The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th February, 2021 Cycle B

11/02/2021

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 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th February, 2021 Cycle B


WORD OF GOD
A
leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees :“If you want to” he said “you can
cure me.” (Mark 1:40)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Lord
Jesus, you cleanse us from the disease of our sin: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have
mercy.
Christ
Jesus, you restore us to health and true happiness: Christ, have mercy. Christ,
have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you are the hope of all who believe in you: Lord, have
mercy. Lord, have mercy.
In his goodness may almighty God have mercy on us, cleanse us from our
sin and lead us safe rejoicing to everlasting life. 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: FEELING SUPERIOR
It’s become fashionable to compare the modern-day disease of AIDS and
HIV with leprosy. They’re not connected medically but they sometimes have the
same effect on those who suffer with the illness: they become isolated, shunned
and in some cases looked down upon. Certainly
lepers were despised at the time of Jesus. They were not allowed to live in the
towns or to mix with other people. They carried a bell or made some noise when
approaching people so that everyone had a chance to move away from them. They
wore torn clothes and shielded their faces. And there was no way in which they
were allowed to practise their religion like the rest of society. They were
outcasts.
When St Mark reports the curing of the leper in the first chapter of his
gospel there is much more at stake than a simple healing of an individual. Mark
is anxious to point out from the start that there is no such thing as a no-go
area for Jesus, since he has come to offer salvation to all, irrespective of
who they are. There are no people who are beyond the pale, no sinners who have
committed such sins that they cannot hope for forgiveness, no people who don’t
qualify for the promises of God. So
as well as looking at what happened to the leper we also have to keep in mind
the effect on the crowd that witnessed the miracle. They would have been
shocked that Jesus had anything to do with a man whom their law said was
untouchable. And they would have been confused that a religious man, a rabbi,
seemed to be acting against what their religion had taught them. Maybe
today’s gospel can teach us two things. The first is to ask ourselves whether
we think that there are some people who are beyond forgiveness. Are there some
crimes that merit permanent exclusion from society? Or maybe we are tempted to
think that we ourselves have behaved in such a way that we do not deserve to
have God bother about us any more?
And the second thing is to be honest about the
way we view other people. Our society loves to have its lepers because it makes
us feel superior. We’re not like them. We’re clean. Are there people that we
feel superior to? And if so, why?

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

14th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Michael &Gill Azurdia RIP

For Married People

St Luke’s Parish

Monday

15th

Shrove Tuesday

16th

9.15am

Ines Chavez-Tellez RIP

Ash Wednesday

17th

10.00am

7.00pm

Ints Canon B Hoban

St John’s Parish

Thursday

18th

1.00pm

7.00pm

Funeral Service

Kathleen O’Neill

Arthur Brockway RIP

Friday

19th

12.30pm

Funeral Mass

Betty Finan

Saturday

20th

First Sunday of Lent

21st

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Joe Moore RIP

Brian Cummings RIP

St Luke’s Parish

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.

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

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 and as Lent
approaches.

Lent 2021
at St John’s Church

This Wednesday= Ash Wednesday –a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Masses
with the Blessing & Distribution of Ashes at 10am & 7pm. In
these Covid 19 times we will explain exactly how that is to be done this
weekend. We will not use the weekend booking form for these Masses but to
satisfy the “Track and Trace” requirements you will need to let Fr Bernard know
which Mass you intend to come to via
email, phone (0151 645 3314) or with a note posted through the presbytery
letterbox by 11am on Tuesday 16th.

Sunday Masses;

Sat 5.00pm Sun 9.30am & 11am

Weekday Masses;

Tuesday & Wednesday at 9.15am.

Thursday at 7pm

Stations of the Cross Each Sunday at
3.00pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (in Church)
and socially distanced Confessions (in the Day Chapel) Saturday’s
from 10.30am-11.30am.

Prayers for the Sick- please pray for the sick and all those self-isolating
in our parish. If anyone is in need of a visit/ phone call, please do let Fr
Bernard know.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
amounted to £423.65p . Please note that the offertory basket is on the table at
the back of Church for your donations. You can also push offertory
envelopes/donations through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing
order

. CAFOD Family Fast Day this Lent is on Fri 26th
Feb. More details in next week’s bulletin.

In
Memorium

:
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Kathleen O’Neill, Funeral
Service at St John’s on Thursday at 1pm. Also for Betty Finan, Funeral
Mass at St John’s on Friday at 12.30pm. And
also for George Lawson, Funeral Mass at St John’s on Friday 12th
March at 10.30am.Please also remember in your prayers Dr Michael Azurdia and
his wife Gill and Brian Cummings who died recently. May they all
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.

Richard Blundel’s Big Walk for
Water for Cafod

next Sat
20th February, 2.00 pm start. It’s a 5 mile walk for CAFOD to raise money
to combat water poverty. Richard’s route takes him through parts of Bebington,
New Ferry, Port Sunlight and Spital – He’ll be passing by church at about 2.15pm
were he will have a photo with Fr Bernard. Donations can be made directly to my
Just Giving page at:


https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-blundell5 but if people would prefer to
leave a cash donation in a basket at the back of church that’s fine also. CAFOD’s
page with the details can be found here:

https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Organise-an-event/Big-Walk-for-Water

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