Thu, December 13, 2018

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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 £952.50
Thank you for your great generosity!

11th November 2018 – Thirty Second Sunday of the Year (B)

Please pray for those who are sick:
Marjory Gatens, James Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (7yrs), Peter Mooney, Euan Leslie, Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson, Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins and Derek Voysey
† those who have died recently:  
James Pye and Angela Coyle
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:  
Kathleen McConnachie, Sarah Jackson, Tony McCrorey & Isobel McCrorey, Gordon Gault, Mattie (Skelton) Jamieson & Robert Jamieson, Anne Stevenson, Margaret McCrorey, Thomas Kearney and Mary Kearney
Remembrance Sunday Service will be held at 12:30pm on 11th November at the Cenotaph
Lourdes Hospitalité:  The Mass for deceased members with reunion and AGM will take place on Monday 12th November at 7pm in St Ninian’s, Gourock.  Anyone who has been on Pilgrimage or is interested in being involved is invited to attend. Also, the Fundraising Ceilidh tickets are now available for the ceilidh on 30th November. It is being held in the Celtic Club, Greenock . Tickets are £5 and are available by contacting Anne Louise 01475 638132
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 (formerly known as Level 1).  The next sessions will be held in St. Mirin’s Parish Hall, Paisley on Wednesday 14th November at 7pm or Monday 26th November at 10am.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register. 
St Stephen’s Christmas Fayre - St. Stephen's are having their Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st December. The fayre will be open from 10:00am until 1:00pm. There will be raffles, a variety of stalls, tombola, Christmas cafe, Santa's Grotto, musical talent and learning about the true meaning of Christmas. This will be a fantastic family day out. Please bring your friends and family along and join us to get into the festive spirit. 
Diocese of Paisley Youth Pilgrimage Salamanca 2019:  There will be a Pilgrimage to Salamanca, Spain, for school pupils currently in s3-s6 from Saturday 29th June till Friday 5th July. Pilgrimage cost is £575. There will be an information meeting on November 11th at the St. Mirin's Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley at 1.30pm. For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison on 0141 889 5056 or e-mail
St. Margaret’s Adoption Society: are currently looking to recruit prospective adopters. If you have ever thought about adoption as a way to grow your family and would like to know more, please contact our office for a chat with one of our friendly and experienced staff on 0141 332 8371 or email 
Month of the Holy Souls – November is the month when we remember all our dead.  November Lists are available at the back of the church.  Mass is said throughout the month for all those we remember on our November Lists.
Gift Aid Information - If you have not already done so could I ask that you fill out the form requesting Gift Aid information as soon as possible.  This is to enable us to update our records and ensure that we are accurately claiming the appropriate amounts from HMRC.  The forms can be found at the back of the church and once completed can be inserted into the ‘Green Box’.  Thank you for your help.
Christmas Charity Dinner: There will be a Christmas Charity Evening in St. Mirin’s Cathedral Halls on Saturday 1st December 7.30pm to 11.30pm.  Three course dinner with entertainment and a paying bar will be available. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Diocese. £25 per person.  Email or telephone 0141 889 2404.
It is impossible to comprehend that we are living in such a chasm of rich and poor, our multiple multi billionaires living in ongoing wealth.  We consider those at the other end of the scale where many who have a reasonable income to live on, yet only a footfall away from their comfortable standard of living, their health and wealth may be compromised due to any injury or life changing incident, financial crash or death.  Then we have the poorest of the poor, so poor that unless we were to see them face to face, we would not appreciate their terrible plight.  Many of a certain age however may well have a picture seared upon their mind of the terrible horrors of the Biafra War and the starvation of the children, literally skin and bone.  Due now to mass media such tragedy can be seen in an instant.  These images now can be a sad measurement of what it means to be rich or poor yet still presents so many variations and possibilities.  As you know many are rich but not happy but we have to remember rich people are happy also and do great things for others.  We see many images of the poor in financial terms but may well be rich in terms of love and blessings of God and belief and vice versa.  As we hear today of Jesus commenting upon those who may be well to do, very rich putting in their offering, a great deal and very generous but often from what was left over.  Yet a poor widow put in two small coins the equivalent of a penny.  Jesus drew them to the attention of the widow, who put in all she had to live on.  This may also reflect a corrupt system evident today, the great burdens often put upon the poorest.
