Thu, November 14, 2019



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 £890.50
Thank you for your great generosity!

10th November 2019 – Thirty Second Sunday of the Year (C)

Please pray for
† those who are sick: 
James Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (9yrs), Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson,
Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey, Ben Arkless (age 4yrs), Monsignor Peter Smith, Josephine Watson,  Lorna Murray, Anna Mazzoni, Bill Carlin, Niamh Currie, Megan Edwards and Elsie Jackson, Kate Heaney
† those who have died recently: 
Theresa Quinn
† those whose anniversaries occur about now: 
Kathleen McConnachie, Catherine (Kitty) Shields, Sandra Dalgleish, Sarah Jackson, Joseph & Grace McKinney, Anne (McKinney) Hair, Gordon Gault, Alexander & Catherine Skelton, Mattie (Skelton) Jamieson,
Robert Jamieson
Next Sunday ( 16/17th November) the Comboni Missionaries will make an appeal
Advent Day for s3-6: The Diocese of Paisley will be holding a reflection day for young adults (s-3-s6) on Sunday 17th November at St. Mirin's Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley. The day will be from 2-6pm and will include Mass at 5pm. Net Ministries will be our facilitators. While the retreat is open to all young people from this age group there is an expectation that any participants in Youth to Lourdes 2020 should be in attendance. All attendees will be required to bring a signed consent form. These can be obtained from your school or your parish. For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison tel: 01418895056 or email  
Lourdes Discipleship Pilgrimage (18-21yrs) - Would you like to be involved in our Paisley Diocese Lourdes 2020 Pilgrimage, 26 June to 2 July as young adults?  You will join other young Catholics (18-21 years) for spiritual and pastoral, service and social initiatives in our new Lourdes Disciples Programme.  Maybe you’ve been to Lourdes with Youth to Lourdes or just want to experience the Lourdes ‘miracle’ for yourself.   If you’re interested or would like more information please email Fr. Gerry McNellis (  Limited to twenty places.
Mass for Vocations: There will be a Mass offered for Vocations every 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the chapel of the Little Sisters in Greenock. All are welcome.  Please come along and help pray for vocations.   
St. Mirin’s Fund:  Is a Fund set up by the Diocese of Paisley to disburse funds from the Episcopal Charities and Bishop’s Fund. If you wish to be considered for a gift from this Fund for a charitable project or need, please contact with a contact name, contact details and a statement of how you would use this gift. Closing date is Sunday 17th November 2019. Thank you.   
Month of the Holy Souls – SCIAF - In November, the month of the Holy Souls, SCIAF remembers those supporters who are no longer with us. Holy Mass is celebrated in memory of all those who've been touched by our work here in Scotland and around the world. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Toal, Bishop President of SCIAF at St Francis Xavier's Church, Taylor Avenue, Carfin on Thursday 21st November at 7 pm. If you are not able to attend on this occasion but would like a loved one to be remembered at the Mass please contact Siobhan Wright at SCIAF on 0141 354 5555.
Youth Development Co-ordinator:  St. Vincent de Paul Society (Scotland).  If you have excellent communication and facilitation skills and experience of working and communicating with young people between the ages of 7 and 25 we would love to hear from you. You will be responsible for the promotion, development, support for and co-ordination of SSVP Scotland’s youth work. Applicants must have excellent organisational skills, be able to work on your own initiative, be willing and able to work unsocial hours as and when required, and be committed to the values and ethos of SSVP. Salary 30-hour week £21,840 to £24,960 depending on experience.  For further information about the Society and our work and to view the Job Description and Personal Specification please visit our website To apply e-mail your CV and cover letter with examples how your skills and experiences fit the Person Specification for this role to  Closing date 17th November 2019. Interviews will be held on Monday 2nd December 2019.   
Many of us may have wondered what Heaven is like and if we think of the words Jesus has spoken to us reminding us, it speaks to us more of who we are rather than what.  Jesus speaks to us of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Reminding us who they are and who we are already sanctified with the waters of Baptism and knowing we have an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.  This seems to be a very good day as Jesus reminds us of the importance of the Resurrection as the Pharisees questioning Him do not believe in such.  They use the example of a woman whose husband dies and has six brothers and according to the law the first brother then marries her, and the Pharisees question what if all the brothers marry her and all die whose wife will she be in Heaven.  Yet Jesus reminds them and us that the process of life on Earth and in Heaven is different.  The words of today's Gospel reminds us as He says to the Pharisees...'Those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the Angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of He is God, not of the dead but of the living; for to Him all men are in fact alive. 