The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 24th  January, 2021 Cycle B

24/01/2021

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 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 24th January, 2021 Cycle B

WORD OF GOD

God saw the efforts of the Ninevites to renounce their evil behaviour.
He relented and did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.
(Jonah 3:10)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
May God the Father look upon you with the love he has shown from of old.
Amen.
May God the Son renew you by his redeeming death on Calvary .Amen.
May God the Holy Spirit lead you repentant and rejoicing into the
kingdom of heaven. Amen.
And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit come down upon you and remain with you forever. 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

The Parish
Newsletter & the Wednesday Word, 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: REPENTANCE
The very first words of Jesus recorded by St Mark are “The time has come
and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the Good
News.”
Jesus’ whole life would turn out to be an invitation to enter God’s
kingdom through repentance. And the Good News was precisely that: we have a God
who does not want to lose us but wants us to be happy with him now and
forever.
Our first problem is usually in believing that God really means what he
says. We live in a society that encourages litigation. We are urged on to get
our rightful due, to press for what we are entitled to and to live in a
compensation world. Yet God laughs in the face of this. Who could claim the
all-time record payout when it comes to compensation? God, of course! Yet God’s
time is not spent getting his own back but looking of ways to forgive.
But
God’s forgiveness is not automatic; it demands repentance. Repentance
originally meant regret. But it’s not enough to regret our sins; we need also
to take action to ensure that they don’t happen again. In
the Old Testament, repentance included a physical action. The Hebrew word
“shuv” means to turn. Repentance for the Jewish people was like doing a U-turn
and deciding to go in a different direction. In the New Testament, the Greek
word used is “metanoia” which means having a change of mind and deciding that
we have to start looking with a fresh outlook on the way we behave. Later the
Romans would use the Latin word “conversio” from which we get our word
conversion. But conversion wasn’t just a religious word. It meant to turn
around, to transform and to return.
Whatever way we choose to think about
repentance, it is at the heart of the Christian gospel and it forms the basis
of Christ’s preaching. Repentance means changing our mind about the way we
behave and turning our lives around. If, like the people of Nineveh in the days
of Jonah, we want to experience God’s forgiveness then we need to repent. For
repentance is the hallmark of being a Christian. It’s something that never
ends. We need to show it now. And tomorrow. And the next day.

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Dorothy Turnbull RIP

Ints Bill & Norah Martin

Ints Sr Brigid Kelly

Monday

25th

Tuesday

26th

9.15am

Ted Bevan RIP

Wednesday

27th

9.15am

Patricia Smith RIP

Thursday

28th

9.15am

Win Tunley RIP

Friday

29th

Saturday

30th

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

31st

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ralf & Betty Fryer RIP

John McIntosh RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament- Saturdays
from 10.30-11.30 in Church. 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 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 even if you can’t come every week. Many hands make light the work!

It is important, this January, 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. Please keep in touch with Fr Bernard.

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 and Care Homes. 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
weren’t able to have our usual services in our Bebington Churches last week because of Covid 19. That
didn’t stop us from praying for our
fellow Christians in Bebington and New Ferry. Rev Michael Loach from Christ
Church, Higher Bebington and Fr Bernard recorded a prayer service at Christ
Church the other day. You can access that on


https://youtu.be/ldGYGuOkC4A

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.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
amounted to just £274.80p a very
disappointing amount!! Please note that a basket is now on the table at the
back of Church for your Offertory Donations …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 at this time.

Retired Priest Fund- Special Collection
Because of the current circumstances we are not taking a retiring collection at
this time. 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.

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