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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Fifth Sunday of Lent. 7th April, 2019, Cycle C

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Bookings and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

Caritas require 2 Early Help Support Workers to provide a high quality Support Service across Wirral. You will give practical help and emotional support to families experiencing short or long-term difficulties. The focus of your role is to provide support to service users, empowering them to address various challenges, reducing problems and risks. Enabling families to overcome wide-ranging challenges and difficult situations means that your role is extremely varied and highly rewarding.
It would be desirable if you have experience as a facilitator in the Nurturing Programme or similar, and have had recent experience of both facilitating groups and working on a one to one basis with those not suitable for group work. You should have extensive experience in supporting children, young people and their families/carers in school, home and community settings. You will also be flexible and have competent IT skills. Salary includes accrued annual leave. Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd April. Interview date: Wednesday 1st May
To apply, visit our website: http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk
Contact Head Office: 0151 652 1281 or email trish.spencer@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk and a pack will be sent out to you. Application documentation should be then sent to
Ms Trish Spencer, Family Support Services Manager, Caritas Head Office, Wheatland Lane, Wallasey CH44 7ED

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAULTY JUDGEMENT
If you commit the crime you should do the time. This is something we hear a lot today, along with suggestions that some people should be locked up and the key thrown away. For all our pretence at civilisation and sophistication, we find ourselves in a society that is very far from the values of Jesus and particularly the core Christian value of forgiveness.
Sidelining forgiveness allows us to be judgemental. It allows us to make comments about other people as if we were better than them, as if we were never guilty of sin ourselves; yet all our judgment is faulty, for we have all sinned. This is the pitiful scene that Jesus faced when they brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. Jesus seems not to be dismayed by the woman’s sin (and her partner whom we never meet). What does dismay him is the arrogance of the scribes and Pharisees who presume a “holier than thou” attitude towards the woman. And so, despite the carefully prepared trap to get him to be at odds with the Law, Jesus first sets about dismantling the judgemental hypocrisy of the accusers rather than tackling what the woman has done.
It’s worth noting that forgiveness is not ours to give. Forgiveness comes from God and all we can do is to pass it on, just like love. God is love and our love is merely a sharing in his perfect love. God is forgiveness and when we forgive we are simply holding up a mirror to the God who has first forgiven each of us. “Our” forgiveness is simply a reflection. Of course, if we refuse to forgive then we cannot expect forgiveness for our trespasses. This has always been the simple message of the Our Father.
Very often when we judge others it is because we see the same fault in ourselves, and condemning the other person allows us to expiate our own frailty. Of course, Jesus did not praise the woman for what she had done; he told her to go away and sin no more. But what he did do is to prevent her from being judged by people who were as weak as she was but pretended to be better. Ring any bells?

Fifth Sunday of Lent
7th 5.00pm
9.30am

3.00pm
7.30pm Irene Kaldos RIP
For all the Sick & Housebound
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 8th 9.15am Rene Brandon RIP
Tuesday 9th 9.15am Ints Colette Sarson
Wednesday 10th 9.15am Christopher Doyle RIP
Thursday 11th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –
Bob Purfield

Friday 12th 11.00am Funeral Mass –
Bryan Murphy
Saturday 13th 10.00am Ints Fr Liam Finnerty
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
14th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Ints Tony Hyland
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

Prayers for the sick. Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Lately Dead : Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Bob Purfield. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon and for Bryan Murphy Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.

During this Fifth Week of Lent at St John’s Sunday at 3pm : Stations of the Cross in Church led by the Grace Group Monday: Exposition from 8.30am to 9.15am Mass Tuesday: Confession from 8.30am to 9.15am Mass Thursday: SVP Meeting at 6.30pm in the presbytery Friday: The last of the Lent Soup lunches at 12 noon in the Parish Centre (i.e. after Funeral Mass) Saturday : Mass at 10.00am in the Day Chapel Readers Meeting re Holy Week Masses & Services at 10.30am in the Day Chapel. Exposition and Confessions in Church from 11am to 12noon.
Elsewhere Tuesday: Lenten LPA Talk in Christ the King Church Bromborough at 7.30pm. This week talk (the last in the series) will be given by Mary Kilcoyne on the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury. Please support. Wednesday: Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflection and Lunch this week will be held at Christ Church Hr. Bebington. Coffee 10.30am. Prayer& Discussion 11.00am followed by Soup Lunch at 12 noon. Friday: To mark the Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse St Anne’s Church in Rock Ferry will be open from 3.00pm to 4.00pm for a time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All are most welcome to join the Deanery Clergy and parishioners for the whole hour or any part of it.
Principal Services at St John’s For Holy Week. NEXT Weekend- Palm Sunday; Masses at the Usual Times Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre. i.e. 4.45pm and 9.15am. Holy Thursday 18th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm. Good Friday 19th April: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. Churches Together in Bebington Walk of Witness starts at 12 Noon from outside Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. Holy Saturday 20th April: Easter Vigil Mass at 8.00pm. Easter Sunday 21st April: Easter Mass at 9.30am.
On Holy Saturday we are invited to gather for midday prayers at 11.30am followed by a shared lunch in the Day Chapel at 12 noon. If you have not been in previous years, it’s a good time for prayer and fellowship, so why not give it a try? Please bring a small food donation for the lunch.

Money Matters: Last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £530.69p Cafod Lenten Family Fast & Lenten Lunches £584.48p, plus individual donations of £66.75p. Total £651.23p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
APF Red Mission Boxes should be emptied and their contents brought to Church THIS weekend.

