Mon, September 23, 2019



The Newsletter of St. John the Baptist Parish

23 Shore Street, Port Glasgow PA14 5HD, Tel: 01475 741139

Scottish Charity No. SCO13514

Parish Priest - Reverend Maurice Callaghan


MASS:                 Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri:  9:30am
                           Thu:  7:00pm
                           Sat:   10:00am
                           Sun:  Vigil (Sat) 6:00pm, 9:30am,                                           11:00am
CONFESSIONS:  Thu:  6:30 – 7:00pm
                           Sat:  10:30 – 11:00am
DEVOTIONS:      Thu:  6:30 – 7:00pm
Please try to give Fr. Maurice a few weeks’ notice
for baptisms and at least six months’ notice for weddings.
Last Sunday’s collection raised £1,155.50
Thank you for your great generosity!

8th September 2019 – Twenty Third Sunday of the Year (C)

Please pray for
† those who are sick: James Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (7yrs), Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson, Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey, Ben Arkless (age 4yrs), Monsignor Peter Smith, Josephine Watson, Lorna Murray, Anna Mazzoni, Elizabeth Hurrell, Marlene Griffiths, Bill Carlin, Niamh Currie and Megan Edwards
† those who have died recently:  Sheila McLaughlin, Margaret Crossan, John Donnelly, William Moffat and Jacqueline Kennedy
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:  John Mulholland, May Wallace, Francis & Rose Connolly, Thomas McBrearty, Father Colm Fox
N. B This Thursday 12th September there will be no evening Mass, Service or confesssions. Confessions will be moved from Saturday morning 10-10.30am to Saturday evening at 5.30pm prior to 6p.m Mass.
Visits to the relics of St. Therese. A schedule is on the noticeboard at the back of the church. A particular slot is given to churches should they wish to visit as a parish group and we have been allotted the 10-11 pm slot on Saturday 14th September. A visit at any time would be a time of grace in your life
There will be no bulletin next Sunday. Recent deaths, anniversaries and sick will be held over until bulletin on 22nd September
Special Collection 7th/8th September:  There will be a second collection this weekend for Pro-Life.  The money collected is sent to SPUC to support their very important and good work.  The last amount raised from this collection by our Diocese was £6,508.
The Annual Novena to St. Peregrine (Patron of Cancer Patients) will begin on Wednesday 11th September at 6.30pm in St. Joseph’s, Greenock, for Nine Consecutive Wednesdays. Prior to Novena Mass at 6.00pm. Tea in the hall afterwards.  All welcome.
Legion of Mary - Monthly Fatima Celebrations:  The vigil Mass in honour of Our Lady of Fatima at Howwood will be on Thursday, 12th September.  A bus will leave from the Holy Rosary Residence, Union St. Greenock at 6.15pm with stops at Wellpark, St. Laurence’s  at  Belville St., Ratho St. and  Port Glasgow.  Phone 722465 for more information.
Have You Become a Friend Yet?  Just a wee reminder to you to make sure you sign up to our diocesan Friends Project. You can drop your forms into the collection plate or hand them in at the sacristy after Mass or send them to the diocese in the freepost envelopes available.  Remember if every member of our diocese pledges just £5.00 a year we will clear our deficit and go into surplus. 
St Therese of Lisieux in Paisley Diocese next weekend - The relics of Saint Therese arrive in our Diocese next weekend! You may have seen their arrival in Carfin where 5,000 attended the Pilgrim Mass and over 10,000 visited the relics with their personal prayers and petitions over the weekend.  Now it is our turn to receive Saint Therese and many blessings for ourselves and our loved ones, our priests, parishes and diocese. Do make sure to make your own personal visit to this Saint, the Little Flower, whose powerful intercession for ordinary folk is so well known.  Here is her itinerary: Saturday 14th September: 5.30pm Reception and Vigil Mass St Mary’s, Greenock with Bishop John, followed by private and parish visits.  Sunday 15th September 12am-5am- All-night Vigil, 9.30am Mass and departure for St Mirin’s Cathedral.  12noon Mass at Cathedral with Bishop John.  Polish Mass 2.30pm. 5.00pm Evening Prayer and Benediction. Parish and private visits between liturgies.  Monday16th September 12am-6am: All-night Vigil followed by masses. Mass at 12noon with Bishop John - open to all, followed by our farewell to the relics.  See leaflets and Paisley Diocese website for more details. Both churches will be open at all times while the relics are present.
