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

20/03/2021

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

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.

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