May we take this opportunity to thank all those parishioners who have continued to support the parish financially each week during the lockdown through their Standing orders and those who have handed in their weekly offerings at Mass or into the Church house. May we also thank all those who have started new standing orders and also those who have become new gift aiders. With people being furloughed and some unfortunately losing jobs we have dispensed with the Legacy collections in St Johns as from the last weekend in October. Once again thank you for your generosity.
Special Collection – Education- 22 November 2020
This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2018 this collection and our Friends Campaign raised £34,308, which represents 59% of our expenditure of £33,754, resulting in a small surplus of £554.
Adult Education Talks
This series of talks continues on Monday 16th November on Zoom at 6:30pm with Mgr. Denis Carlin on the theme of Liturgy
Join here with Passcode: 058852 .
Adult Education Future talks
These will take place on Monday 21st December with Canon Michael McMahon & Fr. Ryan Black on the theme of the New Testament and on Monday 18th January, Bishop John on the theme of the Teachings of Saint John Paul II.
Community Circle of Prayer
Every Friday evening people gather on line at 7pm for The Community Circle of Prayer. This half hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! Join here
Jesse Tree appeal for Christmas
For the past few years the parish has very generously chosen and wrapped gifts for families in our schools who struggle to have a good Christmas. As you know those most severely affected by Covid 19 are workers on furlough. This year due to infection control we cannot give wrapped gifts, but the need to help families is greater than usual. We would like to give gift tokens to families in need for parents to buy Christmas gifts. If you are able to give, please give gift tokens, either from Silverburn or the Post Office, preferably ones which can be used in different shops. Gift tokens should be in envelopes with the amount marked on the outside so that they can be fairly distributed. Please hand tokens in at Mass or post them through the parish house letterbox
Safeguarding ‘Thought for the Month’ - November 2020
The Catholic Church is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.
Cardinal Winning Lecture 2020
This will be given by Dr Rebekah Lamb, Lecturer in Theology and Arts School of Divinity in St Andrew’s University. The lecture is on St Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church for our times. It is on the 28th November, online via zoom. Register here.
Funerals in St Johns this week
Thursday 19th November: Martha Sproule
Friday 20th November : Martha McKenna
The Contemplation of St. John Ogilvie
Join artist Anne Devine as she shares her theological, historical and spiritual journey to produce one of the most recent and significant contributions to sacred art. This online event officially unveils ‘The Contribution of St. John Ogilvie’ and provides a unique opportunity to engage in conversation with its artist. Presented by Saint Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education. Wednesday 18th November – 7pm-8pm. To register and access the Zoom link, please email Susan White – email@example.com
Marys Meals: Double the Love Campaign
At Mary’s Meals we are inspired by the courageous ‘yes’ of Mary. Her total Trust in God in the face of numerous challenges gave the World the most precious gift of all – Jesus. Throughout this year of many challenges we have continued to say yes, with the help of our generous supporters, to feeding children their daily meal in a place of education even when obstacles arose. Now we are delighted to share with you a new opportunity to say yes and provide hope to 43,000 children in Bong County, Liberia. From 2nd November until 31st January 2021, any donations made to the Double the Love campaign will be matched by UK government, up to £2 million. Each little act of love will be doubled to support families in Liberia and the hope of a better future for their children. You can get involved by setting a place at our Big Family Christmas dinner table. You can also buy our Christmas gift cards on our website. More information on how to support us can be found at www.marysmeals.org.uk/doublethelove. Thank you.
Would all those with Church keys please return to Fathers Joe & Jonathan so that we can update for the alarm company all Keyholders and also for Insurance purposes. Once we have updated the list they will be returned to those who require them.
We pray for those who have died recently especially
James Gormley, Freddie Harman, Moira Kellcher, Martha McKenna, Martha Sproul, Josephine Allen
and for the Anniversaries of
Kathleen Byrne, Charles & Mary Frances Carlton, Josephine Hendry, Harry McGunnigle, Alex Simpson, and Frank Stewart.
Alpha Course in the Catholic Context – Diocese of Paisley Evangelisation Commission
Dear friends of Paisley diocese, the mission of the Church is to "Go, make disciples of all nations..." Matt 28. Alpha's mission is like it - we equip and serve the Church in its mission to help people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus. Jesus calls us to faithfulness to his mission regardless of the time and place we live. We know that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic: lots of parishes are struggling financially; limitations on Mass attendance; parish ministries have had to reduce or stop altogether; continued social distancing has left priests and parishioners feeling disconnected and isolated; many priests feel overwhelmed and under resourced at this time. The idea of doing anything new can feel daunting, if not impossible. That's why, at Alpha, we want to help lighten that burden and equip parishes to raise leaders, share the good news of Jesus, connect people with each other and with God, and create community with other parishes. The team at Alpha - Catholic Context UK have developed new training for parishes in your diocese. This is a unique opportunity to be trained directly by the Alpha UK team to get up and running with Alpha Online. To register for training on Saturday 14th November 10am-1pm please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to see you in November for the Alpha Online training!
Reminder: All must receive Holy Communion in the hand and not on the tongue. Please leave the Church after receiving Holy Communion by the one-way system, following the directions and instructions of the stewards. Thank you for your co-operation in keeping others and yourself safe.