Sun, October 22, 2017



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 £1,018.50.
Thank you for your great generosity!

15th October 2017 – Twenty Eighth 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, Frances Stanton, 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.
              † those whose anniversaries occur about now:  Neil Scullion & Sarah Scullion, John & Nana McAlister, Thomas & Gertrude Brophy, Betty McLees & Jane McLees, Matilda McGachy, Jim Morrison, Thomas Breslin and Albert Reilly (nine months’ mind)
                                        Next Sunday is Mission Sunday – there will be a second collection        
First  Anniversary Mass for the Right Rev. John Aloysius Mone - Bishop John Keenan invites you to join him on Monday 16th October at St Mirin’s Cathedral at 7:00 pm.  All welcome, refreshments in the hall afterwards.
Mass in the Extraordinary Form – A Mass in the Extraordinary Form – known more as the Tridentine Mass or Latin Mass – will be celebrated at St John’s, Barrhead, on Saturday 21st October at 12 noon.  All are invited to this special Mass hosted by Una Voce Scotland.  The parish address is:
St John the Evangelist, Aurs Road, Barrhead, G782RW
The next meeting of the Pioneer Council will be on Tuesday 24th October at 7pm in the Holy Rosary Residence, Union St, Greenock. The annual Mass for deceased Pioneers and friends this year will be at St John the Baptist Church on Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm. All welcome. Names for candles must be submitted to any council member before 24th October. For more info, contact Michael Reynolds at 725290.  
SPUC (Inverclyde) hopes to run a bus to the Pro-Life Torchlight Procession in Glasgow on the evening of Thursday 26th October 2017 - if enough people are interested in attending this event.  The bus would probably leave Inverclyde/North Ayrshire at around tea time to be in Glasgow for the start of the procession. Please phone Kathleen Crossan on 01475 727465 for more information.
A choral concert performance will take place in St John the Baptist Church, Port Glasgow, on Friday 27th October 2017 at 7.30 pm. The Glasgow Philharmonic Male Choir, one of the U.K’s premier choirs, accompanied by leading soprano soloist Oskana Mavrodii, will sing a programme of Sacred, Classical and popular works. The choir and Oskana have graciously donated their services and the proceeds of the evening will be given to the charity Mary’s Meals to further their work in feeding and educating children in the poorest parts of our world. Entry will cost £5 on the door and all monies raised will go to the charity.
Fundraiser in aid of Across Scottish Jumbulance -  This will take place in St. Mirin’s Cathedral hall on Sunday 29th October after the 10am and 12pm Masses. There will be teas, coffees, cakes, biscuits and rolls and sausage on sale.  There will also be a raffle.
OCTOBER MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY - Following on from our Consecration of Scotland to Mary, the Paisley Diocese want to get as many people as possible praying the ROSARY, from Sunday 1st October.
  • post & share on Facebook.Twitter.Instagram 
  • comment using the tag ‘+prayingtheROSARYeveryday+’
  • tag people involved or email with the tag
  • make the tag logo your profile pic for the month
  • or take a picture of you praying with your ROSARY‚Äč
The Rosary never ceases to be a great community prayer whether we say it alone, as a family, or as a great community of faith and intercession.  Even early morning or in the dark shadows of the night, the holding of the beads, the rhythm of prayer is a consolation and support in time of joy or sorrow, as well as times of great glory and insight as we feel the presence of the Lord, and the strength and encouragement of our Blessed Lady supporting us in prayer.  Notwithstanding God Himself, who could know Jesus better than Mary His Mother.  This is a time and a month when the Church is encouraging us to say the Rosary and the blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit allows us to reflect upon the life of Jesus in every moment and movement of the prayer.  If, at any time, we are distracted, the holding of the beads is often enough to keep us linked in prayer and even without our rosary our fingers keep us joined together with the Trinity, Mary the Mother of God and the family  of faith.  If we were to be distracted or miss a count with one of our beads we are always sustained and supported in the ongoing power of prayer linked in the prayer of others linked as it is in a prayer which is unceasing as it is said throughout the world. 
The influence of our prayer here in Port Glasgow, through the power of God and the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, can reach the darkest corner of the world and of our souls.  We, as Catholics and as Christians, should never forget that somewhere throughout the world the Mass is being said, the Prayer of the Church is being said by Priests and Religious and many of the Laity and the countless number of Rosaries protect us and envelop us in a, “ sea of endless love”.  The power of the Mass and the prayer chain of the Rosary keep us close and united in faith.  The Rosary is a very powerful instrument as it can be used at anytime and anywhere to support our own prayers and the prayers and needs of others.  It is a prayer gift holding us in the loving arms of Our Blessed Lady leading us and forever to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It is also a prayer which can give us extra reassurance, consolation and peace.  It is an endless link between heaven and earth. 
