Fri, September 24, 2021



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



19th September 2021

25th Sunday of the Year - B

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, George Docherty
† Those who have died recently:
Sarah Mcleish, Mary Harkins, Pat Delaney
† Those whose anniversaries occur about now:
Elizabeth Minish Forster, Robert Forster, Catherine Delaney, William & Elizabeth Graham ,Alex Graham, Daniel McColl, Mary Deegan, John Mulholland, Joseph Cochrane, Baby Theresa Deegan, Baby Michael Deegan (pray for babies families), Thomas McBrearty, Mary Clark, George Foley, Jack Murray, Patricia English, Joe & Annie O’Rourke, Gerard McBrearty,  Margaret Tracey, Maurice Christie, Anne Mooney, Jim Mooney, Robert Mooney, Elizabeth Cissie Duffy.
Apologies for lack of bulletin last week. The long list of anniversaries are over the two weeks
This Week:
*Sunday Masses online:
Saturday Vigil 6pm.
Sunday Morning 9.30 and 11am.
There will be public Weekday Masses or Services at 9.30am on
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
N.B This week there is a Saturday Morning Mass At 9.30am followed by Confessions at 10am.
There continues to be restrictions on the use of confessional box for confessions but I believe it is safe to trial the use of the screen in the sacristy for confessions.
The one metre spacing requirement no longer applies as a matter of law you are of course free to keep a distance from others and ask if necessary that they keep the appropriate space from you.
Confessions are
Saturday Morning at 10am. 
We are now able to seat all those who currently want to go to Mass
There is no requirement to book.
We are trialing a system that we know most who come and you’ll be ticked as you go throught the door. If you’re just coming back you’ll be asked for your name and phone number
We’re not too far away from not having to take any contact details. If you are a regular attender you’ll not be asked for your name.
You can now leave the church by either of the doors.
Next Week we can try going back to coming forward for Holy Communion and making the collection with the handled collection bags
Devotional Candles
will be available from Monday.
Bear in mind
that the hand wash used in the church is 70% alcohol and is flammable.
Sick Communions in homes.
Anyone who wishes to receive Holy Communion in their home from the priest once per month should contact me. It also allows me to hear confessions for those who are not yet ready to return to Church. The next visit for Communions will be Friday 15th October.
The SVdP conference would ask parishioners to once again start to donate second-hand clothes.
To avoid any concerns regarding Covid we ask that you DO NOT bring the clothes into the church.
If you are in a position to donate clothes please advise a brother at the end of the mass you attend mass that you have clothes available. Alternatively you can phone the conference mobile on 07761055997 to make arrangements.
We are asking you to bring them to St John’s hall on a Thursday night between 7.00 and 7.30pm (This could change to 7.30 - 8.00 should Fr restart the Thursday night Mass). Please bring them by car in undamaged plastic bags sealed with tape.
As we need to control the handling, movement and storage of cloths it is important that you do not just bring them along to any Mass.
We may ask you to hold them in your possession for a few weeks if the supply is beyond what the conference can safely handle.
Special Collection – Vocations - 19th September
The Collection for Vocations helps to  finance the training and formation of our student priests. The seven year program for the formation of our Priests costs approximately £100,000 per student. This cost is born entirely by the Diocese. At present we have three men in training for the Priesthood – two at the Scots College in Rome and one at Oscott College in Birmingham. The monies raised from the collection also helps to pay for the assessment process of those applying to train for the Priesthood. 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
Office for Pastoral Formation of Young Adults (aged 18-30)
To mark the establishment of this new Office, Bishop John Keenan and the new Pastoral Directors, Fr Ryan Black and Fr Joe McGill, will celebrate Holy Mass at 7pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral on Wednesday 29th September, the Feast of the Archangels. After Mass, there will be a chance to meet socially over drinks in a local pub. All are welcome, and your help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated. To connect with the new Office, search for DoPYoungAdults on social media.
St Francis Parish Golf Day: at Kilmacolm Golf Club. Friday 24th September. Meet at 10am for hot filled roll and tea/coffee; tee-off from 11am; two-course meal after the round. Prizes. £40 per person; limited places, please contact Fr Matthew Carlin: 01475 700700/
Year of Saint Joseph Afternoon for Families
Families are warmly invited to come together to mark the Year of St Joseph on Sunday 19th September from 2.00pm in St Mirin's Cathedral Hall. The event will include an opportunity to reflect in prayer as families in faith and join together for some light refreshments.  Bishop John will conclude the gathering with the celebration of Mass in the Cathedral at 4.00pm.
Think Vocation
“If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last.” Could you put yourself last and Christ and his People first? Could you serve as He did, in priesthood or religious life? Speak to our diocesan Vocations Director, Fr. John Morrison – email: or tel 0141 8895056.
Marriage and family webpage
The Diocese has a dedicated page on the website for Marriage and Family life. It contains a wealth of information, support and resources for many aspects of this important vocation. For more information please visit
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
Catholic Teacher Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
A discussion on “Catholic Teacher Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,’  Dr. Leonard Franchi.  This new seminar series draws on the expertise of the St Andrews Foundation staff to present some innovative and challenging thinking on the aims and purpose of Catholic Teacher Education.  To register for the seminars below, please complete the registration form here.  Zoom joining details will be emailed beforehand.
Bible Timeline Course
