Second Sunday of Lent 28th February, 2021 Cycle B

28/02/2021

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

Second
Sunday of Lent 28th February, 2021 Cycle B


WORDS FOR WORSHIP
With
God on our side who can be against us? Let us now turn to the Father in the
words our saviour gave us: Our Father…

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: A KNITTING MONKEY?
In the midst of all the economic doom and gloom about the global
recession our news programmes try to find the occasional thing to cheer us up.
So after yet another High Street name has gone bankrupt we are treated to a
story about a monkey that can knit or an octogenarian who has just gone over
Niagara Falls in a barrel. It helps us to see that there is light at the end of
the tunnel. But of course it doesn’t take the recession away.
The disciples had their moments of gloom too. Just before today’s gospel
account of the Transfiguration Jesus had been talking to them about taking up
their cross and suffering, about losing their lives for the sake of the gospel.
That can’t have cheered them up much. But the Transfiguration had the opposite
effect on them. They were privileged to see Jesus talking with Moses and
Elijah, to see his appearance changed before their very eyes and to hear the
voice of God coming from the cloud.
It
was a boost to their faith, to put it mildly. Such an experience would keep
them going strong through all sorts of setbacks that lay in store for them.
That’s why Peter wanted to set up three tents, so that he could keep going back
and savouring the moment again. If the temptations of Jesus last week represent
him as human, then this week’s Transfiguration show his divine side. The three
disciples caught a glimpse of his glory, a glory that is normally hidden from
view in this life. What
keeps you going in your life of faith? In the ups and downs of daily life there
are times when we wonder if it is all worthwhile and yet there are other
moments when the presence of God breaks through loud and clear and we feel that
we could almost reach out and touch God’s presence. Lent is a time for taking stock. Perhaps one
thing we could take stock of is how we come across God in our daily lives. If
you had three tents and could put something in each of them that would speak to
you about the close presence of God, about those moments when you can almost
smell God, what would you put in each one of them? You can have anything you
want, except a monkey that knits!

Second Sunday of Lent

28th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Des Capper RIP

Clare Cooper RIP

Teodor Hanzaryk (8thAnni)

Monday

1st

Tuesday

2nd

9.15am

Gerry Topping RIP

Wednesday

3rd

9.15am

Betty Finan RIP

Thursday

4th

7.00pm

Peter Keating RIP

Friday

5th

Saturday

6th

Third Sunday of Lent

7th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

George Lawson RIP

Ints Bernadette Heaney

St Luke’s Parish

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. 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
asap.

Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings etc…following Government &
Diocesan advice this week. I ‘m afraid we won’t be able to proceed with these
until the end of May. Those wishing to book Baptisms or Weddings please email

: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
or phone 0151 645

3314

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

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 Deacon Mike Daly.

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 this 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.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to a
more promising £464.59p .Thank you.
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

.

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.

CAFOD
Family Fast Day this Lent was 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 last week 20th Feb. So far Richard has raised
£284 donations can still be made directly to his Just Giving page at:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-blundell5 but if people would prefer to
leave a cash donation in the 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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