E-Bulletin (2nd Sunday of Advent – Year B)

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

First GA £170     NGA: £146.65                         First GA £153.00         NGA:       £295.79

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

Education GA: £11.00                                           Education GA:                             £10.00

Education NGA £64.20                                        St Anthony’s Box                       £106.75

Building Fund GA £81.50

Building Fund NGA £30.00

St Anthony’s Box £35.03                                        


Rorate Masses in Advent in St Johns

This is a Votive Mass in honour of Our Blessed Lady and is celebrated before dawn in candlelight. By the end of Mass, the sun is starting to rise, it is the dawn of a new day. This is a clear reminder of the True Light, which is Christ, who banishes the darkness of sin and death. In Advent we prepare with Our Blessed Mother to receive Christ, the light of the world once again in our lives at Christmas. The Rorate Masses will be on Tuesdays at 7.30am in Advent and is an additional Mass to the 10am weekday morning Masses.


Advent Confessions: As well as the Saturday morning Confessions in St Johns and St Thomas after the 10am Mass and Confessions from 3.15pm-3.45pm (St Johns) there will be Confessions each Wednesday of Advent in St Johns from 7pm until 8pm.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception 8th December: St Johns.

There will be three Masses on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 7.30am, 10am and 7pm. We will consecrate the Parish of St Johns at all these Masses. You can bring along water, salt and religious articles (Rosaries, Scapulars, Statues etc) which we will bless at the end of each Mass. St Thomas’s Annual Consecration to Our Blessed Mother will take place as per usual on the 1st of January, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.


Jesse Tree appeal for Christmas: (St Johns)

We intend to distribute the Gift tokens at the end of this week to St Luke’s High School, St John’s and St Mark’s. Please hand in any Gift Tokens by Wednesday evening. Thank you for your very generous response.


Jesse Tree appeal for Christmas: (St Thomas)

We intend to distribute the Gift tokens on Monday the 14th of December. Please hand in any Gift Tokens by Sunday 13th of December. Thank you for your generous response.


Flowers for Christmas tide

During the Season of Christmastide, we wish to adorn the Church with fresh flowers, fitting for this joyful season. Monetary donations for the purchasing of flowers can be handed into the Church house or into the donations buckets in envelopes marked Flowers. Thank you for your continued generosity in keeping our parishes beautiful and worthy for the Sacred Liturgy.


Keyholders: Would all those with Church keys please return to Fathers Joe & Jonathan so that we can update for the alarm company all Keyholders and also for Insurance purposes. Once we have updated the list they will be returned to those who require them.

200 Club Winners (St Johns) G & M Hubner and John Joe Reilly, both won £20 for the Sept draw and W& J Sinclair won £35 for the Oct draw and can collect their winnings from the Sacristy.

200 Club (St Thomas): Nov 1st Prize: David Ferguson, 2nd Prize: Mary Mc Cool.  Dec 1st Prize: Rachael Murray, 2nd Prize: Valerie Logue.


Parish Pastoral Council

One of the responsibilities of a recently appointed Parish Priest is the formation of a Parish Pastoral Council; please submit your suggestions for members, and their suitability, to the parish house before the third Sunday in Advent. Parish Pastoral Councils are an essential aspect of parish life which aid the Parish Priest in his responsibility of governance; we hope to form a council which is representative of the parish itself, i.e. members of varying ages and backgrounds.


Vocations “I shall look after my flock myself… I myself will pasture my sheep.” Is the Lord asking you to share in his pastoral love for his people, perhaps in diocesan priesthood, diaconate or religious life? Contact Fr. John Morrison phone: 0141 8895056 or email [email protected]


St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society – Virtual Crib

Catholic Adoption Agency, St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society, which supports some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, is hosting a ‘Virtual Crib’ this Advent. Due to congregation sizes being limited due to Covid19 restrictions the charity could lose out on up to £100k in donations made each year by the Catholic community to its Crib Appeal collection boxes. St Margaret’s Virtual Crib is a peaceful, animated crib scene accompanied by a full Christmas Carol Concert from the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir. St Margaret’s Virtual Crib will be live until the Feast of the Epiphany on their website at stmargaretsadoption.org.uk. Donations can be made via the St Margaret’s website or by cheque posted to the charity’s office at 26 Newton Place, Glasgow, G3 7PY.


Funerals in St Johns                                  

Francis Foy:        Thurs 10th Dec. 10am   

Ian Mc Garrigle: Fri 11th Dec.      10am

Mary Dixon:        Mon 14th Dec    10am


Funerals in St Thomas 

Catherine Miller:   Sat 12th Dec      10am

Sharon Knox:         Thurs 17th Dec   10am


We pray for those who have died recently especially: James Brady, James Clifford, Mary Dixon, Frank Foy, Charles Marchetti, Catherine Miller, Ian Mc Garrigle, Joseph Mc Inch, Maureen Smeaton, Giuseppe Ventre and the Anniversaries of Margaret Burns, Elliot Cleary, Neal Crossan, David Davidson, George Docherty, Charlie Hughes, Sharon Knox, Mary Mc Allister, John Mc Flynn, Jean Mc Kay, Peter & Margaret Mc Kenzie, Gregg Thomas Mc Master, Hugh Welsh & Joan Welsh and the Months Mind of Martha Sproul.

Reminder: All must receive Holy Communion in the hand and not on the tongue. Please leave the Church immediately after receiving Holy Communion by the one-way system, following the directions and instructions of the stewards. Please keep your Face Mask on during the entire Mass unless you have an exemption. Thank you for your co-operation in keeping others and yourself safe.


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