Tue, October 27, 2020



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



25th October 2020 - 30th Sunday of the Year A


Please pray for:
† those whose 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, Niamh Currie, Megan Edwards, Adam Parker, Nichola Collins, Winnie Bleasdale , and Alice Mc Intyre Holly Rose Higgins, Yvonne Bachoo, Thomas Compstpn, James Carroll &  Elizabeth Grant
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:
Philip Hughes, Robert Forster Jnr, Elizabeth Minishii Forster Frances Stanton, Thomas McKenna Snr., Ellen Gillespie, Bridget Kennedy, Rogen Jean (5 months mind), John Walsh
  1. There will be NO Mass or Confessions next Saturday 24th October
  2. There will be 9.30am weekday Masses this coming week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
  3. Thursday is now an evening Mass at 7pm preceded by confessions at 6.30pm.
  4. The Church will not be open for private prayers this week.
  5. There will be confessions on Thursday at 6.30pm.
  6. A Deacon the Rev. Don Keane has been given an appointment to St. John’s and he has officially taken up his appointment on Friday 11th September. This Weekend a relaxation of the regulations means that he will join me on the sanctuary and will do the readings of the Mass
  7. There will be no Mass or Service on Wednesday
Diocesan News and Events
Adult Education Talks
Following the results of our Diocesan Adult Formation Survey, a series of talks has been organised on Zoom on the 3rd Monday of every month from October 2020 to May 2021 at 6.30pm. The first talk is by Fr. John Eagers on 'Prayer' THIS Monday, 26th October, at 6:30pm - all welcome.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 560493
Zoom Music Day
The Diocesan Liturgy Commission will host a Zoom music day on Saturday 7th November at 11.00am- finishing at approx. 1.00pm or before. The group will look at learning some Mass parts to be used by cantors during these covid times, and for parish choirs to use once restrictions are lifted. Everyone is invited to join the meeting. Musicians, cantors and choirs are all welcome. Details of the zoom meeting will follow next week.
Annual St. Conval’s Cemetery Mass Sunday 1 November 2.00pm
Bishop John will celebrate the Annual Cemetery Mass as usual this year but according to the Government’s infection control guidelines which limit numbers to 200 for outside ceremonies, seating and socially distanced.  We would ask as many of those attending to endeavour to come in cars and remain in them for the duration of the Mass.  A small number of outside seating will be available.  Mass will be a ticked event and if you would like to book a place please go to our Eventbrite site. Please bring your ticket to the Mass.  Please note that the cemetery will be closed from 1.30 – 3.30 to allow for the cemetery mass to go ahead under the government restrictions. The mass will also be livestreamed and the link will follow on social media and websites in the next couple of days. are free (Limited to 2 tickets per application)
Community Circle of Prayer
Every Friday evening people gather on line at 7pm for The Community Circle of Prayer. This half hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Each week there is a different broad theme; we have explored The Call to Discipleship, Care of our Sick, Forgiveness, Guardian Angels, The Faithful Departed, The Way of the Cross to name but a few. Last week was our 6 month anniversary!
Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! To join please use the Zoom link below
 Just click and you are in! All Welcome from wherever you are. 
October Month of the Rosary
Please join in the October Rosary Whirlwind of the British Isles.  You can join in: Daily 8.00pm Online Rosary around Britain (Bishop John will lead from our Cathedral on Sundays); the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima Whirlwind Rosary Day on Tuesday 13 October; the Halloween 9.00am-9.00pm Rosary Rally around the Dioceses of Britain; and the All Saint and All Souls Thanksgiving Online Rosaries at 8.00pm. For all the details go to  ‘One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.’ Saint Dominic.
We are revising IN GOD’S IMAGE the Safeguarding Policy Manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
We welcome online comments to improve our Safeguarding practice by 30 November 2020: ( IN GOD’S IMAGE is the Safeguarding Policy Manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland.  We want to hear from all interested in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, above all from survivors or victims.  You can comment anonymously. To speak to someone directly, please email: or WRITE to: In God’s Image, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland 64 Aitken Street, AIRDRIE ML6 6LT.
Beware Protect Scotland App Scams
If you are contacted by NHS (test and protect) it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012.  Scammers are contacting the public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test and self- isolate.  They then ask for payments for various services.  If the call is not from the above number please ignore it.
Marriage Matters (
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Exodus 22:20-26  1 Thess 1:5-10  Matt 22:34-40)
How can I best love you today? In today’s gospel Jesus says love should be at the centre of our lives, so we must ask ‘How can I best love my partner today’   To know how our partner experiences our love best, we need to explore together whether it is through compliments, special time together, presents or acts of service, or simple hugging and kissing.
