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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



7th March 2021

3rd Sunday of Lent - B

Please pray for:
† those whose are sick:
ames Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (10yrs), Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson, Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey, Ben Arkless (age 5yrs), Monsignor Peter Smith, Josephine Watson, Lorna Murray, Anna Mazzoni, Niamh Currie, Megan Edwards, Adam Parker, Nichola Collins, Winnie Bleasdale, and Alice Mc Intyre Holly Rose Higgins, Yvonne Bachoo, Thomas Compston, Elizabeth Grant, Ettie McGhee & James Docherty
† those who have died recently:
Mary Sawyer.
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:
John McCormick, Patrick McCormick, Bernard McCormick ,Tommy and Isa McCormick, Matthew & Rebecca Duffy, James & Margaret Duffy, Margaret & Horace Nye, Michael O’Brien & John Agnew
This Week
All Masses are not open to anyone and are instead streamed online at the times set out below:
  • Sunday Masses online: Saturday Vigil 6pm. Sunday Morning 9.30 and 11am.
  • There will be 9.30am Weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 
  • Saturday Mass will be the Vigil Mass of Sunday and will be at 6pm (no 9.30am)
  • There will be no public times for confessions until further notice. Confessions are by individual appointment until further notice.
Why do Lent?  

A series of weekly talks by Fr. Maurice Callaghan will be livestreamed from St John the Baptist Church, Port Glasgow each Thursday of Lent beginning Thursday 17th February at 7pm and each Thursday thereafter at 7pm:

  • This Week our fourth of six talks we move on from the general human condition, The religious instinct, the revealed religion of the Jewish people to the person of Jesus the Christ.
Access is through the parish website or directly through YouTube

