Tue, November 30, 2021


Bulletin - 28th November 2021

First Sunday of Advent

Celebration of Mass
St. James’                                                       St. Columba’s
Sunday: 11.00am                                           Saturday: Vigil: 4.30pm
Sunday: 7.15pm                                             Sunday:  9.45am           
Monday: 10am                                               Tuesday: 10am
Thursday: 10am                                             Friday: 10am
Saturday: 10am
Masses from St. James’ will be streamed live
Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. James'
Saturday after the 10am Mass
St. Columba's
On Request
Baptisms take place on Saturday’s at 11am & Sunday’s at 1.30pm.
To organise a baptism please phone Fr. John at St. James’ (01418862022)
Peter Tierney, Denis Clancy, Denise Clancy, Angela (McGeown) Giles, Pat Semple, Stephen Morgan, Deacon Martin Doherty,  John Boyle, Frances Mackie, Wilma McManus, Carol McFarlane, Jean Murdoch, Anne Hughes, Catherine Gallagher, Molly McGavigan, Breda Strain, Carol Ann Johnston, Francis Doherty, Tom Bowles, Roger Roberts, Mary Hodge, Julie Welsh, Joanna McGlone, Geraldine Carberry, Mary Gillespie, Paul McKenna,  Baby Ava-Rose McCann, Josie Beacham, Morag Hicks, Jim Nolan, Catherine Cambridge, Zac Gallacher, Patricia Queenan
Recently Deceased:
Helen Markey
Moira Tierney, Tommy McGunigal, Rose Hughes Edith Niblo, Ellen Totten, Samuel McCall, Philip Hughes, Grace Tulloch, John McCormick, Mary Meechan, Barbara Buda,  William Nelson, Timothy Rooney, Joan Bruce, Frank Mallon
Each day during the Month of November
we offer mass of all those who have died and whose names will be listed before the altar in St. James’ and St. Columba’s.
EASING OF Covid Pandemic Restrictions in the Churches of St. Columba’s and St. James’
1. We will begin to ease restriction on the weekend of  28th/29th August
2. Weekday Masses will continue as at present with 2 metre social distancing
3. Sunday Masses: Social distancing will be reduced to 1 metre. At Sunday Masses we would ask that you continue to book a place on line. However, we will welcome people at the door. We hope to introduce a QR reader method of signing in for Mass.
4. Stewards will continue to welcome those attending Mass into the Church, to take names, to sanitise hands, and to lead each person to a seat. We ask that those present at Mass will continue to sit at an allocated seat.
5. The One way system will remain in place and Holy Communion will continue to be distributed at the end of Mass.
6. In St. Columba’s a number of seats will be placed in the Hall for those who wish to have a few moments of prayer after receiving Holy Communion.
7. We will plan to have live music again in the Churches: Initially this will take the form of a Organist/ musician and a cantor. Communal singing will be introduced at a later date.
8. We will look to reintroduce Altar Servers.
These are small steps but hopefully we will be able to safely ease restrictions further in the coming Months
Response to the Psalm:
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Sunday’s Gospel: 
Luke 21: 25028,34-36
That day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.
  ‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.’
Pope Francis on Twitter
Let us not to forget to thank God. If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better, even if only a little bit, but that is enough to transmit a bit of hope. Everything is united and connected, and each one can do their part wherever they are. #Thanksgiving
Advent offers us a season in which we can reflect deeply on the coming of the Son of God into our world and into our lives. As Christmas approaches we are given the opportunity to Reflect on his birth as the Son of Mary and the joy that his coming brought more than 2000 years ago and the joy his birth continues to bring. In these first weeks of Advent we are given the opportunity to reflect on the Second Coming what it means for our lives and our world. Today, let’s reflect on the presence of God in our present lives and the many encounters that we are invited to experience with Jesus; the opportunities we have taken and also the ones that we have missed.
Standing Orders:
If your income has not been affect by the Coronavirus and if you do not already have standing order for the parish please consider taking out one. The form is available on the parish website.  The sort code is 801844 and the account number is 00262573. Please only consider doing this if it will not cause or add to financial hardship at this time.