Today Jesus tells the people about the parable of the wedding feast.  Many, however, ignored the invitation, better things to do but most people ignored the invitation and others ignored or abused or killed the messengers.  The king was furious then not wanting to spoil the day for His Son sent out his messengers to the highways and byways gathering as many as possible, good and bad alike, to come to the wedding feast.  Many came but one man came and he was without a wedding garment, he had made no effort to prepare and show his respect for the King nor his Son and so the man was bound hand and foot and thrown out into the darkness.  We consider the invitation which is freely given to us, His Son, the joy which is there for us, yet not always appreciated.  Our being too casual and disrespectful, this too reminds us of the important disposition of minds and hearts, souls and bodies we should consider.  As we live each day we are called to prepare ourselves day by day that we may always be ready to meet the Lord.  The prayer after Communion today says so well how we should be after receiving the Lord and how we should indeed carry him in our hearts and be ever aware the calling which is ours to proclaim, make known and honour and give thanks for the presence of the Lord in our midst.  As we hear today, “We entreat your majesty most humbly, O Lord, that as you feed us with the nourishment which comes from the most holy Body and Blood of your Son, so you may make us sharers of his divine nature. “ Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.”  We ask Our Lady the first tabernacle who carried Jesus in her womb, her heart, her soul, how to love, cherish and make her Son known.  Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Pray for us. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Pray for us.
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 training sessions will take place in: St. Fergus’, Paisley on Thursday 2nd November at 2pm, St. Colm’s, Kilmacolm on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm, St. Conval’s, Linwood on Tuesday 14th November at 7pm. Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session.  There will be limited space at each session, therefore volunteers should register up to one week before the date of the training session.
GOING ON HOLIDAY? BOYCOTT THE MALDIVES - Catholics in the Maldives have few rights but now the government is ignoring the law, leaving Christians in an even more vulnerable state. One-third of all lawyers suspended Muslims banned from becoming Christians.  50 Maldivians arrested and tortured being suspected of having become Christians.  Any Maldivian even found to have a Bible in their house faces a prison sentence.  Any comment against “any tenet of Islam” is being criminalised.  Catholics suffer because of laws preventing them openly living as Christians and now the government is simply ignoring even the few legal freedoms they do have.
SCIAF are delighted to announce their first fundraising Gala Dinner, which will take place, in Glasgow, on Saturday 4th November. The Gala Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to come together and to enjoy a lovely evening with like-minded people and, at the same time, raise money to help vulnerable families in poor countries live in peace, free from hunger, poverty and injustice.  Tickets start at £75pp and include a three course dinner, coffee, tea and macarons, music, dancing, raffles and auction and can be bought by contacting Teresa at or calling 0141 354 5555Saturday 4th November 2017 - Doubletree by Hilton, Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN6.30pm for drinks reception. 7:00pm for dinnerCarriages at midnight.
Community Money Advice: One-in-seven adults in local parishes are at three months behind with bills or feel their debts are a heavy burden? Community Money Advice Scotland (CMAS) is a Christian charity supporting independent advice centres run by churches to tackle this growing problem. Local volunteers receive accredited training to develop their own skills and provide free face-to-face advice for anyone struggling financially due to rising rents, unpaid bills or benefit sanctions. We need your help to reach out and support those affected across our Diocese. If you are interested in becoming a trained adviser for this vital service or would like more information, please contact: Stephen Curran, CMAS Operations Support Manager 0141 423 4671, 07554 905275,, Facebook communitymoneyadvice, Twitter @CMA_Scotland
St. Mirin’s Pilgrims Walks - The remaining walk for this year is as follows:- Saturday 4th November 2017- Glasgow to Paisley - meeting at Glasgow Cathedral Precinct at 09:30.      

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