Other News and Events
Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse
The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse:  the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help.  To register and receive the Zoom code go to You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.
Justice and Peace Scotland – A Conversation on Migration
On Tuesday 27 October, Justice and Peace Scotland will be hosting an evening hearing from inspirational people serving on the frontline of the UK’s hostile border environment.  Our speakers include: Clare Mosely, Founder, Care4Calais, Br Johannes Maertens, Founder, Maria Skobtsova, Catholic Worker House, and Alex Holmes from Calais Catholic Worker.  To join this online event please register here
Missio Scotland Appeal  Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Catholic Church’s mission aid agency. It enables missionaries to help communities in need through grassroots projects.  They build and maintain hospitals, schools and seminaries, care for people in need and act for justice in the developing world, regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.  Texting MISSIOSCOT to 70085 will donate a default £3, while MISSIOSCOT with any number between 1-20 after it will donate your desired amount (for example MISSIOSCOT10 will donate £10) 
November lists:
As some lists were given out at Masses last week we will continue to give you the option of taking a list as you leave the church. Should you wish you will behanded a single list in an envelope. Only one is given and will be handed to you by a person wearing gloves. These can be handed in in the collection basket at Masses or put through the chapel house door. It is customary to include a Mass Stipend in the envelope.
I am aware that people take lists for other people but any slip of paper headed Holy souls in an envelope will do just fine.  A stipend in the envelope makes it unwise to post in a list.
Gift aid envelopes: Those who have gift aid envelopes should have them by now. I also have some non-gift aid boxes requested by non- tax payers and these have been sent or posted and you should have them by now.
I still have some blank boxes left  that  other  non- tax payers might want to have as it helps you keep track of the weeks. If you do want one email or phone me your address (or even stick a note of it through parish letter box) and I’ll send you a box.
Thanks to the many people who have now started to get their collections to me.
Update: We seem to have reached the point where enough is coming in to meet current scaled back costs this is due not just to many getting their envelopes and standing orders in but particularly the fact that some have given in a bit extra to get us bye those weeks where pretty much no money was coming in. It looks as though we’re coming through the worst of the financial impact of the coronavirus so thanks for the effort
Update: Money still coming in steadily. I apologise that the printed diocesan forms did not have the bank account printed on them.
Phase 3 Government’s coronavirus response.
On Thursday the government opened up the possibility of Mass with a congregation From Thursday 15th July. I have set up online ticketing parishes are asked to limit attendance to 50 at Mass no matter how big the church .With funerals the limit is now 20 people and baptisms and weddings are also a maximum 20 in attendance.
The instruction below that should be taken seriously. It should also be noted that until further notice there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass for anyone  .It might be if you can take in a weekday Mass to be your “Sunday” that would avoid any more than 25 or so being at Mass. This would maybe a way to start off gently coming to a small Mass
I have in the last few weeks started hearing confessions but not in the confessional but in the sacristy behind a screen.
The timings are Thursday 6.30pm and Saturday 1oam
3. People who are shielding
A very delicate issue is that not all our parishioners will be able to return to Church. Those who are SHIELDING according to Scottish Government guidance should not return to Church until the Government advises them that it is safe to do so.
In addition, the following parishioners should follow Scottish Government advice about whether or not to come to Church:
  • Parishioners who are aged 70 or over
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Those who receive the flu jab for medical reasons
  • It should be again be reiterated that there is no pressure on anyone who feels that they are not ready to be physically at Mass if they feel unready the obligation to attend is unlikely to be an obligation until there is a satisfactory remedy to the virus
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Remember, you can receive Jesus in your heart from anywhere you might happen to be, at any time, The Catechism teaches that a Spiritual Communion “is an act of devotion, and one very pleasing to God.” A good time might be if you are following Mass on TV or online at the time when you would receive Holy Communion.
Do you know a neighbour who lives alone or has no support from social services? Please consider the following:
  • Go to their door but do not enter.  Ask if they need help or shopping.
  • If you do get shopping leave it at the door, put any change in an envelope and knock the door but do not enter.
  • If you cannot help offer the following telephone number 07761 055997 which will be checked by the St Vincent de Paul who will try to help.

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