E bulletin (25/11/20)

St Thomas the Apostle: Collections:              St John the Evangelist: Collections

First GA £60. Non-GA: £112.                            First GA £310. Non-GA £452.

Monthly Standing Orders: £1,677.                 Monthly Standing Orders: £2,823.

Building Fund GA: £55.                                      Missio Scotland GA £211.40. Non-GA £423.18

Missio Scotland: £208.05                                  Legacy GA £9.50. Non-Ga £12.


Sunday Collections: May we take this opportunity to thank all those parishoners 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 will dispense with the Legacy collections in St Johns as from the last weekend of October. Once again thank you for your generosity

St Anthony’s Poor Box Monies: St Thomas, October: £136.29 sent to Marys Meals and St Johns, October £189.06 sent to Wayside Club, Glasgow

Annual St. Conval’ s Cemetery Mass: Sunday 1 November 2.00pm: Bishop John will celebrate the Annual Cemetery Mass as usual this year but according to the Government’s infection control guidelines which limit numbers to 200 for outside ceremonies.   We would ask everyone attending to endeavour to come in cars and remain in them for the duration of the Mass. Mass is a ticketed event and is now sold out. Please bring your ticket to the Mass.  Please note that the cemetery will be closed from 1.30 – 3.30 to allow for the cemetery mass to go ahead under the government restrictions.  If you were unable to get a ticket please note the mass will also be livestreamed and available via the You Tube link – https://youtu.be/ubCmEq_0ejY

Zoom Music Day: The Diocesan Liturgy Commission will host a Zoom music day on Saturday 7th November beginning at 11.00am and finishing approximately at 1.00pm. The group will look at learning some Mass parts to be used by cantors during these covid times, and for parish choirs to use once restrictions are lifted. Everyone is invited to join the meeting. Musicians, cantors and choirs are all welcome. Details of the zoom meeting will follow next week.

November, Month of the Holy Souls: Mass each day in November is offered for the Souls in Purgatory. They are assured of heaven but judged at the moment of death to be in need of further purification, for the sins they committed and  that they made inadequate reparation for them while on earth. November lists are available as you leave the Church please and return with your offering for Masses as soon as possible. All the lists of names will be placed before the Altar during November.

Justice and Peace Scotland – A Conversation on Migration: On Tuesday 27 October, Justice and Peace Scotland will be hosting an evening hearing from inspirational people serving on the frontline of the UK’s hostile border environment.  Our speakers include: Clare Mosely, Founder, Care4Calais, Br Johannes Maertens, Founder, Maria Skobtsova, Catholic Worker House, and Alex Holmes from Calais Catholic Worker.  To join this online event please register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conversation-on-migration-tickets-122206736639

Adult Education Talks: Following the results of our Diocesan Adult Formation Survey, a series of talks has been organised on Zoom on the 3rd Monday of every month from October 2020 to May 2021 at 6.30pm. The first talk is by Fr. John Eagers on ‘Prayer’ this Monday, 26th October, at 6:30pm – all welcome. Please join the webinar:https://zoom.us/j/99033814181?pwd=T051eWRxbE13NXdPejhKMlJlVStTQT09 Passcode: 560493


Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Exodus 22:20-26. 1 Thess 1:5-10  Matt 22:34-40)

How can I best love you today? In today’s gospel Jesus says love should be at the centre of our lives, so we must ask ‘How can I best love my partner today’   To know how our partner experiences our love best, we need to explore together whether it is through compliments, special time together, presents or acts of service, or simple hugging and kissing.


Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse.  The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse:  the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help.  To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.


Diocese of Paisley Preparation for those due to marry before March 2021

There is a Marriage Preparation Day over two evenings (to best comply with COVID protocols) on Wednesdays 4 and 11 November, from 7.00pm until 8.30pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral Hall.  Places are available for 12 couples whose wedding is before March 2021. Couples should attend both sessions.  Places will be prioritised by wedding date. There is a £15 charge per couple to cover materials and administration.Couples should register by emailing us at [email protected] and we will send them instructions


Scottish Interfaith week 8-15 November

“Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all.” (Fratelli Tutti 8). Today is the beginning of Scottish Interfaith week. It is an opportunity for Catholics to follow the example set by our Holy Father Pope Francis to reach out to our neighbours and to recognise all people of faith as our brothers and sisters. Take the opportunity this week to pray that people of faith might work together for peace in our world and in our country. Interfaith Scotland’s website www.interfaithscotland.org gives notification of the many interfaith events happening throughout the country this week if you would like to get involved.


Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service: National Safeguarding Webinar

The Webinar will focus safeguarding and online risks in the pandemic both internationally and locally here in Scotland. This will take place on Saturday 14th November 11:00- 13:30. Secure booking open from Monday 12th October. Any questions at this point, please email:   [email protected]


October, Month of the Holy Rosary: Rosary and Benediction at 3pm in St Johns this Sunday 25th Oct.


We pray for those who have died recently especially: James Mc Allister and for the Anniversaries of Dr Gerald Boyle, Wallace Burns, Patrick Campbell, Mary Campbell, Colin Cassidy, Jim Connolly, Neil Crossan, Patrick Cunningham, Nellie Curran, Jean Carberry, Annie Docherty, Edward Gillan, Eric Hickey, Betty Hughes, Theresa & William Irwin, Edward & Helen Monaghan, Elspeth Mc Fadyen, William Mc Fadyen, Edward Mc Guire Sr, Mary O’Neil, Harry Quinn, Charles, Clive & Renee Wren

Funeral Mass this week St Johns: James McAllister on Wednesday 28th October at 10.00am.

Class Mass Primary 5: In St Johns Primary School at 11am on Wednesday the 28th of October.

Confirmations: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 6pm in St Johns. These students are presently in St Luke’s High school and attended St Mark’s Primary last year but were unable to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop John in May due to the lockdown. Please keep them and their sponsors and family in your prayers.

RCIA St Thomas: Bishop John will receive Allie Robinson into Full Communion with the Catholic Church this Saturday the 31stOctober at 2pm in St Thomas, Neilston. Fathers Joe & Jonathan will concelebrate the Mass with Bishop John. Thank you to Anne Marie Mc Laughlan and Theresa Millar for preparing Allie through the RCIA course and we are delighted to welcome her to the Catholic Faith along with Michael her husband and her children Levi and Samuel.

Reminder from the Diocese: All must receive Holy Communion in the hand and not on the tongue.


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