The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 31st January, 2021 Cycle B

31/01/2021

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 Fourth
Sunday in Ordinary Time 31st January, 2021 Cycle B

WORD OF GOD

Here is a teaching that is new and with authority behind it. (Mark 1:27)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
May God the Father be ever at your side that you may live according to
the wisdom of his eternal word. Amen.
May God the Son be your guide and lead you into the ways of truth and
justice .Amen. May God
the Holy Spirit inspire you to be prophets of the Good News in your lives of
service to each other .Amen.
And
may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit come
down upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

Wirral Foodbank: continues to need your help and support, 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 available as you leave Church (via the
front side door). Please take a copy for yourself and anyone else 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

FAITH IN FOCUS: ON WHOSE AUTHORITY?
There are two types of authority. One type goes with the job. Most
people do what they are asked when approached by a police officer because they
recognise that this person carries a certain authority. This authority demands
that people obey it. It’s the same type of authority that a teacher might claim
over the pupils or students in a school. Or maybe it’s your boss at work who
demands this authority, and it’s better to knuckle under than to lose your
job.
The second type of authority is one that is earned. We might agree that
a particular politician carries a good deal of authority because of their track
record. They’ve earned the respect. You might choose to send your child to a
piano teacher because he or she has a reputation for bringing out the best in
those they teach. Footballers may hold their manager in esteem not because he
has the power to sack them but because he knows what he’s talking about and has
won shed-loads of cups and trophies.
From
the outset of his gospel St Mark points out that Jesus spoke with authority.
The authority he had was the type that he earned because of what he said. He
knew what he was talking about, and in today’s reading people comment on how
what he says and does seems to make sense. Even spirits obey him.
Strangely,
the word “authority” in Latin is connected with the word that means to “grow”.
If a person has true authority then what they teach makes people grow; it
improves the situation; it makes things better. When
people heard Jesus preaching they saw that what he taught was not some code of
rules and regulations but was a message that improved people’s situation. He
cured people, set their minds at rest, forgave them, lifted them up, gave them
back their self-esteem and set them on the path that leads to happiness. He
offered them something that made sense in the here and now and which beckoned
them to a future of eternal happiness.
That was the basis of his authority and that’s why people who heard his
message followed him. And it’s the only reason why today we still do.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

31st

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ralf & Betty Fryer RIP

John McIntosh RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Monday

1st

Tuesday

2nd

9.15am

St John’s Parish & Schools

Wednesday

3rd

9.15am

Michael Hilliard RIP

Thursday

4th

10.00am

Funeral Service at Landican

For Thomas Igoe

Friday

5th

Saturday

6th

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ted Welsh RIP

Gerry Topping 1st Aniv

St Luke’s Parish

Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament-

Saturday’s from 10.30-11.30am in Church. The
Rosary is prayed for all parish/ family/ individual needs and intentions at
11.10am. Please join us in person, in Church, or pray the Rosary at the same
time from your home.

Public Masses; continue in our churches 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 by 10am on Saturday morning. 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.

Tuesday is the Feast Day of the Presentation of Our Lord
(Candlemass Day)

. Candles will be blessed and distributed at the beginning of the
9.15am Mass (Please note that this month the Novena prayers to Our Lady of
Perpetual Succour will be incorporated into this Mass)

Church Cleaning– Every Tuesday 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 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/ or

email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings ,,,there
is now a considerable backlog. We hope & pray that we may be able to proceed
with these after Easter. 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,

In
Memorium

:
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Thomas Kevin Igoe:, Funeral
Service at Landican Cemetery this Thus 4th Feb at 10am.

also
for Kathleen O’Neill, Funeral Service at St John’s on Thursday 18th
Feb at 1pm.

and
for Betty Finan, Funeral Mass at St John’s on Friday 19th Feb
at 12.30pm. Please pray
for these and for all who have died from Covid 19 in the Liverpool Region. Please
also remember in your prayers Dr Michael Azurdia and his wife Gillian who have
died in Arrowe Park Hospital with Covid 19 during the past week. May they and all
The Faithful Departed rest in peace.

Pat
Bevan and family wish to thank you most sincerely for your prayers & kind
expressions of sympathy upon the death of Ted Bevan.

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.

Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will be live streamed on church
services tv,

https://www.churchservices.tv/svdpknutsford from St Vincent’s, Knutsford at 9.30am on 11th Feb .We will be
hosting a zoom social gathering that evening at 8pm, fot details to join in
please email

secretary@teamshrewsbury.co.uk or text/call 07451249267.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
amounted to £363.34p a slight improvement on the previous week. Please note
that a basket is now on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donation. You can also push offertory envelopes/donations
through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing order

.

Retired Priest Fund-
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 10.30am this Sunday If you wish to Gift Aid your donation, please
make your donation online. go to


www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund An
electronic version of a leaflet about the Fund is available

www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund

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