The Second Sunday of Advent, 6th December, 2020 Cycle B

06/12/2020

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

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