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 Easter, 18th April, 2021. Cycle B


Rev Mike Loach in addition to his existing responsibilities
at Christ Church, Higher Bebington is shortly to become Priest in Charge at St
Paul’s Church in Rock Ferry. Fr Bernard
looks forward to sharing in the special service to mark this significant
development on 20th April led by the
Bishop of Chester. Fr Bernard and Mike
Loach are pleased to be able to work so closely together for the good of the
people entrusted to their care and the community of Bebington, New Ferry &
Rock Ferry. In the days of the Covid 19 pandemic they have prayed privately
& regularly together at St John’s and at Christ Church for the good health
and well -being of everyone.

Image result for foodbank


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

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FAITH
IN FOCUS: FISH SPECIALS
What do we know about Jesus
after his resurrection? Well, we know at least that he was hungry!

Both
Luke and John report after-death appearances of Jesus where he wants something
to eat. And in two of the stories he ends up eating grilled fish. So he wasn’t
a vegetarian either!


On one level we can see these two accounts as
just simple stories that give us a bit more extra detail than we normally have
about Jesus’ social habits. But there may be something else going on in the two
gospel writers’ minds.

How
do we meet the risen Jesus today? Clearly the most obvious way is through other
people. Through our baptism we are called to become “other Christs”. We are
called to be Christ to each other and we see the face of Christ in all people
who require our care, our concern and our service.We meet the risen Christ in
the liturgy when ministers and congregation gather, for Jesus said that
wherever two or three gather in his name he will be present.We meet him in the
words of scripture. Far from being some ancient book of religious formulae the
scriptures are the living word of God. When the scriptures are proclaimed in
church it is God who speaks.And while we are ready to say that Christ is
present in the sacraments, it has to be the eucharist that takes pride of place
for meeting the risen Lord. For it is in eating and drinking the body and blood
of Christ that we come closest to him. St Augustine never tired of telling his
congregation that they would become what they ate: the Body of Christ, which is
also the name we give to the Church.

At
what precise moment did the two Emmaus disciples realise that they were in the
presence of their risen Lord? It was when he broke the bread for them to eat.
What was it that Jesus asked the apostles for in both Luke and John’s gospel?
Something to eat!

Not
surprising really, because when we eat that bread and drink that cup we
proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection until he comes again.

Third Sunday of Easter

18th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Margaret Golaghee RIP

Intentions Norman Cummins

St Luke’s Parish

Monday

19th

9.15am

HRH Prince Philip RIP

Tuesday

20th

9.15am

Canon
Brendan Hoban RIP

Wednesday

21st

12 Noon

Funeral Service for

Jan Armour

Thursday

22nd

7.00pm

McDyre
& Kennedy Fams RIP

Friday

23rd

NO MASS

Saturday

24th

Fourth Sunday of Easter

25th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ints Margaret Ellis

Margaret
Robinson 1st Annv RIP

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.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (in Church) and the
opportunity for socially distanced confession (in the Day Chapel) each Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am


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: In
Memorium:

Please pray for the soul of Jan Armour
who died recently and whose Funeral Service will be held at St John’s on

Wednesday,
21st March at 12 Noon.

The Service will be led by
Deacon Mike Daly. May she rest in
peace.

Fr Bernard & the White
Family wish to thank all those from St John’s Parish and beyond who helped in
the preparation and celebration of Deacon Philip’s Funeral Liturgies last week
held of course under current Covid 19 restrictions. We hope that at the
beginning of July (close to Philip’s Ordination Anniversary) to hold a Memorial
Mass at St John’s which please God by then many more will be able to actively
participate in. Watch this space.


Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to
£390.85p.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

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


In our Diocese of Shrewsbury on 16th
July

at St Anthony’s Church in Wythenshawe Bishop Mark will ordain
Patrick Breeze, Humphrey O’Connor & Stephen Roberts as priests for our
Diocese. A week or so later on 24th July
Bishop Mark will ordain John McKay and Wilfred Mc Sherry as Permanent Deacons
at St Michael & All Angels Church
in Woodchurch. Please keep our Church students and prospective deacons in your
prayers this Easter


.


Bishop Mark and Fr David Long, Pilgrimage Director, have emailed
the Parishes of the Diocese this weekend to say that sadly what would have been
the 70th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes has had to be
cancelled owing to COVID 19 restrictions. Like in 2020 they hope to hold a
virtual pilgrimage and members of the pilgrimage management team will be
working on this over the next few weeks. Once the plans are finalised we will
let you have the information you need to participate in the virtual pilgrimage.

Thank you for supporting & participating in the Easter Masses
& Services in our beautiful Church in these challenging times. Thank you
too to those who help St John’s Parish & Schools run so smoothly throughout
the year. As we now move more closely together with the parishioners of St
Luke’s please know that your dedication & service is very much appreciated
by Fr Paschal and myself.