Today is a special day on this Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day, the hundredth anniversary of the war to end all wars, and a pledge there would be no more war.  Indeed what we must keep in mind is not the glory of war but the sad and painful gift of all those living and dead who gave their life and service that others may live.  As we think of the giving of the poor widow, this was not just a donation but a giving of her life, an offering of herself.  Notwithstanding the aspect of being called to serve in the military, many would be aware of not the glory of war but the value of peace.  We are all called to pray for and promote peace in our homes, our Church and our community.  Every aspect of looking to peace national, and indeed world peace, is crucial and essential.  We remember today those who gave their lives in warfare and conflict throughout history.  We remember today a special remembrance for those who died in the First World War, of the parish, and whose names are listed.  We pray especially for all who have died in warfare and conflict and those who are grieving today for family and loved ones, who gave their body and blood on the arena of battle.  We pray too for a peace to end all wars.  This wish and need for peace does not only start at great assemblies and coming together of nations, but in the soul, mind, body and heart of each one of us.  The essential element for all of us is a soul and heart filled with prayer focused and channelled towards the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We remember too Jesus is Our Prince of Peace and Mary Our Queen of Peace.  Our Holy Father Pope Francis speaks often of peace and is committed to peace and not warfare.  We are all aware of the prayer of his patron St. Francis, its opening line, "Lord make me an instrument of your peace".  We should never underestimate the sign of peace at each Mass.  This is surely our sign of love and peace, of fellowship with God and one another as instruments of peace.  In the midst of celebrating this very special time of Remembrance Sunday, remembering all who have died in war and conflict, we commend them to the love and mercy of God.  We remember them today and particularly during this month of the Holy Souls.  We also commit ourselves, each in our own way, will be instruments of peace, making each sign of peace a link with heaven and earth and A Sign and Prayer for World Peace.  Each exchange of "Peace be with you", will be a living prayer in that there may be peace at home and throughout the world.  As we think of the poor widow, truly she gave of herself, of all she had.  Rich or poor we are called to give of ourselves in love and charity, praying for peace, that the world will be a better place.  Our consolation is that in our daily prayer, we know that our loved ones, living and dead, are safely in the hands of God.
"For the soul thou holdest dearest let prayers arise,
The voice of love is mighty and will pierce the skies."
 (The Souls of the Faithful)
"They shall not grow old, as we are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
 (For the Fallen, Laurence Ø Toole).
Be a#RedWednesday Champion of Faith – 28th November 2018:  Will you, your parish, school or groups join with Aid to the Church in Need, and our UK partner CSW, to Stand Up for Faith and Freedom this #RedWednesday? The world is largely silent, so it is up to us to defend religious freedom and shine a light on the suffering of persecuted Christians and others – especially in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and Burma. Your prayers and ACTION are vital. BE VISIBLE. Wear something red. Light your parish or local landmark red. For information; prayer resources; lighting instructions; to add your event/action to ACN’s #RedWednesday Map and for a FREE fundraising pack to help displaced Christian families in Syria go to:
Lectio Divina :"Lectio Divina" is a Latin term that means "divine reading". Come along and delve deeper into the Scriptures through meditative reading at St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy Centre throughout November. Our sessions begin at 3pm on Sunday 11th and 18th November. Our speakers are Fr. John Morrison, Fr. Matthew Carlin and Bishop John Keenan. All welcome.
Paisley Faith ForumMemento Mori- What does the Catholic Church teach about life after death? What does the Church teach about reincarnation and spiritualism? What is purgatory? Does Hell really exist and is anyone there? In a series of four talks given throughout the month of November, Fr. John Morrison will seek to answer these questions and a whole lot more! Talks will be begin at 7pm at St. Mirin's Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November. All welcome!
20-40 Network Quiz Night:Aged 20-40? Our events are a great place for meeting fellow young Catholics. We are having a Quiz night in St. Mirin's Cathedral Hall so why not come along and test your knowledge of all things Scottish to bring in St. Andrew's Day. Saturday 24th November at 7pm. Email to buy a £10 ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can’t make this one. 
SCIAF CHARITY DINNER:  We’d love you to join us at our Charity Ball for an evening of live music, dinner, raffles and entertainment, to raise funds for our life changing work. We are certain this will be another joyful evening and I warmly invite you to join us in celebrating the work of SCIAF and in reflecting on the challenges that we all face as we strive for a fairer and more just world. Individual tickets are priced at £75 and tables of ten are available for £700 and all monies made will go towards our vital work with some of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. Please contact  or call 0141 354 5555 for details

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