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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 £926.00
Collection for Sri Lanka now totals £740.00
Thank you for your great generosity!

19th May 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)

Please pray for those who are sick: 
James Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (7yrs), Peter Mooney, Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson,
Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey, Ben Arkless (age 4yrs), Monsignor Peter Smith, Josephine Watson and
Lorna Murray
† those who have died recently:  
Margo Johnson, Elizabeth Cleary, Tomas MacConraoi (Dublin), Elizabeth Ayliffe
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:  
Annie McKenna, Ann Gillespie, George Tracey, Robert & Elizabeth Carswell, Hugh Johnstone, Gertrude Brophy, Susan Carroll, Charlie & Maud McGurk, Joseph McCulloch (Snr), Joseph McCulloch (Jnr),
Joseph Gault, Susana Gault, Colin Bellew and Terenzo Ginesi (one month’s mind)
Vocations News:  One of our students for the Priesthood, Joe McGill (St. Joseph’s, Clarkston) will be accepted as a Candidate for Ordination during Mass at the Scots College, Rome, on Wednesday evening.  Please keep Joe and all of our students in your prayers at this time.  If you’d to know more about the Diocesan priesthood please contact Fr. John Morrison e-mail: or tel 01418895056
Marian Holy Hours - On each of the four Sundays in May there will be a Marian Holy Hour from 4.30pm to 5.30pm in St Laurence's, Greenock.
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland - As part of their fundraising efforts for Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) Tom and Carol Ann Tracey have organised a Bingo/Jewellery night and raffle in the Regent Club, Greenock, on Friday 24th May starting at 7.30pm.  Entry is £2 at the door and this includes a supper.  All welcome.
The Inverclyde Across to Lourdes Group will be opening the charity shop in Bay Street, Port Glasgow, for 3 weeks from Monday 6th May.  Donations are welcome in the shop. The group are requiring male and female helpers to accompany them by Jumbulance on their Pilgrimage at the end of June. 
20-40 Network Events:  20-40 Network organise social events for young Catholics aged 20-40. On 19th May they are doing an underground tour of Central Station. On 25th May they have hired a table in slouch. It would be lovely to see some old and new faces at these events. If you fancy coming along just email for more info.
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 sessions will be held at 7pm on:
Tuesday 4th June – Diocesan Offices, Paisley,
Thursday 13th June – St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Greenock,
Tuesday 18th June – St. Joseph’s & St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Wemyss Bay.   
Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register.
New Dawn in Scotland s1 - s6 Pupils: A day for s1 - s6 pupils will be held at St Mirin’s Church Hall, Paisley, Pentecost Saturday— 8th June 2019.  The day will begin at 10am with welcome and registration and end with the Vigil Mass of Pentecost @ 4.30pm. Our guest speaker is Tony Fitzpatrick, ex-professional footballer who is now the current Director of Football at St Mirren FC.  Tony has a wonderful testimony that will challenge and encourage us all in our faith journey.  For more information and to book places, please contact 07799 608 399
A simple Rosary for the month of May - May is the month where we recite the holy Rosary, each day meditating on the mysteries of Christ's life, death and resurrection.  If you are new to the Rosary, here is a simple video that will teach you how to pray. Link here…
The word love is a word spoken, written and sung about over and over again throughout the centuries.  Many people have been filled with well being through loving experiences, many others may not have been so fortunate.  For true love it is necessary to experience love and sacrifice.  Jesus, as we know, loved us so much that He gave His life for us that we may be saved for all eternity.  Jesus says to his Disciples and to us, 'I give you a new commandment:  love one another just as I have loved this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my Disciples.'  There are endless examples of wonderful acts of love where many ordinary individuals give also of their very selves for the good and well being of others.  How many times have we heard of people using the word and professing the word love, husband to wives, parents to children, and people in a whole range of caring situations and loving relationships.  Sadly for others this may not be the case.  Instead of love, the reality is abuse, violence, lack of respect for others.  Many people have no true understanding of love, many say the word yet it is never verified in reality due to a range of reasons which can bring outcomes fearful and demonic.  Daily is the battle between good and evil.  Our Saviour offers us the loving power of the Cross, the Glory of the Resurrection.  He has conquered death and evil, yet the battle goes on, some choose another road way from the path of His Love, His Peace, His Mercy.  We are fortunate that many do appreciate and understand the value of love.  Many throughout the world have given their lives for others.  Jesus, however, is speaking of a love which knows no end and which has a richness and manifestation which professes the glory of God, reminds us that true love is not without sacrifice.  Jesus calls us friends, this includes sacrifice and true love, which encompasses God's everlasting love for us.  Jesus' love is not dependent upon our friends and favourites but rather includes the poor, the suffering, the most needy, all in an endless embrace of love and fellowship.  As we are called to share in Christ's glory we realise we are invited to a combined life with love, suffering and care for others.  From this love of Jesus, a new commandment is overflowing in love, for the glory of God and the perfection and well being of others.
