Fri, February 22, 2019

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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 £955.00
Thank you for your great generosity!

20th January 2019 – Second Sunday of the Year (C)

Please pray for those who are sick:  
James Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (7yrs), Peter Mooney, Euan Leslie,
Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson, Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey and Ben Arkless (age 4yrs)
those who have died recently: 
Gordon McCarter, Ann Leitch, John Church, Helen McGregor and Avril Rose
those whose anniversaries occur about now:  
Margaret Ann Walsh, Charles Murray, Patrick, Helen & Jake Lafferty, Edward Kelly, Theresa Maguire, Liza Duncan, Rose O’Neill, Patrick Joseph Donaghy, Mary McCormick, Francis McCormick and John McLaughlan
Christian Unity Service:  A Christian Unity Service will take place in Paisley Abbey on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 3pm.  Worship will be led by Jo Love of the ‘Wild Goose Worship Group’ and Bishop John Keenan will lead the reflection.  Please come and join us for a wonderful time of worship and reflection.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS): This year’s annual service to remember those who took their own lives will be held on Thursday 24th January 2019. The service will commence at 3.30pm in the Marriage Suite, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.  Guests are invited to meet in the waiting room of the Marriage Suite from 3.15pm onwards where memorial cards will be available for personal messages. After the service tea and coffee will be served in Paisley Abbey and you are warmly invited to attend.
Salamanca Trip: The Diocese of Paisley is offering a Pilgrimage to Salamanca for school pupils currently in s3-s6. The Pilgrimage, from Saturday 29th June till Friday 5th July, costs £575. Our next group meeting is on Sunday 27th January at 1.30pm at the St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy centre, 45 High Street, Paisley. For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison tel: 0141 889 5056 0r e-mail
Guidelines  for  Loved ones  Planning Catholic Funerals in the Diocese of Paisley:  The passing of a loved one is a time of grief and arranging their funeral rites can be an unfamiliar and anxious time.  The Diocese of Paisley has guidelines on our Diocesan webpage to take you through the process of contacting your priest and arranging the funeral rites with him. Hopefully they can help an anxious time become one of consolation and peace.  Go to our homepage and follow the link to Liturgy and you will find them there.
The SVDP is seeking drivers to assist with their support of the Jericho Drug Rehabilitation houses. The houses are both located in the Greenock area, one for Men and one for Women. The support for one evening a month would cover a time commitment of approximately 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Any volunteer would have to have or complete the Disclosure Scotland process before driving. As the support requires the driving of 15 and 17 seat minibuses there are specific legal requirements that must be complied with:
  1. The driver must have their licence before 1997 OR have a D1 notification on their licence.
  2. Due to SVDP insurance stipulations no one over 71 is allowed to drive any of the minibuses.
Confidentiality is crucial, any volunteer would be accompanied on their first drive by an experienced driver where more information and procedures would be explained. In the first instance please contact a member of your parish SVDP.
Alpha at St Bernadette, Erskine: The next session of Alpha starts on Wednesday 6th February at 7:00pm and will finish on Wednesday 10th. April.   This will include an Away day on Saturday 16th March.  The Alpha Course is a 10-week program which has three important elements, Food, Talk and Discussion.  If you would like to know more about the Alpha Course, please come along to an Introductory Session on Wednesday 16th January at 7:00pm in St. Bernadette’s, Erskine.  If interested, please contact Andy Milwain at
RCIA - All parish RCIA leaders and catechists (whether or not you have candidates this year) are actively encouraged to attend a catechesis and prayer session​ on Monday 18th February, 7-9pm, in the diocesan offices.  Please register your interest by emailing by Monday 11th February.
It is amazing when we consider the readings of the Mass today, the Gospel in particular, as we know the story of the Marriage Feast at Cana so well.  Yet each encounter with Jesus is an opportunity, to know something more about Jesus, those around Him and something more about ourselves.  Jesus comes to us today, as always, for our own well being and grace.  Weddings, and indeed any kind of social gathering, give us time to relax and enjoy ourselves.  It also gives us an opportunity to catch up with old friends and family.  A time for coming together, also a range of emotions can present themselves.  As we give thanks to God for life, for love, for charity, for coming together and to consider the needs of others, especially those whose circumstances may have changed, particularly through bereavement or ill health, a time also to hear of many happy circumstances of well being and good news.  The Wedding Feast can give and offer a wonderful time for people being together, rejoicing in what is hoped will always be a happy and joyful occasion.  Weddings and many family or social get togethers can have various hiccups.  This was true of the Wedding Feast at Cana.  As you know the Mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and His Disciples had been invited.  Little did anyone consider that of all things they would run out of wine.  St. John highlights for us the first of seven signs or miracles, the changing of Water into Wine.  As these signs unfold, it will highlight the core and kernel in relation to the Word and Mission of the Lord.  It will highlight that Jesus the Word made Flesh comes to us revealing Himself to us in these signs, in order that we may come to appreciate the transformation in miracle terms, but also in relation to our meeting and our encounter with Jesus.  As we see the prefigurement of the Eucharistic Banquet, we consider the gift and blessing of Jesus, the great quantity of wine, reflecting for us the reality of the fullness of life which is and will be ours.  We will see this established in future signs.  In this encounter we see, feel and appreciate, the power of the Word of Jesus who can transform the human condition.
