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


St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury
(reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard

Revd Michael Daly

0151 645 3314

Email: Websites:

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

Do you want to fast this Lent?

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.

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/ People who need emergency food and support at this time can
contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050

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.

you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address
or put it through the presbytery letter box


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






George Lawson RIP

Ints Bernadette Heaney

St Luke’s Parish

Stations of the Cross







Betty Brabander RIP









Cath Shore Annv.




Funeral Mass –

George Lawson



Fourth Sunday of Lent






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 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

As our schools fully reopen on

: 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


5.00pm Sun 9.30am & 11am

of the Cross

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



& Wednesday at 9.15am.

at 7pm.

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

to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

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.


Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of George Lawson, Funeral Mass at
St John’s on

12th March at 10.30am

and for the soul of Peter Roberts, Funeral Mass Thursday 18th March
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


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.
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


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

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: 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

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