Diocesan News and Events

Solemnity of St Joseph Thursday 19th March
Bishop John has asked parishes to pray for all those who have died due to the Covid pandemic, on the Solemnity of St Joseph. This was the day when churches closed for the first-time last year. Parishioners are invited to send names of those who have died due to Covid to their parishes. These names will be remembered on St Joseph’s Feast Day.
Novena to St Joseph
We invite you to join in a Novena to St Joseph beginning on Wednesday 10th March until 18th March, in time to celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph on the 19th. There will be three celebrations of the Novena, as well as many parishes praying the Novena too. Please see details below. You will also be able to pray the Novena via parish and Diocesan Social Media. Your parish may also announce its own offering of the Novena.
Daily from 10th March- 18th March
Christ the King, Howwood at 4.00pm
St Margaret’s, Johnstone will offer the Novena at 6.00pm each evening from 10th-18th March. It will also be recorded after each liturgy to be used as and when people can manage.
Bishop John Keenan will lead the Novena immediately following the 9.00pm Rosary at approx. 9.20pm on his Facebook page.
You may wish to send your Novena intentions to the parishes above, or to your own parishes if they are holding this Novena
Adult Education Talks 
You are invited to our next talk on Monday 15th March at 6.30pm on The Social Doctrine of the Church by Mgr. Gerry Gallagher. Please click the link below to join the webinar:
SCIAF & Papal & Episcopal & St. Mirin’s Fund - 14 March 2021
The proceeds of this collection are divided 75% to SCIAF and 25% to our new St Mirin’s Fund.  SCIAF is the official aid and international development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland. It works in sixteen countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America to help the poorest in the world, regardless of religion, to work their way out of poverty.  The St. Mirin’s Fund awards small grants for good causes that promote the Kingdom of God among us, with special consideration to: children and young people, the elderly, those with disabilities and special needs, or suffering from poverty, mental illness, homelessness or refugees.  In 2018 this collection raised £28,013, which represents 110% of our expenditure of £25,389 resulting in a small fund surplus of £2,624. The Papal & Episcopal Fund also contributed £15,000 from reserves to the SPRED Fund.
Think Vocation: “We are preaching a crucified Christ.” Why not consider the call to preach the Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ as a Diocesan priest or permanent deacon? Speak to Fr. John Morrison tel: 0141 8895056 or e-mail
St. Benedict’s School Cluster: Food, Toiletries and Cash: A great Way to give Alms in Lent
Saint Conval’s Parish Linwood is providing 100 meals to local families every fortnight through their Hall kitchen and generous volunteer caterers. They are now embarking on a Lenten Alms Project to provide dinners for local families. They have already collected enough to get them half way through Lent and hope your donations get them all the way. You can leave your parcels in the parish house porch or post donations through the doorway. 
Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid 19 Crisis
Our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor.  If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling.  The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgmental position. For information or advice please email in confidence
Community Circle of Prayer
Every Friday evening people gather on line at 7pm for The Community Circle of Prayer. This half hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Each week there is a different broad theme; we have explored The Call to Discipleship, Care of our Sick, Forgiveness, Guardian Angels, The Faithful Departed, The Way of the Cross to name but a few. Last week was our 6 month anniversary!
Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! To join please use the Zoom link below                                                                                                                                                                                
Just click and you are in! All Welcome from wherever you are. 
Other News and Events
ACN’s Virtual Sunday Lunch
What if you could provide a hot meal for a desperate Christian family in Lebanon while you enjoy your Sunday lunch at home? Join CAN benefactors and parishes across the UK for a virtual Sunday lunch in aid of the St. John the Merciful Table, a fantastic initiative that serves daily meals to over 1,500 struggling Christians in Lebanon. The Virtual Sunday Lunch will take place on 21st March 2021 at 1pm.  If you are interested in joining this event and would like more information, please visit  Enjoy a full line-up of prayer, videos, music and more! 
The Drama Displayed: A Journey of Salvation
The series of online talks concludes this month. In the next talk on Thursday 11th March, “Signs of Passion”, Pam Moon will examine the Turin Shroud. On Thursday 25th March Sr Emanuela Edwards will speak on “The Life to Come” and Michelangelo’s Last Judgement:
A Thinking Body, Embodied Minds:
A webinar for Catholic and Christian mental health professionals, looking at the relationship of bodily health to mental health, with Dr Elizabeth Corcoran. Takes place at 10am on Saturday 13th March. For info and registration:
Legislation & Liturgy:
A webinar for clergy on Church-State relationships in the light of the pandemic, led by Alliance Defending Freedom International. Bishop John Keenan will offer an introduction. Takes place at 4pm on Thursday 18th March. For info and registration:
From Praise to Lamentation, a Journey with the Psalms
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture as we journey towards Easter. This event will run online (zoom) Please join us on Saturday 20th March 10:30am until 3:30pm.  To confirm booking ,  call 01434 673248, or email Minsteracres Retreat Centre, nr. Consett, County Durham, DH8 9RT 
Craig Lodge, Dalmally, Mission House for Young Adults
Craig Lodge Community is offering a new opportunity to young Catholics on how to live a life of mission. Craig Lodge Mission House is a nine-month residential programme for any young adult between the ages of 18-30 who desires to become a passionate lover of Jesus and become Spirit-filled evangelisers for the renewal of the Church,” (Pope Francis). Community, prayer and studying of the Catholic faith and learning to proclaim the Good News to others”The mission house will begin in September 2021 and applications are now being accepted. Visit the Craig Lodge website for more details.
The Diocese of Paisley
is looking to employ a bookkeeper on a permanent part – time basis. The position will report to the Finance Manager and will be responsible to the Bishop of Paisley and the Trustees.  The role will also have close working relationships with the rest of the finance team and all parishes within the Diocese of Paisley.
The purpose of the job will be to assist the Finance Manager to prepare monthly management accounts for Paisley Diocese Parishes by maintaining a record of financial transactions on SAGE, ensuring that legal requirements are always met. Key tasks will include:
  • Accurately processing financial data via our accounting software system, Sage Balancing and maintaining accurate ledgers
  • Liaising with parish priests and parish administrators regarding financial information required
  • Communicating with suppliers to ensure creditor balances are reconciled with supplier statements
  • Working with other members of the finance team to ensure accurate recording and analysis of financial information on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
The above will require the successful candidate to have strong communication skills, good attention to detail and be a team player.Ideally, the successful candidate will have 3 - 5 years’ experience in a similar role.The role will involve working a minimum of 21 hours each week however the hours can be worked flexibly depending on the needs of the role and the post-holder.Salary will be in the range of £22k - £24k pro rata
Please send your CV to to apply for the role or to enquire if you would like any specific additional information about the job.  All applicants that have been selected for interview will be contacted by Wednesday 24th March.  Closing date for applications is Friday 19th March 2021.
Pope's Prayer for Protection from Coronavirus
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their health and strength.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Good Lord, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
May those who have died from the virus rest in peace and rise in glory.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.
May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations.
Give them the foresight to act with prudence and charity for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve.
Stay with us, Lord, and grant us your peace.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Remember, you can receive Jesus in your heart from anywhere you might happen to be, at any time, The Catechism teaches that a Spiritual Communion “is an act of devotion, and one very pleasing to God.” A good time might be if you are following Mass on TV or online at the time when you would receive Holy Communion.
Do you know a neighbour who lives alone or has no support from social services? Please consider the following:
  • Go to their door but do not enter.  Ask if they need help or shopping.
  • If you do get shopping leave it at the door, put any change in an envelope and knock the door but do not enter.
  • If you cannot help offer the following telephone number 07761 055997 which will be checked by the St Vincent de Paul who will try to help.

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