Thank you to those who have  submitted a standing order and those who have continued with existing standing orders.
To mark Catholic Education week ,we welcome Mr Paul Marshall the Head Teacher of Trinity High and Mrs Natalie Fitzsimmons the Head Teacher of St. James’ Primary School, and members of Staff and pupils from both or Schools. At the 9.45am Mass in St. Columba’s and 11am Mass in St. James’.
Closing Mass for the Year of St Joseph
The year dedicated to St Joseph will be formally closed by Bishop John with Mass at 7.00pm  Wednesday 8th December, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,  in St Mirin’s Cathedral. All welcome to come and celebrate St Joseph. Lilies, always associated with St Joseph, will be available for placing around the statue of St Joseph in the cathedral.  All welcome to attend.
Advent Journey 2021
Mary of Nazareth: Companion in our Journey – Evenings of Conversation – Reflection – Prayer 7pm-8.30pm.  To register please complete registration form: or Email for the link.
Thursday 2nd December – Mary a Companion of the Poor
Thursday 9th December – Mary of the Magnificat
Thursday 16th December – Advent Hope and Promise
"The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation will therefore be reinstated from Sunday 2nd January, the first of the new year."
The Pastoral letter from the Bishops of Scotland is available on the Parish Website here.
The Diocese of Paisley Family and Marriage Commission:  
The Commission Newsletter is available on the parish website here.
The RCIA Group meets on a Thursday evening in St. James’ Church Hall. You are welcome to come along to all or anyone of the meetings.
On the First 3 Thursdays of Advent we will be Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke. This might be a good way of Spending a little time out from the busy-ness of life in preparation for our celebration of the Nativity of Christ.  Each session starts at 7pm and finishes at 8pm.
All welcome
Paul and Maureen McCafferty have once again offered to organise the annual Christmas gift Appeal. Paul’s letter can be found on the website here. Details on how to offer gifts can be found in the letter and more details will  be made available through the bulletin over the next few weeks.
The Caritas Group appeal has asked for a “Box Appeal for Women’s Aid”. They are looking for items such as shower gel, loofahs, hand sanitiser, pocket tissues, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand soap, bar soap, baby wipes, deodorant, and sanitary products.  These donations will be collected on Sunday the 21st, 28th of November and the 5th of December for Advent. Financial Donations will also be gratefully accepted. 
At the moment it is proposed to celebrate Mass at Christmas at the following times:
St. James’:
Christmas Eve:
5pm Vigil Mass
9pm Night Mass
Christmas Morning
St. Columba’s:
Christmas Eve
7pm Night Mass
Christmas Morning Mass
Renfrewshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Services (Please go to the websites)
Here are the contact details for local mental health and wellbeing services.
  • RAMH | 0141 847 8900 A local organisation who can support mental health issues. 
  • First Crisis Freephone | 0800 221 8929 or 0141 848 9090 {standard rate} 9-8pm Mon-Fri and 5pm at weekends. 
  • Hear for You | Freephone 0800 221 8904 If you feel distressed or anxious 9-5 Mon-Fri 
  • Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) | 0300 300 1199 {option 2} Partnership of local public and voluntary sector organisations which support local community with alcohol and drug issues. 
  • Pachedu Advice to Ethnic Minority Population | 07377937941 or 07415009677 Provides a range of support, information and advice aimed at addressing mental health & other related issues.
  • Renfrewshire Women’s Aid | 0141 561 7030 Provides advice, support, information and safe accommodation for Women, Children & Young People affected by domestic abuse. 
  • ACCORD Hospice Bereavement Support | 0141 581 2000 If you are experiencing loss or dealing with grief following the death of someone close.
  • Money Advice | 0300 300 1238 Confidential advice on money and debt issues 
  • Renfrewshire Carers | 0141 887 3643 Provides a wide range of support and services to all unpaid Carers National Support links 
  • BREATHING SPACE | Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87
  • SAMARITANS | 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call) Email: Website:
  • SHOUT | Text: 85258 is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help

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