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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



6th June 2021

Corpus Christi Sunday

Please pray for:
† those whose are sick:
James Brannigan, Korbin Gabb, Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson, Isabel Gibson, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey, Ben Arkless), 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 Compston, Elizabeth Grant, Ettie McGhee & James Docherty, Karen Burns, George Docherty,
† those who have died recently:
Margaret Mallon, Agnes McClure, Sarah Faulds, Margaret Woodburn, Ellen McFadden.
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:  
Rev Thomas Mahon, Hugh Johnstone, Robert & Elizabeth Carswell, Edward (Barty) Hanley, Elizabeth McIntosh, Alex McIntosh, Raymond McIntosh, Maria & Edward Brady, Margaret Deegan, David Dow, Ian Forsyth, Catherine Carey, Katie Thomas, Susan Carroll, Bernard & Annie Coyle, Elizabeth Breslin
This Week:
*Sunday Masses online:
Saturday Vigil 6pm.
Sunday Morning 9.30 and 11am.
There will be public 9.30am Weekday Masses on
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
N.B Monday is the funeral mass for Margaret Mallon and is restricted to those invited to the Mass by Mary’s family
Saturday Mass will be the Vigil Mass of Sunday
and will be at 6pm (no 9.30am.)
There will be no public times for confessions until further notice.
Confessions are by individual appointment until further notice.
Diocesan website and clicking on the ‘Online Parish Offertory’.  This allows you to donate to any of the causes or parishes of your choice.  Many thanks
Evening of prayer for Healthcare workers
Bishop John would like to invite all healthcare workers and friends to an evening celebration to mark the Year of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers. There will be a time of prayer before the blessed Sacrament, prayers for all those involved in our healthcare
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Diocesan News and Events
Special Collection - Sick and Retired Clergy – 13 June 2021
We remember our Sick & Retired Priests of the diocese with great love and affection. We have fourteen retired priests of our diocese, still active in prayer and witness: one living in Rome, two living in Chile, five in houses throughout the diocese, three in parish presbyteries and three at the Residence of the Little Sisters along with Bishop John Cunningham. We thank God for the gift of these priests and keep them in our prayers.  You can donate easily to this collection by visiting our Diocesan website and clicking on the ‘Online Parish Offertory’.  This allows you to donate to any of the causes or parishes of your choice.  Many thanks
Annual Mass at St. Conval’s Cemetery
Bishop John Keenan will celebrate our Annual Mass at St Conval’ s Cemetery, Barrhead on Sunday the 6th June at 2:00pm. Tickets available to book now.  Please visit:
Evening of prayer for Healthcare workers
Bishop John would like to invite all healthcare workers and friends to an evening celebration to Mark the Year of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers. There will be a time of prayer before the  Blessed Sacrament, prayers for all those involved in our healthcare system and will finish with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  All welcome to attend at St Mirin’s Cathedral on Thursday 24th June at 7.00pm. Please use the Eventbrite link to book your tickets. Alternatively, call St Margaret’s Church, Johnstone to book by phone on 01505320198.
Think Vocation  
“This is my Body” Without the Eucharist there is no Church. Without priests, there is no Eucharist. Could God be inviting you to share in Jesus’s priesthood, offering your life with his for his people? Call Fr. Morrison on 0141 8895056 or email  
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
As of 27 April 2021, Joe Walsh Pilgrimage Tours ceased to trade. This will mean that all pilgrims who have bookings carried over from 2020 and 2021 will have to invoke a claim through the TOPS protection policy held by Joe Walsh Tours. This can be accessed by following the link on their website. If you have any problem with this please contact Fr Gerry McNellis on 01475 632078 or
St. Benedict’s School Cluster Providing Food and Toiletries
Saint Conval’s Parish Linwood now has its meals project up to full speed and is now providing 200 meals to local families every week through their Hall kitchen and generous volunteer chefs, caterers and drivers. They are now continuing their Project to provide cooked meals and food parcels for local families. They have already collected enough to get them through until June and hope your donations will help them continue at least until the School Summer Holidays. You can leave your food for parcels in the parish house porch or post donations through the doorway. Thanks to all who have given of their time, their talent or their treasure!
Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid 19 Crisis
Our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor.  If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling.  The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgmental position. For information or advice please email in confidence
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. Since New Year we have covered topics like Perseverance in Prayer, St Joseph, Journey to Calvary, Christ Our Salvation, Passover and Tenebrae, St Bernadette, and the Gift of the Trinity, just to name a few!
Coming up some of our suggested topics are Justice and Peace, Friendship in Jesus, The Mysteries of Light and The Gifts of the Spirit. Last week was our 1 year 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
Other News and Events
Priest walking from Iona to Lindisfarne in the footsteps of St Aidan to raise funds for St Maria Skobstova House of Hospitality in Calais
Fr Jim Walls, Spiritual Director of the Scots College in Rome, plans to walk the 290 miles during his summer holidays to draw attention to the plight of refugees stranded in Calais. If you would like to find out more and/or donate, please visit and follow his progress via Jim’s Iona to Lindisfarne Pilgrimage Facebook page.  Jim’s Iona to Lindisfarne Pilgrimage | Facebook  
Do you have any Wrens in your family?
Looking to unite the indomitable ladies who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service, specifically between 1946 and 1981 who completed basic training at Training Depot Burghfield/HMTE Burghfield/HMTE Dauntless/HMS Dauntless/Reading.  They are looking for divisional photographs from those days and to reunite old friends, share anecdotes and relive exciting moments. Please contactemail: or tel: 07765 435295/0771 990 9844. (Project Coordinators: Mandy Powell & Janette Crisp)
Faith & Reason: A Catholic Integration
A short, residential summer course exploring the relationship of faith with philosophy, science and culture. Particularly helpful for catechists and teachers fielding commonly-asked questions around Catholicism, besides anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Faith. Runs 5th – 8th August. For more info and registration,
Scripture and Spirituality Conference 10th – 11th July 2021
John of the Cross and the experience of transforming love. This years’ conference focuses on St. John of the Cross and his life changing teachings of how love can transform each and every one of us.  Through six thought provoking talks, each of us can learn how to become beacons of light to greater reflect Christ and offer hope to a world in much need of healing.  This year, we have been blessed with six renowned speakers, authors and experts, who will bring St. John’s teachings to life and transform how we grow in our love and spirituality.  For more information or contact  Tel: 07849 596 572
Please find below the link for this Sunday’s cemetery mass at St Convals. Please feel free to share this on your parish bulletins/social media platforms and websites.
Course to Qualify as an RE Specialist.
Are you a qualified teacher, at secondary or primary level, interested in an advanced qualification as an RE specialist?  The University of Glasgow is offering an ATQ in RE this coming academic year (21/22). Please sign up for this online information evening on Thursday 10 June at 6.00pm. To obtain the zoom link please contact This qualification fulfils the requirement for applying to the GTCS for Professional Registration as a specialist Religious Education teacher in the Catholic Secondary school. Please find all the details, including teaching dates and cost, here: ATQRE: GTCS PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION:
Pope's Prayer for Protection from Coronavirus
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their health and strength.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Good Lord, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
May those who have died from the virus rest in peace and rise in glory.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.
May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations.
Give them the foresight to act with prudence and charity for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve.
Stay with us, Lord, and grant us your peace.
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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