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

Palm Sunday
of the Passion of the Lord, Sunday 28th March,
2021. Cycle B

PRAYER FOR THOSE IN THE WORLD SUFFERING FROM
CORONAVIRUS

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for all those in
the world suffering from Coronavirus and for all who are in need at this
desperate time. Amid the physical and mental suffering, may they find
consolation in your healing presence.
Show your mercy as you cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free
downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance,
and so join you in thanking you for all your gifts. We
ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed. Amen.

(a prayer prayed by Pope Francis at his
General Audience on Wed 24th March 2021)

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: JUST A WEEK

If
a week is a long time in politics then it certainly is in Christianity. The
week we’re about to embark upon is the most momentous one for Christians and
that’s why Holy Week is sometimes also called the Great Week.It all begins well
on the Sunday with the crowds cheering the man they believe will set them free.
He’s given a royal welcome as he enters Jerusalem and there’s a sense of
expectation in the air. Most of us can identify with that crowd. There are times when our faith in Christ is
easy, when God seems to be smiling down on us and when we could easily join the
crowd with its banners and singing.The high of Sunday continues until Thursday
when the Last Supper is held. There’s joy as Jesus institutes the eucharist
along with the command to serve each other in the way that he has shown. But a
cloud looms on the horizon as Judas takes in thirty pieces of silver and gives
away his master with a kiss. If we can identify with the crowd then we can
surely see the figure of Judas in the many ways that we betray the faith that
God has in us. Sometimes we allow ourselves to be tempted by a lot less than
money and a kiss.How can Good Friday be good, given what happened? Its goodness
stems from the fact that a vict

ory was won. It’s
true that we all share in the sin of the world that Christ died for. But by the
same token we all share in the triumph of the cross. From now on, sin and
death, evil and pain can have no permanent hold over us. We have access to a
life that is real and ultimately indestructible.And just as we think the week
is about to end in a fizzle, we come across a Saturday night surprise. Jesus,
whom they crucified, has risen. His enemies are confounded and he will go on to
impart the Spirit of life to those who believe in him. If we want to join the
cheering crowd ever again, then it must be because of this resurrection. It’s
the centre of our faith and gives meaning to everything we say and do in our
relationship with God. Anyone can have life, but not everyone knows that it can
be eternal.

What a week!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the
Lord

28th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Leo Shore RIP

John McLean Annv. RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

Monday

29th

9.15am

Fr Frank Rice RIP

Tuesday

30th

9.15am

11.00am

Teresa Young RIP

Funeral Mass –

Patricia Ann Cullen

Wednesday

31st

9.15am

Josie McGree Annv. RIP

Holy

Thursday

1st

7.00pm

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Ints Bishop Mark &
Clergy

Good Friday

2nd

10.30am

3.00pm

Stations of the Cross

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday

3rd

7.00pm

Easter Vigil Mass –

St John’s & St Luke’s Parishes

Easter Sunday

4th

9.30am

11.00am

Easter Mass –

Betty Crebbin Annv. RIP

Covid 19 Victims

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.

Holy
Week & Easter 2021

(under Covid 19 restrictions)
This Weekend = Palm Sunday: Masses Saturday 5pm, Sunday
9.30am & 11.00am.


Palms will be blessed at the beginning of each Mass
and distributed at the end of Mass.


Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm: led by
Deacon Mike Daly.


Mon, Tue & Wed of Holy Week: Exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament

(each morning) from 8.30am -9.10am. Mass at 9.15am.
On Wednesday the Diocesan Chrism Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at Shrewsbury
Cathedral.

Holy
Thursday

: Mass of the
Lord’s Supper at 7pm

. (Sadly
no Washing of the Feet or Watching at the Altar of Repose this year).
Good Friday: a Day of Fasting and
Abstinence.

Stations of
the Cross:

at
10.30am

. Liturgy of
the Passion

at
3.00pm …….

the veneration of the Cross will be a little different
this year.

Holy Saturday: Socially
distanced Confessions from 10.30am to 11.30am in the Day Chapel.

Easter
Vigil

: at 7pm: (Sadly no New Fire this year and no candles to be lit during the Vigil
Mass).


Easter
Sunday

: Masses
at 9.30am and 11.00am.

For the Triduum Services (i.e. there
is a separate white booking in form available in the Church which must be
returned through St John’s Presbytery letterbox or emailed to

stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com no later than 10am on Tuesday 30th
March

Fr Bernard
will be leading Holy Week Assemblies in each of our schools

(sometimes virtually) highlighting the importance
and significance of this special time of year.

