Sun, July 21, 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 £848.00
Thank you for your great generosity!

30th June 2019 – Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (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 and Anna Mazzoni
† those who have died recently: 
Edward Brady and Helen McGowan
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:  
John McFadden, Elizabeth Murray, Billy Kean, Elizabeth Duffy & Patrick Duffy, Grace & Frank McLaughlin and Peter Mooney (one month’s mind)
Special Collection this weekend - Peter’s Pence: This is the practice of the laity to provide financial support to the Holy See to allow the Holy Father the means to respond to those suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.  Catholics around the world contribute roughly £70M annually through this collection.  The US is the biggest contributor at 30%, followed by Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Brazil and South Korea.  In 2017 this collection raised £15,191 which is fully remitted to the Apostolic Nunciature.
Mass for Vocations - There will be mass offered for Vocations every 1st Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm in the chapel of the Little Sisters in Greenock. All are welcome.
The relics of St Therese of Lisieux:  The relics will be in Scotland for two weeks in September. They will be in our Diocese from 14 -16th September 2019. The relics will mainly be at St Mary’s Church, Greenock, from the evening of Saturday 14th September until the morning of the 15th. The relics will then be taken to St Mirin’s Cathedral on Sunday 15th September until the afternoon of the 16th September 2019. All welcome to come and pray before the relics of the “Little Flower”
Visa Changes causing problems for Clergy Summer Supplies: Please email your MP to sign an early day motion for the government to suspend its recent rule change for visas.  They make it near impossible for parishes in Scotland to arrange summer clergy and entail an increase of 500% in costs.  Here is the link
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: Bereavement by suicide is very different from any other bereavement and can give rise to all the emotions following any loss. There can often be many unanswered and unanswerable questions. The SOBS group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at Johnstone Day Care Centre, 21 Walkinshaw St, Johnstone, PA5 8AF, from 7pm-8:30pm. If you have been bereaved by suicide and you think it might help to discuss what you are feeling and meet people in a similar situation, you are invited to come along. If you need help or assistance use our 'Useful Links' section or contact: 0141 849 2200.
Monaco Boys Choir:  Venue - Paisley Methodist Church, Central Hall, 7 Gauze Street, Paisley, PA1 1EB.  Thursday 18th July 2019 at 7pm. Donations towards providing education for vulnerable children in Mwange Village, Democratic Republic of Congo. 
Knights of St. Columba:  Centenary Recruitment Drive. ‘Serving God by Serving Others’. If you are over 16 and a practising catholic and want to join and organisation to promote the Catholic faith and help others, please contact – John O’Donnell Mob:  07854886425 or
Diocesan Counselling for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church: Feeling sad, disillusioned or hopeless in your marriage?  Stop and take a minute:  the grass may look greener elsewhere but it still needs cut!  Why not consider our marriage counselling service which you can find at   Call or email for appointments 01786 469939 or
Today, on the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, we are very aware of the stature and presence of both these Saints.  This is not to say one Saint is better than another.  Rather we honour them like all the Saints and appreciate the fact that in the life of these two Saints they are crucial witnesses of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, founding Fathers in the life of the Church.  Both dedicated to proclaim Christ as Saviour and Redeemer. Indeed St. Peter the Rock and first Pope, Jesus clearly said to him, 'you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church'.  St. Peter was martyred by crucifixion in Rome in the year 64.  St. Paul known as the 'Apostle of the Gentiles,' his writings and travels witnessing to Jesus' teaching and preaching, sharing the life of Christ throughout the world.  St. Paul, as Saul, had persecuted many Christians before his Damascus moment.  St. Paul was beheaded in 67 in Rome.  In the life also of St. Peter and St. Paul we appreciate the wonderful love and mercy Jesus bestowed upon them as indeed He offers to each and every one of us, His ongoing love and mercy.  This is a special feast day for us as we venerate the lives and martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul and their fervour, dedication, their life and death, for their love of Jesus and His Holy Church.  No wonder St. Peter could say on his own behalf and on behalf of the Disciples, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God '.
