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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Sunday 22nd May 2022

Parish News

Mass Parts: During Eastertide, we will join the choir in chanting the Mass parts from the Roman Missal. The words of some of these Mass parts are:

Holy, Holy, Holy
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Mystery of Faith
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine, et resurrectionem confitemur, donec venias.

Lamb of God
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Prayer Requests: Of your charity, please pray for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died, including: Fr Andrew Coleman, Oonagh Coleman, Robert Steel, Thomas Mitchell, Margaret van Vliet, Susan Doherty, Kathleen Anderson, Conn Carson and Paul Ritchie; and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, including: Henry Black, Neil Lauchlan, Tom Stewart, Sarah Bonnar, Fr John Boyle, Fr John Fitzsimmons, Fr Felix Connolly, Fr Vincent Grace, Canon Jim Byers, and Canon Ferdinand Tritschler, Deacon Paul Rogers, Bishop Joseph Devine and Bishop Michael Foylan. Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.

Coffee Morning: The St John Ogilvie Parent Partnership are hosting a Coffee Morning in the hall today (Sunday 22nd May) after the 10am and 12 noon Masses. All are welcome!

Carfin Day (Today): The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Carfin, led by Bishop John Keenan, will take place today, Sunday 22nd May 2022. Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at 3pm followed by the Rosary Procession, which will take place at 5:30pm. Catering facilities are available at the shrine. For those who signed up to travel by coach from the cathedral, the coach will depart at 1.15pm sharp.

Confirmations: Please keep the boys and girls in Primary 7 in your prayers as they prepare to be Confirmed this week. Those from St John Ogilvie Primary School will be Confirmed at a 6.30pm Mass on Monday; those from St Catherine’s Primary School will be Confirmed at a 6.30pm Mass on Tuesday. All parishioners are welcome to attend these Masses.

Ascension Thursday (Holy Day of Obligation): Thursday 26th May is Ascension Thursday and the first holy day of obligation since the beginning of the pandemic. Holy days of obligation are days on which the faithful are expected to attend Mass, as on Sundays. A Vigil Mass for the Ascension will be celebrated at 6pm on Wednesday 25th May. Masses will be celebrated on Thursday 26th May at 8am, 10am and 1pm. Please note that there will not be an evening Mass on Thursday 26th May due to RCIA.

Readers and Extraordinary Ministers: For various reasons, some readers and extraordinary ministers have had to come off the rota for Vigil and Sunday Masses recently. Fr Joe and Fr Ryan would appreciate it if you would consider volunteering to be added to one of these rotas. Please speak with either of them as soon as possible. We are especially (but not exclusively) in need of volunteers for Sunday 8am Mass.

Fr Andrew Coleman RIP: Fr Coleman, Parish Priest of St Peter’s in Glenburn, sadly passed away on Wednesday 18th May after a short illness. The Vigil for the Reception of Fr Andrew’s remains will take place in St Peter’s on Tuesday 24th May at 7pm. His Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday 25th May at 12 noon. Thereafter, he will be laid to rest in the priests’ plot at St Conval’s Cemetery. There will be tea and refreshments in St Peter’s hall after the burial. All are welcome to attend. Requiescat in pace.

Parish Quiz Night: The second Parish Quiz Night was a great success. Congratulations to Blazing Shirts for their victory! The next Quiz Night will take place this Friday 17th June, from 7pm in the hall. Entry costs £2 per adult and £1 per child. Bring your own drinks and snacks. A maximum of 8 per team. Raffle prizes will be gratefully received. All are welcome.

Parish Stall: Our Parish Stall has a wide range of cards and gifts for Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, and many more occasions. Open after the Vigil and Sunday Masses, why not come and have a look?

Month of May: May is a month dedicated especially to Our Lady. Please remember that the Rosary is prayed before 10am Masses on weekdays.

Diocesan and Other News

Warning – Scam Emails Pretending to be from Parish Priests or the Diocese: Please note that there have been several scam emails pretending to be from Parish Priests, asking for payments to be made or for vouchers to be purchased on behalf of the priest. The latest emails are not from our official @rcdop.org.uk domain but even if they appear to be, do not respond to the emails. The diocesan policy is that we will never email you to make any purchase or bank transfer on our behalf. If you do get such an email, please contact your Parish Priest preferably by phone or create a new email to the parish (i.e. do not reply to the one you received). A good general principle is that you should not respond to unsolicited emails.

Draft Diocesan Synod Response: As part of the Synod 2021-2023 Consultation Process, a Draft Response for the Diocese of Paisley has been prepared and is available at https://rcdop.org.uk/synod-2021-2023. You are cordially invited to a diocesan gathering on Tuesday 7th June 2022, commencing with Evening Prayer in St Mirin’s Cathedral at 7pm, followed by a presentation and discussion of the diocesan response in the Cathedral Hall. Should you wish any additions to be made to the Draft Response, please submit them to Synod23@rcdop.org.uk by 30th May 2022, so that this can be communicated to all on 7th June. 