Each moment we come to comprehend the Power, Word and Life of God within us.  Within this sign today we have the presence of Our Blessed Lady.  In fact her own intercession highlights her own concern for the plight of those at the feast, while Jesus felt His time had not yet come.  Our Lady's words, having complete faith in Her Son, encourages the servants, "do whatever He tells you".  We have the miracle glimpse of the Word made Flesh and Dwelling amongst us.  Her deep faith in her Son is our perfect example to follow.  The late Fr. Bernard Haring, Redemptorist Priest, Moral Theologian and Author, wrote a beautiful book, The Song of the Servant: Biblical meditations on Mary, the Mother and Model of the Church.  There are thirty one meditations and chapter twenty three speaks of Mary's Role in the First Miracle.  Fr. Haring writes, “Jesus' miracle at Cana as a response to his Mother is a prophetic event.  Each word and action is rich in meaning and opens up new horizons.  The word of Mary to the servants, a word that seems directed to each of us, deserves our special attention: "Do whatever He tells you". This is at the heart of true Marian devotion.  Mary, Our Mother, has no greater desire than to draw all our attention, love and obedience to Jesus..."  In the introduction Fr. Haring has written in 1977, "If our veneration of Mary is authentic, we can hope for a new springtime of Evangelisation and progress in the cause of Christian Unity".
It is almost prophetic as we consider the commitment of the Diocese, and indeed the country, to Evangelisation and also the importance of Christian Unity.  Here we are in the midst of our week of prayer for our own commitment and prayer for Christian Unity.  Think of the sign today of Our Saviour at the Wedding Feast, keep in mind particularly the context of Evangelisation and Christian Unity, we are not called to isolationism.  We all have the custody of our own soul, but not to forget the responsibility for others, as we are called to
love God and our neighbour.  There is much complexity in our world.  We realise the importance of reaching out to others.  Many in our town will appreciate that not everyone has or had an easy time. The process of Evangelisation is about reaching out to others, to help them return to the practice of their faith, or indeed for those who have other needs, can be supported in terms of spiritual, social, emotional or financial isolation.  In some cases more professional help from health, social care and housing may be required.  During this week of prayer for Christian Unity we pray that we may all draw closer to one another.  We pray for and thank The Women's Ecumenical group who are very helpful and supportive in this regard.  Some may speak of, 'silver threads among the gold' your work over the years is much appreciated.  In these challenging times our Christian Faith is vital, in love, prayer and fellowship, we must support one another.  Please pray also for all married couples.  Pray also for all those preparing for marriage.  Pray for those whose husband or wife has died.  Pray also for those in various stages of married life.  Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary, Have Mercy upon us.  Mary Mother of God and Mother of Jesus, Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
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, are required to complete the Safeguarding Training Induction Part 1 (formerly known as Level 1).  The next session will be held in the Diocesan Offices, Incle Street, Paisley (in the grounds ofSt.Mirin’s Cathedral) on Tuesday 26th February at 7pm.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register. 
The Diocesan Priesthood:  Thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2019?  The Catholic Church in Scotland is now inviting enquiries from those considering applying for seminary.  For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison.  Tel: 0141 889 5056 or email
Mass at UWS Chaplaincy: Mass is available at the St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy centre, 45 High Street, Paisley at 5pm on Sundays and at 12.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All welcome!
SSG Spring Gathering: There will be a Society of Saint Gregory Spring Gathering on Saturday 16th February, 10am-4.30pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral Hall.  Society of Saint Gregory, as part of our 90th anniversary jubilee year, will be holding a serious of spring gatherings with talks, liturgies (Morning Prayer and Mass) and workshops.  This year there will be a particular focus on planning and preparing for Mass, exploring what is needed for a truly worthy celebration.  All are welcome, particularly anyone involved in parish ministry.  Visit more details.
Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine: A pilgrimage has been organised for Parishes of Paisley, Glasgow, Motherwell & Galloway Diocese’ to Knock Shrine, Ireland.  Flight Details: Monday 17th June 2019 Depart Edinburgh 11:05 – Arrive Knock 12:20 Friday 21st June 2019 - Depart Knock 13:00 – Arrive Edinburgh 14:15.  For more information, contact Patricia of Knock Pilgrimages at or 01268 762 278.

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