Wed, March 21, 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 £1,032.50
SCIAF and Papal & Episcopal Charities collection raised £860.50
Thank you for your great generosity!



18th March2018 – Fifth Sunday of Lent (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, Paddy Docherty and
Maureen Collins
            † those who have died recently: Tommy Gallagher and Bridget Carswell
            † those whose anniversaries occur about now:  Henry Deignan, Gladys McIlkenny, Bernadette & Martha Duffy, Philomena Lacapria, John Kangley Snr, Frances & Denis McCarthy, Margaret Haig, John, Patrick & Bernard McCormick, Bernadette Loughlin, Jim Quinn,
Gordon Forster and Janet McConnachie
All Day Confessions – All day confessions will take place in the following parishes:
St John the Baptist, Port Glasgow - Friday 23rd March from 10.15am – 7.00pm
St Mary’s, Greenock –                        Monday 26th March from 9.00am – 7.00pm (Mass at 10.00am)
Lent – variation to the timetable  - In addition to the usual Masses there will be a Mass each Tuesday evening of Lent at 7.00pm.  There will be Stations of the Cross at 6.45pm prior to these Masses.  Stations will also be said at 9.15am prior to Masses on Fridays.
N.B.  Wednesday Masses in Lent will now be at 8.00am rather than 9.30am.  There will be no 9.30am Masses on a Wednesday in Lent.
Chrism Mass:  Bishop John invites the priests and people of the Diocese to celebrate the Chrism Mass with him on Wednesday 28th March at 7pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral.  This celebration is a great opportunity for us to celebrate and express our faith together.  During the Mass the priests of the Diocese will renew their priestly commitment and the oils will be blessed for use in the celebration of the Sacraments throughout the Diocese in the coming year. There will be a bus going to the Cathedral leaving from St John’s at approximately 6.05pm on Wednesday 28th March.
Pro-Life Mass:  This month’s Pro-Life Mass is on Wednesday, 21st March in Blessed John Duns Scotus, 270 Ballater St, Gorbals G5 0YT. There will be Adoration at 6pm, followed by Rosary at 7pm and Mass at 7.30pm. All welcome. The celebrant will be Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.
SVDP Annual Dinner - The annual dinner organised by the SVDP will take place on Friday 6th April 2018 with Mass starting at 6.30pm. The dinner is for senior parishioners of St John the Baptist only. Those senior parishioners who wish to receive an invitation should put their name and address clearly on the sheet at the back of the church indicating if transport is required. The closing date is Sunday 25th March at 12 noon. No names will be accepted after this date.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES - volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should complete the Level one Safeguarding training which will be held on the following dates: St. Mirin’s Parish Hall, Paisley on Wednesday 9th May at 7pm.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session. 
A.O.H. Subscriptions will be collected every Monday evening of March 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
St. John Paul in the first year of his pontificate wrote the Encyclical Redemptor Hominis, "Redeemer of Men", highlighting the salvation which is ours in Christ Jesus. He writes, "The Church never ceases to relive His death on the Cross and His Resurrection, which constitutes the contents of the Church's daily life.  Indeed it is by the command of Christ Himself, Her Master, that the Church unceasingly celebrates the Eucharist, finding in it the "fountain of life and holiness", the efficacious sign of grace and reconciliation with God and the pledge of eternal life.  The Church lives His mystery, draws unwearyingly from it and continually seeks ways of bringing this mystery of Her Master and Lord to humanity- to the peoples, the nations, the succeeding generations, and every individual human being-..."  This is the plan of God that all may be saved.  While the focus of today's Gospel relate to the Jewish race, the Greeks, requested of Philip, " Sir, we would like to see Jesus", Philip goes to Andrew and they both go to Jesus.  Jesus does not respond directly to the request but rather speaks about His Hour having come.  Here He describes the death which would be His as He completes the will of the Father.  Here we see Him, as Saviour of the World.  St. John's focus is on the Jewish nation.  The meaning and unfolding of the text in relation to the life and death of Jesus, by His life, death and resurrection, triumphs over death, for all humanity.  On Calvary He is lifted up on the Cross, the first Altar where His Body is broken for us and His blood out poured for us.  We come and adore, we pray that all can draw closer, to reflect upon the meaning of the Hour, which is also ours.  As Jesus is lifted up upon the Cross so too are we, as we gaze upon His Holy Face, His bruised body, we realise this is His sign of love for us, through this all are saved.  Our faith reminds us as we die with Christ, we also rise with Him.  In this unfolding of the Hour we see Jesus as Saviour of the world. 
