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Bulletin 4th October 2015


SICK:  Kimberly & Sean Rushton, Connor McDowell, Jim McCarvill, Sadie Grant, David Scott, Geraldine Carberry, Peter O’Donnell, Betty Berry, Mary Dillon, Mary Clarke, Thomas Prior, Tony McLarin, Margaret McBride, Danny Diver, JoJo Daly, Michael McCready, Alex Murphy, Thomas McLaughlin, William Matheson. Frank Cairns, Ann Lench, Patrick Kerr,  Noreen McCready, Emma McSkeane, Pat Barrett, Arlene McMenamin, Veronica Tolan, Melissa Dobbins, Edward Rainey,  Mrs Beech, Tom McDevitt, Jean Cullen, Margaret Caruana, Sr. Mary, Agnes Cairns, Norman Edgar, James Dawson, Denise Clancy, Anne O’Neil, Mary Jo Doherty, Michael Melly, Mary McCready, Robert McGuire, John Boyle, Mary Tunstead, William Toohill, Frank McLaughlin, Sr. Denise Lynch, Beatrice Milne, Bobby Clark, Sr Gabriel Keenan, May Quigley, Adrian Medford, Rose Gielty,
Recently Deceased:  Nan Cumming,, Jennifer Breslin, Tilly Divers, Canon James Foley,  Chris Murphy,  George Taylor, Mary Booth,
Anniversaries:   Douglas J Walters, Rena McBride, Margaret Loudon,  Alan McMillan, Cathie Campbell, Roseanne Clancy, John Morrow, Mark Morrow, Peter Fowler, Margaret Murphy, Frank Murphy,, Theresa O’Neill, Edward McGeown, Una Robinson
Offertory collection: £780.   
Thank you for your generosity.
Today’s 2nd Collection is for the Building Fund
As part of the preparation for the Diocesan Synod, Bishop John has asked all the parishes to have a meeting to discuss the role of the laity and give feedback to the diocese to aid the deliberations at the synod.  St James’ and St Columba’s  are holding this meeting at 7 pm TOMORROW Monday 5th October in St Columba’s Parish Hall.  This is very important preparation for our Synod and Bishop John has asked that as many people as possible, from both Parishes, make a special effort to attend.
We are hoping to organise a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October 2016.  The cost of this would be approximately £1,500 per person.  If you would be interested in going on this Pilgrimage, please let Fr. John know.
In preparation for our Diocesan Synod there will be an Evening of prayer and Reflection in St Charles Parish, Paisley on Tuesday 6th October.  The evening will start at 7 pm and conclude by 8.30 pm.   Please try to make the time to come along to this important event.
Sunday 18th October is Mission Sunday when there will be a second collection in aid of MISSIO.
During this period of preparation for the Synod we are asked to reflect on our role as the lay faithful. Bishop John’s message was to encourage us to be more involved and to recognise that we have a big role to play in the life of the Church.  As we prepare for Lourdes 2016 we are asking you to reflect on, and discuss ways in which, we can try to put that into practice throughout the Year of Mercy and the presence of the Icon of Our Lady of Paisley in our Parishes.
Going to Lourdes is for the sick, the pilgrims, the helpers, and the people wanting to experience Mary in a different place. Whatever the reason you intend to go on pilgrimage, if you think you have a role to play in preparing for the pilgrimage please come to our next meeting on Wednesday, 14th October 2015, at 7:30pm. In Holy Family Hall, Port Glasgow. For more details please contact Anne Louise 01475 638132 or Karen 07923564434
The organisers of “The Shall We Dance Classes” at St. Columba’s Church Hall, are holding a Dance Night (Latin, Ballroom and Sequence) on Saturday 7th November at 7.30 pm.  The cost is £6 which includes a light supper, but please BYOB.  If you are interested, please contact Margaret Fender on 07908 788494.