Annual Vocations Mass:  This year our annual Diocesan Vocations Mass will take place on Tuesday 10th September at 7pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral. Please come along and pray for vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life in our Diocese. Refreshments will be available in the Cathedral halls after Mass.  All welcome.
For Vocations Awareness Week 2019, "Priests for Scotland" invite young people in our schools or parish youth groups to reflect on how they see themselves as God's "work of art": how do they think God calls them? What gifts or talents has he given them to use and how are they using them? How are they discovering their "true selves"? How are they giving of themselves and their gifts to others? In short, we invite reflection on what it takes to be the kind of person God wants me to be, and how, for some, that might mean thinking about a vocation to priesthood or religious life of some kind.
As we consider Vocations Awareness Week it is amazing how our country is inspired, by the little French girl from Alencon who would indeed plead with the Pope to enter the Carmel at Lisieux a year early at fifteen.  At the Convent already were her three Sisters.  St. Therese of Lisieux received permission from the Pope and she entered Carmel at Lisieux.  She would devote herself to God fulfilling her life by following the "Little Way”, continually finding God in small things throughout the day, praying for the Missions and Missionaries and for the Sick.  She entered, as you know, at fifteen and called to eternity at the age of twenty four due to tuberculosis.  A lovely commemorative brochure has been produced with many interesting articles and insights in the life of St. Therese.  Our Bishops of Scotland sent messages, comments came from many individuals.  Some have shared insights of the life and sanctity of St. Therese.  Some who may have managed to Carfin last weekend for Solemn Mass, for the National Pilgrimage in honour of St. Therese of Lisieux in the Grotto, with the Bishops of Scotland, were blest with a beautiful turnout and a miracle in itself, that although there were a few cloudy moments sunshine drenched the day, with sunshine during the Mass and beyond.  We look forward to the Relics of St. Therese coming to our own Diocese next weekend.  They will be received into The Holy Rosary Convent, Greenock, on Saturday 14th September and thereafter transfer to St. Mary's Parish for 5.30pm Vigil Mass, 6.30pm parish visits and at 12 am beginning of all night vigil.  On Sunday from 5.00am to 9.00 am there will be public veneration of the relic and parish visits.  There will be Celebration of Sunday Mass in St. Mary's at 9.30am then departure of the relics to St. Mirin's Cathedral.  At 12.00 noon Solemn Mass for the Solemnity of St. Mirin, then the public celebration of the Polish Mass at 2.30pm, after which public veneration of the relics from 3.30pm until 5.00pm with evening prayer and Benediction.  From 6.00 pm till midnight, veneration of the relics.  Then from midnight to 6.00am all night vigil.  From 6.00 am to 9.00 am public veneration of the relics and parish visits.  There will be 10.00am Mass for Primary 7 pupils and at 12 noon celebration of Mass with Secondary Pupils, then at 1.00pm Farewell ceremony for St. Therese's relics.  The relics will then leave at 1.30pm for a visit to Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow. This programme is more than a timetable, it is a spiritual journey.
As many of you know, many go on a pilgrims way often also by foot.  Some of our young people of the Diocese last Saturday travelled and walked the St. Andrew's Way and managed back for Carfin...though not by foot!  Many of you are aware, there are a great number of Holy places in our country and throughout the world.  Indeed we can walk in the footsteps of the Saints in many parts of our own country.  As we know Galloway has St. Ninian’s Cave and a number of Pilgrims made their way along the Sea Shore.  They also had the Little Flower last Sunday.  We have more holy places than we perhaps realise.  We are fortunate that many of our Churches can remain open.  Thank God we are still able to visit our Churches during the day.  