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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 £916.00
Education Sunday collection raised £624.50
Thank you for your great generosity!



11th February 2018 – Sixth Sunday of the Year (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 (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, Eileen Daly and Paddy Docherty
             † those who have died recently:  John Joyce and June Docherty
             † those whose anniversaries occur about now: Jessie & Charles Sweeney, Jeannie Donnelly, May Kangley, Jimmy Carroll, Joseph & Bridget Ford, Horace & Margaret Nye, Liam Duffy, Thomas Mooney, Elizabeth Mooney & Jeannie Christie
ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass and distribution of ashes at 9.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.
Port Glasgow Women’s Ecumenical Fellowship Supper – This year the Fellowship Supper will be held in St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Port Glasgow, on 12th February at 7.30 p.m.  All welcome.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 29th June -6th July'18 - There are still places available on the pilgrimage to Lourdes. The pilgrimage is open to all. Volunteers are needed to help pilgrims throughout the week. In order to comply with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy please contact Anne Louise before the 28th February to register as a helper/ nurse. If you will be in Lourdes at the same time as the pilgrimage and would like to participate then contact Anne Louise for the Diocesan programme.  Contact Anne Louise at 01475 638132  
Port Glasgow Voluntary Trans-Port Group are looking for drivers/escorts.  If you can spare an hour in the morning or afternoon taking the elderly/disabled into day centres please call 743150 or email:
The Beginning Experience are holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves suffering bereavement through divorce, separation or widowhood.  The weekend will take place from 23rd-25th March 2018 at St Mary’s Kinnoull, Perth.  For details contact:  Ros on 0131 669 0003 or
 e-mail:  Completed applications must be returned by Friday 9th March 2018.
Diocesan Priesthood - Thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2018? For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison 01418895056 or e-mail
The Alpha Course - An opportunity to explore the meaning of life.  How does our Christian faith help us to see meaning in our life? Who is Alpha for?  Alpha is for everyone and anyone. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions that are too hostile, too silly or too simple. Alpha has no prerequisites whatsoever. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves. All are welcome to join us on a Thursday evening at 7pm in St. Bernadette’s Erskine.  The evening begins with a buffet meal. To help with catering arrangements you can register online at
Pioneer Total Abstinence Association - There will be a local council meeting of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association to be held in The Holy Rosary Residence Greenock on 20th February at 7pm
Lenten Retreat – There will be a Lenten Retreat in St. Patrick’s, Coatbridge on 27th February at 7pm.  Please contact Jim Brannigan on 07903 822 526 or Michael Reynolds on 01475 725290.
Lenten Day of Recollection at St. Columba’s Parish - Our Lenten Day of Recollection will be held in St. Columba's on 1st March. It will be led by Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick. It will begin at 11am for 11.30am and conclude at 2.30pm.
If you were to use a search engine on your computer you would come up with many of the most serious illnesses and diseases.  Some may not have an antibiotic or cure.  Today Jesus cures the man who came up to Him with leprosy.  The man said to Jesus,” you can cure me if you want to”.  Jesus’ reply was, “of course I want to”.  By mere touch, He made the man well.  Leprosy is still a terrible disease.  Today due to efficient antibiotics, treatment and loving care of those supporting their restoration, many are cured.  As you know while still a serious illness today, in Jesus’ time all were considered unclean and treated as outcastes.  Jesus is to be found with the needy.  We are all in need of Jesus.  As we live out our own Christian life we are all called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Our Messiah and Saviour.  We are all invited to share in the family of God.  Jesus carried out much of His teaching through healing.  Many may suffer from physical, psychological and emotional conditions.  Others may have worries, anxieties and needs.  The dear man suffering from leprosy now cured could not contain his excitement and joy.  He in a very real sense was telling everyone, perhaps doing his own mission and ministry.  He shared the joy of his wellbeing and the word of God. 