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 Easter, 11th April, 2021. Cycle B

Easter Prayer:

Help us this Easter Lord to focus
on you
to keep us calm and patient
during this very uncertain
time.
Give us the strength
to
cling on as we put our faith and trust in you,
giving us the confidence and
assurance that you love
us and that we are in your hands,
keep us safe and well
we pray, in Jesus name.
Amen.

Rev Mike Loach in
addition to his existing responsibilities at Christ Church, Higher Bebington is
shortly to become Priest in Charge at St Paul’s Church in Rock Ferry. Fr Bernard looks forward to sharing in the
special service to mark this significant development on 20th April led by the Bishop of Chester. Fr Bernard and Mike Loach are pleased to be
able to work so closely together for the good of the people entrusted to their
care and the community of Bebington, New Ferry & Rock Ferry. In the days of
the Covid 19 pandemic they have prayed privately & regularly together at St
John’s and at Christ Church for the good health and well -being of everyone.

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: BACK TO THE FUTURE

When
we achieve something momentous or finish a task that has taken a lot of effort,
we usually want to sit back and admire what we have done, to take stock and
rest on our laurels for a while. So after the events of Easter you’d expect the
Church to sit back and bask in the glory of it all. But you’d be wrong!

Today, just one week after the climax of Easter we’re told
that we have to be on the move, witnessing to our faith in Christ. In fact,
that’s hardly surprising since in today’s scripture we meet the risen Christ on
that first Easter Sunday in John’s gospel. He goes to the disciples and tells
them that just as the Father sent him, so now he is sending them out to be
witnesses of his resurrection. There’s no time to laze around.


A lot of us have a problem witnessing to our faith. Perhaps we feel awkward or embarrassed about
the prospect of talking to others about our beliefs. Maybe we are put off by
the thought of being tarred with the same brush as those who knock on people’s
doors or stand ranting against the world on high streets or markets in many of
our towns and cities. It could be that we think witnessing to our faith is the
job of the clergy and is best left to them. Whatever the reason it’s certainly
the case that there’s a lot less of it now than there used to be.

Of course, faith is good to have but not good to hold on to.
It’s intended to be passed on and it’s the job of every baptised Christian to
share in that task of letting others know about Jesus Christ and the promises
he has made in his Father’s name. But witnessing to this doesn’t mean that we
have to stand on a soapbox in some public place. They say that faith is caught
not taught. Most of us catch it from our parents or some person who means a lot
to us.

We can witness to Christ by the example of our lives, by the
way we treat others, by the way we simply stand up for those less fortunate
than ourselves, by the way we encourage our own children in their faith and by
the way we are ready to be the first to lend a hand. So as the alleluias of the
resurrection begin to sound more distant, this is not the time to press the
re-wind button. It’s time for the fast-forward!


Second Sunday of Easter

11th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Jack McCormick Annv RIP

Ints Kate Hangley

St Luke’s Parish

Divine Mercy Devotions

Monday

12th

9.15am

Brockway & Callaghan Families RIP

Tuesday

13th

9.15am

Margaret Forshaw RIP

Wednesday

14th

NO MASS

Thursday

15th

7.00pm

Vigil Mass for

Rev Philip White

Friday

16th

12 Noon

Funeral Mass for

Rev Philip White

Saturday

17th

Third Sunday of Easter

18th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Margaret Golaghee RIP

Intentions Norman Cummins

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.


On
this Divine Mercy Sunday here at St John’s

: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and socially
distanced Confessions from

2.00pm
to 2.50pm

. Devotions and
Benediction at

3pm.

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 souls of Canon
Brendan Hoban

(Funeral details posted on the notice board) and our own Deacon Philip White. Philip’s
Vigil Mass here at St John’s will be celebrated by Fr Bernard on

Thursday at 7pm. Mgr John McManus will
preach at that Mass. Philip’s Funeral Mass again here at St John’s will be
celebrated by Bishop Mark on

Friday
at 12 noon.

In Bishop Mark’s
own words “sadly in these days Philip’s Funeral Rites must take place within
the restrictions on numbers required by HM Government for Covid security etc”. Therefore
only those who have been specifically invited by the White family should attend
either the Vigil Mass /Funeral Mass. Philip’s burial at Frankby Cemetery
(obviously in the open air) will take place around 1.30pm on Friday. You could
join us for that (pray for good weather). Thomas McMullan Funeral Services will
be live streaming both Masses and having talked to Sara, Patrick and Elly on
Friday I will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Philip here at St John’s at


7.00pm on Thursday 1st July (the day Philip was ordained a Deacon) which by
then please God most of the COVID 19 restrictions should have been lifted. May
Canon Hoban and Deacon Philip White Rest in Peace.

Prince
Philip

RIP
with people across our nation and indeed across the world this
weekend we also mourn the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and we pray for
comfort and consolation for HM The Queen and all the members of the Royal
Family.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to £1238.60p.
Holy Places amounted to £280.49p.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

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

In our
Diocese of Shrewsbury

on 16th July at St Anthony’s Church in
Wythenshawe Bishop Mark will ordain Patrick Breeze, Humphrey O’Connor &
Stephen Roberts as priests for our Diocese. A week or so later on 24th July Bishop Mark will ordain John
McKay and Wilfred Mc Sherry as Permanent Deacons at St Michael & All Angels Church in
Woodchurch. Please keep our Church students and prospective deacons in your
prayers this Easter



.

