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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 £1,342.00.
Thank you for your great generosity!

12th November 2017 – Thirty Second Sunday of the Year (A)

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 and Eileen Daly
             † those who have died recently:  Margaret McPaul, Ruby Mitchell, Sheila McGowan
             † those whose anniversaries occur about now:  Kathleen McConnachie, Mary & Thomas Kearney, Sarah Jackson, Gordon Gault, Alexander & Catherine Skelton, Mattie (Skelton) & Bobby Jamieson, Isobel McCrorey & Tony McCrorey, Catherine (Kitty) Shields
Remembrance Sunday Service will be held at 12.30pm on 12th November at the Cenotaph.
Parish visit to Panto- A bus will be going to the panto in Glasgow sometime in December.  A block of tickets will be booked for the altar servers and children’s liturgy helpers.  They go free but panto tickets are cheaper if we buy a lot so a provisional indication of who wants to go will help with costs.  A list is at the back of the church so add your name and contact details if you would like to go to the pant
Pantomime update: We’ve booked some seats for the panto which is “The Wizard of Never Woz at the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow on Friday 15th December at 7.30 p.m. We have a 53 seater bus so a limited number of  extra seats are available but I envisage them running out so this week I need a final tally of wh is going so this weekend is the last chance to book, Cost is £20 per person for bus and theatre seats
Synod Visit - Doing my bit booklets - Please put your completed booklets in the box at the back of the church. The box will be there for the next four weeks. Remember you can also fill it in online at   Thank you.
Women’s Ecumenical Group Meeting at 7.30pm in St. John the Baptist Hall on Monday 13th November 2017.  Tea and Guest Speaker.  All welcome.
P7 Information Night - Next Thursday, 16th November, there will be an information night for the P7s and their families in St Stephen’s High School. The evening will begin at 7pm and finish at 9pm approximately.
St Stephen’s Parents As Partners will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday 16th November at 7pm in the Conference Room.  New members welcome.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES - The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group has recommended that all volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should do the Level 1 training by the end of 2017 and, with the agreement of Bishop John, this will now be implemented as diocesan policy.  The next available training sessions will take place in St. Mirin’s Parish Hall, Paisley on Tuesday 5th December at 10.30am-12noon.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register for this training session. 
November Lists and envelopes are available at the back of the church.
Lourdes Hospitalite – The Mass for deceased members and AGM will take place on Monday 13th November at 7.00pm in St Margaret’s, Johnstone.  Members of the Hospitalite and anyone interested in finding out more about the pilgrimage are invited to attend.
Mum’s the Word Prayer Groups – As St Monica prayed for her son, we pray for all sons and daughters: “We now humbly ask you to pray with us for our sons and daughters who have drifted away from God and we ask you to add your prayers to those of all mothers who are worried about their children”.  If you are interested in joining an existing group or starting a group in your own parish, please email: Eleanor Jannetta at
Today we hear the Gospel of Jesus comparing the Kingdom of Heaven like the ten bridesmaids who were preparing for the coming of the bridegroom. As we know ten bridesmaids took their lamps, five were considered foolish and five were sensible, as the sensible ones remembered to take a flask of oil.  As no one would know the time when the bridegroom would come, the importance of vigilance and being ready is the watch word of the day.  There is a great deal to be said for us as Christians to remember the fact that each and every day we live brings us closer to the destiny which is ours.  Each day brings us closer to that day when we will see God face to face.  During this month of November the month specially dedicated to the Souls of the Faithful Departed we have an opportunity to pray for those who have died.  This weekend is particularly poignant as we remember at this time those who have died in the Great War and conflicts since.  Death is a serious matter particularly in these circumstances when we pray respectfully and remember those who have given their lives that we might live.
This weekend as we remember them we also remember the importance of praying for peace.  When we exchange the sign of peace at Mass it is truly a prayer and commitment to pray for peace but also to commit ourselves to living in a more peaceful manner.  It is frightening to think that a harsh or unkind word can lead to the most disastrous of outcomes, as we hear of such conflict possibly leading to serious violence, life changing injuries and loss of life.  We can never underestimate the importance of praying for peace and respect for life.  This is all the more serious in our own time as we hear in our so called civilised times there should still be talk of warfare and annihilation.
