News Archive: 2012
October 14th 2012
RCIA- RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Our RCIA group meets on Tuesdays at 7.00pm in the TEA ROOM (next to the garages.) If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, or know of someone who has mentioned that they would like to become one, then this group teaches them about the faith, and helps them on their journey into the Church. The group will works towards the goal of reception/ Baptism at the Easter Vigil. There is no commitment required until further on in the course.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the Smarties appeal last week. Most parishioners received a tube of Smarties, and some have returned them filled with 20pences. One suggestion made was to include your GIFT AID envelope number on the tube or on a piece of paper inside or around the tube when you return them. This will allow the parish to claim back an extra £2.40 on each tube! If you did not receive a tube, or would like more, please take one. Enjoy the Smarties and return the tube filled with 20 pences. The tubes hold about £12 in 20p. They also take £1 coins. A new roof will cost about £70000. The roof is now 30 years old, and already over its lifespan.
YEAR OF FAITH
The Pope has declared a Year of Faith, celebrating the 50th anniversaries of Vatican II and 20th of the Catechism. This is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Faith and renew it in our lives.
‘’The renewal of the Church is also achieved through the witness offered by the lives of the believers. Christians are called to radiate the word of truth. That requires conversion.’’ Benedict XVI
Prayer cards are now available with a prayer to deepen our faith, and for the success of the year.
PARISH JUBILEE FINALE
This will take place on Sunday 28th October from 7.00pm. This will be the closing celebration of our Jubilee year of the new church. There will be live music, food, entertainment and a firework display.
Sponsor forms are now available for the restoration of the church bell. These blue sheets are available from the foyer. Please note that the parish calendar will also be printed this year, after the success of last year's. More information will follow on sponsorship, remembrance of your loved ones, and cost of the calendars.
Looking towards November and the month of the Holy Souls, the November lists are now available in the foyer. Please return the lists in the envelopes provided with your offering. The envelopes will be opened, and placed at the Altar with Masses offered for the repose of the all the Holy Souls on the lists.
PEDAL FOR SCOTLAND
SPRED wishes to thank everyone who donated to Fr David Boyd’s sponsored 47 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh in aid of SPRED, which raised the amazing sum of £1584.70.
September 30th 2012
The Annual Reunion takes place on 14th October 2012 at the Little Sisters ,Union Street ,Greenock .
The afternoon will commence with Mass at 2.30pm. Anyone who has been on the Diocesan Pilgrimage or wishes to find out more is most welcome. The Annual General Meeting takes place on 25th October 2012 at 7.30pm at St Mirin's Cathedral Hall
National Youth Event: Gartmore House, Stirling, 2-4 November 2012. An opportunity for 16-35 year olds to meet other young people from across Scotland. Theme: Rejoice in the Lord Always. Closing date for applications is 12 October 2012.
World Youth Day – Scotland’s Rio: 25-28 July 2013, Stirling University. For 14-25 year olds, the opportunity to experience something of the celebration of an international World Youth Day. Closing date for applications is 30 November 2012.More information and application forms for both events from Christine Riddoch, email@example.com, 0141 847 6133.
On Sunday 21st October, 1-5pm its time to give the hall its annual BIG CLEAN. This includes small DIY and paint jobs as well as cleaning. Please volunteer an hour or 4 of your time to prepare for the final celebrations of our Jubilee year. All welcome to give a hand.
Work is about to begin on restoring the church bell. This has lain dormant and silent for a number of years. Once it is back to working order, it will ring out the hours, announce the Angelus, call us to Mass and toll at funerals or peal at weddings. It is the original bell from the old church. It is one of the few physical links with the old church building. The restoration work is likely to cost an estimated £7000. This sounds like a lot of money, and it is! However, broken down into 365 days, it works out at £20 per day. Parishioners and anyone interested will be invited to sponsor a day. This can be in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a special day etc. A list will then appear on our website and in the church on a weekly basis with the names of those whose memory or celebration is remembered on that particular day. Details will follow in the coming weeks. A generous donation of £500 has already been made towards the project.
September 23rd 2012
SEPTEMBER YOUTH EVENT
The next Youth Event takes place in St. Mirin’s Cathedral Halls on Sunday 30 September 2012 from 2.45pm – 7pm. The theme is the Year of Faith and St. Mirin. Activities, visit to Paisley Abbey, Mass and dinner.
As you may know, the College of Consultors met last Monday to elect a Diocesan Administrator. Fr David Boyd was duly elected, and will administer the Diocese until the Holy Father appoints a new Bishop of Paisley. It is not known how long this will take. In the meantime Fr Boyd will run the Diocese and keep things “ticking over” until we have a new Bishop. Please pray for him, and for a new Bishop.