The Bible can be quite intimidating, due to its size and complexity.  Many Catholics long to read the Bible, but they don’t know how.  The Bible Timeline Study System, divides the whole Bible into different Periods, easy to understand and memorise.  In our course, we will walk you through each of the Periods.  This way, you will clearly see how the many characters and events in Scripture are related to each other in one unified narrative, from Adam & Eve to Jesus Christ. Each live-streamed session has a time of discussion with Q&A starting on Wed 29th September at 7pm for 8 weeks.  Bible Readings and Teaching Summary notes will be available. More details and registration at   Sponsored by Paisley diocesan Permanent Commission for Evangelisation.
Street Pastors in Inverclyde are recruiting
Following a long period of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Inverclyde Street Pastors are back out in the community from 10pm to 4am at weekends and making a very useful contribution to the local community. They have also been out on daytime patrols. They need to recruit more Christians for this role and we would be grateful if you could allow for them to make a presentation at some point over the next four weeks at one of your services. Please contact their Co-ordinator Alistair McAlees at or telephone Alistair on 07740 201 853 regarding possible arrangements. Anyone interested will be able, if they would like, to come out with the Street Pastors as an observer on one of their patrols to see first-hand what Street Pastors do. More information on Street Pastors in Scotland is at
Aid to the Church in Need: Community Fundraiser Posts (SCOTLAND)
Do you have a passion for fundraising and to be part of a Community Outreach Team that supports persecuted Christians around the world?  Aid to the Church in Need is looking to fill two posts; one covering the dioceses of Argyle & the Isles, Aberdeen, Dunkeld and the Archdiocese of Edinburgh & St Andrews.  Applicants must reside near Dundee.  The other working across the dioceses of Motherwell, Paisley, Galloway, and the Archdiocese of Glasgow.  Applicants must reside near Glasgow or Motherwell.  The team will work with parishes, schools, special interest groups and individual benefactors to raise awareness, generate prayer and fundraise for life-changing projects around the world.  You will be part of a supportive remote team sharing ideas, strategies and training.  You will hold a driving licence, have access to a car and travel with occasional overnight stays.  Please contact Katherine Anderson-Scott, Charisma Charity Recruitment, or 01962 813300 or submit an application through the Charisma website with your CV and supporting statement. (
Pilgrimage of Healing & Hope
Virtual Pilgrimage through the Holy Land with Mary Magdalene Directed by: Kathleen Nichols, with Fr. Eamon Kelly, LC and the Magdala Team Dates - September 29th to November 2nd, 2021 Pilgrimage October 2021 – Magdala Tourist Center We embark on a new virtual adventure! This October we invite you to travel through the Holy Land on a pilgrimage of healing and hope, inspired by Mary Magdalene. Visiting the sites where Jesus healed, from the comfort of your own home in Scotland. There is no cost for the pilgrimage.
Register online
Walsingham Pro-Life Pilgrimage
Saturday 23rd October.  ‘The Courage to Proclaim the Gospel of Life on Post-Pandemic Britain'  A Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life.  The Pilgrimage commences with midday Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury. Details of the day’s programme can be found on our website at To watch livestream go to the Shrine livestream (Watch Livestream - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady)
Hate Crime and Anit-Catholic Incidents
Police Scotland’s ‘Hate Crime’ team for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde invite you to contact them with any information on community tension, anti-Catholic behaviour/ incidents etc to ensure their occurrence is accurately reported. To report any anti-Catholic behaviour or community tension within Renfrewshire or Inverclyde please contact Constable Mary Connelly at
Renfrewshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Services
Here are the contact details for local mental health and wellbeing services.
  • RAMH | 0141 847 8900 A local organisation who can support mental health issues. 
  • First Crisis Freephone | 0800 221 8929 or 0141 848 9090 {standard rate} 9-8pm Mon-Fri and 5pm at weekends. 
  • Hear for You | Freephone 0800 221 8904 If you feel distressed or anxious 9-5 Mon-Fri 
  • Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) | 0300 300 1199 {option 2} Partnership of local public and voluntary sector organisations which support local community with alcohol and drug issues. 
  • Pachedu Advice to Ethnic Minority Population | 07377937941 or 07415009677 Provides a range of support, information and advice aimed at addressing mental health & other related issues.
  • Renfrewshire Women’s Aid | 0141 561 7030 Provides advice, support, information and safe accommodation for Women, Children & Young People affected by domestic abuse. 
  • ACCORD Hospice Bereavement Support | 0141 581 2000 If you are experiencing loss or dealing with grief following the death of someone close.
  • Money Advice | 0300 300 1238 Confidential advice on money and debt issues 
  • Renfrewshire Carers | 0141 887 3643 Provides a wide range of support and services to all unpaid Carers National Support links 
  • BREATHING SPACE | Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87
  • SAMARITANS | 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call) Email: Website:
  • SHOUT | Text: 85258 is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help
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 neighbours 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. Amen
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.Amen.
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:
  1. Go to their door but do not enter. Ask if they need help or shopping.
  2. If you do get shopping leave it at the door, put any change in an envelope and knock the door but do not enter.
  3. 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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Port Glasgow
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Church Hall


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Funeral Services


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