WELCOME TO FR JOE
We are delighted to welcome our new parish priest, Fr Joe Balmer, to the family of St John’s, Barrhead; we wish Fr Joe every grace and blessing as he begins his ministry with us, and assure him of our continued prayers and support.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS
This Saturday we continue our celebration of First Holy Communion Masses; we offer our warmest congratulations, and promise of continued prayers to our six pupils, and their families from St Mark’s Primary as they received our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion for the first time.
There is one funeral Mass taking place in St John’s this week:
Thursday, 10am – Patricia ‘Pat’ McLaughlan
We pray for the happy repose of our sisters soul, and for the consolation of her family and friends.
Again, due to government restrictions on numbers, the Mass will be for immediate family only.
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
FIRST COMMUNIONS/SATURDAY MORNING MASSES
Throughout the month of September and the first Saturday in October, the Saturday morning Masses in the parish are First Communion Masses for our children who were supposed to receive the Sacrament in May but due to the lockdown were postponed.
Because there are limited numbers allowed in the church and also given we have so many children receiving the Sacrament, the SATURDAY MORNING MASSES FOR THE NEXT MONTH WILL BE FOR THE CHILDREN AND THEIR LIMITED INVITED GUESTS ONLY. THEY ARE NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PARISH.
We apologise to all those who normally come to Saturday morning Mass but we’re sure you will agree and understand the importance of the children receiving the Lord. If you are among those unable to come on Saturday mornings, please offer your sacrifice in prayer for the children.
(The Confirmations for S1 will be arranged after all children have received First Holy Communion.)
RCIA--NEW MEMBERS BEING RECEIVED INTO THE CHURCH
This year our parish received into the Church two adult converts to the faith, Karen and Stephen; this is a time of great joy for them and the whole parish as we welcome two new members into our family. We are currently making preparations for beginning a new session of RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; this is the program of evening inputs which adults follow over the course of the coming year in order to learn about our Catholic faith with the view to being received into the Church the following Easter Vigil. If you feel you are being drawn towards our Catholic faith, or know someone who is, please speak with one of our priests; you are most welcome!
Monsignor James Cunningham Jubilee – 60th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination
Mgr. James Cunningham celebrates 60 years of priestly ordination on Friday 11th September. We thank God for his long and faithful service to the people of Paisley Diocese, wish him a happy day and many blessed years of retirement to come with the Little Sisters in Greenock.
Vocations Awareness Week
Sunday marks the beginning of Vocations Awareness Week, a time of prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life. Ordinarily, we would celebrate our Diocesan Vocations Mass at the Cathedral and host our Vocations Conference for s6 pupils. These events are not feasible this year. We have, however, developed out usual materials for secondary schools. Focused on the theme of ‘Parable’, these invite pupils to consider God’s plan for their lives and include resources for prayer and reflection. The material is also designed to be augmented by a talk from the school chaplain. All our resources are on the SCES Website and have been sent to our schools. Through the week there will be plentiful material on our social media channels https://sces.org.uk/vocations-awareness-week-2020-materials-for-schools/ Please remember to pray for Vocations this week.
Please keep in your prayers all those who have asked us to pray for their intentions, especially for the repose of the souls of Patrick Bolger, Thomas Tinney, James Knox, and Patricia McLaughlan who all died recently.
As well as Peter McKenzie, Selina Pearson, Nancy McLaughlin whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for the 6 Months Mind of Jim Ross.
May all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.