CENTRE RECEPTIONISTS WANTED
Scottish Marriage Care would like to recruit some volunteers from parishes in Paisley to work as a Receptionist at our centre on 50 Greenock Road. The commitment is 2-3 hours, one evening per week. If you would like more details and or to apply then phone Paul Burnside at 0141 222 7997 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA- RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Our RCIA group will begin meeting On Tuesday 9th October at 7.00pm in the TEA ROOM (next to the garages.) If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, or know of someone who has mentioned that they would like to become one, then this group teaches them about the faith, and helps them on their journey into the Church. Friends/ relative of enquirers are very welcome to come along and support them. The group will works towards the goal of reception/ Baptism at the Easter Vigil. There is no commitment required until further on in the course.
NATIONAL DEVINE MERCY CONFERENCE
This takes place in St Mirin’s Cathedral Hall on Sunday 7th October beginning at 10.30 am. Talks by Joe Livingston and Marino Restrebo. The day concludes with Mass at 4.00pm.Tea and coffee will be provided but those attending are asked to bring a packed lunch.
September 17th 2012
The young people from the Parish who are hoping to go to Brazil next year to help out at a SSVP project and attend World Youth Day are organising a sponsored cycle on the Isle of Bute during the September Weekend. Fr Eoin will join them. Sponsor forms are available in the porch. All donations are appreciated.
In memory of Helen Dunne on Friday 28th September at 7.30pm in the Columba Club. For more information Pauline on 07890893914 Mary on 07974466852 and see posters in porch.
Many thanks to evryone who helped out at the Fete last Saturday, and to everyone who came along. The total so far stands at £5,930, a terrific sum.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED - "THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY"
Mass in St Mirin's Cathedral on Thursday 20th September at 7pm followed by an evening of discussion about challenges facing Christians in the Middle East. All welcome.
GOLDEN JUBILEE DINNER DANCE
Bookings are now being taken for the Jubilee Dinner Dance. Tickets are £35 per ticket. For those who book a table 10 four complimentary bottles of wine will be given to the table (2 white & 2 red). It will be possible to pay up the cost of the tickets. Please complete the Dinner Dance Form (Yellow colour) and return it to Fr Paul. SIX tables have now been sold, so don’t delay buying your table or ticket. You may also call Geraldine Garry on 07813332648 to book a table or ticket.
ABC QUIZ NIGHT
The annual ABC quiz night will take place in the hall at 7.30 on Friday 5th October. Teams of 4 are required. BYOB.
CHRISTMAS LADIES NIGHT
The Social and Communication Group are hosting an early Christmas Ladies’ Night on Friday 30th November in the Church Hall. Live Music – Raffles – Bingo – Buffet. BYOB.
Tickets £5 from Ruby in the stall, Irene 571 4196, Julia 571 6707 or Rosaleen 880 5007. Get your tickets early.
PARISH FIREWORKS DISPLAY
This will take place on Sunday 28th October from 7.00pm. This will be the closing celebration of our Jubilee year of the new church. There will be live music and entertainment.
September 2nd 2012
PARISH WEBSITE ONE YEAR OLD THIS WEEKEND
This weekend marks the parish's new website's first birthday! We hope you are finding this resource an informative way of keeping up-to-date with everything going on in Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Barrhead, the Diocese of Paisley and the wider Holy Catholic Church. If you have any comments, suggestions, complaints or praise of your online resource, please send us an email or Contact us.
SHOP AT AMAZON VIA THE PARISH WEBSITE
Please remember to go through the parish website when you are buying from Amazon. We currently receive a small commission from each purchase you make by using the links to Amazon posted throughout the parish website. This of course is with no extra cost to you. Simply click on the Amazon logo anywhere on our site to help the parish swell the coffers.
May 13th 2012
ASCENSION THURSDAY: HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
Times of Holy Mass
Wednesday Vigil 7pm.
Thursday 8:00am and 10:00am.
NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Novena to the Holy Spirit starts on Friday, May 18 2012. Prayer cards are available in the foyer. Please say the prayer each day until Pentecost Sunday.
The Social and Communication Group are appealing to the generosity of the home bakers in the Parish to please do some baking for the first day of the Mission, Sunday, May 20 2012 and then again for the last day, Thursday, May 24 2012. So get out your wooden spoon and mixing bowl and be as generous as you always are. We know you won’t let us down.
CAR BOOT SALE
There will be a car boot sale in Saint John’s Hall car park on Saturday, June 9 2012 from 11am ‘till 3pm to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Hall. To pre-book a car pitch, call the committee mobile on 07970 394218.
