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

19/12/2020

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: 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


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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

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