Special Collection for Communications: This will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. The collection pays for our national Scottish Catholic Media Office which provides a service to the press and media with information on the activities of the Church in Scotland. The office supports two employees.

Divine Mercy Monthly Devotions: The Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland invite you to a Divine Mercy Mass at 7pm followed by Adoration on Wednesday 25th May at St Mary’s church, Paisley . All are welcome.

Choral Director (Inverclyde Catholic Primary Schools): These posts have been offered to all dioceses in Scotland with a grant of £75K funding for each diocese over five years, in extension of a successful roll out to Catholic dioceses in England and Wales. 

Diocesan Director of Music: We thank Michael Hepburn, our new Diocesan Director of Music, who has generously accepted this role in a voluntary capacity.

Legion of Mary Centenary Mass: The National Thanksgiving Mass to mark 100 years of the Legion of Mary will be held at Carfin Grotto on Sunday 29th of May at 3pm. All active and auxiliary members, past and present, are warmly invited to come along. Family and friends are most welcome too.

Thy Kingdom Come: Refreshed in Prayer, Renewed in Hope: A day to explore different kinds of prayer and try out new resources from the Thy Kingdom Come global prayer movement is being held at Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Paisley on Saturday 28th May, 10am-4pm, organised for the Renfrewshire Region of the Scottish Episcopal Church and ecumenical partners by the Craighead Institute. The event is free, but booking is required: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/thy-kingdom-come-refreshed-in-prayer-renewed-in-hope-tickets-337067527047. Contact  renfrewshirecurate@glasgow.anglican.org or call 07802 888 423.

Think Vocation: Could you be called to reveal God’s presence in the holy ground of people’s lives and hearts? Why not speak to our Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr John Morrison? Call 01418895056 or email vocations@rcdop.org.uk.

Young Adults (18-30): The diocese has organised a series of talks on the Divine Praises. The next talk of the series will be on the human nature of Jesus by Fr Bernard Mournian. This will take place on Wednesday 22nd June at 7pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral and will be followed by Benediction and an opportunity to socialise over drinks. Details of all talks can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoPYoungAdults.

Safeguarding Training for Church Volunteers (Parts One and Two): Part One training sessions will take place on: Wed 22nd June at 7pm in the Diocesan Offices, Paisley and Tuesday 13th September at 7pm in the Diocesan Offices, Paisley. There will be Part Two training sessions taking place on: Tuesday 31st May at 7pm in St John the Baptist parish hall, Port Glasgow and on Saturday 10th September at 10.30am in St Mirin’s Cathedral Hall, Paisley. Safeguarding Part Two Training sessions are for volunteers who have previously attended Safeguarding Training Part One, or Safeguarding Training Level One, more than eighteen months ago. As part of the safe recruitment procedures for the Catholic Church in Scotland, new volunteers undertaking regulated work should complete an application form for their role, apply to become a member of the PVG scheme and attend Safeguarding Part One Training.  If you would like to attend this training sessions, please contact Sarah Jane Colhoun on 0141 847 6138 or safeguardingadmin@rcdop.org.uk.

Important Safeguarding News: Please take some time to read the most recent issue of Safeguarding Matters, the newsletter of the new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency which can be found on our Diocesan website www.rcdop.org.uk  It introduces the members of the SCSSA Board, advertises 2 full-time vacancies in the agency, and announces details of the National Safeguarding Conference that will take place on 1st October 2022.  

SSVP ‘Soup Kitchen’: The SSVP ‘Soup Kitchen’ will be fully open for business on Friday evenings at Holy Trinity & Saint Barnabas (Episcopal) Church, Moss St, Paisley. Clients will be served a three-course meal within the premises from 1845 until 1945. As restrictions continue to be lifted, some rules will be applied to those attending for the safety and wellbeing of volunteers and clients alike. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help should contact Thomas Kerr Barr on 07730 929 140.

Knights of St Columba: Faith, Family and Fraternity – A Call to Service: Are you interested in supporting our clergy, serving in our parishes, helping the needy and developing your personal and family faith with likeminded men, and much more, and if you are a man aged 16 or over, the Knights of St Columba could be your answer. Province 1 of the KSC is recruiting in the Diocese of Paisley. For more information on how to join Britain’s largest Catholic laymen’s organisation, phone John O’Donnell on 07854 886425 or email: pgk@glasgow.ksc.org.uk. Serving God by Serving Others for over 100 Years.