May 6th 2012
The Parish Mission will be from May 20-24 2012, led by the Franciscans of the Renewal. A brief outline:
Sunday: Mass 10:00am. Thanksgiving for First Holy Communions and Confirmations followed by Procession led by First Holy Communicants and Confirmandi.
After 6:30pm - Mass Meeting with young people of the Parish and the Friars.
Monday-Thursday: Mass at 7:30am & 10:00am; Rosary & Benediction-12 noon; Mission Service 7:00pm.
Monday: Friars will visit Primary Schools. 7:00pm - God’s Love for us through the Eucharist
Tuesday: Friars will spend the day in Saint Luke’s Secondary School with the Second Year Pupils. 7:00pm - God’s Mercy and Forgiveness.
Wednesday: Friars will meet the Seniors of the Parish in the Hall at 2:00pm. 7:00pm - God’s Healing Power.
Thursday: Friars may revisit schools or focus or other aspects of Parish life. 7:00pm - Closing Mass: Our Lady and the Holy Spirit.
April 4th 2012
SAINT CONVAL'S CEMETERY MASS
PLEASE NOTE: This year's Saint Conval’s Cemetery Mass will take place on Sunday, April 15 2012 at 2pm, NOT May 15 2012 as stated on the Easter Card
March 31st 2012
SERVICES FROM HOLY WEEK 2012
PALM SUNDAY: APRIL 1 2012
10:00am Holy Mass will begin with the Solemn Procession at 9:45am with blessing of the palms.
12 noon Holy Mass will begin at the normal time.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 2012
Holy Mass of Chrism in Saint Andrew’s Pro Cathedral, Greenock at 7:00pm. A bus will leave for this Holy Mass from Saint John’s Church at 5.30pm.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: APRIL 5 2012
10:00am Morning Prayer and Procession of Oils.
7:00pm Holy Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrated by Bishop Tartaglia.
9:45pm Night Prayer.
GOOD FRIDAY: APRIL 6 2012
10:00am Morning Prayer, followed by Walk of Witness starting at 10:15am from Saint John’s Church.
3:00pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion (Adults in Church).
3:00pm Children in Hall (Please bring a plant or flowers for the Easter Garden).
7:00pm Stations of the Cross with Kissing of the Cross in the Church (with participation of local churches).
Confessions will be heard at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am-9:50am and again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday AFTER morning prayer, 10:15am-10.45am.
February 19th 2012
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and is a day of Fast and Abstinence. Mass times for Ash Wednesday are 8:00am, 10:00am and 7:00pm. There will be Masses and services in all three Catholic schools.
During Lent there will be Mass Monday–Friday at 8:00am as well as at 10.00am.
A series of Lenten talks will take place after Stations of the Cross on Thursdays, 7:00pm. First talk is on March 1 2012, led by Zen Brayley on icons of the crucifixion and Resurrection at 7:30pm in the small hall.
Forty Hours takes place from March 4-6 2012. Holy Hours will take place on the Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7pm. 'Walk with Me' magazine will be available from midweek. Copies may be reserved from Ruby.
LENTEN TALKS ON A THURSDAY EVENING AT SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH
1st March Zen Brayley Icons of Lenten Images
15th March Father Michael McMahon On the Gospel of 4th Sunday in Lent
22nd March Father John Keenan Reflection on the Gospel of Passion Sunday
29th March Father Tom Kilbride Journeying to Holy Week
All talks will take place after Station of the Cross on Thursdays
SHOP AT AMAZON THROUGH THE PARISH WEBSITE
Many thanks to those who have been using the parish website to access and buy from Amazon. We currently receive 5% of each purchase you make by using the links to Amazon at no extra cost to you. Simply click on the Amazon logo anywhere on our site to help the parish swell the coffers.
SAINT PATRICK’S NIGHT DANCE
The parish will hold a Saint Patrick’s Night Dance in the Church Hall on March 17 2012. Tickets are available priced £8.00 and can now be purchased from SVDP members at the back of the church or from Rosaleen Reilly, Juile Docherty or Gerry Byrne on 0141 881 0816. Children over 9 are welcome. unfortunately we can’t offer concessions for children.
100 CLUB DRAW - JANUARY WINNERS
1st Prize - £140 No. 50 Margaret Davidson
2nd Prize - £70 No. 120 M. Connolly
3rd Prize - £35 No. 10 Margaret Cassidy
4th Prize - £20 No. 152 P. McKenna
5th Prize- £20 No. 121 M. Goodwin
Winnings can be collected from the Sacristy after Mass.