'This helps us to focus upon the mystery of God.  The responsorial psalm for today's Mass response is, 'I shall be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory, O Lord.'  What more can we ask for, to see the glory of God, a few of us may worry, we do not have our spiritual suitcases packed as well as we could have, hoping a few helping Angels with familiar faces will be there for us!  The last verse of psalm 16 reads, 'Guard me as the apple of your eye, Hide me in the shadow of your wings.  As for me, in my justice I shall see your face and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your face.'  This is indeed our calling as Christians in that we may in thought, word and deed, ever proclaim the glory of God.  In this way we will be fit for the kingdom and the glory the Lord has prepared for us.
There is a lot to think about in today's readings, as in every Mass through the Word and Eucharist the word is proclaimed and explained by the priest and through the action of the priest.  Christ is the High Priest, at every celebration together with the Holy Spirit, God is always with us, as ordinary bread and wine becomes the Eucharist, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus as the Priest says those words of Consecration.  The Body and Blood in Word and Sacrament is blest and broken and shared among us.  At every Mass the Church asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit, Jesus is present among them, blest and broken and shared amongst us.  At the moment of Consecration, we as Roman Catholics know, ordinary bread and ordinary wine has become the Body and Blood of Jesus.  At Holy Communion He comes to us, and our Amen is our act of faith and love knowing we have truly received Jesus.  This celebration of every Mass prays for the living and the dead, as we give unceasingly, glory, honour and praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Never forget the Real Presence of Jesus among us as He offers Himself to us, as He did on the Cross and as He does also with His sacrifice upon the Altar.  These thoughts have a special resonance amongst us as we remember the Month of the Holy Souls.  How confident we can be as we place all our trust in Jesus as He gave Himself for us, His Passion, His Suffering and Resurrection, and all our dead relatives and friends, remembered daily before Him and us.
As we think of the Saints in heaven, the Holy Souls and ourselves we give thanks to God that no one is forgotten.  We also pray that we will continue to pray to everyone, for everyone and for ourselves, so that the Church will continue to grow and many will see the light of faith in our hands, our hearts and our welcome.
May the Souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God Rest in Peace.  Amen
And May their Souls and the Souls of All the Faithful Departed, through the Mercy of God,
Rest in Peace.  Amen
RCIA - There will be a meeting for ALL parish catechists/leaders in the diocesan office on Thursday 14th November 7.00 - 8.30pm to discuss the year ahead. Please register at
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES OR PENDING PVG CERTIFICATES: Volunteers doing or planning to do regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should complete the Safeguarding Training, Induction Part 1.  The next session will be held in the Diocesan offices, Incle Street, Paisley on: Monday 11th November at 10.30am. Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office or 0141 847 6138 to register. 
Safeguarding Training, Induction Part 2: The new Safeguarding Part 2 Training session, is for volunteers who have previously attended Safeguarding Training Part One, or Safeguarding Training Level one, more than 18 months ago.  If you attended Safeguarding Training Level One in 2016 or 2017, you should put your name forward for Safeguarding Training Part 2.   Sessions are available on:  Tuesday 12th Nov at 7pm St. Joseph’s, Clarkston .  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office or 0141 847 6138 to register. 
Paisley Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020 - Flying directly from Glasgow to Lourdes for 6 Nights from Friday 26th June 2020 until Thursday 2nd  July 2020. Please see poster at back of church for details.
Adoption Week Scotland: St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society have arranged an information evening and open day for anyone considering adoption. Monday 18th November – ‘Our Journey to Adoption’ – Come along for a cuppa and an informal session where our adopters will share their story of what brought them to adoption.  6.30pm-7.30pmWednesday 20th November – Open Day – There will be 3 sessions where experienced staff, ambassadors and some of the adopted teens will be on hand to have a chat and answer questions.  Session 1: 10am-12pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-8pm.  To register your interest please: Call 0141 332 8371 or Email
Cardinal Winning Lecture November 2019 - This year’s lecture is given by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Saturday 16 November, 9.00 am – 12 noon, University Chapel and Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. This event is organised by the St. Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education. This is a ticketed event. To book and print your ticket please go to

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