Church Cleaning: This week after Tues 9.15am Mass and at 9.15am on Thursday……….. please do come along and help
us if you can,

Baptisms & Weddings in 2021 and beyond. Bookings are now being taken for Baptisms and Weddings at St John’s from July 2021 onwards. We our operating on a
first come first served basis. Please get in touch by email or phone.

Prayers
for the Sick and Housebound:

Please remember all
our Sick, Housebound and self- isolating parishioners in your daily prayers and
if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion this Holy Week and Easter please
let Fr Bernard know.

In
Memorium

:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia Ann Cullen. Funeral Mass
celebrated by Fr Paschal on
Tuesday 30th March at 11.00am. May she rest in peace.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to £460.05p.
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.

Collection
on Good Friday is for the Holy Places

Easter
Flowers:

Donations of £225.80p were received. Thank you for your continued generosity and
many thanks to our team of ladies for their beautiful altar flower
arrangements.

PLEASE
CONSIDER GIFT AID:
Gift Aid enables parishes to
reclaim tax on donations that are ALREADY being made at the Offertory and in
many other ways, such as donations for special purposes and retiring
collections. Donors simply make a declaration that
they wish their donations to qualify for a tax refund under the Gift Aid
Scheme. This declaration may be made on a Gift Aid Declaration Form (available
from Fr. Bernard or Carol Dalziel) or it can be made over the telephone, fax or
by email to the Diocesan office. The
donor only has to give their name and address, to confirm that they are paying
sufficient income tax and that they wish to be part of the Gift Aid Scheme. Gift Aid involves no commitment to give any
particular amount and no long-term commitment. The donor may cancel their membership of the
scheme at any time. There are only two
conditions with which donors must comply; firstly, that they must be paying at
least as much income tax as is reclaimed on their total charitable donations in
the tax year and secondly that all donations on which a tax refund is to be
claimed will be given either by Offertory Envelopes, by Cheque or by Banker’s Standing Order. It does not matter which rate
of income tax the donor pays. Tax may be reclaimed on any
donation(s) given in the above ways at no additional cost to the donor. These
may consist of Offertory Donations at Mass, Christmas and Easter Offerings,
special Retiring Collections that are taken from time-to-time, Mass Offerings,
or any “one-off’ donation(s) made in response to an appeal for a specific
purpose. If
you would like to set up a monthly Standing Order in favour of St John’s rather
than use weekly envelopes, please ask Fr Bernard or Carol Dalziel for the corresponding
Form. Thank you

Divine Mercy Sunday
this year falls on Sunday 11th April

: Here at St John’s there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
& Confessions on that Sunday from 2pm to 2.50pm
followed by the Divine Mercy Devotions & Benediction at 3pm. Remember the Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good
Friday……….please pray it for your family intentions and the intentions of our
parish.

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

Fifth Sunday
of Lent, 21st March, 2021. Cycle B

Prayer for Lent

Father of Mercy bring us face to face with our own weaknesses when
we are tempted to judge others. May
we find peace and life in simply stepping back and allowing you to be the
merciful Judge of us all. Amen.

WORD FOR TODAY

Once more Jesus presents us with a
paradox: if we want to live we must die; if we want to be alive for Christ and
his kingdom then we must be dead to selfishness and sin. To have is to give
away; to rule is to serve

.

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

Traidcraft goods will be on sale THIS WEEKEND after
Masses in the Day Chapel.

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

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS NEXT
SATURDAY, 27TH MARCH.

REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR NEXT
SATURDAY EVENING.

FAITH IN FOCUS: TOO MUCH TO LOSE?

For the last month we’ve been making our way through Lent on
a voyage towards Easter. It’s as if we’ve taken to the road with Christ on his
journey up to Jerusalem where he (and we) will embrace death so as to rise
above it to a life that never ends.

But
as we’ve journeyed with Christ we’ve been listening to his words guiding us
along our route to Easter. These words take on a different colour each year in
a three-year cycle that the Church’s liturgy uses. But this year the theme of
Jesus’ message has been unmistakable: you must embrace the wisdom of God that
the world considers to be sheer foolishness.


