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Bulletin 25th September 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:  Agnes Anderson, Marion Donaldson, Grant Nutley, Frank Geary, Duncan McGregor
 
Anniversaries:   Andrew Brown, Frank McSorley
 
1 Month’s Mind:  Gerald Ferguson
 
7th Months Mind Margaret Horsey
 
BAPTISMS This weekend we welcome Robin Roch, who was baptised yesterday,  into our Parish family
 
WEDDINGS This week  -  Congratulations to:-
Neil Morrow and Laura Curran
Paul Smith and Arlene Clark
 
COLLECTIONS
Offertory collection: £845.        
Thank you for your generosity.
 
SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS FUND
The second collection TODAY  is for the sick and retired priests of our Diocese.
 
DIOCESAN SYNOD
The Catechetical Materials for Parishioners will be handed out soon, but you can access all the information on Paisley Diocese website by clicking on Synod and then going to “Laity in the New Evangelism”   Please send any reflections you may have on the synod or the materials to stjamesrefrew@paisleysynod.com  before 30th September.
 
BIG COFFEE MORNING
We will be holding a “Big Coffee Morning” in the Hall in aid of McMillan Cancer Care after Mass TODAY.  Please come along and bring your friends.
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY
We are looking for adult helpers for the Children’s Liturgy.
If you are interested please speak to Fr. John.
 
VOCATIONS WEEK  -  13-20 September 2015
To make the end of Vocations Week, Bishop John will be celebrating Solemn Vespers in St Patrick’s, Greenock
TODAY 20th September at 5 pm.  All welcome.
 
INTERFAITH STATEMENT ON THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Issued on behalf of the Catholic Church in Scotland, the Church of Scotland, the Muslim Council of Scotland, and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.
 
“Our faiths instruct us not to fear the stranger, but to love our neighbour.  We view the desperate situation facing refugees currently seeking sanctuary in Europe with growing alarm.  We are compelled to speak out.  Our faiths in their different ways are rooted in the refugee experience, in what it means to be forced to leave a place where one’s very existence is threatened, in search of somewhere safer.  Our scriptures teach the importance of love and compassion for all who are destitute.  We are concerned by the dehumanising language used to describe people who are so desperate that they risk their lives, and we share the belief that all people have an inherent dignity and right to life.  We welcome the UK and Scottish governments’ willingness to offer a safe haven to these desperate people.  We urge them to back this with practical action to help as many refugees as possible, and we call on our communities to support this and make them welcome.”
 
PETITION  -  REFUGEE CRISIS
In response to Pope Francis’ appeal that all homes, parishes and religious institutes should be open to helping refugees, it has been decided to Petition both the Scottish Government and the Westminster Government, to urge them to be more generous in the numbers of refugees they are willing to accept, both those who have already made the journey into Europe, and those who are still in refugee camps in the Middle East.  At the back of the Church there are 2 Petitions:
 
One to Derek McKay our MSP in the Scottish Government
and one to Gavin Newlands our MP at Westminster.  
 
Please take the time to sign BOTH these Petitions before you leave the Church today.
 
RENFREWSHIRE AID FOR REFUGEES IN CALAIS
This is a voluntary group collecting supplies to aid refugees currently in Calais.  All donations welcome, particularly male clothing and toiletries. Donations will be transported to the University of West of Scotland who will organise transport and distribution with charitable partners.  The Drop Off point is the Adelphi Hall, Priory Avenue, PA3 4NR.  Opening times:  Tuesday  12– 7 pm:  Thursday  12—7 pm:   Saturday  12—4 pm.
Note of items urgently needed:  Men;s clothing (laundered and of the standard we would be happy to wear ourselves) e.g.  Jeans, belts, jackets, hoodies, coats, thermals and underwear, warm socks, gloves, woollie hats.  Wash bags, hold-alls, bags for life, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, unisex shower gel, soap, body lotion, disposable razors, wide tooth combs, shampoo.  Tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulin/ground sheets, sleeping mats.  Items can be brought to the Church where they will be collected and taken to Calais.
 
LOCAL INITIATIVE PROMOTED BY BISHOP JOHN
Jade and Elizabeth O’Neill are raising money to fill a car and drive it during the September weekend  (which is next weekend) to Calais, where people are in desperate need of food, clothes and shelter.  Donations will pay for essential provisions and transportation.  Bishop John is backing this campaign, along with the local press and politicians.  You can donate on line at http://www.gofundme.com/a93c5y6G
Further information on aid and collections and sorting etc. can be found on-line at     Renfrew Refugee Aid     and
Renfrewshire Aid.
 
PAISLEY VOCATIONS
Who do you say that I am?”
The One who calls is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.  Will you follow Him as a priest, deacon, brother or sister?  Contact Fr John Morrison on 01475 720223 or e-mail johnmorrison1976@gmail.com
 
NATIONAL DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE
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:  http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/catholicchaplaincy/divinemercy/conference/#/registration.workshopsche
You can register on line or email rcchaplaincy-fodms@glasgow.ac.uk  or
Helen.Border@glasgow.ac.uk  or phone 01505 336269.
 
GET FIT: STAY FIT: AND HAVE FUN WITH GEMSTAR FITNESS (Gemma Rankin)
Free Taster Classes on
Wednesday: 11.00-11.45 Fitsteps
                      12.00-12.30 Strength and Stretching
 Friday:         10.00-11am Aerobics and Conditioning:
                      11.15-12.00 Fitsteps
Suitable for any one between 16 and 90.
 
BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING
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 www.shallwedancescotland.co.uk
 
COLUMBA CLUB EVENTS
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 060976
 
CONCERT
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.
 
WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS
“May every Parish and Religious Community in Europe host a refugee family.”
 
“Let us ask Our lady to help all families, especially those affected by unemployment.”

 

 
Charity No. SC013514

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