Easter Sunday 4th April, 2021. Cycle B

03/04/2021

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

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.

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