Jesus could have tried to buy us off with some easy words,
like politicians who promise everything in return for votes. He could have told
us that we can get to heaven just by praying and paying. He could have offered
us salvation by keeping the law and being seen in the right places. He could
have suggested a quick fix but he chose to offer the tougher route.

We’ve listened to a series of paradoxes over the last few
weeks and today Jesus tells us that just as a grain of wheat must be buried
before it can sprout, so too we have to die if we are to enjoy life. His
message is one of self-sacrifice, cross-bearing, total service and a love which
counts no costs. And unlike other philosophies that underline the skills and
talents of their adherents, Jesus tells us that we reach our perfection the
more like a servant we become, and that we achieve our dignity by putting
ourselves last rather that first.

This message isn’t for everyone. It’s not for people who like
to be thought of as important but now find they must consider themselves last
of all. Not for people who prize possessions, now being told to give to the
poor. Not for those who invest everything in the here and now. Not for those
with status who fear that they’ll lose their respectability. Not for wise
people who see it as sheer foolishness. Is it for you?


Fifth Sunday of Lent

21st

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Josie Murray RIP

Ints Peter & Kath Clements

Golden Wedding Annv

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

Monday

22nd

9.15am

NO MASS

Tuesday

23rd

9.15am

Susan Heathcote RIP

Wednesday

24th

9.15am

Barbara Forshaw RIP

Thursday

25th

7.00pm

Nora & John McManus

Friday

26th

9.15am

NO MASS

Saturday

27th

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the
Lord

28th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Leo Shore RIP

John McLean Annv. RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

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.


Lent 2021 at St John’s Church

Sunday
Masses;

Sat
5.00pm Sun 9.30am & 11am

Stations
of the Cross

Each Sunday at 3.00pm. This week led by Fr
Bernard. Next week (Palm Sunday) led by Deacon Mike Daly

Weekday
Masses;

Tuesday
& Wednesday at 9.15am.

Thursday
at 7pm.

During this Fifth Week of Lent Tuesday
= Day of National Reflection and Prayer re COVID 19:

This Tuesday marks the anniversary of the
first national lockdown. HM. Government invites us to mark the day by keeping a
minute’s silence at 12noon and lighting a candle in a window or the

porch
of our homes at 8pm.

The
Bishops of England & Wales invite us to make Tuesday a Day of Prayer in the
presence of the

Blessed

Sacrament.
Accordingly here at St John’s there will be

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 7.30am until 9.15am Mass. Please do your best to join in this
prayer initiative perhaps on your way to work/school/college Thursday = the Feast of the Annunciation; The Rosary
will be prayed from 6.30pm onwards prior to Mass
at 7pm.
All most welcome. Next Saturday: from 10.30
-11.30am

in Church there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and
the opportunity to celebrate a socially distanced Confession with Fr Bernard,
Fr Paschal, Fr Thomas…………

All most welcome. Next Saturday: from 10.30
-11.30am

in Church there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and
the opportunity to celebrate a socially distanced Confession with Fr Bernard,
Fr Paschal, Fr Thomas…………


a good & fitting preparation for
Easter

Holy
Week & Easter

2021
Next Weekend = Palm Sunday. Masses
at the usual times Sat 5pm: Sun 9.30am and 11.00am. Holy Thursday: Mass
of the Last Supper at 7pm. Good Friday: Stations
of the Cross at 10.30am. Liturgy
of the Passion at 3.00pm.
Easter Vigil: Mass at 7.00pm.
Easter Sunday: Masses at 9.30am & 11.00am

For the Triduum Services (i.e. there
is a separate white booking in form available in the Church which must be
returned through St John’s Presbytery letterbox or emailed to

stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com no later than 10am on Tuesday 30th
March

Fr Bernard
will be leading Holy Week Assemblies in each of our schools

(sometimes virtually) highlighting the importance
and significance of this special time of year..

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.

Baptisms & Weddings in 2021 and beyond. Bookings are now being taken for Baptisms and Weddings at St John’s from July 2021 onwards. We our operating on a
first come first served basis. Please get in touch by email or phone.

Prayers
for the Sick and Housebound:

Please remember all
our Sick, Housebound and self- isolating parishioners in your daily prayers and
if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion this Holy Week and Easter please
let Fr Bernard know .

In
Memorium

:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia Ann Cullen. Funeral Mass
celebrated by Fr Paschal
on

Tuesday
30th March at 11.00am

. May she Rest in Peace.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to £415.83p.
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

.