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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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Fourth Sunday of Lent. 31st March, 2019, Cycle C

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

St Anne’s Parish Centre ,Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Booking s and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTY MOOD
When the prodigal son came home they held a party to celebrate the fact that he was part of the fold once more. But there was an empty seat at the party; the older brother refused to come and take part.
The liturgy, and especially the Mass, is the continuation of that party and festivity. At the eucharist we celebrate the fact that in Jesus Christ we have been redeemed and forgiven, that we are already experiencing a share in the eternal life that God has promised us and that one day we will enjoy seeing God face to face in the never-ending celebration of bliss and happiness in heaven. In the meantime we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus Christ that was given up and shed for us so that sins may be forgiven.
As you sit in your pew in church, are there any empty seats? It would be surprising if there weren’t! Most churches struggle to fill their seats except at the great feasts of the year.
Who belongs in those seats? It’s tempting to say that they are older brothers’ seats, people who have had some sort of gripe with the church and have decided to give Sunday worship a wide berth. To an extent this is true. We are a fallible group of people and we’re quite capable of failing each other at crucial times, and of even putting off people to the extent that they no longer darken our doors. What would happen if we reached out to family and neighbours, to friends who feel that the Church has failed them? Is it worth taking the risk of inviting them to the feast, or should we just write them off as a dead loss? Would it shock us if they said yes?
And what about the person who’s sitting in your seat? Yes, you. Are you the life and soul of the party or are you something of a party-pooper? We never find out whether the father finally managed to get the older brother to enter into the spirit. He could have just gone and sat there with a long face. Just turning up isn’t enough. Are you glad to be able to celebrate with your whole being, singing and praying, giving thanks for the forgiveness that God has lavished upon you through no merit of your own? Or should we put the fatted calf on the back burner?

Fourth Sunday of Lent
Mothering Sunday 31st 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Barbara Forshaw RIP
For All Mothers
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 1st 9.15am Josie McGree Anniv
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am Ints Peter Sarson
Wednesday 3rd 10,00am Terry Clarke
Thursday
4th 7.30am For the Sisters of Carmel

Friday 5th 9.15am Gerry & Phil Topping Ints
Saturday 6th
Fifth Sunday of Lent
7th 5.00pm
9.30am

3.00pm
7.30pm Irene Kaldos RIP
For all the Sick & Housebound
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

Wedding ; Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Debbie Farrell and Colin Deer married here yesterday.

Prayers for the sick. Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Lately Dead : Please pray for Veronica Barden whose Funeral Service is at Plymyard Cemetery on Tuesday 2nd April at 1pm. … for Irene Kaldos whose Funeral Service is at Landican Crematorium on Friday 5th April at 11.30am… for Bryan Murphy whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Friday 12th April at 11 am… and for Bob Purfield who died on Friday, so funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace .
Lent 2019;
At St. John’s: Each Sunday Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm ….. this week led by Father Bernard. Next week led by the Grace Group. On Monday’s and Friday’s Exposition from 8.30-9.15 Mass. Each Thursday Early Mass at 7.30am. Saturday’s Exposition and Confessions from 10.30-11.30 am.
Elsewhere: Tuesday’s Lent Talk’s at Christ the King Church in Bromborough beginning at 7.30pm. This week Deacon John Boggan will give a talk on the work of the Wirral Foodbank and next week Mary Kilcoyne will talk about the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury . Wednesday’s : Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflections & Lunches Coffee 10.30am. Prayer & Discussion 11am, Soup lunch 12noon. This week here in the Parish Centre. Thursday 4th April: 7.00pm Deanery Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, Preacher Bishop Brian Noble.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £686.77p. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
APF Red Mission Boxes should be emptied this week and their contents brought to Church next weekend.
SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday. Please note this week at the earlier time of 6pm (due to Reconciliation Service).
Readers: please check the rota and collect your readings for Holy Week & Easter from the sacristy
Many thanks to all those who supported St John’s School , Day of Prayer last Friday. It was a good experience for children and adults alike and will now become an Annual event in the St John’s calendar… we await the fruits of Fridays Prayer. I am sure many blessings will be showered on our Parish and Schools.
Appeal for Volunteers Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury supports children, families and communities. We are in urgent need of volunteers to help us to support families, to help with the running of our groups at our new Centre in Seacombe and to assist in our groups in local schools. We need male and female volunteers of all ages who can reliably offer 2-3 hours per week. If you feel you would like to join our team of reliable and friendly volunteers, please contact Rachel Hughes (Caritas Volunteer Coordinator) on 0151 652 1281 or by email: rachel.hughes@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Don’t forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.
The Holy Week schedule of Masses and Services will be published in next week’s bulletin.

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 Lent. 24th  March, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD

Do you suppose that they were more  guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. But unless you repent you will all perish as they did. (Luke 13:4-5)

 

 

Urgent Appeal for Volunteers
Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury supports children, families and communities. We are in urgent need of volunteers to help us to support families, to    help with the running of our groups at our new Centre in Seacombe and to assist in our groups in local schools. We need male and female volunteers of all ages who can reliably offer 2-3 hours per week.  If you feel you would like to join our team of reliable and friendly volunteers, please contact Rachel Hughes (Caritas Volunteer Coordinator) on 0151 652 1281 or by email: rachel.hughes@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

 

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly.  ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible),  squash/juice, UHT Milk,   tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

 

  A  “Welcome Café “  with the food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at      St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.  

 

 

St Anne’s Parish Centre ,Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Booking s  and all enquiries to Ben.

Tel- 07435966586 or email  BHA@ypcevents.com

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery  letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: LAST CHANCE SALOON?

