SPRED Special Second Collection - 14 February 2021
Our Paisley Diocese SPRED offers people with learning disabilities: a personal friend who takes time to share life and faith, spiritual nurture in a small community of faith; and a sense of belonging to a parish community. Twenty-one SPRED groups meet in our church halls and special needs schools, allowing two hundred parishioners to come together in faith and friendship to share and experience God’s love. Sadly, our groups have not been able to meet in the past year due to the pandemic. Paisley SPRED supports three employees. In 2018 SPRED merged with the Diocese bringing in one-off restricted reserves of £95,492. Our SPRED boxes and Friends Campaign raised an additional £20,834 bringing the total income to £116,326. The Diocese also contributed £44,131 from our General Fund (pre-merger) and Papal & Episcopal Funds. With our expenditure of £72,221, SPRED restricted reserves ended the year at £88,235.
At this time when we have limited access to the Church and have no public services our Parish income is greatly affected. The Parish and Diocese are dependent on your weekly donations to enable bills to be paid, to make repairs and maintain our church properties, as well as supporting the clergy and the ongoing pastoral work of our Parish and the Diocese. Please continue to support St John’s/St Thomas and the Diocese of Paisley at this difficult time.
You may wish to consider a Standing Order to be paid directly to the parish account (weekly/monthly). You can download the form from the Parish websites (click here) or one can be posted to you. Thank you to all those who have recently moved to Standing Order so as to be able to support our finances regularly.
Another way of helping the parish is by gift aiding your donations. If you are a tax payer Gift Aid increases your donation by 25%, your Gift Aid donation would be worth 25p more for every £1 donated. Click here to download the Gift Aid declaration.
You can also donate to the Parish using the MyGivingHub facility provided by the Diocese, which allows you to make a single donation, set up a recurring donation and add Gift Aid if you choose.
Funerals (St John’s) @ 10:00am
Mon 8th Feb: Marina McBride
Tues 16th Feb: Andrew McCappin
Tues 9th Feb: Maureen McGrath
Thurs 18th Feb: James Christopher Taylor
Fri 19thFeb: Alex Coubrough (Woodside 12 Noon)
Church services during lockdown – live stream here
Holy Mass: Daily @ 10am (Sun also @ 11:30am)
Adoration: Daily @ 9am
Rosary: Daily @ 9:30am
Divine Mercy: Fridays @ 3pm
Dial a Mass
For those who have no Internet access, you can listen to Mass each day on a free line 0141 473 4869.
Vocations - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 7th February 2021
Think Vocation: “Let us go elsewhere… so that I can preach there too; for that is why I came.” Jesus’ mission continues in the Church and in the world in the lives of priests and religious. Do you have a desire to share the Good News with others too? Call Fr. John Morrison on 01418895056 or e-mail email@example.com
Adult Education Talks
You are invited to our next talk on Monday 15th February at 6:30pm on the Dignity of the Human Person by Fr. Matthew Carlin. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93728594532?pwd=RXFvNzRHOHlxbHZzb1VtTXJjUUNvUT09 Passcode: 886983
Ash Wednesday is on the 17th of February, a day of Fasting (for those aged 16+) and Abstinence from meat (aged 14+). Fasting consists of one full meal per day, with two smaller meals that do not add up to a full meal, and no snacks. Those who have chronic illness, pregnant/nursing babies are exempt from fasting.
Craig Lodge, Dalmally, Mission House for Young Adults
Craig Lodge Community is offering a new opportunity to young Catholics on how to live a life of mission. Craig Lodge Mission House is a nine-month residential programme for any young adult between the ages of 18-30 who desires to become a passionate lover of Jesus and become Spirit-filled evangelisers for the renewal of the Church,” (Pope Francis). Community, prayer and studying of the Catholic faith and learning to proclaim the Good News to others”. The mission house will begin in September 2021 and applications are now being accepted. Visit the Craig Lodge website for more details. www.craiglodge.org/missionhouse
Monthly Online Theology Thursdays (5-6pm)
Theology Thursdays is a programme of seminars aimed at non-experts and beginners. Each seminar has a theological focus, lasts for one hour and is taught by an expert in the field. It may be of interest to teacher educators, teachers, parents, catechists, students and senior school pupils. They begin on the 25THFebruary: ‘Will the Sacraments change my life?’ Integrating the sacramental and moral dimensions of Christian living (Fr Martin Delaney) 25th March: Forming intentional disciples in our Catholic schools (Mary O’Duffin) 9th April:Reading St Mark. The Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Fr Andrew Garden) 20th May: Holy Disobedience.Catholic Political Witness and Resistance (Anna Blackman) . To book your place and receive the ZOOM link, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for those who have died recently especially
Maureen Browne, Alexander Coubrough, George Logue, Aidan McCall-Hagan, Marina McBride, Andrew McCappin, Maureen McGrath, James McLaughlin, Johnny McLoughline, Jane Ronald, James Christopher Taylor
and the 6 months mind of
William (Bill) Francis Houston
and the Anniversaries of
Molly Ball, John Dickson, Mary Dickson, Hannah Duggan, Paul Goodwin, Christiane Heinrich, Rosemary (Rose) Houston, Ann McGuire, John McGuire, Kathleen McHugh, George & Isabel McMillan, David Reynolds, Patrick Reynolds, Patrick Walker.