Easter
Flowers:

Thank you for your generosity last weekend. The basket for donations towards
the Holy Week & Easter Flowers and displays will remain on the table at the
back of Church


until
after

this
weekend’s

Masses.

PLEASE CONSIDER GIFT AID:
Gift Aid enables parishes to
reclaim tax on donations that are ALREADY being made at the Offertory and in
many other ways, such as donations for special purposes and retiring
collections. Donors simply make a
declaration that they wish their donations to qualify for a tax refund under
the Gift Aid Scheme. This declaration may be made on a Gift Aid Declaration
Form (available from Fr. Bernard or Carol Dalziel) or it can be made over the
telephone, fax or by email to the Diocesan office. The
donor only has to give their name and address, to confirm that they are paying
sufficient income tax and that they wish to be part of the Gift Aid Scheme. Gift Aid involves no commitment to give any
particular amount and no long-term commitment. The donor may cancel their membership of the
scheme at any time. There are only two
conditions with which donors must comply; firstly, that they must be paying at
least as much income tax as is reclaimed on their total charitable donations in
the tax year and secondly that all donations on which a tax refund is to be
claimed will be given either by Offertory Envelopes, by Cheque or by Banker’s Standing Order. It does not matter which rate
of income tax the donor pays. Tax may be reclaimed on any
donation(s) given in the above ways at no additional cost to the donor. These
may consist of Offertory Donations at Mass, Christmas and Easter Offerings,
special Retiring Collections that are taken from time-to-time, Mass Offerings,
or any “one-off’ donation(s) made in response to an appeal for a specific
purpose.
If you would like
to set up a monthly Standing Order in favour of St John’s rather than use
weekly envelopes, please ask Fr Bernard or Carol Dalziel for the corresponding
Form. Thank you

Divine Mercy Sunday this year falls on Sunday 11th
April

: Here at St John’s there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
& Confessions on that Sunday from 2pm to 2.50pm
followed by the Divine Mercy Devotions & Benediction at 3pm. Remember the Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good
Friday……….please pray it for your family intentions and the intentions of our
parish.

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

Fourth
Sunday of Lent, 14th March, 2021. Cycle B

MOTHERS
DAY PRAYER

All-loving God, we give thanks and
praise for mothers young and old. We
pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every
need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families
and themselves with joy.

We pray for our own mothers who
have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and
gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are
separated from their children because of war, poverty or conflict; May they
feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not
mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers, grandmothers,
and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our
memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

Word for Today: contrary to popular opinion, God does
not want anyone to perish. He sent his
Son into the world not to condemn it but to offer it the chance of a quality of
life that outshines anything currently available. Anyone who believes in his Son can have this
quality of life.

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: GOD ON OUR SIDE

On television you can sometimes see people in the crowd at
sports events holding up a placard that simply says “John 3:16”. They are
Christians who want to get you to find out what the text says in John’s gospel:
“God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son so that anyone who
believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life”.

You
can see why they hold up that particular reference. In a sense it sums up the
whole purpose of the incarnation. It captures the heart of the gospel message
in one verse. And yet it comes as something of a surprise to many people. In
popular culture God is portrayed as a severe character, as someone who is just
dying for us to put a foot wrong so that he can send down lightning bolts,
earthquakes and floods and condemn the whole lot of us.

However, as this text from today’s gospel reminds us, God sent his Son not because he detested the
world but because he loves it so much. And the purpose of the Son’s coming to
earth was not to wreak destruction but to ensure salvation.

God became one of us. A fellow human being is also our God:
Jesus the Christ. And strange though it seems, God is on our side and is rich
in love. When we choose to ignore what’s good for us we come face to face with
God. But what’s God’s preferred remedy? Is it punishment and death? No. It’s
mercy and grace.

People who try to discredit religion say that it thrives on
fear, that it only makes its followers psychologically dependent on a greater
being that holds the threat of annihilation over them. Maybe they should read
this text. God sent his Son because he loves us and doesn’t want us to miss out
on the fullness of life.

So as we continue our journey through Lent we move towards
the Easter manifestation of God’s true glory, of his victory over all that
threatens to hold us down and drag us back. While we ready ourselves for the
great feast we can rejoice in the fact that God is on our side and we can thank
him just for being our God and for bothering to have us as his sons and
daughters, the ones he loved so much that he sent his only Son to.