A number of people may well be visiting every Diocese and Church, or may be walking or using whatever transport with St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and the Holy Face, the Little Flower.  As we think of the Little Flower’s writing especially, The Story of a Soul, we are part of this journey especially as the Little Flower is with us as she journeys through our country, what a beautiful privilege and joy.  To walk with her and be with her, will help us.  It is important to remember the Churches hosting the Relics and Dioceses are open to all of us, although the days are passing there is still some time, the nearest of course for us will be St. Mary's, Greenock, and St. Mirins Cathedral.  The short life of the Little Flower was very much based on the 'Little Way' which she collated at the request of her sister.  Some of us can make life complex and difficult for ourselves and be so easily distracted.  Some have very difficult and challenging lives thrust upon them.  St. Therese died age twenty four with tuberculosis.  She experienced sadness and challenge in her life but also experienced great love and joy in her family but sadness too.  Her love and trust in God and Our Blessed Lady filled her with great joy, with great trust in God's Love and Mercy.  Today's Gospel speaks of taking up our cross, the sign of all disciples for all of us.  We all have our particular vocation from God.  All our cross to bear, reassured walking in the ways of Jesus.  Theresa trusted Our Blessed Lady, appreciating Her great power of intercession as Mother of Jesus, Mother of God and Mother of us all.  This is an invitation, always trust in the mercy and love of God.  Like St. Therese who knew many crosses, trusting them to Jesus, by her 'Little Way', will help us all along life's way.  We pray that as a result of the visitation of the Little Flower to our shores we may grow in faith, many will return to the Church and Faith by her, 'Little Way'.  She reminds us, 'Holiness consists simply in doing God's will and being just as God wants us to be.'
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES OR PENDING PVG CERTIFICATES: Volunteers doing or planning to do regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should complete the Safeguarding Training, Induction Part 1.  The next session will be held in the Diocesan offices, Incle Street, Paisley on: Tuesday 24th September at 7pm. Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office or 0141 847 6138 to register. 
Safeguarding Training, Induction Part 2: The new Safeguarding Part 2 Training session, is for volunteers who have previously attended Safeguarding Training Part One, or Safeguarding Training Level one, more than 18 months ago.  If you attended Safeguarding Training Level One in 2016 or 2017, you should put your name forward for Safeguarding Training Part 2.   Sessions are available on Monday 9th Sept at 7pm St. Ninian’s, Gourock, Tuesday 10th Sept at 7pm St. Patrick’s, Greenock.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office or 0141 847 6138 to register.
Youth to Lourdes 2020 #vision: We are currently in the process of arranging the Youth Lourdes Pilgrimage for 2020. The Pilgrimage will leave Scotland on Thursday 25th June 2020. We will arrive in Lourdes on Friday 26th June. We will arrive back in Scotland on Friday 3rd July. The pilgrimage is open to anyone in the present s3, s4, s5 or s6. The cost this year is £575.00. The deposit to reserve a place is £75. If deposits are paid, however, by or on Sunday 1st September we will be able to offer a reduced price of £535.00 #earlybirdoffer. Places are reserved only upon payment of the deposit and the return of the application form. Our first group meeting will be at the St. Mirin's Chaplaincy Center, 45 High Street, Paisley on Sunday 1st September at 1.30pm. If you like to know more please contact Fr. John Morrison at St. Fergus', Paisley on 0141889 5056 or e-mail
What Catholics Believe and Why They Believe It: A Short Course: If you want you want to know what you believe as a Catholic and why you believe it come to this Thursday evenings short course.  By the end you will learn how the Catholic Faith all fits together and makes sense; from beliefs to worship, from morals to spirituality and devotions.  Teachers: Bishop John and Francesca Vannini, RE Specialist.  UWS Chaplaincy, Thursdays 5 September to 12 December, 7.00-9.00pm. For more info or to express and interest email


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