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

27/03/2021

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

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.

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