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Bulletin 27th 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:  Kathleen McCallion, Margaret Quigley, Mari Kennedy, Stuart Gaddis
 
Anniversaries:   Rena McBride, Christine White, Guistino Izzi, Assunta Iaconelli
 
COLLECTIONS
Offertory collection: £1132. 
Sick & Retired Priests collection: £520  
Thank you for your generosity.
 
CATECHESIS MEETING
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 on 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.
 
ST COLUMBA’S PASTORAL COUNCIL
There will be a meeting of St Columba’s Parish Pastoral Council on Monday 26th October at 7 pm.
 
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
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.
 
EVENING OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION
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.
 
COMING SOON – LOURDES 2016
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
 
DANCE NIGHT
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 CLASSES
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  cnag.glaschu@hotmail.com
 
EMERGENCY FAMINE APPEAL
Karamoja region is a unique and troubled region. It is a semi-arid and characterised by a combination of acute poverty, vulnerability, an unpredictable drought cycle. This year we are staring at a catastrophe approaching. Ordinarily this time should have been a time of crop harvesting. However, due to severe drought conditions the crops have completely failed. As a consequence our people are now starving and dying.
The food security situation is at a very critical point. The number of those starving is increasing every day. Even with the El Nino weather condition in the neighbouring region, Karamoja is very very dry.  In our Loyoro Parishes and Panyangara Parishes and in our heath units at Kanawat, Losilang, Kaabong and Kapedoe we are supporting vulnerable people with food and other non food items like soap,
medicines and clothing. However, due to the fast deteriorating famine situation the number of those most vulnerable is rapidly increasing. That is why we are requesting please to help us support them through this difficult period.
This appeal has been launched by SPICMA (Special Projects in Christian Missionary Areas) which is a
Catholic Charity established in 1967.  Reg. Charity No. 270794   You can make donations on line at www.spicma.org   or by post to SPICMA, PO Box 299, Cirencester, GL7 9FP
 
WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS
“Do we say ‘Thank you’ to God every day?”
 
“in spite of injustices and sufferings, the Lord’s victory is certain.” 
 
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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
DIOCESAN SYNOD
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.
 
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