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 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 17th  January, 2021 Cycle B

 

 

WORD OF GOD                                                                                                                                                         “Rabbi, where do you live?” they asked. “Come and see,” he replied. So they went with him and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. (John 1:38-39)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY                                                                                                                                                       God never stops calling us. It’s not as if he called us when we were younger and has now moved on to someone else. Every day, through so many different events and circumstances God dares us to go beyond our comfort zone in showing we are his disciples.

 

 

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.    

 

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: SELECTIVE HEARING                                                                                                                   Every time Tom ate his favourite meal, his wife’s dumpling stew, he got a pain in his foot later that night. He went to the doctor and found out that the stew was causing him to have gout. When he returned home his wife asked what the doctor had said, and Tom replied, “He said I’m going to have gout three times a week.”                                                                                                                                  Sometimes we only hear what we want to hear. Eli and his family had long since stopped listening to what God was telling him, and in today’s reading God decides to bypass Eli and turn his attention to Samuel, the young boy. At least Samuel was alert: Speak, Lord; your servant is listening.                                                                                                                   This week and next week we’re going to see in the gospels how Jesus began calling people to be his disciples and inviting them to come and see what he wanted of them. And what he wanted of them was that they should change and embrace his teaching. Today we see that change reflected in a change of name for Simon: he is from now on to be known as Cephas (Peter) which means a rock.                                                                                                                                 If we’re not careful we can miss the point of these biblical stories about the calling of Samuel and the calling of the disciples. We can end up thinking that it’s all about events that happened long ago. But it’s not.                                                                                                                                                                    The truth is that God never stops calling. Not only is God calling people to serve him today, but he’s still calling you and me. God doesn’t pick us out to become Christians when we are young and then simply put our names in the book. God calls us every single day to go beyond where we were yesterday in serving him.                                                                                                                                               God uses people and events around us to speak to our hearts, to call out to us, to dare us to give more of ourselves that we might hitherto have been prepared to give. God’s call is not static but dynamic. He’s always looking for more from us and his call is fresh every morning. Taking part in worship is an outward sign that we are prepared to be spoken to by God and are ready to listen to what is asked of us.                                                                                                                                                        To be a disciple of Jesus means to be continually listening out for God’s voice (like Samuel) in the sights and sounds that are woven through our lives. Otherwise, we may end up just hearing what we want to hear. And that’s the road that leads to gout!

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

17th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Des Capper RIP

Harry Spencer RIP

For Christian Unity

 

Monday

18th

 

 

Tuesday

19th

9.15am

Teresa Young RIP

 

Wednesday

20th

9.15am

Ints Mona Heaney

 

Thursday

21st

 

9.15am

B    Kenny RIP

 

Friday

22nd

 

Saturday

23rd

 

 

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Dorothy Turnbull RIP

Ints Bill & Norah Martin

For our Sick and Retired Priests

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament-   Saturdays  from 10.30-11.30 in Church. Please feel free to come along for the whole hour, 30 mins or just 10 mins. A  Rosary will be prayed for all parish/ family/ individual needs and intentions  at 11.10am. Please join us in person or pray the Rosary at the same time from your home.

Public Worship; Thankfully  public Masses continue in our churches despite the many Covid 19 regulations of our time. 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.  Please remember social distancing at all times inside and outside the church, face coverings must be worn inside the church and please continue to use the hand sanitiser on entering and leaving. Please do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or have any Covid 19 symptoms.

Church Cleaning-  Tuesday’s after 9.15am Mass. Please stay behind if you can lend a hand with this essential task in these Covid 19 times. Many hands make light the work!

 

It is important, particularly  in these  lockdown days  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  not hesitate to get in touch by phone 0151 645 3314/0151 645 3996 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Please keep all our  Catholic schools in your thoughts and prayers in these challenging days. Fr Bernard recognises that these are not easy days for our school staff, children or parents but prays that working together, we will be able to support and enhance the education of all our children.                          

Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings …. There is now a considerable backlog ….. we hope and pray that we may be able to proceed with these before too long.

Prayers for the Sick- please pray for the sick, housebound and all those self-isolating in our parish. If anyone is in need of a visit/ phone call, please do let us know, via parish email -phone 0151 645 3314 .

 

 In Memorium: Please pray for those who  have died as a result of Covid 19 in our Merseyside hospitals . Please remember  too all those whose anniversaries occur about this time. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

Christian Unity Week. 18th Jan – 25th Jan

Sadly we won’t be able to have our usual services in our Bebington  Churches this week because of Covid 19. That doesn’t stop us of course from praying for our fellow Christians in Bebington and New Ferry. You can also download the Churches Together in England materials for this week, for your personal prayer and reflection.

