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Bulletin 13th December 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, Adrian Medford, Rose Gielty, Michael McGarrity, Nancy Bell,
 
Recently Deceased:  Mary Campbell,
 
Anniversaries:   Pat Dobbin, Lina & Frank Maiolani. Andrew Gibson, James Duffy,  Gerard Thomas, Kathleen McCusker, Margaret Donald McLean
 
Baptisms:  We welcome into our Parish Community, Ellie Kirkland who will be baptised here today.  Please keep Ellie and her parents in your prayers.
 
COLLECTIONS
Offertory Collection:   £956.           Pro Life:  £590.
Thank you for your generosity
 
FLOWER DONATIONS
There is a box at the back of the Church if you would like to make a small donation towards flowers to decorate the altar at Christmas.  Thank you.
 
CAROL SERVICE
In St Columba’s Church at 7 pm on Sunday 20th December.
All welcome.
 
PANTOMIME
Thank you to all the Children’s Liturgy team members who organised and trip to the Pantomime for the children.   They all seemed to enjoy themselves
 
PARISH CONSULTATION FOR SYNOD
There will be a meeting on Monday 14th December from 7 pm  - 7.45 pm in St James’ Church.  (Not in the Hall)  This meeting will be a consultation for both St James’ and St Columba’s parishioners, on evangelisation, in preparation for our Diocesan Synod.  Please try to come along.  Thank you.
 
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
There will be a Carols by Candlelight Service on Sunday 20th December  4 pm in St. James Church.  All welcome.
 
COMMISSIONING OF LAY MINISTERS
All Musicians, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, and Children’s Liturgy team members will be Commissioned for a further year on Sunday 20th December at whatever Mass you attend.
 
BIBLE ALIVE
The Bible Alive for January is available at the back of the Church at a cost of £2.25p
 
ST MARTIN MAGAZINE
The St Martin Magazine and a few Calendars are available at the back of the Church.  The Magazines cost 60p.    The  Calendars are free!
 
SCIAF
The SCIAF Newsletter for Christmas 2015 is available at the back of the Church.  SCIAF would like to thank everyone for their generous support during 2015 and wish everyone peace, joy and happiness in this season of Advent.    If you would like further information on SCIAF’S work, please phone 0141 354 5555 or email:  sciaf@sciaf.org.uk
 
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES 18th December 2015
Senior Pupils from Trinity High are having  a film night in the Church Hall. They will be showing the Christmas Film “The Grinch” Snacks and Hot and Cold drinks will be provided. There will also be the opportunity to buy homemade Christmas decorations. All proceeds will go to Church Funds.  The Film begins at 7pm. Come Along: All welcome
 
PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT NHS INFORMATION
PIP is a benefit for people aged 16 to 64 who have a disability, physical impairment or mental health condition.  It will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) but more people will qualify for PIP than DLA.  If you have problems with daily living, such as eating or preparing food, taking medication, moving around or managing money, you may qualify.
Call the PIP helpline for more information or to make a claim:
PIP Claims line:  0800 917 2222
Textphone:   0800 917 7777
Website: www.gov.uk
There are a few leaflets with more information at the back of the Church.
 
FRIENDS OF DIVINE MERCY SCOTLAND
Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland are taking to the streets of Glasgow this Advent to give witness to our Faith.  They will quietly be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the rosary in Buchanan Street.  This will happen one evening a week during Advent.  A priest will lead the chaplet and rosary on each of the 4 evenings.  This is to promote the devotion to Divine Mercy as Our Blessed Lord asked us to do, especially in the Year of  Mercy.  The dates are 16th and 23rd December from 6.30 to 8 pm at the top of Buchanan Street, opposite the Concert Hall.  If you wish to take part in these nights of prayer, whether for 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours, please contact Helen Border on 07786097147.
 
Christian Unity Week.  
Christian Unity Week takes place from 18th to 25th January.  During that week there will be 15 minute daily meditation in the Cathedral Hall at 12.30 pm Monday to Saturday (18th - 23rd January).  On Sunday 24th there is a PACT Taize Christian Unity Service in Paisley Abbey at 4 pm.  All welcome.
 
Christmas Gifts for children:
Please hand in gifts as soon as you can. If you wish any more information speak with Paul McCafferty. And thanks to him and Maureen for  once again organising this important action
 
ALL DAY CONFESSIONS
All Day Confessions for Christmas will be held in St Mirin’s cathedral from 9 am to 9 pm on Monday 21st December, with a half hour break for mass at 10 am and 1 pm.  There will be three priests every hour with continuous Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. 
 
YEAR OF MERCY
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December, Pope Francis will begin the Year of Mercy in Rome by opening the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica.  TODAY Sunday, 13th December, the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy will be opened by Bishop John at St Mirin’s Cathedral.  The opening will begin at 3 pm and be followed by evening prayer and benediction.  The Bishop extends a warm invitation to everyone to join with him in beginning this special Jubilee of Mercy.
 
PAISLEY VOCATIONS
“Strengthen your hearts in holiness.”  Are you being called to proclaim the glorious reign of Christ the King, as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?  Call Fr John Morrison on 01475 720223 or email:   johnmorrison1976@gmail.com
 
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Booking forms are now available for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2016.Volunteer helpers, trained nurses and doctors are required to assist registered pilgrims have a safe and fulfilling pilgrimage. If you would like to know more or obtain a booking form contact Anne Louise on 01475 638132
 
MARY’S MEALS
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!
 
Jubilee Year of Mercy - December 13, 2015 -Third Sunday of Advent  
Pope Francis chose to inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy last Tuesday because December 8 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of Vatican II. That council, Pope Francis reminds us, inaugurated a new phase in the Church’s history. The Spirit called the Church to tear down the walls that for far too long had made it a fortress, and to proclaim the gospel in a new, more accessible way. Pope Francis quotes Saint John XXIII in declaring the Church’s preference for “the medicine of mercy,” and Blessed Paul VI in proposing the Good Samaritan as our model for discipleship (Misericordiae Vultus, 4). Pope Francis adds that God’s mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel,” and that mercy “must penetrate the heart and mind” of every disciple (MV, 12). Three times today’s Gospel asks, “What should I do?” Pope Francis would say: Imitate Jesus, who came not wielding the fiery judgment that John the Baptist had threatened, but instead imparting healing, compassion, forgiveness—mercy!
 
WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS
 
“May the Jubilee of Mercy bring us all closer to God’s goodness and love!”
 
The time has come for new messengers of Christ, ever more generous, more joyful and more holy.”
 
“Where there is violence and hatred, Christians are called to witness to the God who is love.”
 
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