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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 £928.50
Thank you for your great generosity!



15th April 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter (B)

Please pray for: 
            †  those who are sick: Morgan Crawford, Neily Docherty, Charles Barry, Betty McFadden, Kate Heaney, Mamie Johnson, Betty Campbell, Paul Gurney, Ann Sweeney, Rose Rodgers, Ann Docherty, Thomas Hagan, Sadie Stanton, Laura Clarke, Leah Weston, Hughie Muir, Callum Gibson, Kathleen Farren, Sandra Thomson, Maria Jane Parolari, Liam McLaughlin, Jean Higgins, Euan Leslie, Angela Murray, Mary Kincaid, Hugh Lowrie, Rosie Mitchell, Isabel Gibson, Derek Voysey, Marjory Gatens, Fe Gresham, Dionicia Gonzales, Mary McAlindon, James Brannigan, Isabella Gilmartin, Anna Mazzoni, Monsignor Peter Smith, Charles McDonald, Liz Hagan, John Bell, Jean & Tom McCahill, Korbin Gabb (5 yrs),Charlie Branwhite, John Livingstone, Finley Monachan, Andy Adams, Arthur McAra,  Frank Lombardi, Alice Knox,  John Buchanan, Jim Rodgers, Mary McIntyre, Stewart McCullagh (24 yrs.), Joseph Monaghan, Harriet and Grace Campbell, Eileen Daly, Paddy Docherty and Maureen Collins
             † those who have died recently:  Helen Lang, Patricia Sullivan and Geoffrey Foster
             † those whose anniversaries occur about now:   Bridie Cummings, Joe Cummings, Marie Heaney, Kathy Heaney, Jim Heaney, Joseph McLees
Second collection next week is for Vocations
The New Weekly Collection Envelopes – are now available to pick up from the Bishop John Mone room.  Please take a set to use week to week to support your Parish and its activities.  If you have ‘Gift Aid’ with the Parish (enabling us to reclaim the tax – 25p in every Pound that you donate) there is a box with your name and address on it.  If you are a Tax Payer and have not yet signed a ‘Gift Aid’ form, please speak to Father Maurice.
SCIAF Wee Boxes – Thanks to everyone who has already returned “Wee Boxes” for SCIAF.  You are asked to return them as soon as possible after Holy Thursday.  Once again this year the UK Government will match our donations £ for £ if we have the boxes in by the beginning of May.
Pro-Life Mass - This month’s Pro-Life Mass is on Wednesday, 18th April in Blessed John Duns Scotus, 270 Ballater St, Gorbals G5 0YT. There will be Adoration at 6pm, followed by Rosary at 7pm and Mass at 7.30pm. All welcome. The celebrant will be Fr Dominic Towey. 
Inverclyde Across to Lourdes – Your local group still have places available for sick wishing to go to Lourdes on 21st June until 30th June, price including insurance is £450.  Also if anyone is willing to help we still have a few seats available and your help will be much appreciated.  For details call Cathie (742639) or Jean (744544).
The Inverclyde Across to Lourdes Group will be holding a Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale on Saturday 21st April.  This will take place in St John’s Parish Hall, Port Glasgow, from 11.00am till 2.00pm.  Ticket £2.50, payable at the door.  Supporting their Pilgrimage by Jumbalance to Lourdes in June.
Youth to Lourdes 2018 - We will be holding a Race Night to raise funds for our pilgrimage to Lourdes to help with our sick pilgrims. The Race Night will take place on Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm in St Mirin's Cathedral Hall. Tickets cost £5. BYOB. Please reserve your ticket(s) by emailing We are looking for raffle and auction donations. If you can donate a prize please contact us at the e-mail address above (rescheduled from 3rd March).
Be part of the SCIAF 6k Family Fun Run - Millions of people walk for hours every day in search of food and water.  Others flee across continents to get to safety. The steps you take can help share their journey. Whether you’re old or young, running or walking, with SCIAF’s 6k Family Fun Run you can raise money and show solidarity with people in need around the world. Your entry fee will go towards our work helping people in poverty across 27 countries. With plenty of music, stalls and games this will be a perfect summer’s day out for the whole family. Whether you run, jog or take a stroll around the course we hope to see you at the starting line, Saturday 2nd June 2018 @ Strathclyde Country Park. Fun starts 10am, run starts at 11am.  Adults £10, Children £5.  Sing up at or call Teresa on 0141 354 5555.
The late Bishop Renfrew, Auxiliary of Glasgow Archdiocese was fond of saying, “a chapter a day will keep the devil away”.  The chapter of course of which he was speaking was the Bible.  We are fortunate that we hear each day at Mass the richness of Sacred Scripture, every Sunday and each week day.  Many people read the Bible every day and are strengthened by God’s Holy Word.  It is a great prayer and consolation for those who can spend some time in prayer, reflection, meditation and contemplation.  Even to know some words of Scripture by heart, can be very inspiring and uplifting, also indeed challenging.  Today we hear one of the most beautiful Easter Gospels from St. Luke within the acclamation and then today’s Gospel with Jesus appearing to the Disciples, in the midst of the two Disciples who were on the road to Emmaus, telling their story of meeting Jesus and how they recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.  Then we hear in the Gospel the account of Jesus’ appearance to the Disciples.  As you know Jesus left with us the reassurance and gift of His own Body and Blood, also the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to fulfil our final destiny, in the presence of the all embracing mercy and love of the Father.  Particularly at this time of the year the appearances of our Lord gives us a wonderful reassurance.  While they were talking of the Emmaus experience then St. Luke’s Gospel shares the rest of the Gospel with Jesus Himself standing among them.  He said to them, “Peace be with you” they got quite a fright in spite of the fact the other Disciples were still talking about the Emmaus encounter, they were frightened.  They thought they were seeing a ghost.  Jesus questioned them about their doubts and agitations.  He showed them His wounds, to see for themselves.  Their joy was so great.  To highlight His being truly present He asked if they had anything to eat and they offered Jesus some grilled fish.  He ate before their eyes demonstrating a ghost does not eat!  He was truly present among them.  He was reinforcing His promises and His presence.