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.

 

Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection of £328.00p. Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church …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 .Your giving to St John’s Parish  is very much needed and appreciated.

 

Retired Priest Fund- Special Collection Because of the current circumstances we will not take a retiring collection today. But if you would like to contribute to this fund, which helps meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests, please put your donation in an envelope, clearly marked for this purpose, through the presbytery letter box by the 31st January. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation, please make your donation Online. To donate Online please go to www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund An electronic version of a leaflet about the Fund is available at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund and this also explains how you can donate to the Fund by Standing Order or Cheque and how to Gift Aid donations made using these methods.

 

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 Baptism
of the Lord 10th January, 2021
Cycle B

WORD OF GOD

Listen to me and you will have good things to eat and rich food to
enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen and your soul will live. (Isaiah
55:2-3)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Let us pray for baptised Christians of all denominations that we may
bear witness to our faith in Christ and may be formed by the Holy Spirit into
one body of believers. Lord, in your merciful love: Hear and grant our prayer.
Let us pray for those families who will bring their children for baptism during
this coming year, that they may find support from our community in their task
of handing on their faith to their children. Lord, in your merciful… Let us
pray for our world, for those whose lives are disrupted by violence and
oppression, for those who are denied basic freedoms and for those who do not
have enough food and drink to remain alive. Lord, in your merciful… Let us pray
for our parish and local community, for the sick, the lonely and the dying, for
those who are finding the economic situation difficult to cope with, and for
those who feel unloved and unwanted. Lord, in your merciful…

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.

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: BAPTISM RING?
If a man or woman wears a ring on their finger it’s often a sign that
they are married. It’s a way of reminding themselves and others that they’ve
committed themselves to another person totally and forever. But just wearing
the ring doesn’t make them married; nor does it automatically make them
faithful. It’s a sign or symbol of their commitment. If they’re to be faithful
to each other then they have to live out their commitment day in day out.
The same is true of baptism. Baptism is a sacramental sign that we have
been given salvation in Christ. But just being baptised doesn’t mean we’re
“saved”. Our baptism has to be a genuine sign, like the ring. We have to live
out our baptism rather than simply acting as though it was something that was
over and done with one Sunday in church long ago.
There’s a difference between a wedding and a marriage. You can get a wedding
planner to help you make your big day go well but you can’t get a marriage
planner. That’s because a wedding only lasts a day but a marriage lasts a
lifetime and needs working at day after day.
Perhaps we could say that a “Christening” takes a day but a baptism
takes a lifetime. Christians need to work at their baptism just like a married
couple need to work at their marriage. When a person is
baptised by being fully immersed in water, what we are witnessing is essentially
a type of funeral. We are saying that this man or woman in going down into the
tomb with Christ and rising again to new life. The old person that they used to
be is now dead and buried, and they are taking on a new life in Christ. So
when we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord we are reminded that every day brings
a fresh opportunity for us to work on our own baptism: to offer God the best we
have (to be priests), to speak out about the values of God’s kingdom (to be
prophets) and to protect and enhance the creation that God has gifted us with
(to be kings and queens). Baptism is not a step that some adults can take. For
those of us who have already taken it, today’s feast is an occasion for
thanksgiving and recommitment.

The Baptism of The Lord

10th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Thomas Thompson RIP

Ints Kathleen Parr

St Luke’s Parish

Monday

11th

Tuesday

12th

9.15am

7.00pm

Betty Brabander RIP

Novena

Wednesday

13th

9.15am

1.00pm

Ted Bevan RIP

Funeral Service

Terry Pearson

Thursday

14th

9.15am

Patrick Kelly RIP

Friday

15th

Saturday

16th

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

17th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Des Capper RIP

Harry Spencer RIP

For Christian Unity

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament- Saturday from 10.30-11.30 in the main Church.
As part of this a Rosary will be prayed for all parish/ family/ individual
needs and intentions in church at 11.10am. Please join us in person or pray the
Rosary at the same time from your home.

The
Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

– will be held on Tuesday at 7pm in
Church. All most welcome. This is a special time of quiet prayer and
reflection. If you have not been before I recommend you attend as I am sure you
will find comfort and peac


e in these times.