I always meant to sort out that kitchen shelf and now that it’s crashed to the floor with all the crockery it’s too late. The same goes for that little chip in the windscreen that now looks like a spider’s web, and of course there’s that faulty old plug on the TV set which probably caused last night’s loud explosion during Coronation Street! We love to put things off. Yes, we’ll get round to them some day but at the moment I’m a bit tired, a bit busy or a bit too distracted to do anything about them. There’s always tomorrow.  In today’s gospel, one of the most frightening episodes according to many people, Jesus issues a real warning. Don’t think that you can put off repentance until tomorrow because repentance is a “now-thing” and, what’s more, you never know what’s lurking around the corner. He reminds his listeners of two awful events that had just taken place in and around Jerusalem: a murderous attack on worshippers in the Temple, and a disaster that killed eighteen people when a building collapsed on them. Do you think these people had any idea they wouldn’t return home that day, says Jesus, and do you think they were more guilty than anyone else? Of course not. Then, he tells them, you too must repent now or you will perish like they did.

Lent reminds us that repentance is not a once-and-for-all action; we don’t make a grand act of repentance and then sit back and relax. Repentance is a constant activity of the Christian, not continually worrying about our stance before God, but striving all the time to be as close to God as we can by the way we treat other people. Repentance means taking a regular reality check that what we are doing and saying is consistent with our desire to belong to God’s family. And although we concentrate on repentance a great deal in Lent, it is something that should be a daily activity for all of us, and we need to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be able to repent. Is there something in your life that niggles at you? Something that you know you should do something about which will improve your quality of life with God and with others? Well, don’t worry about it; you can always do something about it tomorrow, after Easter, in the summer or in the run-up to Christmas…. Or perhaps not!

 

Third  Sunday of Lent 24th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

For the People of New Ferry

St John’s Parish & School

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 25th 9.15am Ints Tony Hyland  
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Wednesday 27th 9.15am Fred Diskin Anniv RIP  
  28th 7.30am

 

11.30am

Rel /Friends of Bell & Nugent Families

Funeral Service Edward Hyland

 
Friday 29th 9.15am  John McIntosh Anniv RIP  
Saturday 30th 12 Noon Wedding Mass

Deborah Farrell &       Colin Deer

 
Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

31st 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Barbara Forshaw RIP

For All Mothers

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.00-11.00am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

William Lyon’s will be making his First Holy Communion at Saturday’s 5pm Mass

Saturday’s 5pm Mass is being offered for the people of New Ferry on the second anniversary of the explosion. .. we continue to remember all those affected in any way by that dreadful happening.

This Sunday at 9.30am Mass we welcome the First Communion children and their parents/families and on Friday at 9.15am Mass we will welcome all the children from Year 3 & 4 at St John’s School as they come to Church to celebrate Mother’s Day. All most welcome 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans.

Lent 2019;

 At St. John’s: Each Sunday Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm ….. this week led by Chris. Each Thursday Early Mass at 7.30am

 Elsewhere: Tuesday’s Lent Talk’s at Christ the King Church  in Bromborough beginning at 7.30pm. This Tuesday David Williams will talk about the work of the SVP in our LPA parishes.  Next week Deacon John Boggan will give a talk on the work of the Wirral Foodbank and on Tues 9th April Mary Kilcoyne will talk about the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury                                                        Wednesday’s : Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflections & Lunches  Coffee 10.30am. Prayer & Discussion 11am, Soup lunch 12noon. This week at  Life Church (opp Beb Station)                                             Thursday 4th April: 7.00pm Deanery Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, Preacher Bishop Brian Noble

Day of Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament:      Next Friday cited in the Rainbow room of the infant school there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the school day. Each class (infants & juniors) will spend a short time in prayer before the Eucharist as will all the staff. And parishioners are encouraged to join in this time of prayer too. Please sign the list on the table at the back of Church.

Lately Dead : Please pray for the repose of the soul of  Edward Hyland. Funeral Service on Thursday at 11.30am. Also for Irene Kaldos whose Funeral Service is at Landican Crematorium on Friday 5th April at 11.30am. Your prayers are also asked for the repose of the soul of Annette Connell a former Senior Midday Supervisor at St John’s Juniors . Her Funeral Mass is at St Alban’s Liscard next Friday 29th March at 2pm.May these  and all the faithful departed rest in peace .

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £591.69p.                                                     Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.                                                                                                                      CAFOD Family Fast Day  Cafod Envelopes are available on the table at the back of Church and can be placed in the offertory basket anytime up to and including  next weekend.

SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.

Readers: please check the rota and collect your readings for Holy Week & Easter from the sacristy  

The Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead, invites you to The Solemn Profession of   Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, which is being held this  Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

Mass for Healing ; to pray for those who have suffered abuse, to be held at Holy Apostles and Martyrs Parish Church, St George’s Road, Wallasey Village, CH45 6TU on Tuesday 26th March 2019 at 6.45pm. All are welcome to attend and pray for those who have been abused.

 

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Second Sunday of Lent. 17th March, 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR TODAY
May God the Father let you hear his voice in the mountain-top moments of your life. Amen.
May God the Son let you see his glory in the daily events of your life. Amen.
May God the Holy Spirit let you feel his presence in the promptings and inspirations of your life. Amen.
And may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