St. Irenaeus reminds us, 'the Glory of God is man fully alive.'  We know of people in our own family, friends, the society and the world in which we live, leading exemplary lives.  The Saints, living and dead, can be good examples of generosity of spirit and love, suffering for the love of Jesus.  We live in a world of violence, hatred and exploitation.  No respect for life as we hear of many incidents in our own community, crime, violence even to death.  We consider threats country to country, waging war upon others, overthrowing the world with nuclear war, sure destruction of others and self.  Obliteration and destruction awaits our violent world, unless we can understand the love of Christ Our Saviour.  True love is only assured in Him.  We only have to look in our local and national newspapers and television screens to note the lack of love and peace in our world.  The terrible things we see happening before our eyes.  Information technology, our I-pads, phones, watches can show in horrific detail love breaking down.  Many are tortured for their faith, bombed or attacked.  The meaning of human love and God's love is disappearing because they have turned from His love.  Even in our own home love and peace can disappear as selfishness takes primacy.  We often can cause a level of disturbance which disables love, peace and calm in our Home, Church and Community.  We are called to model ourselves in Christ Jesus.  We are called to love one another, as Jesus loves us.  Christian love, Charity, Peace is our banner, our sign that Jesus is Our Saviour.  We await the Lord’s coming as He returns to the Father and looks to the coming of the Spirit.  We will be enfolded in the love and glory of Father, Son and Spirit.  We all need to share the love of Jesus as Church and as Community in our world.  Beg pardon for those times we have sought after false love, selfish ways.  We are called to restore the image and love as we await His coming now and at the end of time.  At Mass in Word and Sacrament the living Word of Jesus is shared and proclaimed among us.  In Bread and Wine at each Mass we realise that His Body And His Blood is given to us.  Jesus gives His love to us, we too must share His love to others.  We are called to share God's love especially amongst the poor and needy.  Our calling is to share the true love of Jesus with those whom we love and those also most needing God's love.  Consider those whom we ignore, avoid, or when seeing them, cross to the other side.  Our embrace of the poor, and those sharing God's love, is our gateway to heaven.
"To our needy world of today love and beauty You portray, showing the path to Christ we must trace.  Mary, Our Mother, Hail, Full of Grace."
Pentecost Novena: “I invite you to join me in praying our Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit again this year when, as a diocesan family, we prepare ourselves for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Church and our mission” Bishop John +   The Diocesan Commission for Evangelisation is promoting this online Novena for the 9 days from Ascension Thursday (30th May) till Pentecost Sunday (9th June).  To sign up please access the web address or logon on to the diocesan web page each day.
Problems for Diocese as Visiting Clergy face UKBA Changes to Visas for Ministers of Religion:Calling on the UK Government to suspend changes to new immigration rules for visiting priests to the UK and to meet with representatives of faith communities to hear their concerns over the visa changes. Please contact your local MP asking them to sigh the Early Day Motion.
SPUC Scotland – The Right Side Tour:Justice, Truth, History: Be on the right side.  Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – Scotland.  A tour of Scotland informing on and resisting the campaign for the extension and decriminalization of abortion. Thursday 30th May; 7:30 pm - St. Mary’s Church Hall, Greenock - Hosted by SPUC Inverclyde, as part of their AGM. For more information visit: or contact: / 0141 221 2094
Stronghold Festival:  Aged 16 - 35? The Stronghold Festival is for you! Join hundreds of people on this 4-day Catholic Festival, camping in the stunning Highlands for a powerful weekend of Adoration, Sacraments, music, talks, hill walks, evening fun and loads more! 24th-27th May 2019, Craig Lodge, Dalmally. Check out the amazing line up of speakers and book your place through our page: - we hope to see you there! Should you wish to find out more information, feel free to contact us via email
St. Margaret’s Adoption Society: Have you ever considered adoption as a way to grow your family? Could you provide a loving, stable family environment for a child who needs a forever home? If you would like to find out more about the adoption process, please visit or contact us on 0141 332 8371 or e-mail

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