First Sunday of Lent 21st February, 2021 Cycle B

20/02/2021

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

First Sunday
of Lent 21st February, 2021 Cycle B

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord
Jesus, you rescue us from sin by the waters of baptism: Lord, have mercy. Lord,
have mercy. Christ Jesus, you show us
the way to new life :Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord
Jesus, by your death on the cross you lead us to the Father: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
May
almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us 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 this newsletter. There is some Lenten literature on the
table at the back of church. Please feel free to take this home with you also.

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:DO-IT-YOURSELF GRACE?
The problem with temptation is that we only recognise it after it’s
over. When we are actually being tempted we see what’s on offer as completely
normal. That’s why the smoker really believes that this little after-dinner
light-up will not get them hooked once more, why the gambler is convinced that
this bet on the cert means he’ll never need to worry about money again, and the
woman passing the pub is confident that she can enjoy this tipple without
stepping onto the downward spiral.
When
the Spirit led Jesus out into the desert he was tempted by the devil. It’s
reassuring to know that even Jesus was tempted. But how was he able to resist
the temptations? He could do it because he wasn’t there alone; he was living in
the Spirit. It was this close link with the Spirit that allowed him to refuse
to give in.
Our society is hooked on the
idea that we can improve ourselves by our own merits. Buy a self-help book and
you’ll be able to levitate, speak Yiddish in three days and cook gourmet meals
while composing your latest harpsichord sonata. All you have to do is pull
yourself together and make the effort.
Sometimes Christians are guilty of borrowing this flawed attitude and
applying it to the way we relate to God and the way we deal with the spiritual
challenges of our lives. So we end up thinking that when it comes to temptation
the only solution is to be firm, to exercise our willpower and everything will
fall into place. This is usually referred to as the “muscular Christian”
syndrome. But
however many little victories we may win by using this method, the only way to
defeat temptation permanently is recognise that we need God’s help, God’s
grace, the life of his Spirit. We cannot save ourselves; only Jesus Christ can.
We cannot flex our spiritual muscles and overcome sin; only God’s grace can do
that for us. If it were otherwise, then there would have been no need for
Christ to die on the cross.
As this Lent begins we
are reminded that temptation is part of daily life. But we are offered another
forty days to seek out God’s Spirit, to look for his life, to find the grace to resist temptation. And when we see others
who have fallen at the hurdles of temptation, we become aware that there but
for the grace of God go I.

First Sunday of Lent

21st

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Joe Moore RIP

Brian Cummings RIP

Neil Murray RIP

Monday

22nd

Tuesday

23rd

9.15am

Helen Fielding RIP

Wednesday

24th

9.15am

Ints Brannon & Kenny
Families

Thursday

25th

7.00pm

Ints Phillip & Sara White

Friday

26th

Saturday

27th

Second Sunday of Lent

28th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Des Capper RIP

Clare Cooper RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Please find enclosed with this newsletter a copy of Bishop Mark’s
Lenten Pastoral Letter entitled “ Building on the Foundation of the Eucharist”

Public Masses; continue in our
churches You must 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. If you are able and
willing to help with stewarding duties at our Lenten Holy Week and Easter
Services please let Fr Bernard know sometime this week.

Church Cleaning– Every Tuesday after 9.15am Mass. Please stay behind if you can and
lend a hand with this essential task in these Covid 19 times and in this
season of Lent.

Lent 2021 at St John’s Church

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. This week led by Fr Bernard.

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

World Day of Prayer on Friday 5th March at 2pm at Christ Church,
Higher Bebington. All most welcome

In
Memorium

:
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of
George Lawson, Funeral Mass at St John’s on Friday 12th
March at 10.30am and for the soul of Peter Roberts, Funeral Mass Thursday
18th March here at St John’s
at 2pm. May they Rest in Peace.


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 let Fr Bernard know. Your
prayers are requested especially at this time for Deacon Phillip White and
Canon Brendan Hoban.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection
amounted to a disappointing £325.83p . 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

.

Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury thank you for your very generous donations, to the bucket at the back
of church collection, during Advent and Christmas, which realized £223.78p.

CAFOD Family Fast Day this Lent is on Friday. CAFOD envelopes are available at the back of
church and can be handed in anytime between now and Palm Sunday 28th
/29th March.

Richard Blundell’s Big Walk for
Water for Cafod-

Took place around the parish yesterday 20th Feb. 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 at 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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