Tue, June 19, 2018



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 £891.00
Pro Life collection raised £922.50
Thank you for your great generosity!



3rd June 2018 – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (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 (5yrs), 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:  Lawrence Hurrell and Bibby Devine
             † those whose anniversaries occur about now:  Mary Kennedy, James Crawford, Catherine Carey, Ken Hemphill, Joe Shirley, Katie Thomas and June Docherty (four months’ mind)
Second collection next week is for Sick & Retired Clergy
The New Weekly Collection Envelopes – are now available in 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.
The Pioneer Association Sacred Heart Mass - will be held in St Francis Xavier Church, Carfin, on Friday 8th June 2018 @ 7.30pm.   The bus will depart from The Holy Rosary Residence, Union Street, Greenock, at 5.30pm and will have the following pickups: Wellpark, St Laurence’s, Belville Street and Coronation Park, Port Glasgow.  If you wish to travel by bus please contact Michael Reynolds on 01475 725290 or The Holy Rosary Residence on 01475 722465
St Stephen's High School are putting on their annual school show. This year, they go "Back to the 80s" and relive the best moments of music. The show runs on the 5th, 6th and 7th of June at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm for fun and games. 1980s dress code. There is the chance to win a meal for 2 at the Albany for the best dressed audience member! Don't miss out! To book tickets, please call the school office on 01475 715300.
Lourdes Hospitalité - The pre pilgrimage meeting will take place on 17th June at 2pm in St Ninian’s Hall, Gourock. All pilgrims coming to Lourdes on the Diocesan pilgrimage are invited to attend. If you wish to book a place on the bus to the airport and are unable to attend please contact  Anne  Louise on 01475 638132
Retreat Accommodation Services in Scotland -  A contemplative community of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre OSB are situated in Largs, Ayrshire, and are currently working on promoting their retreat accommodation services in Scotland. They have a guest house/ retreat centre for groups/individuals who would like to spend some quiet time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in Largs, and/or go out for a walk along the seafront. They also have a cottage (which is self-catering) that they rent out per week usually to parish groups or families on holiday. 5 Mackerston Place, Largs, Ayrshire KA 30 8BY. Tel: 01475-687320,  Email:
Diocesan Priesthood  - Thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2018? For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison 01418895056 or e-mail
When we think of the Divine Mysteries of our faith it can at times be difficult for us to understand.  We have been celebrating many of these great mysteries over a number of Feasts and Solemnities.  How can we understand them?  The simplest way is to remember God is love and what a display of love as God gives us His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Passover, sharing with them bread and wine.  While the Disciples were eating, “He took some bread and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them, ‘Take it” he said ‘this is my body’.  Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant which is to be poured out for many.  I tell you solemnly, I shall not drink any more wine until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.’  As we think of the love of God we remember Jesus came to tell of the Father’s love and Jesus gave Himself to us, and returned to the Father so that the Holy Spirit could come.  Today we see how Jesus made preparation for the table of the Eucharist at Passover with His Disciples.  Later we realise He demonstrates the importance of His promise as He gives His Body and Blood upon the altar of the Cross.  Here Jesus shares His love and truth with His Disciples as that which He shares with them is His Body and Blood, His Real Presence in order that all may know and realise this is no theatrical performance but the reassurance that Jesus is always with us, to love us, sustain us with His true and real self, to support us as we journey to the fullness of the Eucharist, where we will celebrate total Communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This is our food of Life now and for all eternity.  Each time we receive Communion we are in total union with God and heaven giving us now a glimpse of heaven.  St. John Vianney said, “If we really understood the Mass we would die of love.”  Jesus at every Mass becomes one with us.  We are nourished upon the table of His Holy Word as it is proclaimed and blessed and shared for us and in the same way His Body broken and Blood upon the altar of the Cross now shared and upon the of altar on the Eucharist.  We must understand more about the reality of this Eucharist Celebration, it does not last for an hour or less or more.  Rather the very nature of the celebration is taking all we have seen and heard, and especially the fact that we carry with us the Life, the Word, Body, Soul and Divinity, all we have seen and heard.
We are indeed sent out like the Disciples to proclaim and live out the message of Our Saviour, who has made known to us the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  As we live our lives after Mass, each Mass still shares the message of the life and love of the Lord within us.  We must come to understand the fellowship, the nourishment, the reassurance, the encouragement, the fountain of grace, the love of the gift of Jesus Himself, of His Body and Blood, to which all are welcome.  If you feel you are not able to come to receive Holy Communion, please still come forward for a blessing.  If you cross your arms, Father will know you wish a blessing.  If anyone, at any time, does not feel comfortable about coming to Church, please try and approach the Priest, or a member of your family or parish, anyone involved in the ministries or wherever you meet someone committed to their Faith, Church, and Parish, they will be welcoming and encouraging.  Some of you may well say this is a silly notice or guidance, how are the people who do not feel comfortable or do not come going to see it.  Our parish is very busy for baptisms, weddings and funerals, these settings have often helped people return to Church or think again about their faith.  The door of the Church is open to all, who wish to draw nearer to God and each other and seek only peace, love and consolation, or a weary traveller finding rest.  Therefore this is where you come in, all of us have, like the Disciples, to spread the Good News.  Let someone in your family or someone you feel may benefit know they are welcome, give them a copy of the bulletin.  You may be able to pop it through someone’s door.  Leave the rest to prayer and welcome.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanks giving be every moment Thine.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in Thee.

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