E- bulletin (1/11/20)

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

First GA £120. Non-GA: £157.90                     First GA £361.68. Non-GA £414.09

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

Building Fund GA: £65.                                      Missio Scotland GA £22.00. Non-GA £12.32

St Anthony’s Box: £64.17                                  Legacy GA £154.96 Non-Ga £38.31

                                                                                    St Anthony’s Box: £31.63


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 have dispensed with the Legacy collections in St Johns as from last weekend. Once again thank you for your generosity

Annual St. Conval’s Cemetery Mass Sunday 1 November 2.00pm

Join with us live on Youtube on Sunday 1st November at 2.00pm for the Paisley Diocese Cemetery Mass at St. Conval’s Cemetery.  Due to current Government Restrictions we can only allow access to the 200 people who have registered for this event via Eventbrite. Please be advised the Mass will be LIVE STREAMED on YouTube by following this link https://you.tube/ubCmEq_0ejY.  Diocese of Paisley. 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.


Annual Holy Mass – Hawkhead Cemetery

Father Joe Burke will celebrate in St Mirin’s Cathedral the Annual Holy Mass for the souls of the faithful departed of Hawkhead Cemetery on Sunday 8th November at 12.00pm.  Unfortunately, due to Covid, Mass will not be in the cemetery itself this year.  All those with loved ones resting there are invited to join him online or in church through Eventbrite booking.  Mass is livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpDi2GliU0&feature=youtu.be


Zoom Music Day

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission will host a Zoom music day on Saturday 7th November at 11.00am- finishing at approx. 1.00pm or before. 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 are below. Please just click on the link, or use the meeting id, if required.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/7247466974 . Meeting ID: 724 746 6974


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.


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 4th and 11thNovember, 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 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]


Safeguarding ‘Thought for the Month’ – November 2020

The Catholic Church is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.


Rosary Whirlwind British Isles: October 2020

Join us for daily online Rosary at 8pm on the 31st October for the National Rosary Rally 9am-9pm.  On the 1st November the Online Rosary will be led by Bishop John Keenan at 8pm.  More information at www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk


We pray for those who have died recently especially: George Alcorn, Patricia Cawtheray, Norrie Galbraith, Michael Paul Harkins, John Mc Cann, John Mc Mahon, Gilda Vitessse and for the Anniversaries of Jim Bell, Canon Luke Brady, Ronald Burns, Gerard Connelly, Joe Gallagher, Agnes & Billy Geddes, Theresa & William Irwin, Stephen Lafferty, Hugh & Jenny Lynch, Ellen Longwill, Christine Mc Bride, Stuart Mc Manus, Charlie Taylor.

Class Mass Primary 4: In St John’s Primary School at 11.am on Wednesday the 4th of November.

Class Mass Primary 4: St Mark’s Primary at 1.30pm on Friday the 6th of November

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

Funeral Mass of Theresa Mc Veigh: Thursday 5th Nov at 10am in St Johns.

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! To join please use the Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/8510142970?pwd=UUtVa2ZhOFUxa2NSZmJCckZOek0rUT09

RCIA St Thomas: Congratulations and welcome to Allie Robinson who was received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church on Saturday the 31st of October by Bishop John in St Thomas, Neilston.

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 https://cardinalwinninglecture2020.eventbrite.co.uk

Plenary Indulgence during month of November: Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid large groups from forming where prohibited, the Plenary Indulgence applicable to the deceased by those who visit a cemetery has been extended beyond the normal dates of 1 to 8 November. This year, the indulgence can be obtained by anyone who visits a cemetery, even if only mentally, on any day in November, and devoutly prays for the faithful departed. The Plenary Indulgence for the Feast of All Souls’ Day (2nd November) can be obtained this year not only on the preceding or succeeding Sunday, or on the actual Feast day, but on any other day of the month chosen by each member of the faithful. In this case, the indulgence is obtained by “devoutly visiting a church or an oratory”, along with the recitation of the Our Father and the Creed, and the other requirements associated with a Plenary Indulgence.

The homebound

For anyone who cannot leave their home for various reasons, including anti-Covid restrictions, they too can obtain the Plenary Indulgence by “uniting themselves spiritually to other members of the faithful”. In this case, the condition of being “completely detached from sin” and the intention of completing the other requirements for obtaining a Plenary Indulgence remain.

These conditions are Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and a prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions. The Decree suggests that such prayer take place before an “image of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Among the various prayers that are recommended are “prayers for the deceased, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditating on various Gospel passages proposed for the liturgy of the Dead, or completing a work of mercy by offering to God the suffering and discomforts of one’s own life”.


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


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