Please
keep all our local Catholic schools in your thoughts and prayers in these
challenging days. Fr Bernard recognises that these are not easy days for our
school staff, children or parents but prays that working together, we will be
able to support and enhance the education of all our children. Let Christ’s light
shine in love for one another. (Pope Francis)


Public Worship; Thankfully public Masses continue in our churches
despite the many Covid 19 regulations of our time. Please find enclosed with
this newsletter Bishop Marks Pastoral Letter on “Public Worship and Public
Responsibility”. 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. Please remember social distancing at all times
inside and outside the church, face coverings must be worn inside the church
and please continue to use the hand sanitiser on entering and leaving. Please
do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or have any Covid 19 symptoms.

It is important, particularly at the start of a new year
and in these wintery conditions 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 not hesitate to
get in touch by phone 0151 645 3314/0151

645 3996 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings …. There is now a
considerable backlog ….. we hope and pray that we may be able to proceed with
these before too long.

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 0151 645 3314 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 Terry Pearson whose Funeral Service, conducted by Fr Paschal, is
here at St John’s on Wednesday at 1pm. May he and all the faithful departed
rest in peace.

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.

Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
of £451.25p. Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of
Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church …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 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. If you have
some spare time and would like to help
in our parish in any way this coming year please do let Fr Bernard know. Many
hands make light the work!

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 Second
Sunday After Christmas 3rd January, 2021 Cycle B

A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God, whose son became a
refugee, and had no place to call his own;

Look with mercy on those who today are fleeing
from danger, homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of
the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your kingdom of justice and
peace. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

In the New Year
may you all be blessed with all the good things God has to give.

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.

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.

Extract taken from Seasons of the Word by Fr Denis
McBride CssR

In today’s gospel we hear the magnificent Prologue
to St John’s Gospel: how in the beginning there was the Word through whom all
things came to be. When John comes to
speak about Jesus you notice how he goes back beyond the time of Jesus’ birth
and conception to the very beginning of time itself. He sees Jesus as the Word that was with God,
the Word that was God, this Word was
not only at the beginning – it made the
beginning for all creation. The Word of
God worked. It was not just an empty word decorating the air – it was a Word
that had power to make the beginning of the world.
At Christmas we celebrate the great mystery of
God among us. This is very difficult to
grasp: that God gave himself away in the person of Jesus, that he chose to
reveal himself in the reality of the life and death of Jesus. This is a unique story in the history of
religions. We believe that our main resource
for understanding God is the person of his Son, Jesus. In Jesus we have everything there is to know
about God.
At
Christmas we celebrate the humility of God who came among us himself. We celebrate the love that waits for an
answer. We know that if our words fail, the Word of God never fails. It has power still. That is why we pray before communion “Lord, I
am not worthy to enter under your roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed”. We pray that God will
speak his Word again in us. That just as
he made the beginning through his Word, he will make a new beginning in
us.
In this Eucharist we pray that the Word will grow in us; that it will
influence all our own words so that we will be as good as our word. For this to be done, the Word of God and our
own word will become one. And our own
word will then work.

Second Sunday After Christmas

3rd

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Molly & Ted Harrison RIP

John O’Shea RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Monday

4th

9.15am

Teresa Young RIP

Tuesday

5th

7.00pm

Ella Shirks RIP

Epiphany of The Lord

6th

10.00am

Ints Sister Brigid Kelly

Thursday

7th

12 noon

Funeral Mass

Ted Bevan

Friday

8th

10.30am

Funeral Mass

Peter Merity

Saturday

9th

The Baptism of The Lord

10th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Thomas Thompson RIP

Ints Kathleen Parr

St Luke’s Parish

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 There will also be a 12 noon Mass on Wednesday at St Anne’s.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament- resumes next Saturday from 10.30-11.30 in the
main Church. As part of this from next Saturday onwards a Rosary will be prayed
for all parish/ family/ individual needs and intentions in church at 11.10am.
Please join us in person or pray the Rosary at the same time from your home.

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

Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings …. There is now a
considerable backlog ….. we hope and pray that we may be able to proceed with
these before too long.

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.

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 this Thursday at 12noon and for
Peter Merity whose Funeral Mass will be at St John’s this Friday at 10.30am. May their souls and the souls of
all the faithful departed rest in peace.

The Monthly Novena to
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

– will be held next
Tuesday 12th January at 7pm in Church. All most welcome. This
is a special time of quiet prayer and reflection. If you have not been before I
recommend you attend as I am sure you will find comfort and peace in these
times.

Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
of £250.00p. Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of
Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church …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:

raised £223.78p for. Thank you for your
continued generosity in these difficult times.

THE BIG CARD
raised £67.38p for the Wirral Ark charity.

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.