E bulletin – 3rd Sunday Year B

                                            Third Sunday Year B:  24th January 2021


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

First GA £60.00                                                    First GA £135.00        NGA:      £103.30

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

200 Club: £340.                                                    Building Fund GA £5.20

Justice& Peace GA £20.00

Building Fund GA £15.00


Funerals week this (St Johns/St Thomas 10.00am Mass)

Mon 25th: Derek Gillespie: Woodside Crematorium @12.30pm

Tues 26th:  Ann Alford (10am) & Peter Harkins (1pm)

Wed 27th:  Maria Hannigan (St Thomas)

Thurs 28th: James Christopher Taylor


Church services during lockdown

Holy Mass:      Live-stream daily @ 10am (Sun also @ 11.30am)

Adoration:      Live-stream daily @ 9am

Rosary:            Livestream daily @ 9.30am

Divine Mercy: Livestream Fridays @3pm

Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid 19 Crisis

Our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor.  If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling.  The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgmental position. For information or advice please email in confidence [email protected]


Think Vocation: The reign of God is now. Are you willing to drop what you are doing to follow Jesus’ call? Believe that God will give you what you need. (Mark 1: 14-20). If you think God is calling you to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister contact Fr. John Morrison e-mail [email protected] or phone 01418895056.


Postponement of Diocesan Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes Pilgrimages to 2022

Unfortunately, due to present circumstances and the uncertainty facing us all over the next few months, it is with deep regret that we must inform you that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes has now been postponed to June-July 2022. We are fully aware that the shrine of Lourdes means so much to so many in our Diocese and understand and how disappointing this news will be. However, we know that we will all work together and look forward to being welcomed back in 2022. If you already have a place on the Pilgrimage carried over from this year on Joe Walsh tours, their representatives will be contacting you in writing in the New Year to confirm our decision to reschedule and to explain how your booking can be carried forward.


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?  To join please use the Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/8510142970?pwd=UUtVa2ZhOFUxa2NSZmJCckZOek0rUT09                                    200 Club St Thomas: Forms have been sent to all previous members. Please return as soon as possible so that we can begin the First Draw in February. Thank you to all those who have already forwarded their monies.

Administrative Changes to Teacher Approval in the Diocese of Paisley: Father Joe Burke, Vicar General, now has the role of overseeing the Approval process. Applications and references for posts in the three local authorities within our Diocese should be returned to: Rev Joseph Burke, Teacher Approval, Diocesan Centre, Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR or email: [email protected] Please note that applications for posts in Our Lady of the Missions Primary School and St Ninian’s High School should be sent to the Archdiocese of Glasgow in whose territory they are located:  Archdiocese of Glasgow, Teacher Approval,196 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JY.  Email: [email protected]    Arrangements for the pastoral care of staff and pupils in these schools will continue to be the responsibility of the Diocese of Paisley.


100 Club Winners November: Two Winners E. Watson No 60 (£140) and B. Melee No 40 (£70) have still to collect their winnings. You can collect them from the Church House (socially distanced and with face mask).

Year of St Joseph: Pope Francis on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8th December), with great joy proclaimed the Year of St Joseph to mark the 150th year of the Solemn Declaration by Pope Pius IX of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Catholic Church. This will conclude on the 8th December 2021.

St Peter Julian Eymard said “Devotion, to St Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces. When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, he unites it to St Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good Saint”. Please go to the Parish websites/facebook for Prayers to St Joseph.


Parish Finances: At this time when we have limited access to the Church and have no public services our Parish income is greatly affected. The Parish and Diocese are dependent on your weekly donations to enable bills to be paid, to make repairs and maintain our church properties, as well as supporting the clergy and the ongoing pastoral work of our Parish and the Diocese. Please continue to support St Johns/St Thomas and the Diocese of Paisley at this difficult time. You may wish to consider a Standing Order to be paid directly to the parish account (weekly/monthly). You can download the form from the Parish websites or one can be posted to you. Thank you to all those who have recently moved to Standing Order so as to be able to support our finances regularly. Another way of helping the parish is by gift aiding your donations. If you are a tax payer Gift Aid increases your donation by 25%, your Gift Aid donation would be worth 25p more for every £1 donated.

Please pray for those who have died recently especially: Ann Alford, Derek Gillespie, Maria Hannigan, Peter Harkins, Janet Mullen, James Christopher Taylor and the Anniversaries of, Brian Corcoran, Mary Donnelly, May Duffin, Charlotte Fitzpatrick, Rose Gormley, Eddie Hone, Jim Leasey,  Pat Mc Namara, Charles O’Neill, Lex Shields.



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