Irish Language Conversation classes for adults—Monday 7 pm Beginners. Wednesday 1 pm Intermediate.      Wednesday 2.30 pm  Advanced.
Friday 7 pm  Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.
Irish classes for children—Sundays 12.30 to 2 pm.
Singers group—1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7-8.30 pm.  No Irish required.  All these classes take place at Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Daisy Street, G42 8JL.
More info: 0141 433 9495  or
Please join ACN in prayer for Aylan Kurdi – the young refugee child retrieved from the seashore.
Heavenly Father,  Look with kindness and mercy on all who fly from war and violence like the young child Aylan Kurdi. Grant your protection to many people who like his family saw no other option but to take a perilous journey over land and sea in order to find a place of safety and the hope a better life. Look with pity on the many people who like them are uprooted at this time from their land and their homes and who are uncertain of their future. May the plight of many displaced people, through your grace, stir up hearts in every nation to acts of kindness and generosity so that strangers find friends,  those held captive are set free and those who are weak gain new strength.  Take also into your care the tiny child washed up on the shore who didn’t reach a place of safety away from the destruction of war and terror. Take also into your care the many men, women and children who have lost their lives in this perilous exodus  from their lands. Bless them with peace that only you can give.
Further info about ACN contact Lorraine McMahon on 01698337470 or email
“God loves the lowly.  When we live humbly, He takes our small efforts and creates great things.”
“Let us ask Our Lady to help all families, especially those affected by unemployment.”
The UK Government has agreed to match fund donations made to Mary’s Meals from 28th September until 28th December 2015.   This means that a donation made during this period will be doubled.  So if you wish to support Mary’s Meals financially, from now until 28th December is a very good time to do it!
The 2nd National Divine Mercy Conference will take place on Saturday 24th October from 9 am till 5 pm.  All are welcome to this Conference which is free of charge and will take place at the Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Glasgow, 13-15 Southpark Terrace, Glasgow.  Speakers are Mark P. Shea, an American author, blogger and speaker working in the field of Roman Catholic Apologetics, Fr Peter Prusakiewicz, a world renowned expert on Divine Mercy and the Holy Angels, Archbishop Mario Conti, Bishop John Keenan and Bishop John Mone.  Detailed information can be found at the following link: .    You can register on line or email  or or phone 01505 336269.
Adult beginner class on Wednesday 7.30 pm.  Fee £5 per lesson.  Please arrive ten minutes before class starts.  Venue: St Columba’s Church Hall.  More details from: Tel. 07469 986888 or
Christmas Party   Saturday 5 December 2015
Drink on arrival, 3 course Christmas Dinner, Tea / Coffee and Mints  Followed by the Sensational Men of Motown.
Tickets - £27.50 (£10 deposit)   Early booking is essential!
NEW IRISH DANCING CLASS - for boys and girls of all ages.  Teacher - Donna Marie Boyle  now on every Monday 5.00pm - Beginners.   6.00p.m.- Advanced    Donna Marie - 07711 06097
Noted musician, Martin Aelred will be performing a free concert at St Patrick’s, Greenock on Wednesday 30th September, from 7pm until around 8.30-9pm. The concert will be followed with a collection and all proceeds will go to the charity Let the Children Live. This Charity, run by Father Peter Walters, works in Colombia with children from the streets and shanty-towns of the city of Medellín. At present the Charity is  working with 550 boys and girls in this city. Their ages range from six-year-olds to teenagers and they are often unloved and unwanted; even  beaten, robbed, raped and sometimes murdered. The charity aims to safeguard the lives of these children from the poverty and violence of the streets and  shanty-towns and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future.
The catechetical booklets for our parish are now available. There are sufficient copies for each household to receive one. They are designed to be used either by individuals, parish organisations, groups of friends or within families.  Please take one home, read it, and discuss it with your friends. We will have a meeting on Monday 5th October at St. Columba’s.
The Bible Alive for November is now available at the back of the Church at a cost of £2.25p.


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