All of us as Christians are called to embrace the Cross particularly as we remember World Day of the Sick.  Perhaps we have an understanding of Lourdes and the blessing of many speaking of being cured and healed.  At Carfin and other centres of blessing and anointing of the sick, also in our own parishes, many have experienced wellbeing, peace and cures of various illnesses.  We remember also the place of hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, care homes, places of refuge and shelter and the many sick at home.  We appreciate the presence of Jesus with us, and the skills, care and support of many in health and care settings.  As Catholics we have the grace of the Sacraments available to the sick and housebound offering great blessing and an encounter with Jesus.  We also appreciate the many sick who offer up their prayers and sufferings for others.  Many of the sick and housebound through their prayers bring so much blessing to others.  It is important to care for our own soul and body, so that we may be able to care for others and ourselves.  We need to nourish our minds, bodies and souls, so that we may be stronger in relation to our own personal and family responsibilities.  Here we may be able also to reach out and support others.  We must treat our souls and bodies with respect, remembering the sanctity of life.  We are all made in the image and likeness of God, temples of the Holy Spirit.  We are living tabernacles, we carry within us the Body and Blood of Christ.  Through our Baptism, like the man cured of leprosy, we have been cleansed from our sin.  St. Mark wishes to highlight, like the scripture scholars, the man is cured and he must, “proclaim” and “spread the word”.  This is at the heart of our Diocesan Synod, the role all of us have to play.  Jesus wishes to cure all our ills, worries, trials and tribulations so that grace filled, we may go forth in the peace of Christ. 
This week we have Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day on the same day, Lent catching up with us so quickly.  We live in a world, within our location, which seems much caught up in dieting and body shape.  As we consider approaching Lent we may be able to appreciate that there are aspects of the Church’s guidance which may help our spiritual and physical wellbeing.  Fasting and abstinence have been the practice of the Church for centuries, only if health and age allows.  Many will have Lenten action plans in place.  Do the best you can, think about something appropriate for you which brings you closer to God, those you love, your neighbour and those in most need.  Think of the main characteristics of Lent, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” and charitable giving, prayer and fasting.  Remember like the leper, every meeting with Jesus, everything done in His name, will improve your spiritual and physical health.  Remember if from Ash Wednesday and a few days later you have not managed the extra Mass or rosary, scripture reading or to give up chocolate or any other treat, start again. Do not give up!
Our Lady Health of the Sick Pray for us.  Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for us.
Lenten talks at St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy - The chaplaincy will be hosting a series of talks throughout Lent.  St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy Center, 45 High Street, Paisley. All talks begin at 7pm and will last for approximately an hour. All welcome. Details: 21st February Rev. Tom Boyle - ‘The Jesus Prayer’, 28th February Rev. Jonathan Whitworth - ‘Prayer – Everything you were afraid to ask!’, 7th March Rev. Matthew Carlin – ‘Praying the Mass’, 14th March Rev. Patrick Burke – ‘Prayer – Journey into the heart of our being’, 21st March Rev. John Morrison – ‘Prayer – Millennials, Credibility and Red-Letter Catholicism’.
SCIAF is delighted to welcome Gerry Durkin, a fantastic storyteller who will perform stories of our WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal 2018.  Cambodia is the main focus of our appeal and you will hear about our work with poor families including The Lang family, who depend on fishing to survive in one of the poorest provinces of rural Cambodia, Stung Treng.    The storytelling will inspire and will take us on a real journey as we explore the waters and forests of Cambodia.  Please bring along all the family to an afternoon of enchantment, learning and fun.  There will also be a craft workshop for the children to take part in.  Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available. Recommended for Children and families.  Saturday 10th March - 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Garnethill Multi-Cultural Community Centre, 21 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RE. Admission:  Free.  Donations welcome.
Bishop John will celebrate Lenten station masses in each of the eight Making All Things New cluster areas.  Each one will begin at 7.00 pm.
15th February          St Johns Barrhead (St Luke’s High School)
19th February          St Laurence’s Greenock (Notre Dame High School)
22nd February          St Convals Linwood (St Benedict’s High School)
26th February          St James Renfrew (Trinity High School)
1st March                 Holy Family (St Stephen’s High School)
15th March               St Cadocs Newton Mearns (St Ninian’s High School)
19th March               St Josephs, Greenock (St Columba’s High School)
21st March               St Peters, Paisley (St Andrew’s High School)
Online Lent Retreat - All are welcome to take part in a new online Lent Retreat  initiative in collaboration with the Ignatian Spirituality Centre and the Epiphany group. A weekly Lent prayer group to encourage and support those following the online retreat will meet on Tuesday evenings from
 7-8.30pm at St Columba's Renfrew starting on 13th February. For more information and to sign up go to'
Healthcare Men and Women of Conscience - A conference of the Catholic Medical Association, Tyburn Convent, London,  Saturday 10 March, This subject is likely to feature in 2018 for all healthcarers in a major way eg abortion, end of life/palliative care, genetic engineering and much more so is a very relevant subject to keep at the top of our agenda.

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