Thinking of their martyrdom we remember too the many since who have died for the love of God and their Faith.  The Church is also built upon the blood of the Martyrs.  We think of Jesus Himself, His Passion, Suffering and Death, we realise the love and compassion He has for us and the Kingdom He has made ready for us.  Jesus gives to Peter the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, reminding us of the trust Jesus has in Peter and as the Church develops the trust Jesus has in His Vicar on earth from St Peter onwards.  Each Pope has a position of leadership and authority for the up building and growth of the Church.  In this way we may all freely walk in the Lord’s footsteps, to the Father and in the loving guidance of the Spirit.  Should there be any negative variation in this process, it will be clearly seen and rectified primarily by the Holy Spirit and appropriate guidance!  Jesus saw in Peter the one who would be the Rock and Leader in Faith of His Church and has been given the Keys of the Kingdom.  We are fortunate in this connection and leadership with Jesus as He chose St. Peter and as we still have Pope Francis as leader and guide of the Church today.  Indeed we are extraordinarily blessed as we have Pope Francis and also our Pope Emeritus, Pope Benedict.  Pope Francis walks in the footsteps of Jesus and He is Christ's Vicar here on earth.  We have also the presence, prayer and blessing of Pope Benedict who has dedicated his remaining years to prayer, penance and the good of souls.  We have Jesus' promise to Peter that the gates of the underworld will not overwhelm heaven, nor earth.  As we pray for our Holy Father we remember the charge, which is his, to lead all in the ways of faith.  Through our Baptism we are called to lead in faith.  We all have leadership roles to promote by good example, the life and teaching of Jesus.  Today's world is overwhelming us with negative and demonic forces.  We must take up our appropriate leadership role, proclaiming the Gospel by word and example.  Many will be doing this already at home in our families.  We appreciate the authority of Peter and others, and we have our part to play.  As The Body of Christ and Union of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, this is our faith.  St. Peter was clear about the faith of the Church on his own behalf and others.
The Church is changing, some may not have noticed.  Less are coming to Church for a variety of reasons.  This is not to pressurise anyone, though we need to pray and come together.  We must take up our leadership roles to guide, support and encourage.  We are fortunate a significant number still come for Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.  Also many wish still to have their Weddings and Funerals in the Church and the importance of the Priest as Celebrant and those who support in this regard.  We are fortunate in those parishioners who support in many ways, Ministries relating to the celebrations.  Also those responsible for the cleaning and the ordering of the Church, Servers, Music Ministry , Children's Liturgy and unseen responsibilities.  These roles and more at various levels speak of leadership for growth, wellbeing and development of Church and Faith.  All these aspects are enfolded in the Mantle of Our Blessed Lady during the daily Rosary before Mass, also the Rosary in Church or homes supported by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and those involved in bereavement counselling.  This is crucial for the maintenance of the Church, physical and spiritual.  These aspects are important as all of us have a leadership role!  We pray that within our Church, Family and Community, we and more will be able to say, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God'.
Many will be looking forward to a well earned summer break.  Try in the midst of relaxation at home or away, if you can remember, on the 'Church bus,' there are no passengers, we are all drivers, and there is a shortage!  Hop on!  Enjoy!....sign up if you can for the building of the Kingdom.
Crowned with Glory and Honour: 6th – 10th August: The Scottish premiere of the play: Crowned with Glory and Honour at the Edinburgh International Fringe.  Based on true stories and interviews, an original play asking pivotal questions with humour and directness. The script examines life and how we, as either cultures, societies or individuals, determine which people are valuable and which people are disposable. Characters and situations in the play are widely diverse: a WWII Holocaust survivor, a young man with Downs Syndrome, a pastor who was told as a child that he was almost aborted, a teen wanting to keep her baby and other characters whose stories illustrate the emotional cost surrounding their decisions. For more information or to book tickets:
Catholic Voices Scotland and Dalmally: You are welcome to attend this public speaking training weekend on How to communicate the Faith without raising your voice, on Fri 2 - Sun 4 August at Craig Lodge, Dalmally.  Cost £100 (£50 for students).  For info contact: Dermot Grenham tel: 07870 164629 or
New Fertility Care Scotland Clinic in Paisley: Fertility Care will run a clinic in our Diocesan offices on alternate Monday evenings from 7 – 9pm.  They teach the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Fertility Regulation which helps couples achieve or postpone pregnancy in a natural way and they can help couples optimize their chances of conceiving. The service is free and confidential and no appointment is necessary.  Come and visit. Phone: 0141 221 0858 E-Mail: Website at Facebook and Twitter


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