Special Collection - Communications 15th / 16th May 2021
This collection pays for our national Scottish Catholic Media Office which provides a service to the press and media with information on the activities of the Church in Scotland. The office supports two employees. You can donate easily to this by visiting our Diocesan website www.rcdop.org.uk and clicking on the ‘Online Parish Offertory’. This allows you to donate to any of the causes or parishes of your choice. You can also donate through the collection boxes at the weekend Masses.
New Envelopes for Tax Year April 21/22
These are now available after all the weekend Masses. Please collect them from the link corridor to the church house and then exit through the side door. The box contains envelopes for each week and also the 12 Monthly Parish Building Fund & Diocesan Second Collections. Those who pay their weekly donation by Standing Order also receive a Box of envelopes but only for the 12 Monthly Parish Building Fund & Diocesan Second Collections. Please inform us if you cease to pay tax. Those, who do not pay tax can set up also a Standing Order.
St Thomas Primary: Monday 10th May at 7pm in St John’s Church
Please keep the pupils, parents and sponsors in your prayers.
Solemnity of the Ascension (Thursday 13th May)
Due to the Pandemic it is not a Holy Day of Obligation but we will have Mass in St John’s/St Thomas at 10am.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
9:25am-9:55am (both parishes before the 10am Mass).
Both Churches open at 9:15am.
Saturdays: 10:30am-11am (St John’s/St Thomas)
Saturdays: 3:15pm-3:45pm (St John’s)
May, the Month of Mary
During the Sundays of May at 3pm, we will pray the Rosary, have a short talk on Our Lady and conclude with Benediction. The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, said April 21 that “for the deep desire of the Holy Father, the month of May will be dedicated to a prayer marathon with the theme ‘Prayer to God went up incessantly from the whole Church.’”
Think Vocation: Sixth Sunday of Easter – 9th May 2021
“You did not choose me: no, I chose you, and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit.” Has Jesus perhaps chosen you to share in his mission as a priest, deacon or in consecrated life? Speak to our Vocations Director, Fr. John Morrison tel: 01418895056 0r e-mail email@example.com
Parish Council Meeting
Our New Parish Council members are invited to a short initial meeting on Wednesday the 12th of May at 7pm in the hall (socially distanced).
East Renfrewshire Food Bank
The Food Bank are asking for donations of tinned rice, coffee and washing powder. There is a box in the Church & Hall to place your donations. (St John’s)
Adult Education Talks
You are invited to our next talk on Monday 17th May at 6:30pm on The Sacraments of Initiation by Canon Jim Duggan. Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
I regret to inform you that as of 27 April 2021, Joe Walsh Pilgrimage Tours have ceased to trade. This will mean that all pilgrims who have bookings carried over from 2020 and 2021 will have to invoke a claim through the TOPS protection policy held by Joe Walsh Tours. This can be accessed by following the link on their website. If you have any problem with this please contact Fr Gerry McNellis on 01475 632078 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This month, SPUC Scotland is launching a new initiative to commemorate the gift of life and to particularly call to mind the many lives that have been lost in our country due to abortion.
Our usual White Flower Appeals in parishes have been unable to take place for the last year. This is an important means to raise vital funds allowing us to defend the right to life, but it is also an opportunity for us to inform parishioners of the current issues around abortion. New Government policies, facilitating abortion, have made access to abortion easier than ever and have created a slippery path which many women have gone down, often with very little time to think or weigh up the gravity of their actions.
Each abortion extinguishes a tiny human life, filled with potential and each of these is a tragedy in its own right. Sadly, these lost lives are overlooked and forgotten by a society that has become numb to the scale and malice of abortion. We want to remember each of these babies and pray that they are not forgotten but rather that their loss can compel us to save future victims of abortion.
SPUC knows that the tiny baby is the primary victim of abortion, but we also understand that there are so many others affected by it. The medics and politicians who put the framework in place to destroy life are themselves damaged in conscience by what they do and we also know that women who are put under pressure to have an abortion, can often suffer mentally and/or physically for many years after the event.
Our aim is to create a display of 14,000 flower images, one for every child lost to abortion in Scotland in one year. Bishop Toal will bless the physical display on Saturday, 22 May 2021 at Carfin Grotto when we create our ‘carpet of flowers for the unborn’. We are hoping that individuals will be willing to sponsor a virtual flower and these can be purchased online at www.whiteflower.org.uk
Since our humble beginnings, Mary’s Meals, named after Mary the Mother of Jesus, has been built on a foundation of prayer and the many little acts of love from those who support us.
This May, the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, we invite you to join us in prayer to celebrate the wonderful work of Mary’s Meals and give thanks that we are now reaching more than 1.8 million children with a nutritious meal in 19 countries every school day. We also pray for God’s continued blessing on our beautiful mission, that through His providence it will always flourish, enabling us to reach more hungry children. www.marysmeals.org.uk
20 Days for Life June 1st till June 20th (8am until 8pm each day)
Due to Tier 4 restrictions our 2021 Lenten 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer and fasting vigil at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow was postponed. Sadly, in the midst of this current situation the government did not halt or restrict its abortion culture of death.
On March 23rd 2021 the government called for a UK National Day of Reflection to be held for those who had died from Covid the previous year. According to latest official figures at that time there had been 143,259 Covid deaths. The following month April 2021 we marked the 53rd anniversary of the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act which has resulted in almost 9.5million deaths of our unborn children here in the UK.
Think of the unborn when you pray the words ‘For what I have done and for what I have failed to do’. Think of those words in the ballot box. ‘They will not grow old as we who are left grow old but we will remember them’. We are coming out for a 20 Days for Life from June 1st until June 20th outside of the QEUH in Glasgow from 8am until 8pm each day. To take part email Ogilvie1615@outlook.com
St Joseph Statue
In this year of St Joseph we would like to place fresh flowers before the statue. To defray the cost, you may like to place a donation in the flower box in the porch or hand into the church house in an envelope.
Dial a Mass
For those who have no Internet access, you can listen to Mass each day on a free line 0141 473 4869 (Fr Jonathan on Thursdays/Fr Joe on Fridays).
Incahootz Barrhead Drama
The Drama group will reconvene on Mondays beginning on Monday 17th of May in St John’s Church hall 4pm-5pm, 5pm-6pm, 6pm-7pm for the different age groups.
Could you make yourself known along with your parents to Fr Joe/Jonathan after the weekend Mass you may be attending. Fr Jonathan will hope to re-train you after your long absence from altar-serving. Anyone wishing to become a new Altar Server can also introduce themselves. You need to have made your First Holy Communion.
St Thomas 200 Club Winners for April
1st Prize Frank Mc Laughlin No 60, £60
2nd Prize Bridie Connaghan No 80, £30.
You can collect winnings from the Sacristy.
Please pray for those who have died recently especially
Maureen Collins, Maria Fleming, Jonathan Gilmour, Tony McCann, Marlene Taylor McGee (Canada)
and six months mind of
and for the Anniversaries of
John Buchanan, William Gore, Agnes Lafferty, Stuart Millar, John McGuire, Robert Readie.
Can we remind everyone that Anniversaries and all notices for the e-Bulletin should be handed in by 7pm on Thursdays