Fourth Sunday of Lent

14th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Jamie Armstrong RIP

Ints Tony Carmichael

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

Monday

15th

NO MASS

Tuesday

16th

9.15am

Ints Peggy McAllister

Wednesday

17th

9.15am

Ints of Philip White

Thursday

18th

2.00pm

7.00pm

Funeral Mass –

Peter Roberts

Madeline Sweeney RIP

Friday

19th

9.15am

NO MASS

Saturday

20th

Fifth Sunday of Lent

21st

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Josie Murray RIP

Ints Peter & Kath Clements

Golden Wedding Annv

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

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.


Lent 2021 at St John’s Church

Sunday
Masses;

Sat
5.00pm Sun 9.30am & 11am

Stations
of the Cross

Each Sunday at 3.00pm. This week led by Fr. Paschal.

Weekday
Masses;

Tuesday
& Wednesday at 9.15am.

Thursday
at 7pm.

Full
details of the Holy Week and Easter Liturgies to be celebrated in St John’s
Church will be published in next week’s bulletin.

Feasts this Week: On Wednesday we celebrate the Feast of St Patrick with
Mass at 9.15am. Friday
is the Feast of St Joseph and in
this Year of St Joseph that will be celebrated with a Vigil
Mass on Thursday evening at 7.00pm.

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.

Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament in Church and socially distanced Confessions in the Day Chapel

each Saturday from 10.30am to
11.30am.

On Saturday 27th March Fr Paschal and Fr Thomas will
be available with Fr Bernard to celebrate the Sacrament of
Reconciliation /hear Confessions with parishioners from all our LPA parishes.

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 Philip White and Canon
Brendan Hoban.


In
Memorium

:
Please pray for the Repose of 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 £418.83p
.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.

Easter
Flowers:

Thank you for your generosity last weekend. The basket for donations towards
the Holy Week & Easter Flowers and displays will remain on the table at the
back of Church until after next weekend’s Masses.

PLEASE CONSIDER GIFT AID:
Gift Aid enables parishes to reclaim tax on
donations that are ALREADY being made at the Offertory and in many other ways,
such as donations for special purposes and retiring collections. Donors simply make a
declaration that they wish their donations to qualify for a tax refund under
the Gift Aid Scheme. This declaration may be made on a Gift Aid Declaration
Form (available from Fr. Bernard or Carol Dalziel) or it can be made over the
telephone, fax or by email to the Diocesan office.

The
donor only has to give their name and address, to confirm that they are paying
sufficient income tax and that they wish to be part of the Gift Aid Scheme. Gift Aid involves no commitment to give any
particular amount and no long-term commitment. The donor may cancel their membership of the
scheme at any time. There are only two
conditions with which donors must comply; firstly, that they must be paying at
least as much income tax as is reclaimed on their total charitable donations in
the tax year and secondly that all donations on which a tax refund is to be
claimed will be given either by Offertory Envelopes, by Cheque or by Banker’s Standing Order. It does not matter which rate
of income tax the donor pays. Tax may be reclaimed on any
donation(s) given in the above ways at no additional cost to the donor. These
may consist of Offertory Donations at Mass, Christmas and Easter Offerings,
special Retiring Collections that are taken from time-to-time, Mass Offerings,
or any “one-off’ donation(s) made in response to an appeal for a specific purpose.
If you would like to set up a monthly Standing Order in favour of St
John’s rather than use weekly envelopes, please ask Fr Bernard or Carol Dalziel
for the corresponding Form. Thank you

CAFOD Family Fast Day
this Lent 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 our parish a few
weeks ago. So far Richard has raised in excess of £359. Donations can still be
made directly to his just giving page at

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-blundell5.

Traidcraft goods will be on sale after
weekend Masses on

20th/21st March in the Day Chapel.

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

Third Sunday
of Lent, 7th March, 2021. Cycle B

Do you want to fast this Lent?

Many
of you will have already seen these beautiful words of Pope Francis but they
are worth sharing again, especially for those who haven’t seen them.

Fast
from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.


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: WHAT A FOOL!

Have
you noticed how the media, particularly the television and cinema, treat the
clergy of the Christian Churches? Actually, they treat them like fools. The
Anglican is parodied as a harmless fop (think of the vicar in Dad’s Army), the
Catholic portrayed often as an alcoholic (as in Father Ted) and the Methodist
or Free Church minister derided as a fun-hating misery.