We live in a time which is so challenging, knowing no boundaries, nor respect one for another.  Jesus brings peace, as Jesus gives reassurance to the Disciples He does the same for us.  He repeats again the plan, the time frame, opening their minds.  He spoke of all that He had reassured them of, “the Christ would suffer and die and rise again”.  We are an Easter People, Daughters and Sons of the Resurrection, our faith makes clear to us the presence of God within us.  He sent and gave His Son to us, for our salvation and the promise of the Holy Spirit.  We speak often of renewal, of new processes, developments, this is an every moment experience for us, as God is always with us.  We often take the truth of our faith for granted, perhaps we feel the mystery of it too complex.  We must remember the Heart of Jesus is a heart of love.  We see this as Jesus today explains to the Disciples through the Scripture, the Law and the Prophets and “repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations”.  His love brings together all of God’s children as the fulfilment of His mission for now and for eternity.
We appreciate those who offer their services within the Parish, we thank you most sincerely.  There would still be room to double or treble other helpers, who would be welcome.  We urgently need more, all of us, even if we feel we do a lot already, try taking more seriously our own life and mission within the Church and world.  When we consider the number who attend Mass and those who already help, there are still openings in all ministries, organisations, groups and helpers.  There is always room for more.  Perhaps we could consider offering our services for the mission and maintenance of the parish?  The Disciples were so filled with joy, “their joy was so great that they could not believe it”.  While we appreciate people have responsibilities, worries and are busy, perhaps during this season of joy we could consider adding your “self “ and “presence” to the many gaps urgently needing filled.  Speak with Fr. Maurice or someone who is already involved, as we are all called as witnesses of the Resurrection, as we daily listen to the Word of Jesus in prayer and good works.  Thank you in anticipation!
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES - volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should complete the Level one Safeguarding training which will be held on the following dates: St. Mirin’s Parish Hall, Paisley on Wednesday 9th May at 7pm.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session. 
Lourdes with the Jumbulance: There will be a bus to Lourdes, known as ‘The Jumbulance’, leaving from St.Mirin’s Cathedral on 13th September returning on 22ndSeptember. There are still a few spaces available for anyone who may be sick and require assistance. There will be a  medical team and a priest travelling on the bus along with experienced helpers. Please contact Cormack on 07568401416 or
Rosary on the Coast in Paisley Diocese, Sunday 29th April: Following on from the national Rosary events in Poland and Ireland and soon to take place in the USA, the Rosary on the Coast of the British Isles is taking place on Sunday 29th April.  Bishop John will lead a Rosary on the Coast service in St. Mary’s Church, Greenock at 3.00pm on that day.  Other groups are gathering in the diocese to which everyone is encouraged to attend. This event is for Faith, Life and Peace.  It is about faith as conversion, about atonement for the scourge of abortion, and about the peace that Jesus wills to restore to our society.  The organisers have begun a period of Forty Days of Spiritual Preparation.  For details and to register your group on their webmap you can look online for Rosary on the Coast.
Weekend Retreat - A Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion will be held north of Glasgow on Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th May 2018.  This confidential, supportive retreat is powerful for anyone who has been affected by their own or someone else’s abortion experience. For more information, please call Sr Andrea on 07816 942824 or email Marene via the enquiry form on the website  
In God’s Image: Safeguarding Manual for the Catholic Church in Scotland:  Bishops in Scotland have signed into publication our new Safeguarding Policy for the years ahead.  It will come into effect on the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, Monday 21st May.  It is available online on our diocesan website.  At this time, as we introduce further procedures to keep safe our children and vulnerable adults, we continue to keep in our hearts and prayers those among us still presently surviving from historic abuse.
Billings Ovulation Method® Teacher Training Course 2018:  Would you like to become a Teacher of the Billings Ovulation Method? Are you a user or have been a user of the Billings Ovulation Method? Are you an interested Health Professional?  The Teacher Training Course is RCGP Accredited. Fertility Care Scotland welcomes you to find out more about the BOM Teacher Training Course 2018, running 31st May – 3rd June 2018, at Schoenstatt Scotland Kentenich Way, Campsie Glen, Glasgow, G66 7AT.  For more details please contact:  Fertility Care Scotland, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JY  Telephone: 0141 221 0858   Email:   

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