E Bulletin – 5th Sunday of Easter Year B

                                              Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B: 3rd May 2021


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

First GA £70.00. NGA £119.80                           First GA £299.10 NGA: £352.41

Monthly Standing Orders: £2,415.                    Monthly Standing Orders: £3,818.00

Monthly Paya Charity Donations £302.73        Monthly Paya Charity Donations £1,584.34

Monthly Building Fund: £115.00                        Monthly Building Fund GA £143.50

Vocations GA £409.00. NGA £110.85                Vocations GA £923.00. NGA £400.54

St Anthony’s Box £63.20                                      St Anthony’s Box £85.00


Second Collection this weekend: Monthly Building Fund (1st weekend of every Month)


New Envelopes for Tax Year April 21/22: These are now available after all the weekend Masses. Please collect them from the link corridor to the church house and then exit through the side door. The box contains envelopes for each week and also the 12 Monthly Parish Building Fund & Diocesan Second Collections. Those who pay their weekly donation by Standing Order also receive a Box of envelopes but only for the 12 Monthly Parish Building Fund & Diocesan Second Collections.


Please inform us if you cease to pay tax. Those, who do not pay tax can set up also a Standing Order.


Confessions: Saturdays: 10.30am- 11am (St Johns/St Thomas) Saturdays: 3.15pm-3.45pm (St Johns)


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 9.25am- 9.55am (both parishes before the 10am Mass).

Both Churches open at 9.15am.


Confirmations        St Johns Primary:     Tues 4th May & Wed 5th May at 7pm

                                  St Thomas Primary: Monday 10th May at 7pm in St Johns Church

Please keep the pupils, parents and sponsors in your prayers.


Chrism Mass: Bishop John will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Friday 7th May at 3.00pm. This will be only open to the clergy,however, parishioners can join in the liturgy via the live stream at the Cathedral. Click on the link below to follow the Mass. https://youtu.be/WKesnTNWowA


May, the Month of Mary: During the Sundays of May at 3pm, we will pray the Rosary, have a short talk on Our Lady and conclude with Benediction. The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, said April 21 that “for the deep desire of the Holy Father, the month of May will be dedicated to a prayer marathon with the theme ‘Prayer to God went up incessantly from the whole Church.’”


The Scottish Parliamentary Elections: As you begin considering how to vote please check out our Scottish Bishops Election Resource link: Scottish Parliament Election 2021 – Catholic Parliamentary Office (rcpolitics.org)  It lets you know where political parties stand on issues that impinge upon our Catholic faith and life and is also being updated with particular candidates’ positions on these matters.


Care Not Killing: We need to improve how we care for people, not kill them.’  Please contact your election candidates via this website to ask them to support palliative care for the dying.



East Renfrewshire Food Bank: The Food Bank are asking for donations of tinned rice, coffee and washing powder. There is a box in the Church & Hall to place your donations. (St Johns)


SPUC Scotland: This month, SPUC Scotland is launching a new initiative to commemorate the gift of life and to particularly call to mind the many lives that have been lost in our country due to abortion.

 Our usual White Flower Appeals in parishes have been unable to take place for the last year. This is an important means to raise vital funds allowing us to defend the right to life, but it is also an opportunity for us to inform parishioners of the current issues around abortion. New Government policies, facilitating “DIY” abortion, have made access to abortion easier than ever and have created a slippery path which many women have gone down, often with very little time to think or weigh up the gravity of their actions.

Each abortion extinguishes a tiny human life, filled with potential and each of these is a tragedy in its own right. Sadly, these lost lives are overlooked and forgotten by a society that has become numb to the scale and malice of abortion. We want to remember each of these babies and pray that they are not forgotten but rather that their loss can compel us to save future victims of abortion.

SPUC knows that the tiny baby is the primary victim of abortion, but we also understand that there are so many others affected by it. The medics and politicians who put the framework in place to destroy life are themselves damaged in conscience by what they do and we also know that women who are put under pressure to have an abortion, can often suffer mentally and/or physically for many years after the event.

Our aim is to create a display of 14,000 flower images, one for every child lost to abortion in Scotland in one year. Bishop Toal will bless the physical display on Saturday, 22 May 2021 at Carfin Grotto when we create our ‘carpet of flowers for the unborn’. We are hoping that individuals will be willing to sponsor a virtual flower and these can be purchased online at www.whiteflower.org.uk

20 Days for Life June 1st till June 20th (8am until 8pm each day)

Due to Tier 4 restrictions our 2021 Lenten 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer and fasting vigil at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow was postponed. Sadly, in the midst of this current situation the government did not halt or restrict its abortion culture of death.

On March 23rd 2021 the government called for a UK National Day of Reflection to be held for those who had died from Covid the previous year.  According to latest official figures at that time there had been 143,259 Covid deaths. The following month April 2021 we marked the 53rd anniversary of the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act which has resulted in almost 9.5million deaths of our unborn children here in the UK.


Think of the unborn when you pray the words ‘For what I have done and for what I have failed to do’. Think of those words in the ballot box. ‘They will not grow old as we who are left grow old but we will remember them’. We are coming out for a 20 Days for Life from June 1st until June 20th outside of the QEUH in Glasgow from 8am until 8pm each day. To take part email [email protected]


RightToLife Consultation: There is a Consultation which you can be involved in by simply going to www.righttolife.org.uk/NIdisabilityConsultaion.  It is a campaign to stop Abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.


St Joseph Statue: In this year of St Joseph we would like to place fresh flowers before the statue. To defray the cost, you may like to place a donation in the flower box in the porch or hand into the church house in an envelope.


Dial a Mass: For those who have no Internet access, you can listen to Mass each day on a free line 0141 473 4869. (Fr Jonathan on Thursdays/Fr Joe on Fridays)


Parish Council Meeting: Our New Parish Council members are invited to a short initial meeting on Wednesday the 12th of May at 7pm in the hall (socially distanced).


Altar Servers: Could you make yourself known along with your parents to Fr Joe/Jonathan after the weekend Mass you may be attending. Fr Jonathan will hope to re-train you after your long absence from altar-serving. Anyone wishing to become a new Altar Server can also introduce themselves. You need to have made your First Holy Communion.


Think Vocation: “Saul went around preaching, fearlessly in the name of the Lord.” Could you have the zeal of Saul for sharing the power of the Gospel and the love of Christ? Speak to our Vocations Director, Fr. John Morrison 01418895056 or e-mail [email protected]

Please pray for those who have died recently especially:  Jonathan Gilmour, Tony Mc Cann, John Prior and 6 Months Mind of Martha Sproul, and for the Anniversaries of Sadie Cunningham, Helen D’Arcy, Nicholas D’Arcy, Daniel Docherty, Mary Hill, Anne & Peter Lannon, Nancy Mitchell, Helen Monaghan, Tommy Mc Allister, Susan Mc Carthy, John Mc Gorrian, Matilda Mc Gorrain, James Mc Shane, John & Sadie Quinn, Margaret Stevenson.

Can we remind everyone that Anniversaries and all notices for the E-Bulletin should be handed in by 7pm on Thursdays.


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