St Anne’s Parish Centre ,Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Booking s and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: HANGING ON
There’s an air of anxiety in our scripture readings at the liturgy today. God shows Abram (before he became Abraham) that he will stand at the top of a lineage with many descendants and that he will take possession of the land. But Abram is still worried about the future: “My Lord, how am I to know that I shall inherit it?” And God has to reassure Abram, to keep him persevering in faith.
The same is true with Peter, James and John. Jesus gives them a real boost to the their faith by letting them see him being transfigured on the mountain top, talking with Moses and Elijah…a sure sign that he is from God. But Peter, like Abram, is worried that things won’t always be like this and so he tries to get three booths or tents set up to preserve the atmosphere of the moment.
Both Abram and Peter are privileged to be in the presence of God, yet they are worried about the road ahead and whether or not they will really see things through. Sound familiar? No matter how strong our faith is, we still have moments when we wonder what it’s all about, whether we can cope with present difficulties and how we will match up to the demands of the future. Of course, that’s what faith is all about. If faith were a manual of answers, an instruction book that couldn’t fail, then it would no longer be faith. When we stop praying for perseverance in faith we have become muscular Christians who think they can reach heaven by religious effort.
But as we go through life we come across people and events that strengthen our faith. It seems that when everything is rumbling on in a mundane way we suddenly are given a glimpse of what lies beyond. These mountain-top experiences boost our faith because they redirect our hope and recharge our enthusiasm.
Last week we began Lent by looking at the temptations that lie in wait for us as we try to follow Christ. This week we are given a shot in the arm as we glimpse something of the glory of Jesus in the Transfiguration.
So Lent isn’t just about sin. It’s also about faith, promise, perseverance, hope, dreams, compassion , trust, reconciliation and renewal.
Have a Happy Lent!

Second Sunday of Lent 17th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Jamie Armstrong Anniv RIP
Ints Gerry & Phil Topping
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 18th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 19th 9.15am Ints Father Frank Rice
Wednesday 20th 9.15am Graham Moffat RIP
Thursday 21st 7.30am Barbara Forshaw RIP
Friday 22nd 11.30am
Funeral Mass for Margaret Nicholl
Saturday 23rd
Third Sunday of Lent 24th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm For the People of New Ferry
St John’s Parish & School
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Lent 2019 Masses & Services at St John’s Each Thursday in Lent Mass will be at 7.30am Each Saturday in Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 10.30 am- 11.30am
Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church. This week led by the Altar Servers . Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre. Donations to CAFOD.

On the Wednesday’s of Lent Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch.
This week at Christ Church Port Sunlight.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans.

Children’s Liturgy Group helpers meeting this Sunday 17th March after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.
Tuesday is the Feast of St Joseph. At the 9.15am Mass we will be joined by the children from Years 5 &6 of St John’s School. Some more children will be enrolled in the Mini Vinnies group. The Mass will be offered for the Intentions of Fr Frank Rice. Parents, grandparents and parishioners all most welcome.
Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time. If any of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard asap.
Lately Dead : Please pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret Nicholl. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.30am and for Edward Hyland. Funeral Service on Thursday 28th March at 11.30am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £564.07p. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect you named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY was on Friday 15th March Cafod Envelopes are available on the table at the back of Church and can be placed in the offertory basket anytime up to and including the weekend 30th/31st March.

SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm. SVP Members (and others) enjoyed meeting up with the Mini Vinnies at St John’s School last Thursday for their fundraiser for Caritas…….Diocese of Shrewsbury. A good time was had by all. Many thanks to Miss Oates for co-ordinating it.
Parish Pastoral Team members please note that the date of the March meeting has been changed to this Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any thoughts/ideas/suggestions for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box at the back of Church or in an envelope through the presbytery letterbox.
Wirral Knights of St Columba invite you to join them (tomorrow) Monday for an hour’s Exposition 11-12noon for the intention of a greater respect for Human Life and for the 12noon Mass which follows at St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry .
The Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead, invites you to The Solemn Profession of Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant. All are warmly invited to join the community. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

Urgent Appeal for Volunteers Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury supports children, families and communities. We are in urgent need of volunteers to help us to support families, to help with the running of our groups at our new Centre in Seacombe and to assist in our groups in local schools. We need male and female volunteers of all ages who can reliably offer 2-3 hours per week. If you feel you would like to join our team of reliable and friendly volunteers, please contact Rachel Hughes (Caritas Volunteer Coordinator) on 0151 652 1281 or by email: rachel.hughes@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

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

First Sunday of Lent. 10th  March, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: JUST TESTING

We tend to think of temptation in terms of a sin magnet. It’s the opposite pole to where we should be and like all magnetic opposites we’re attracted to it even though we know it’s wrong. The cake on the plate just seems to have a power that draws us; it attracts us because that’s what temptation does.

It surprises a lot of people that this is not really the meaning of temptation in the scriptures. The Greek word that we call temptation means something rather different. It means a “testing” or a “proving” of a person’s fidelity, integrity, virtue or constancy. So if I tempt you, I’m not simply trying to get you to eat the cake; what I am really doing is measuring your ability to remain faithful to your principles, seeing whether you really are the person you claim to be.

That’s what the devil did with Jesus in the desert. He put him to the test by first getting him to doubt himself (offering him greater status and power) and then getting him to be over-confident (jumping off the roof of the temple, sure that the angels would catch him).

The point of this episode is not that Jesus didn’t fancy jumping off. It’s that he didn’t allow himself to be deflected from being the person he knew he was. The devil tested him but Jesus didn’t budge.

In a strange way temptations can be constructive things because they can become growth points in our relationship with God and other people. I can “prove” my true qualities when I am offered the choice to reject God. Of course, it’s important to remember that no temptation, however repulsive to us, is ever a sin. In order to redeem us, as a human being Jesus was tempted at the roots of our human nature and yet he never sinned.

Temptation strengthened Jesus’ resolve to carry out the mission he received from the Father. As we begin our Lenten journey this week can see temptations either as a threat to us or else as moments when we can reaffirm our commitment to following Christ. Why not put it to the test?

 

WORD OF GOD

Jesus was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted thereby the devil for forty days. (Luke 4:1-2)

 

 

 

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Lord Jesus, you fasted for forty days in the desert:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you were tempted by the devil to reject your Father:

Christ, have mercy

Lord Jesus, you were like us in all things but sin:

Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God make us strong against temptation, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly.  ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(sml if poss),  squash/juice, UHT Milk,   tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

  A  “Welcome Café “  with the food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at      St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.  