We too remember like Jesus we must leave our mortal bodies as our time here on earth is short.  We like the grain of wheat falling to the ground, we rise again and with blessing in full through the grace and mercy of Our Redeemer.  As we think of the days of Lent still before us, we remember our prayer, penance and almsgiving and hope and pray that our devotions, exercises and Lenten practices will help us to come closer to God and one another.  As well as what we are doing and the efforts we are making looking upon the face of Our Redeemer, can we offer our sufferings with His, as we pray for someone we may know who has fallen away from the practice of their faith.  No one needs to know but there possibly may be in some circumstances, it could be an individual, group or family prayer, which could make such a miracle happen.  Without them even knowing our praying for them, they may feel the desire to return to the practice of their faith.  We can never forget the power of prayer and the fact that Jesus came to save the whole world.  Monday, as many of you know, is the feast of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.  He was always considered a man of honour and great virtue trusting always in the will of God.  He cared for Mary and Jesus, he is the patron Saint of the Universal Church and the Patron of a happy death. When we think of the care St. Joseph had for Jesus and Mary we pray that through his example and intercession we may show greater love and regard for Jesus and Mary as well as our family and friends and the most needy.  We ask also St. Joseph's intercession that we too may have a greater regard and respect for the Church, as the House of God, and as system and organisation given to us by the Redeemer of the World, for all the world.
This is a time when the Church more than ever needs our support looking for greater involvement as we consider the future of the parishes within the diocese and the deployment of the Clergy.  Essentially we are looking to the best way forward for the care of souls.  Jesus Mary and Joseph I give you my heart and my soul.  Jesus Mary and Joseph assist me in my last agony.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.
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 March Rev. John Morrison – ‘Prayer – Millennials, Credibility and Red-Letter Catholicism’.
Knock and Lough Derg/Donegal Pilgrimage 2018 - Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July 2018 Knock and Lough Derg - £285, Knock and Donegal - £375, Single Room Supplement – Knock £10pppn, Single Room Supplement – Donegal £20pppn, To book or for further information contact:, Day – Anne –, or evening – Liam – 0141 569 1982 or email, or find info on Facebook - Glasgow Vigils Events
Lourdes with the Jumbulance: There will be a bus to Lourdes, known as ‘The Jumbulance’, leaving from St.Mirin’s Cathedral on 13th September returning on 22ndSeptember. There are still a few spaces available for anyone who may be sick and require assistance. There will be a  medical team and a priest travelling on the bus along with experienced helpers. Please contact Cormack on 07568401416 or
DPY PAISLEY & GALLOWAY DIOCESAN WORLD YOUTH DAY GATHERING - Sunday 25th March‚Äč, St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley from 2pm till 6pm - This event is open to all young people from across the Diocese: secondary and young adults. All <18 participants MUST BRING a signed consent form. Available from your Parish Priest. The event at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley will run from 2 – 6pm with evening meal and transport provided (see times on consent form). The programme will include music, art and drama workshops Fellowship, Catechesis, Social Time and Eucharist. If you would like to come along then please register your interest by contacting Fr Frank Hannigan on 07944343494 or
Youth to Lourdes 2018 - We will be holding a Race Night to raise funds for our pilgrimage to Lourdes to help with our sick pilgrims. The Race Night will take place on Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm in St Mirin's Cathedral Hall. Tickets cost £5. BYOB. Please reserve your ticket(s) by emailing We are looking for raffle and auction donations. If you can donate a prize please contact us at the e-mail address above (rescheduled from 3rd March).
40 Days for Life and the Gospel of Life  - Our 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil across the road from the Hardgate Road entrance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will draw to a close on Saturday evening 24th March with a silent candle lit hour from 7pm till 8pm. Candles will be provided. The Closing Event for our 40 Days for Life Campaign in support of a Culture of Life here in Scotland and around the world will take place the following day, Palm Sunday 25th March, in George Square at 3pm when Robert Colquhoun International Director of 40 Days for Life will speak to the assembled gathering. Please come along and support these events in this 50th anniversary year of the implementation of the Abortion Act in the UK.

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