Welcome to the website for
St. John Bosco's Parish in Erskine

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paisley

Christmas Fayre

Sunday 10th December after the 10.30 am Mass in Meeting Room at St. Bernadette’s. All help and donations gratefully received. Please see Anne Marie after Mass if you can help.

Food Bank

It is that time of year when we would invite you to take a jar, decorate it and fill if with sweets for the Food Bank. Many thanks for your support for the Food Bank. This is always a difficult time for a struggling family so please keep the donations coming. Non perishable goods and long life milk always welcome.

Mum’s the Word
Prayer Groups

As St Monica prayed for her son we pray for all sons and daughters: “We now humbly ask you to pray with us for our sons and daughters who have drifted away from God and we ask you to add your prayers to those of all mothers who are worried about their children”. If you are interested in joining an existing group or starting a group in your own parish, please email: Eleanor Jannetta at [email protected] Prayer Cards are available from Andy.

Lost Property

There is a large quantity of lost property in St John Bosco. Many pairs of glasses, gloves, scarves and umbrellas as well as some other items. Please have a look in the boxes and claim your belongings. Anything unclaimed in the next few weeks will be donated to charity. Thanks

Please take a label from
the Jesse Tree

Gifts should be returned to

St Bernadette’s by 16th December
St John Bosco’s by 18th December 
to allow distribution prior to Christmas. 
Many Thanks for your continued generosity

St John Bosco Food bank

Another load of food has been taken to the Trussell Trust in Paisley. They are closing for Christmas on the 22nd Dec and we will make another delivery on Monday 18th Dec so that it can be distributed in time for Christmas . Thank you for your generous donations.'

Stall

Christmas goods are now available in St John Bosco’s. Christmas Cards available in St Bernadette’s.

URGENT APPEAL

URGENT APPEAL from SPRED (a special faith programme to help parishioners with a learning disability) Due to changes within one of our groups (17-21yrs) we find ourselves in need of new volunteers.  We have 6 young people who urgently need your help to become a one-to-one friend so if you are available for a couple of hours on a Wednesday evening please can you consider responding to this appeal?   To find out more details please contact Norma Scott on 0141 884 8866 or email [email protected]

Music

If you can sing or play an instrument your parish needs you. This is the perfect time to use your gifts and talents to support the music before we start learning new hymns for Advent and Christmas. If interested please see Anne Marie or Liam. One of the hymns that we would like to introduce is “Jesus name above all names”. This will be played during the Mass this weekend.


Jesus, name above all names

Beautiful Saviour, glorious Lord;

Emmanuel, God is with us,

Blessed Redeemer, living word.


Please look at the YouTube link for “Jesus, take me as I am”.

SYNOD UPDATE: MAKING ALL THINGS NEW


Our Synod Acta (available on the diocesan website) under Charter Point 8 (Structures) commits us to ensure our diocesan structures are apt for evangelisation and lay participation in times to come.  Specifically it asks us to consider the configuration of our parishes and the deployment of our clergy.  It asked if we now have too many parishes relative to our lower number of priests and if they are in the right places given so many ongoing local population shifts? It suggested we may need to make changes to allow us opportunities for real growth in coming years?  With the Synod’s call for a diocesan plan for growth our priests met with Bishop John last week in an Assembly of Clergy to begin discussion on this issue.  We agreed it should be a matter for the people at the local level to try to discern, deliberate and come up with their own workable solutions, rather than for the bishop to bring forward proposals from above.  We also agreed that the people should be approached in open meetings during 2108 to consider the issues and come up with local plans for the generation ahead. We felt that transparency and good communication were paramount and decided that a Bishop’s letter in January 2018, in line with the Synod’s requirement for good consultation with the laity and for good processes of dialogue and discussion, would be the next immediate step.

Have you ever considered adoption? 

St Margaret’s Children & Family Care Society are looking for adopters. We pride ourselves on being a specialised adoption service and encourage you to take a look at our most recent inspection report at www.careinpectorate.com.  Have you ever considered adoption? Could you give a loving, stable home to a child who has suffered abuse or trauma? Do you have what it takes to be a ‘Therapeutic Parent’? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please visit our website at www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk  for more information or call 0141 332 8371 and speak to our duty worker.


St Margaret’s Adoption Society’s primary aim is the recruitment and assessment of prospective adopters. However, in recognition of the complex needs of the children, they have spent a number of years developing their Extended Post Adoption Support Services. Please pick up a copy of the letter from Bishop John at the door of the church which he has written following his recent visit to their Centre for the Family.

Struggling after
an abortion?

You are not alone. Non-Judgemental & confidential help is available. Contact us to ask about free one-to-one counselling by phoning the helpline on 0845 603 8501, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on email [email protected]. You can also talk to a befriender by phoning the helpline in the evening on 0845 603 8501, 7 days a week, 7pm-10pm.

# prayingforyou

New prayer request ministry on our diocesan website please visit http://rcdop.org.uk/prayingforyou We welcome your prayer requests. All requests are placed on the Bishop's altar where he celebrates his daily morning Mass & respectfully disposed of thereafter. Please be assured of complete confidentiality and discretion with your request.