 

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery  letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Sunday of Lent 10th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Ints Bob Purfield

For Our  Sick Priests

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 11th 9.15am Frank Casey RIP  
Tuesday 12th 9.15am Ints Tony Hyland  
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Ints Margaret Dunne  
Thursday 14th 7.30am Ints Elaine Mullins  
Friday 15th 11.30am  For the Poor and Hungry  
Saturday 16th      
Second Sunday of Lent 17th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Jamie Armstrong Anniv RIP

Ints Gerry & Phil Topping

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.30am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

 

Bishop Mark’s Lenten Pastoral Letter is enclosed with this bulletin: please read it carefully                                   

 

   Lent 2019 Masses & Services  at St John’s                                                                Each Thursday in Lent  Mass will be at 7.30am     Each Saturday in Lent  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 10.30 am- 11.30am

Each Sunday in Lent  Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church. This week led by the SVP.

Next week led by the Altar Servers .                                                                                 Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre.

 

 On the Wednesday’s of Lent Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch.  This week at Higher Bebington Methodist Church

 

 Tuesday’s Mass at 9.15am will be led by Year 1 from St John’s Infants School. Parents and Parishioners most welcome. Tea & Coffee after Mass at the back of Church

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans.

 

Children’s Liturgy Group helpers meeting next Sunday 17th March after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  If any of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with  Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard asap.

Lately Dead   Please pray for the repose of the soul of Terry Ferguson who died on 17th February. Funeral Mass at St Werburgh’s at 12 noon this Monday 11thMarch.  Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret Nicholl who died  in Arrowe Park Hospital on 3rd March. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Friday 22nd March at 11.30am.   May they  rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £517.12p.                                                          We wish also to acknowledge that  the  Parish has received £6,500……reclaimed Gift Aid monies and also a grant for £3,250 from the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom.                                                                          Your  offertory envelopes for the new financial year 2019/20 are now available on the table at the back of Church………please take your box

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY is next Friday 15th March Cafod Envelopes are available on the table at the back of Church and can be placed in the offertory basket anytime up to and including the weekend 30th/31st March. Friday’s 11.30am Mass will be offered for the Poor & Hungry of the World. Next Third World Group Meeting this Thursday at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.

 

 St John’s Junior School Mini Vinnie Cosy Café. Tea and refreshments will be served in St John’s Junior School Hall this Thursday 14th March between 2pm and 3.15pm.  If you would like to attend, please contact the school office Tel No 645 9615 to help cater for the number attending.

SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm

Parish Pastoral Team members please note that the date of the March meeting has been changed to Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any thoughts/ideas/suggestions for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box at the back of Church or in an envelope through the presbytery letterbox.

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of   Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

 

St John Plessington Catholic College has vacancies for Foundation-Governors . Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school.  If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest.  With thanks and best wishes.  John Williams, Chair of Governors Tel 0151 327 2799

 

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd March, 2019, Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: Exract from Seasons of the Word by Fr Denis McBride C.Sc.R.
The scene was market day in the city of Athens. Everyone was busy trying to find that elusive commodity called a bargain, and they were not averse to using their tongues and elbows to aid them in the task. In one corner of the market, however, there was a strange quiet: someone whom most people admired and respected walked among the crowd. He was a famous man, who had condescended to patronize the marketplace. People moved aside to let him have his walkabout. He was not a film or television star – the time still was BC – neither was he a member of the royal household. He was an orator renowned for his eloquence and patronage of lost causes. There was something very odd about his appearance. In spite of being a rich man, he wore tattered clothes; he dressed in rags with the diligence and care other people dress in formal clothes. He was clearly pleased at the theatrical impression he was making on the onlookers, until a voice in the crowd hailed him, “Antisthenes, Antisthenes, I can see your pride through the hole in your cloak”. For once, the great orator had nothing to say. If hypocrisy tries to make a profession of deceit, humility is a matter of honouring the truth about ourselves and other people. Humility is a candid acceptance of reality, an unfussy recognition of what is true. In today’s Gospel Jesus names as hypocrites those who notice faults in others but who are blind to their own shortcomings, thereby passing themselves off as something they are clearly not. In his teaching Jesus touches on an important subject in all personal relationships: how self-criticism is an essential part of genuine relations with other people. We know from experience that people can greet criticism with reactions that vary from eyebrow raising to nuclear war. How do you tell the truth to people without stealing their dignity or leaving them in the casualty department. What kind of heart is behind the way we criticize others. In the language of the Gospel, criticism must come from the store of goodness in our heart. If that goodness is absent, we would be better keeping silent. Sharing a bad heart converts no one. Sharing the goodness in our heart, however, is no guarantee that others will greet our criticism with applause. But then Jesus was rarely applauded when he exercised his critical mind. Like him, we have to soldier on – even when the ratings go down. |After all, as ethe Gospel also says: “the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th May 2019. £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on the notice board at the back of church.

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March) For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us: http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk 9

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery
letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 3rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Fr Mike Murray
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 4th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 5th 9.15am
7 pm Doreen Gibbs RIP
Novena
Ash Wednesday 6th 12 Noon St John’s Parish
Thursday 7th 7.30am Ints St John’s SVP
Friday 8th 9.15am
Harry Malin RIP
Saturday 9th
First Sunday of Lent 10th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Ints Bob Purfield
For Our Sick Priests
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses
Lent 2019
St John’s Programme of Masses and Services Ash Wednesday 6th March Mass at 12noon at St John’s Masses at St Anne’s at 9.30am & 7.30pm Each Thursday in Lent Mass will be at 7.30am Each Saturday in Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 10.30am until 11.30am Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church Several Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre L

