The Third Sunday of Advent, 13th December, 2020 Cycle B

12/12/2020

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 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

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