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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



17th January 2021

2nd SUnday of the Year - B

Please pray for:
† those whose are sick:
ames Brannigan, Korbin Gabb (9yrs), Joshua McGivern (baby), Callum Gibson, Isabel Gibson, Finlay Monaghan, Maureen Collins, Derek Voysey, Ben Arkless (age 5yrs), Monsignor Peter Smith, Josephine Watson, Lorna Murray, Anna Mazzoni, Niamh Currie, Megan Edwards, Adam Parker, Nichola Collins, Winnie Bleasdale , and Alice McIntyre Holly Rose Higgins, Yvonne Bachoo, Thomas Compston, James Carroll &  Elizabeth Grant, Ettie McGhee, Fr Brendan Healy.
† those who have died recently:
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Canon Brendan Healy, Grace McGeachy, Angela Smith, Gary McClarty.
† those whose anniversaries occur about now:
Jean Lindsay, Mary Cameron, Albert Reilly, Patrick Joseph Donaghy, Samuel Parrack
This Week and until further notice All Masses are not open to anyone and are instead streamed online at the times set out below:
  • There will be 9.30am Weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Saturday Mass will be the Vigil Mass of Sunday and will be at 6pm (no 9:30am).
  • This Wednesday is a funeral Mass for Grace McGeachy. Mass is at 10am. Funeral Masses have 20 people in Church at the family’s invitation.
  • There will be no public times for confessions until further notice. Confessions are by individual appointment until further notice.
Diocesan News Events
Catholic Erskine would like to invite you to register for our next Online Alpha which commences on Wednesday 20th January at 7.00pm.  Alpha is a 10-week series of video presentation and informal conversation for people searching for a deeper understanding of their faith and for those who are searching for a wat to return to their faith.  To register please visit our website at Once registered we will issue you with details of accessing the first session, which will be delivered via Zoom.  Please invite someone to come along with you. Relatives and friends are very welcome.
Adult Education Talks 
You are invited to our next talk on Monday 18th January at 6.30pm on The Teachings of Saint John Paul II by Bishop John. Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 758071
Families need blessings of patience, forgiveness, gratefulness and love. Can you bring the Gospel to families in your community? If you think God is calling you to be a priest, deacon sister contact Fr. John Morrison 01418895056 or e-mail
Postponement of Diocesan Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes Pilgrimages to 2022
Unfortunately due to present circumstances and the uncertainty facing us all over the next few months, it is with deep regret that we must inform you that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes has now been postponed to June-July 2022. We are fully aware that the shrine of Lourdes means so much to so many in our Diocese and understand and how disappointing this news will be. However we know that we will all work together and look forward to being welcomed back in 2022. If you already have a place on the Pilgrimage carried over from this year on Joe Walsh tours, their representatives will be contacting you in writing in the New Year to confirm our decision to reschedule and to explain how your booking can be carried forward.
Administrative Changes to Teacher Approval in the Diocese of Paisley
Father Joe Burke, Vicar General, now has the role of overseeing the Approval process.
Applications and references for posts in the three local authorities within our Diocese should be returned to: Rev Joseph Burke, Teacher Approval, Diocesan Centre, Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR or email:
Please note that applications for posts in Our Lady of the Missions Primary School and St Ninian’s High School should be sent to the Archdiocese of Glasgow in whose territory they are located:  Archdiocese of Glasgow, Teacher Approval , 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JY.  Email:   
Arrangements for the pastoral care of staff and pupils in these schools will continue to be the responsibility of the Diocese of Paisley.
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. 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. 
Other News and Events
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.
The Cloister Blog – St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education
St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education has launched a brand new blog called The Cloisters. The aim is to stimulate discussion, debate and collaboration in the area of Catholic Religious Education and Catholic Education more widely. Contributions to the blog are invited from academics, teachers, alumni, students, parents, clergy, and all interested in the mission of Catholic Education. The blog can be found at
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.

Funeral Services


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6 Balfour Street
Port Glasgow
Renfrewshire  PA14 5HF
Tel: 01475 745678

Church Hall


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Funeral Services


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Port Glasgow
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