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Bulletin 20th 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:  Donald Steel, Delia Cannon, Canon Tom Nolan, Denis Monaghan,  Dominic Murray, Patrick McGlinchey
 
Anniversaries:   Margaret Greig, Laurence McGrath, James Louden,  Anne Lynch, James McGilloway, Mario Tomass, Marco Tomass, Kathleen Cowan, Anthony Hughes Sr., Anthony Hughes Jnr., Catherine Hughes, William Canning, Emily Flanagan, Mary Hughes, John Gielty, James Duffy
 
COLLECTIONS
Offertory Collection:   £930.   Thank you for your generosity
 
FLOWER DONATIONS
There is a box at the back, if you would like to make a small donation towards flowers for Christmas.  Thank you.
 
CAROL SERVICES
In St Columba’s Church at 7 pm TODAY 20th December. There will also be a Carols by Candlelight Service on TODAY   at 4 pm in St. James Church.   All welcome
 
JUSTICE & PEACE COLLECTION
Second collection on Sunday 3rd January for Justice & Peace.
 
BUILDING FUND COLLECTION
Second collection on Sunday 10th January for Building Fund.
 
TUESDAY EVENING MASS
There will be no Tuesday Evening Mass on Tuesday 29th December.
 
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
There is a leaflet at the back of the Church with all the Christmas Services in it.  Please take one on your way out today.    A note of services is also on the back of this sheet.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
 
St James’ Parish
 
Confessions:  Sunday 20 Dec  -  6.30—7 pm
Tues 22nd and Thurs 24th Dec  -  9—9.25 am
All Day confessions—Mon 21st Dec (St Mirin’s) 9 am– 9pm
 
Mass times:
Christmas Eve:  (Fr John)
Children’s Mass—6.30 pm
Carol singing—9.30 pm
Christmas Mass—10 pm
           
Christmas Day:  (Fr Bill Tollan)
Mass—11 am
 
26th Dec—St Stephen—Mass 10 am
27th Dec—St John—Mass as normal
 
New Year’s Day:
Mass—11 am  (St Columba’s)
Sat/Sun 2/3 Jan 2016—Masses as normal.
 
St Columba’s Parish
 
Confessions:  Wed 23 Dec—9-9.25 am
All Day confessions—Mon 21st Dec (St Mirin’s) 9 am– 9pm
 
Mass times:
Christmas Eve:  (Fr Bill Tollan)
Children’s Mass—7 pm
 
Christmas Day:  (Fr John)
Mass—10 am
 
New Year’s Day:
Mass—11 am
Sat/Sun 2/3 Jan 2016—Masses as normal.
 
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CAROL SERVICE
Carol service in St. John's Barrhead, on Sunday 27th December at 4.30pm to celebrate the parish feast day. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served after the carols. Music led by the schola benedicti.
 
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.
 
VOICE OF HOPE PUBLICATION
Bishop John Keenan has invited Premier to send copies of its Voice of Hope devotional magazine to every parish within the Diocese of Paisley.  If you would like one you can obtain it from the back of the Church.  Bishop John wishes Voice of Hope to be a special evangelisation tool for our Diocese.
 
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
Prayer for Advent
‘Holy God, You have given us the great witness of St Stephen, the first martyr, who in spite of those who took up stones against him, found it in his heart to forgive his persecutors.  Give us that strength to love our enemies and do good to those who wish harm to us.  Help us like Stephen to keep our eyes on heaven and its graces.  Heavenly Father, the Holy Innocents remind us of the many children caught across the ages through civil strife and unrest and  suffer needlessly.  But innocence so often frustrates evil plans.  In your mercy remember the innocent of this world caught up in the harshness of wars and persecution.  Amen.’
 
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
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.
 
PAISLEY VOCATIONS
“All were questioning in their hearts.” 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  -  8 DAYS LEFT
The UK Government has agreed to match fund donations made to Mary’s Meals from 28th September until 28th December 2015.   There are only 8 days left when your donation will be doubled by the Government.  If you are thinking of making a donation, please do it this week.
 
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY  December 20, 2015  - Fourth Sunday of Advent
In proclaiming the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis proclaimed his desire that this Holy Year be “steeped in mercy”, as we disciples “go out to every man and woman,” bringing the balm” to “believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!”  In her  visitation of Elizabeth, Mary beautifully presents just such an image.  Despite the perils of her pregnancy, not to mention her preoccupations as a young unwed mother, Mary instantly, unselfishly, “goes out” of herself, hastening far and over dangerous terrain, to “bring the balm of God’s tender mercy” in assistance rendered to her older relative.  Since baptism and the Eucharist have made us, in a way, bearers of the living Christ within, as Mary was, such selfless “going out” of ourselves to be of loving service to others in mercy, should especially mark our Christmas season this Jubilee Year.
 
WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS  
“May the Jubilee of Mercy bring us all closer to God’s goodness and love.’
 
“The Jubilee of Mercy reminds us that God is waiting for us with open arms, just like the father of the prodigal son.”

 

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