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

Easter Sunday 4th April, 2021. Cycle B

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: REJOICE!

Enter a Church on Easter Sunday and you’re immediately struck by a different atmosphere. Weeks of purple are replaced by white and gold. The lily takes pride of place among the flowers. A huge paschal candle is prominently on view and the font brims with water. Maybe there’s even a little Easter garden with an empty tomb.

Easter is about light, water and life. The fire that was lit last night to illuminate the darkness of night and the paschal candle are eloquent reminders that those who walked in darkness now can journey in the light of Christ. We no longer stumble along, prey to every evil and danger. We see things in a new light.

The water symbolises not only the fact that in baptism we are cleansed from our sin but also that our thirst for God is fulfilled by our faith in Jesus. Easter responds to our longing for meaning in our cluttered lives and it points the way to beyond the mundane. Its music fills the hole created by our yearning for something greater than ourselves, for someone who can bring us to fruition, for a saviour and redeemer.

So the vital signs of Easter proclaim new life. But it’s not simply the life that our world has become used to; it’s life to the full. Easter raises us up to enjoy a life that stretches us in mind body and spirit and that beckons us to eternity. For Easter life is eternal life and we enjoy it on both sides of the grave.

And all of this is because Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection is at the heart of our Christian faith. As St Paul says, if it didn’t happen then we are all wasting our time. An ancient Easter hymn reminds us that sheep are ransomed by a lamb, that an innocent man has served our sentence to reconcile us to the Father and that life’s own champion is slain but only to reign. The resurrection proclaims God’s glory and power. Our alleluias today attest to the fact that life can never be the same for us again. Our human existence is radically transformed by the victory that Jesus won against the powers of darkness in our lives. We have been bought back. We have been saved from ourselves. We have been given the chance to live life to the full. This day was made by the Lord; let us rejoice and be glad

Easter Vigil Mass Saturday

Easter Sunday

3rd

4th

7.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Easter Vigil Mass –

Covid19 Victims

Betty Crebbin Annv. RIP

St John’s & St Luke’s Parishes

Monday

5th

10.00am

Desmond Capper Annv RIP

Tuesday

6th

NO MASS

Wednesday

7th

9.15am

Patrick,
Norah & Joseph McCaffrey

Thursday

8th

7.00pm

Ints Flattery Family

Friday

9th

NO MASS

Saturday

10th

Second Sunday of Easter

11th

9.30am

11.00am

3.00pm

Jack McCormick Annv RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Divine Mercy Devotions

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.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions next Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am

Divine Mercy Sunday this year falls on Sunday 11th April: Here at St John’s there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions NEXT Sunday from 2pm to 2.50pm followed by the Divine Mercy Devotions & Benediction at 3pm. Please pray it for your family intentions and the intentions of our parish.

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: It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Shrewsbury and the Parish of St John’s announce the deaths of Deacon Philip White and Canon Brendan Hoban. Deacon Philip died at 10.20 am last Wednesday morning and Canon Hoban in the early hours of Tuesday morning. May both these good and faithful men rest in peace and rise in glory. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Diocese in due course. Please pray also for the repose of the souls of Margaret Holland and Janice Armour two people connected to our parish whose funeral services Deacon Mike Daly and Fr Bernard will be leading in the coming days. May they rest in peace.

Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to £520.20p.

Cafod Lent Family Fast amounted to £ 270.00p.

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

Rev Mike Loach in addition to his existing responsibilities at Christ Church, Higher Bebington is shortly to become Priest in Charge at St Paul’s Church in Rock Ferry. Fr Bernard looks forward to sharing in the special service to mark this significant development on 20th April led by the Bishop of Chester. Fr Bernard and Mike Loach are pleased to be able to work so closely together for the good of the people entrusted to their care and the community of Bebington, New Ferry & Rock Ferry. In the days of the Covid 19 pandemic they have prayed privately & regularly together at St John’s and at Christ Church for the good health and well -being of everyone

In our Diocese of Shrewsbury on 16th July at St Anthony’s Church in Wythenshawe Bishop Mark will ordain Patrick Breeze, Humphrey O’Connor & Stephen Roberts as priests for our Diocese. A week or so later on 24th July Bishop Mark will ordain John McKay and Wilfred Mc Sherry as Permanent Deacons at St Michael & All Angels Church in Woodchurch. Please keep our Church students and prospective deacons in your prayers this Easter

Fr Bernard would like to thank St John’s and St Luke’s parishioners who have supported him in keeping our church open and running during this challenging year. It’s been a struggle at times as we have worked within the restrictions but well worth it.Fr Paschal and Fr Bernard thank you for your generous Easter offerings this weekend and wish you all a happy and holy Easter.