On the Wednesday’s of Lent from 13th March Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time. If any more of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with either Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard.
Lately Dead: Please pray for Terry Ferguson who died on 17th February. Funeral Mass at St Werburgh’s at 12 noon on Monday 11th March. May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £591.49 p. Thank you also to all who contributed to the Retired Priest’s collections which totalled £321.33p
Third World Group Meeting. This Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.
SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm
Readers: There will be a meeting to go through the readings for Lent, Holy Week & Easter next Saturday 9th March in the Day Chapel beginning at 10am. Please make every effort to attend and if you can’t make it kindly let Dot Humphreys know
St John’s Junior School Mini Vinnie Cosy Café. Tea and refreshments will be served in St John’s Junior School Hall on Thursday 14th March between 2pm and 3.15pm. If you would like to attend, please contact the office at St John’s Junior School Tel No 645 9615 to help cater for the number attending.
Parish Pastoral Team members please note that the date of the March meeting has been changed to Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any ideas/suggestions for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box at the back of Church or in an envelope through the presbytery letterbox.
The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd
which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant. All are warmly invited to join the community. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.
See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

St John Plessington Catholic College – Governor Vacancies The school has vacancies for Foundation Governors on the Governing Body. Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school. If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest. With thanks and best wishes. John Williams, Chair of Governors Tel 0151 327 2799

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(sml if poss), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you for your continued generosity.

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

 

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. 24th February, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: NOBODY CROSSES ME!

 

Loving our enemies, forgiving them and praying for their happiness, is far easier to talk about than to do. This is shown by the statements of victims’ families after someone has been convicted of a crime. There is an almost unhealthy blood-thirst for prisoners to be given harsher sentences, no matter how long they already are, and for an “example” to be made of them. When someone whose loved one has been murdered actually comes out and shows concern for the murderer it is quite surprising not to say refreshing!

Yet if we read the words of Jesus today then we are left in no doubt about how we are supposed to treat those who have it in for us. We are to forgive them, pray for them and wish for their good. Anyone can love their friends but it’s harder to love our enemies.

Part of the problem is that we find it hard to admit that we are no better than our enemies. We claim the moral high-ground when people offend us. Yes, they have done us harm; there’s no point in pretending otherwise. But are we really any better and have we spent an entirely innocent life? Pride can blind us to many of our faults and failings. It’s easier to condemn our own sin in others.

It’s not humanly possible to love our enemies. We need the grace of God to do it. But, even for a Christian, loving enemies is only possible for those who have already acquired the gift of humility. And this gift is a grace not just a personality trait. It’s something we have to pray for. We can only love our enemies in the power of God’s love.

Jesus disliked some people but he never hated anyone. He loved those, including us, whose actions caused him to suffer. And he requires that we do the same. Getting our own back, getting even, serving the cold dish of revenge may be our natural inclination but Christ today tells us that our Christianity has to be radically different from the justice of the world. It has to be rooted in that forgiveness that Jesus won for us on the cross and for which we pray every time we use the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland,  13th May 2019.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

 

WORD OF GOD

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse youand pray for those who treat your badly. (Luke 6: 27-28)

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Don’t get mad, get even? Or should it be, don’t get mad, get equal? For if we genuinely recognised that we are all equal in God’s sight then we would be less prone to feel that insults are all one-way traffic. If we learn to pray for our enemies then it becomes harder to hate them.

 

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date: 1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

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Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Mary Bersola RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 25th 9.15am Peter Carr RIP  
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish RIP  
Wednesday 27th 9.15am Ints Peggy McAllister  
Thursday 28th 9.15am The Bell Family RIP  
Friday 1st 9.15am

1.00pm

Gerard Edwards RIP

Funeral Service –

Stan Williams

 
Saturday 2nd      
Eighth  Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr Mike Murray

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

First Forgiveness: The children from St John’s School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Forgiveness in a special service in Church on Thursday 28th February at 6.30pm. Please keep all the children and their families in your prayers.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  If any more of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with either Wilf Humphreys or    Fr Bernard.

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for         Stan Williams who died recently and whose Funeral Service will be held in Church on Friday                      1st March at 1pm. May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £551.63p.

World Day of Prayer will be held at Higher Bebington UDC Church,

Hr Bebington Road on Friday,

1st March at 2pm.

Theme “Come – Everything is Ready”. Light refreshments available.  All welcome.

 

Children’s Liturgy: Will be holding a further meeting on Saturday

2nd March at 10am in the Day Chapel.

 

Third World Group Meeting. Next meeting on Monday        4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

St John’s Junior School Mini Vinnie Cosy Café. Tea and refreshments will be served in St John’s Junior School Hall on Thursday 14th March between 2pm and 3.15pm.  If you would like to attend, please contact the office at St John’s Junior School Tel No 645 9615 to help cater for the number attending.

 

St John Plessington Catholic College – Governor Vacancies The school has vacancies for Foundation Governors on the Governing Body. Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school.  If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest.

With thanks and best wishes.

John Williams, Chair of Governors

Tel 0151 327 2799

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned tomatoes, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots and soap powder tablets. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity. A reminder of our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th February, 7pm at Wallasey Town Hall.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at      St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.  

 

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

 

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 17th February, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: FEELING HAPPY?

When we read the Beatitudes we can find ourselves becoming cynical. Do we really want to be poor? Do we yearn to weep? Do we long to be hated and hungry? Probably not. So how do we make sense of what Jesus is teaching his disciples? Do we simply pass the Beatitudes off as nice spiritual thoughts, maybe for nuns and monks enclosed in their monasteries, but thoughts that we really don’t want to embrace ourselves?

Often we misunderstand the words that Jesus is using. Take “poor”, for example. The word does not refer to economic conditions but to an attitude of mind. Instead it means someone who is devoted, who knows their absolute dependence on God. The opposite word, “rich” means self-reliant, self-sufficient or satisfied. So what Jesus is saying is not that poor people are better off than those with money but that it’s better to rely on God than to think we can go it alone. Those who know that the Lord holds them in the palm of his hand at every moment already possess the kingdom of God.

