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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


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 £999.00
Justice & Peace collection raised £572.50
Thank you for your great generosity!

14th January 2018 – Second Sunday of the Year (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 John Joyce
             † those who have died recently:   Jessie Doyle, Harry Mulholland, John Rourke, Edward McCann, Andrew Kearns
             † those whose anniversaries occur about now:   Mamie & Jetta Watt, Annie Kangley, Ellen Dalrymple, Samuel Parrack, Patrick, Helen & Jake Lafferty, Albert Reilly and John McLaughlan, baby Joseph Deegan
The next meeting of SPUC (Inverclyde) will take place on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Residence, Little Sisters of the Poor, Union Street, Greenock .  New members are very welcome.
20-40 Network Events - Aged 20-40? Would you like to meet some fellow young Catholics? 'Networking at the Museum' is on 20th January at Kelvingrove Museum, 2pm-4pm. ‘The Quiztastic Quiz of the Year’ is on 3rd February in the function room of Blackfriar's bar in the Merchant City, 1pm-5pm. Just email to buy a ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can’t make this one. We’re also on Facebook at
FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES - The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group has recommended that all volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should do the Level 1 training by the end of 2017 and, with the agreement of Bishop John, this will now be implemented as diocesan policy.  The next available training sessions will take place in:
St. John’s Parish Hall, Barrhead on Wednesday 17th January at 7pm-8.30pm
St. Mirin’s Parish Hall, Paisley on Saturday 27th January at 10.30am-12noon
Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office 0141 847 6138 to register for this training session. 
Mum’s the Word Prayer Groups – As St Monica prayed for her son we pray for all sons and daughters: “We now humbly ask you to pray with us for our sons and daughters who have drifted away from God and we ask you to add your prayers to those of all mothers who are worried about their children”.  If you are interested in joining an existing group or starting a group in your own parish, please email: Eleanor Jannetta at
Rotas – New Sunday Readers’ rotas and Counters rotas are available at the back of the church.
How overwhelming to think that our own patron St. John the Baptist points out to two of his own disciples, “Look, there is the Lamb of God” and as the two disciples heard this they followed Jesus.  Jesus turned round and asked what they wanted, they wished to know where He lived and He said, “Come and see”.  The Gospel tells us one of the two who followed Jesus was Andrew, who saw his brother Simon Peter next morning and said he had found the ‘the Messiah, which means the Christ”.  He took Simon Peter to see Him and when Jesus saw Simon Peter He looked hard at him and said, “You are Simon son of John you are to be called Cephas” – meaning Rock.  We are reminded in today’s Gospel of the important role our patron would have in directing others to the Lord.  We hear of the regard Jesus had for His cousin John the Baptist and the regard he had for Jesus as we would hear him say, “I must decrease, He must increase”.  The disciples were being called to follow Jesus, each in their own way, each with their own generosity and eagerness to seek the Lord.  Soon we would see the disciples growing in numbers, with John the Baptist also directing others to Christ the Lord.
Before this week is over we will be having the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity beginning on the 18th January and ending on the 25th January, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.  The direction of the Prayers for this Year comes from the Caribbean and the theme looks to the Book of Exodus 15:6, “Your Right Hand O Lord, Glorious in Power”.  The Prayer and reflection for the Sunday of the week of Prayer considers the important words of Jesus in the hope that the whole world will share in the prayer of Jesus, “that they may all be one…that the world may believe.”  John 17:21.  If it is not possible to attend any of the services we always have the Prayers for the Week and each day at Mass to prayer for Christian Unity.  If there was ever a time for us to gather together as Christians it must be now when we consider the terrible threat and disregard for human life at its very conception and at its natural end.  It is disconcerting also those great numbers who profess no faith.  We seem to hear more of individuals and groups in parliament and in our communities doing all they can to undermine the place of religion and faith in our churches, schools and society.
There is a special week of prayer on the 28th of January as we pray for Catholic Education, especially this year as we celebrate the Centenary of Catholic Education and the legal right for the Catholic Community to have their own schools.  As we pray for Christian Unity and also for Catholic Education we remember that these are not about notices or reminders although this is an aspect of this reflection, it is essentially about our responsibility, our obligation as Christians.  It is a concern of us all.  There is a problem of the one and the many.  All of us have a part to play in the life of the Church and Society not only the Priest, Deacon or Nun, in the sharing of our faith.  We are all aware of the stressful time delay in relation to funeral arrangements over the period of Christmas and New Year.  While many may have no concern re faith or religion this is an essential aspect of our life and belief.  We appreciate our gift of faith from God and share that faith with others, especially in this day and age we remember all our Christian Sisters and Brothers who like the disciples were seeking the Messiah.  We are all invited to Pray during these days of Prayer for Christian Unity and rejoice in what we have together as we give glory to God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It goes without saying we should never be shy about our Mother.  We as Catholics, along with other Christians, have a great devotion to Our Blessed Lady.  We pray, through Her intercession, we may not be embarrassed about expressing our faith.  We pray through the intercession of Mary Mother of the Church and Our Lady Help of Christians we may always be proud of the Lady who would say, “ Do whatever He tells you.“  We pray we may be more united to our Christian Sisters and Brothers and everyone in Him whose image we have all been made, “may they all be one.”
UWS Chaplaincy: Studying at UWS? Would you like to get involved in our Catholic society? If so please contact Fr. John Morrison @
Let it Be:  Five Session DVD/Book Series on Devotion to Our Lady - How about getting some parishioners together for this very well produced course on how Mary helps us to be filled with God? Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Rome, Lourdes, Knock, Walsingham and more with inputs from Cardinal Nichols and testimonies from Mary’s Meals, Mothers Prayers, John Pridmore and more.  Just search to find out more or order.
Lourdes Hospitalité - Booking forms are now available for the pilgrimage to Lourdes 29th June- 6th July '18. Volunteer helpers and nurses are needed to assist pilgrims who require assistance. All helpers need to comply with the Diocesan safeguarding policy. If interested in any aspect of the pilgrimage please contact Anne Louise 01475 638132
Legacies: When making your Will have you thought of leaving a legacy to the parish or diocese?
Gift Aid:  If you pay tax ask for a Gift Aid form and with your one-off signature we get an extra 25%.

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