cycle B 13th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am St John’s Parishioners
Teresa Young RIP
St Luke’s Parish
During the Season of Advent there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Church and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession in the Day Chapel each Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Resumption of Public Worship; Thankfully despite the many Covid 19 regulations of our time, public Masses have now resumed on Sunday’s and Weekday’s and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Churches in these days of Advent and Christmas. Our Weekend Masses remain at the usual times of Sat 5pm & Sun 9.30am with Fr Paschal also resuming celebrating a Mass on Sunday’s at 11.00am. You must still book in for weekend Masses using the pink form (available from the front of the Church) or by sending an email to stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com. Social distancing still applies and face coverings must be worn. Please do not come to Church if you feel unwell, have any Covid 19 symptoms or have been told to self- isolate.
Christmas Masses at St John’s : As stated in last week’s newsletter, with Fr Paschal’s help there will be four Masses celebrated in St John’s Church (for St John’s and St Luke’s parishioners) to mark the Feast of Christmas. Masses on Christmas Eve will be at 5.30pm and 7.30pm and on Christmas Day at 9.30am and 11.00am. So although numbers will be limited to our registered Covid number of 70 units for each Mass, there is plenty of
capacity and choice for all. Please note to satisfy track and trace requirements and to ensure we don’t exceed our capacity number at any Mass you must book in for Christmas Mass either by using one of the white forms (now available from the front of the Church) or online as soon as possible and certainly before 10am on Tuesday 22nd December. Bookings are on a first come/first served basis and all bookings will be confirmed by email or phone.
Children’s Crib Service: We are looking into the possibility of holding this (as in previous years)……..as the bulletin goes to press parishes are awaiting further guidance from the Diocesan Health and Safety Officer etc.
It is important, particularly at this time of year that we all stay in touch with one another by phone, email, zoom or doorstep contact. If anyone is in need of material or spiritual help please do get in touch by phone 0151 645 314/0151 645 3996 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour: The Monthly Novena to Our Lady will be celebrated in Church at 7.30pm this Tuesday………….the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (please note the time change this month to allow time for workmen to finish work in Church)
St John’s SVP continue to keep in touch with all their clients from the Parish and the local community by phone, email, doorstep visits. If you know of anyone in the Parish, perhaps living alone, who would appreciate such contact in these challenging times please get in touch with Steve Bell our SVP President via our parish phone number/ parish email address which you can find at the top of page 1 of this bulletin.
Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion, please do let us know, via parish email / phone especially if they are in our Wirral hospitals or at St John’s Hospice.
In Memorium: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ted Welch whose Funeral Mass is to be held at St John’s on Thursday at 12noon. It is with great sadness that we also report the death of Teresa Young such a stalwart of St John’s Parish who died on Wednesday in Arrowe Park Hospital. Teresa will be greatly missed by one and all not least by her dear family and most of all by her husband
Ernie. Teresa’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Tuesday 15th December at 12 noon. We also pray for the repose of the soul of Ted Bevan who sadly died as a result of a road traffic accident in Kings Lane/Broadway during the past week. Our deepest sympathy again to his dear wife and family. May these good parishioners and all the Faithful Departed rest in peace. (what a week!)
Christmas Day Lunch Sadly this year we will not be able to gather as usual at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington, but we would still like to provide festive food and a Christmas Day greeting to anyone we would welcome this. If you or anyone you know would appreciate a doorstep visit and/or some food, please let us know at Christchurch Parish Office 608 4429 or parishoffice@christchurchhigherbebington.org.uk or Reverend Mike Leach 609 0493 or mgloach@gmail.com
Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection .Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church for private prayer/a visit……….please always make cheques payable to St John’s New Ferry. You can also push offertory envelopes/donations through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing order (further info on this from Carol Dalziel or from Mike Russell at the Curial Offices Tel 0151 652 9855) Your giving to St John’s Parish in these challenging times is very much needed and appreciated.
Caritas at Christmas Appeal 2020: Caritas would like to provide food and gifts to those most in need in the Shrewsbury Diocese this Christmas. A box for your loose change is on the table at the back of church and will remain there throughout the Season of Advent. Please be generous.
Advent Resources for 2020-Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team Activities for Advent: A booklet of activities to take you through the 4 weeks of Advent and enter into the themes of hope, love, joy and peace. Any activities you don’t get through during Advent, you can use to keep you busy over the Christmas holidays!
Advent ‘Give’ List: Ideas for Advent/Christmas gifts where the real gift is your time and love.
How to enter into Advent:
Simple ideas to live this season well.
Advent ‘Carry’ Challenge: A call to live out the Advent message of carrying the Good News.
The Great Advent Crib Build! A booklet to take you through the 4 weeks of Advent, building the Nativity scene piece by piece. Will you school take part? Please go to website for more details: Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team [mailto: youth@dioceseofshrewsbury.org