Our translations sometimes say “Happy are you…” or “Blessed are you…” The happiness of the Beatitudes is something that is not affected by circumstances. It is the bliss that God enjoys, one that is profound and unchanging. To believe in the promises of the Beatitudes means to be so centred on our relationship with God that the troubles and strife of this life cannot shake our faith.

So the obvious question for us when we listen to Jesus today is “Are we really happy?” Do we experience a great joy and comfort from our faith or do we find it a bind, an extra burden that non-believers are spared? Would life be easier for us if we didn’t have to practise our religion? Would we miss it if it weren’t there or would we be relieved?

When Jesus says that the kingdom of God “is” ours he is speaking on two levels. Our perseverance will win us eternal happiness in heaven. But it’s also ours here and now. Living the Beatitudes means enjoying the kingdom day in and day out. So the final question is clear: Do you feel blessed and are you happy?

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.  

 WORD OF GOD

A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord,with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside… (Jeremiah 17: 7-8)

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Generally speaking do you find that being a Christian is a blessing or a curse? Does following Christ make you count your blessings or do you consider it a bind and sometimes envy those who have no faith or religion?

 

 

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date: 1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 17th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Kate Hangley

(90th B.Day)

Edward Sabino RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 18th 9.15am McDyres & Kennedy Fams  
Tuesday 19th 12.30pm Funeral Mass –

Peter Carr

 
Wednesday 20th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 21st 9.15am Padraig Timmons  
Friday 22nd 9.15am Ints Bishop Mark Davies on Annv of his Ordination to the Episcopate  
Saturday 23rd      
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Mary Bersola RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

 

Thursday is a Day of Special Prayer for Racial Justice

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  If any more of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with either Wilf Humphreys or    Fr Bernard.

 

First Forgiveness: The children from St John’s School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Forgiveness in a special service in Church on Thursday             28th February at 6.30pm. Please keep all the children and their families in your prayers.

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the following parishioners who have died recently.  Peter Carr of Heathfield Road, Bebington Funeral Mass led by Fr Paschal on Tuesday 19th February at 12.30pm.   Stan Williams of Queen Mary’s Drive, Port Sunlight.  Funeral Service in Church on Friday 1st March 1pm. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £585.31p. The Diocesan Sick & Retired Priest’s Collection (taken last weekend) remains open for a further week should you still wish to make a donation

 

St John’s SVP Conference meet on Thursday’s at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

 

 

Children’s Liturgy: Following on from the meeting held on 9th February there will be a further meeting held on Saturday 2nd March at 10am in the Day Chapel.

 

 

Third World Group Meeting. Next meeting on Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

 

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

St John Plessington Catholic College – Governor Vacancies

The school has vacancies for Foundation Governors on the Governing Body. Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school.  If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest.

With thanks and best wishes. John Williams,

Chair of Governors Tel 0151 327 2799

 

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland,

13th May 2019.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on the notice board at the back of church.

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 in Ordinary Time. 10th February, 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: DEEPER WATER

We all like to feel comfortable and we all have our own little ways of doing things that we’ve got used to. That’s because by nature we’re creatures of habit. We don’t like to be put out or troubled by having to learn new ways. We like a quiet life.

Religious people sometimes use their faith in the same way. It becomes a comfort and a crutch, a way of doing things that makes them feel secure and unthreatened. Faith becomes the spiritual insurance policy that guarantees peace of mind.

But at the heart of faith is risk. Faith involves making that leap, walking along the path with no signs, trusting when you know that everything could go wrong. Faith is an invitation not to remain where we are but to seek ever new and more enriching pastures, to stretch ourselves, to be challenged in ways that we cannot even suspect but which will carry their own rewards. Christian faith, in particular, is not an anaesthetic but an adventure.

In today’s gospel we see Jesus telling Simon Peter to put out the boats into deeper water. Normally you don’t catch many fish by the edge of a lake; you have to be bold and move into the middle. And, sure enough, having fished all night long and caught nothing, it was when the disciples obeyed Jesus’ request to put out into deeper water that they not only caught fish but netted a catch that astounded them.

The deeper the water the more uncomfortable people feel, because you can’t touch the bottom. But the deeper the water the greater the catch. Our sluggishness encourages us to remain static in faith. We’re content to catch fish when Jesus promises us that we could be catching people, encouraging men and women to come to Christ. We’re prepared to do the basic minimum in our faith, to enjoy the view close to the shore, when Jesus promises us a magnificent experience on the high seas.

Today’s liturgy challenges us to be bolder in our relationship with God and with others, to grow in faith and trust, to move to areas in our lives that are as yet uncharted. Yes, we’re bound to have doubts about our safety. But God does not promise us a calm passage…just a safe landing.

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome

 

WORD OF GOD

Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Leave me Lord; I am a sinful man.”  (Luke 5:8)

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Jesus tells Simon Peter to row his fishing boat a little further into deeper water. Then it happens. They catch so many fish that their nets begin to tear. Staying in a comfortable religious place is tempting, but our faith only grows if we’re prepared to explore other waters.

 

 

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date:1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C

10th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Doreen Gibbs RIP

For all the Sick

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 11th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 12th 9.15am Eleanor McGuigan Annv RIP  
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Ints St John’s SVP  
Thursday 14th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Dunnion & McCormick Families  
Friday 15th 11.30am Funeral Service – Michael Keenan  
Saturday 16th 10.00am Ints Mary Heddle OCDS  
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C

17th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Kate Hangley

(90th B.Day)

Edward Sabino RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Thursday is a Day of Special Prayer for Europe.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

 

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  After the Gospel this weekend at both Masses (on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes : the World Day of Prayer for the Sick) there will be an opportunity for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick ……….to be anointed.