We have many souls to pray for and such prayer brings peace and comfort for their souls and ours.  There was a wonderful recent conversation by two young people in their twenties, one asked, “Were you at Mass for the Holy Souls?” the other answered, “Oh yes I have a lot to be thankful for to the Holy Souls”.  This is also an important aspect of these days as we remember those whom we have loved in life, we will not wish to forget them in death.  There are many we naturally remember daily but it is important to remember how much they did for us when we knew them in life.  We will always want to remember them at this time of special prayer for the Souls of the Faithful Departed now and in Eternity.  The importance of the Gospel today reminds us to be ready for the Bridegroom coming.  Jesus the Light of All Lights, dispelling all darkness and allowing us to rejoice in that light, which will overwhelm all darkness and despair assuring us that even the smallest light takes our darkness away. 
As we consider our own weaknesses and our worries in relation to our being worthy enough for Mass, Holy Communion, for Heaven we realise at one level we will never be worthy enough.  However it is the great love and mercy of the Lord when we come to Him which fills us with light assuring us that the smallest light of love and faith which we have for Jesus coming, as we let Him into our hearts and lives, will be fanned into great flames of love promising us of eternal love, guiding us to our everlasting home.  Every day of our lives is about being ready for Jesus coming, as Christians, like the bridesmaids, we carry a light for Jesus letting a world of darkness see no matter how little our light, it grows stronger and brighter as we love and trust in Him.  We are reminded to be ready for life, for death for the Lord’s coming.  This time of November can be a sad month as we remember our loved ones who have died but what a lovely and special month as we remember those who loved us and given us so much.  We may remember too, many who were very active in the life of the Church a great act of love and witness may well be us, thinking of taking the places they once filled in many aspects of Church and Community life.  “May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in peace. Amen.
Catholic Education Commission – Open Forum – Catholic Schools – Good for Scotland  - The Scottish Catholic Education Service invites members of the Catholic education community – parents, teachers, students, clergy – to participate in an open forum session of the Catholic Education Commission, designed to provide an opportunity to learn about developments affecting Catholic education in Scotland.  This session will consider the importance of the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act, which saw the start of the unique partnership between Church and State for the governance of Catholic schools.  St. Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR on Saturday 18th November 2017 10am – 1pm
Little Sisters of the Poor - Christmas Fete Sat 25th November, 10.45am -1.00pm.  Donations for our Tombola, Bottle Stall & Raffle will be gratefully received .
Holy Hour for Vocations - There will be a Holy Hour for Vocations at the St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street PA1 2AH Paisley on Wednesday 15th November beginning at 7pm. Please join us for a time of quiet prayer and reflection.
UWS Chaplaincy: Studying at UWS? Would you like to get involved in our Catholic society? If so please contact Fr. John Morrison @
Meeting of Youth to Lourdes 2018 - Our next meeting is on Sunday 26th November at 2pm @ St. Mirin's Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street (above Hamish's Hoose!), Paisley. Places are now very limited so if you want to go apply asap! Places are only booked with the submission of an application form and the payment of a £60.00 deposit. For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison on 01418895056 or
Keep Christ in Christmas Stickers -Looking for a simple and  effective way to do your bit in evangelising from the comfort of your own  home?  Why not send for KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS stickers and attach them with your stamps to your mail leading up to CHRISTMAS.  To order stickers at £1.50 per pack (plus postage) e-mail or tel George on 01698/842846
The U.C.M. are preparing a book of remembrance for all deceased members of the Diocese.  They are looking for names from parishes who would like their deceased U.C.M. members to be included in this book.  Any names should be sent to Marian Colquhoun at   There will be an annual mass in November each year which will take place in St. Laurence’s Parish with Father Andrew Coleman, their Spiritual Director. The next mass is on Sunday 19th November at 12 noon
Legacies: When making your Will have you thought of leaving a legacy to the parish or diocese?

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