February 4th 2012
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
The week when we are invited to pray about Catholic Education in our local schools is marked this week. Teachers from the local Primary Schools and Saint Luke's Secondary will speak at the Masses this weekend and pupils from the schools will be handing out literature on Catholic Schools, and will help to bring forward the Offertory gifts.
At the Vigil Mass Saint Mark's Primary will be represented, while Saint John's Primary will do the 10am Mass and Saint Luke’s Secondary will take care of the 12 noon and 6.30pm Masses.
A collection will be taken up for the work of the Catholic Education Service in Scotland. Mass will be celebrated to mark this important week at Saint Thomas' Church, Neilston, this Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 7pm to which all families and parishioners are invited. There will be tea and coffee in the hall afterwards.
SHOP AT AMAZON THROUGH THE PARISH WEBSITE
Many thanks to those who have been using the parish website to access and buy from Amazon. We currently receive 5.5% of each purchase you make by using the links to Amazon at no extra cost to you. Simply click on the Amazon logo anywhere on our site to help the parish swell the coffers.
THE GORSILAURE PROJECT
Those who support this project will be pleased to know that the children in the orphanage are doing well and that the school has 2000 pupils at present. The hospital which was opened recently is providing medical care for the children and local villagers. Funds are currently being raised to provide an X-ray machine and an ultra sound machine.
YOUTH TO LOURDES 2012
The Diocese is planning to take the Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. It is a great opportunity for young people to do voluntary work, meet many new friends, and celebrate the global nature of the faith in Lourdes. The trip will leave on Thursday, June 28 2012 and will return to Scotland on the afternoon of July 7 2012. The cost will be £500.00 and includes coach travel and full board in the 3* Hotel Jeanne d’Arc. Anyone applying to participate should have completed S4 and be 18 or under at June 30 2012.
COFFEEE MORNING AFTER 10AM MASS
The young people of the Parish will be hosting the coffee morning after 10am Mass on Sunday, February 12 2012 to raise funds for the Lourdes trip. It is one day after the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and all donations to the Youth Fund will be greatly appreciated.
SAINT PATRICK’S NIGHT DANCE
The parish will hold a Saint Patrick's Night Dance in the Church Hall on March 17 2012. Tickets will be available shortly.
The Hospitalité invite you to Mass at 10am in Saint Mirin's Cathedral on Saturday, February 11 2012 for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In an attempt to revive the interest in the Hospitalité anyone interested in Lourdes is invited to refreshments and a short meeting in the Cathedral hall immediately after Mass. Booking forms for the pilgrimage led by Bishop Tartaglia will be available. Any enquiries contact Anne Louise, Hospitalité Secretary on 01475 638132.
JUST WAR IN THE 21st CENTURY
A public lecture on this subject will be given by Father John Langan S.J. on Monday, February 6 2012 at 7.30pm in St Aloysius’ College Hall. Admission free.
LIFE - FIDDLERS RALLY FUNDRAISER
This takes place in Glasgow City Chambers on Friday, February 10 2012 at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £7.00 available at the door or by telephoning 01505 335571, 0141 636 9240 or 0141 571 2037.
DARNLEY BRAES PENSIONERS CLUB
We are looking for new members. Why not come along and meet new friends? We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm till 4pm in the Columba Club. Entry 50p including tea and biscuits. Bingo, dancing and raffles and we even have some men who play snooker! Come along or contact Joanne on 07500159179.
VOLUNTARY ACTION EAST RENFREWSHIRE
VAER are interested to hear the opinions of local people on a Time Bank Scheme for over 50’s. This would be a scheme which would allow for the matching of individuals/organisations with skills to those who have a job or task needing done. For more information contact VAER, undercover, 56 Kelburn Street, Barrhead.
WORLD PRAYER DAY
Parishioners are invited to attend this service on Friday, March 2 2012 at 2pm in the Salvation Army Hall.
January 8th 2012
SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST’S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
A Jubilee Celebration organised by the Knights of Saint Columba and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul are holding a dance.... Roddy's Disco.... Sing along ... Bingo ... Raffle prizes ... Fun Galore on Friday, February 3 2012 at the Columba Club from 8:00pm ‘til late. Tickets ONLY £3.00 on Sale at the Porch/Shop.
PARISH LOOP SYSTEM FOR THE HARD OF HEARING
The loop system is not working just now. A temporary system should be in place this week, with the parish system being sent to the manufacturers for repairs. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. The loop system allows the hearing aid wearer to hear the priest and readers, along with music, etc. directly delivered into their ear piece. The hearing aid must be switched to the ‘T’ position to enable this.