Lately Dead                                                            Your prayers are requested for the following parishioners who have died recently .                Mick Keenan of Sandringham Close,  Funeral service led by Fr Bernard in Church on Friday at 11.30am.                                                                 Peter Carr of Heathfield Rd Bebington Funeral Mass led by Fr Paschal on Tuesday 19th Feb at 12.30pm.                                                                          Stan Williams of Queen Mary’s Drive Port Sunlight Funeral Service in Church on Friday 1st Mar 1pm.                                                                 Also please pray for Deacon David Morris from St Albans Wallasey who died recently. His Funeral Mass is tomorrow (Monday) at 12 noon at St Alban’s.                                                              May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £561.04p                           There is a retiring collection today at both Masses for the Diocesan Priest’s Retirement Fund please be generous and if you are a Gift Aid payer please use one of the envelopes on the table at the back of Church.                      

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitalite will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with mass at 3.30pm this  Sunday

10th February at St Hugh and St John RC Church,   314 Manchester Road, Timperley WA14 5NB. (Please use the postcode WA14 5HL for the car park)
Mass will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the parish hall. All are welcome especially members of the Hospitalite and past and current pilgrims.
The Hospitalite looks forward to seeing you all there.

 

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church.  The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

 

 

St John’s SVP Conference meet on Thursday’s at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

 

The Lay Carmelite Group meet at St John’s next Saturday for 10am Mass and their monthly day of prayer and reflection.

 

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

 

Many thanks to those who came to the Third World Group Meeting last Monday. Next meeting on Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

Thank you to those who came to the Children’s Liturgy meeting on Saturday. 

If you would like to help in any way in our Parish……….please let Fr Bernard know.

 

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd February, 2019, Cycle C

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you for your continued generosity.

A “Welcome Café “ with the distribution of surplus food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome

WORD OF GOD
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1: 5)

WORD FOR TODAY
Christians are not consumers. They are salespeople. Because of our baptism each of us is commissioned to be a prophet: to proclaim in our places of work, in our homes and our society that God is great and that the way to live a fully satisfying life is by following Jesus his Son.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery
letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: A MISSED CHANCE

Prophets and prophecy jump out from almost every line of today’s scripture. First of all we come across Jeremiah. He’s only a lad and so he’s apprehensive when God calls him to be a prophet. But God says that before Jeremiah was even born God knew him and chose him to speak on his behalf to the people.
Of course, Jeremiah isn’t an exception. God knew us too when we were in our mothers’ wombs. He created us and formed us with his own particular task for us in mind. From our baptisms we’ve been anointed (with real oil!) as prophets and it’s our role as Christians to speak about God to others.
Then we come across Jesus in his hometown synagogue. He’s just finished quoting a passage from Isaiah about how God will set his people free to live life to the full, and then he makes the astonishing claim that he’s the one who will do this!
What a lot of rubbish! Who does he think he is? He’s just the carpenter’s son; we all know his family; he lived here as a child and played on our streets.
So we’ve found one person who didn’t want to be a prophet and another who wasn’t believed when he began to be one.
What does the incident with Jeremiah tell us about our own timidity when it comes to speaking out about our faith? Maybe it tells us that God is prepared to use us as his messengers but that his Spirit can reach people despite our shortcomings. So let’s not say that we are too young, too ignorant or too unimportant. It’s God who is speaking, not us.
And the scene with Jesus is another reminder that people often reject prophets when they don’t seem to fit the image. This tells us more about the people than Jesus. They didn’t see their own need for what Jesus was offering. God visited their village but they didn’t recognise him. They were given the opportunity but they missed it. When he comes to our village are we any better or do we let the chance go begging?

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm ‘Thank you’, Father B
Pat Dobbie RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 4th 9.15am
Ints Phil & Gerry Topping
Tuesday 5th 9.15am

7.00pm St John’s Yr 2 in church
Ints Elaine Mullins
Novena
Wednesday 6th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Brockway & Callaghan Families
Thursday 7th 9,15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 8th 9.15am Victims of Trafficking
Saturday 9th
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 10th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Doreen Gibbs RIP
For all the Sick
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass, which will be held in the main church, we look forward to welcoming the children and their parents & families from Year 2 at St John’s School. As usual, and thanks to our faithful group of parishioners, tea/coffee/ biscuits will be available after Mass at the back of Church

This Tuesday being the First Tuesday in February means that at 7pm the monthly Benediction and Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held in Church at 7pm. All most welcome.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £584.97p.
Third World Group: At the beginning of Lent it would be good to relaunch the Third World Group/CAFOD Group here at St John’s. If you are interested in Third World issues & projects and would like to be part of the group please come to a meeting in the presbytery on Monday 4th February at 6.30pm. All parishioners most welcome especially if you have been involved in CAFOD groups etc before.
Children’s Liturgy: If you are interested have or been involved in this important ministry before at St John’s or elsewhere and would like to help us restart Children’s Liturgy at 9.30am Mass and look at putting together a Children’s Mass once a quarter on a Sunday at 9.30am please come to a meeting in the Day Chapel on Saturday 9th February at 10am.
Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage. This year the Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12noon on Saturday 9th February at St Columba’s Chester. All married couples and
families are welcome but if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th, and 60th) and wish to attend the Mass please let
Fr Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitalite will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with mass at 3.30pm on Sunday
10th February at St Hugh and St John RC Church, 314 Manchester Road, Timperley WA14 5NB. (Please use the postcode WA14 5HL for the car park)
Mass will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the parish hall. All are welcome especially members of the Hospitalite and past and current pilgrims.
The Hospitalite looks forward to seeing you all there.

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd
which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant. All are warmly invited to join the community. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony,
See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.