Third  Sunday of Easter, 18th April, 2021. Cycle B

17/04/2021

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

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.

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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

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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


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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.


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