This weekend Special Collection for Vocations and Ecclesiastical Students
This collection pays for our Paisley seminarians studying in Rome. In the 2022-23 term we will have only one student, whose seminary fees are around £20,000 per year. As well as supporting our student this collection goes to the upkeep of our Scots College in Rome. In 2021 total income for vocations was £32,869 which included £21,385 from the Covid-19 impacted collections and £8,834 from the Friends campaign standing orders plus other donations and gift aid. This total income of £32,869 represented 48% of our expenditure of £68,599, resulting in a shortfall of £35,690, which was funded from general diocesan reserves.
Changes to weekly Service Times until Friday 30th September
St John's: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
St Thomas': Tuesday and Thursday.
St Thomas': Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am-9:50am; Saturday 3:15pm-3:45pm.
St John's: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am-9:50am; Saturday 10:30am-11am, 3:15pm-3:45pm.
St Thomas Children’s Liturgy
This weekend 11th September: Noreen, Kate & Angela.
Next weekend 18th September: Angela, Kate & Noreen.
Mass for Marriage
Bishop John warmly invites all who wish to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of marriage, especially engaged and married couples, to the Diocese of Paisley's Inaugural Mass for Marriage at 12 Noon on Sunday 18th September 2022 in St Mirin's Cathedral. Reception in the Cathedral Hall follows Mass. Celebrating significant anniversaries can be emailed to Rebecca Harrison (email@example.com)
Diocesan Vocations Mass and 75th Anniversary of the Diocese
Bishop John will celebrate this Mass on Thursday 15th September on the Feast of St Mirin in the Cathedral at 7:00pm. Refreshments in the hall afterwards.
Novena to Prepare for the Arrival of Saint Bernadette’s Relics in Scotland
The relics of St. Bernadette have arrived safely in Britain and will soon be with us in Scotland. In prayerful anticipation, I encourage you to pray the Novena available from your parishes in the nine days leading up to the arrival of the relics in Carfin. This would mean the Novena prayer should begin on Thursday 15th September and finish on Friday 23rd September, the day before the arrival of the relics at Carfin on Saturday 24th September.
National Pilgrimage to Carfin
This has been moved to Sunday 25th September. This marks the Centenary of the Grotto and the Relics of St Bernadette will at Carfin that day and will remain there throughout the rest of that week. See poster in porch for full details on programme or visit www.carfingrotto.org .
If there are enough people interested we will put on a bus. Put name/details on list in sacristy. (£10 return)
Message from Bishop Hugh Gilbert
The Bishops of Scotland are one with the Ukrainian people in their suffering. Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski – who joined us at our meeting in March at the beginning of the invasion of his country – has written a message for the people of Scotland to thank them for their support. He also asks for our prayers and has written a prayer for all of us to pray on the European Day of Prayer for Peace, Tuesday 14th September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. May the Ukrainian people who share in the sufferings of our Lord, know that he bears the cross of their suffering with them and that the power of His Cross can turn hatred to love, and death to life. We invite all Catholics in Scotland, members of other Churches and other Faiths, and all people of good will to participate in this Day of Prayer in our parishes.
We pray for those who have died recently, especially
HM Queen Elizabeth, Catherine Easdon, Margaret McKelvie, and Annie Wiseman;
for the 1st Months Mind of
and for the Anniversaries of
Edward Balmer, Agnes & William Brennan, Fr Terry Donnelly, George Graham, Margaret Grant, Annie Logue, Dominic McCue Snr & Jnr, Peter McKenzie, Anna McLaughlan, and Nancy McLaughlin.