By caricaturing the clergy like this you caricature the
religion. And why do it? Because what Christians believe appears stupid. It
doesn’t make sense to anyone else. In fact, it seems sheer foolishness. That’s
why it frightens others and invites mockery.

Who in their right mind would believe in a God who is the
creator and life-force of all that exists? Surely we all know that science has
done away with the need for God?Who apart from a madman or woman would believe
that the baby born into the world two thousand years ago is actually the
embodiment on earth of the divine being?

Only a fool would accept the teaching that says we have to
die in order really to enjoy life. It’s an idiot’s creed to put others’ needs
before your own. Surely you need a feeble mind to see victory in the public and
humiliating execution of your leader?

How can there be any mileage in following a man who turns the
accepted values of society on their head, calling for the first to be the last,
the leader to be a servant, for people to put relative store in what they enjoy
here on earth because they’re promised something even greater in an
afterlife?We need a Lenten reality check to realise that we are fools to many
in our society. The teaching of Christ does not seek to be respectable but
radical and it alienates just as much as it endears. St Paul gets to the heart
of it today saying, “Here we are preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an
obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who
have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power
and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and
God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” Don’t be fooled into thinking that your faith
is seen as respectable. Most people think it’s stupid.

Third Sunday of Lent

28th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

George Lawson RIP

Ints Bernadette Heaney

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

Monday

8th

Tuesday

9th

9.15am

7.00pm

Betty Brabander RIP

Novena

Wednesday

10th

9.15am

NO MASS

Thursday

11th

7.00pm

Cath Shore Annv.

Friday

12th

10.30am

Funeral Mass –

George Lawson

Saturday

13th

Fourth Sunday of Lent

14th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Jamie Armstrong RIP

Ints Tony Carmichael

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross

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.

As our schools fully reopen on
Monday

: Mrs. Bulmer and Mrs.
Mullins, would like to say a big “thank you” to everyone in the St. John’s
community for your ongoing support and prayers throughout this very challenging
time and for keeping our children safe and well. Our Head teachers & school
staff are really looking forward to welcoming the children back into the school
family on Monday when they can be with their friends again. Please continue to
keep all our schools in your prayers and hopefully it won’t be too long before
we can have year group/class Masses in Church again and Masses and Assembles in
our schools.

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

Stations
of the Cross

Each Sunday at 3.00pm. This week led by Fr.
Bernard. Next week led by

Fr.
Paschal.

Weekday
Masses;

Tuesday
& Wednesday at 9.15am.

Thursday
at 7pm.

There will be no Mass on Wednesday
morning 10th March.

Novena
to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Tuesday
at 7.00pm

Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament in Church and socially distanced Confessions in the Day Chapel

each Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am. On Saturday 27th March Fr Paschal and
Fr Thomas will be available with Fr
Bernard to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation /hear Confessions with
parishioners from all our LPA parishes.

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 £506.32p
.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

.

PLEASE CONSIDER GIFT AID:
Gift Aid enables parishes to reclaim tax on
donations that are ALREADY being made at the Offertory and in many other ways,
such as donations for special purposes and retiring collections. Donors simply make a
declaration that they wish their donations to qualify for a tax refund under
the Gift Aid Scheme. This declaration may be made on a Gift Aid Declaration
Form (available from Fr. Bernard or Carol Dalziel) or it can be made over the
telephone, fax or by email to the Diocesan office.

The donor only has to give their name and address,
to confirm that they are paying sufficient income tax and that they wish to be
part of the Gift Aid Scheme.
Gift Aid involves no commitment to give any particular amount and no
long-term commitment. The donor may cancel their membership of the scheme at
any time. There are only two conditions
with which donors must comply; firstly, that they must be paying at least as
much income tax as is reclaimed on their total charitable donations in the tax
year and secondly that all donations on which a tax refund is to be claimed
will be given either by Offertory Envelopes, by Cheque or by Banker’s Standing
Order. It does not matter which rate of income tax the donor pays.
Tax may be reclaimed on any donation(s) given in the above ways at no
additional cost to the donor. These may consist of Offertory Donations at Mass,
Christmas and Easter Offerings, special Retiring Collections that are taken
from time-to-time, Mass Offerings, or any “one-off’ donation(s) made in
response to an appeal for a specific purpose.
If
you would like to set up a monthly Standing Order in favour of St John’s rather
than use weekly envelopes, please ask Fr Bernard or Carol Dalziel for the corresponding
Form. Thank you

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 on the 20th February. 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