You may have noticed that the two marble chairs which were positioned at the front in St John Bosco are no longer there. These were removed to allow easier access for wheelchairs. These chairs are now at home in St Ninian’s in Gourock who gave us a donation of £1000.
Continues Thursday 26th October in St Bernadette’s at 7:00 pm. These are some of the questions for discussion: Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How can I have faith? Why and how do I pray? How does God guide us? Who is the Holy Spirit? How can I resist evil? Does God heal today?
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group has recommended that all volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both, should do the Level 1 training by the end of 2017 and, with the agreement of Bishop John, this will now be implemented as diocesan policy. Anyone who has previously received training prior to 2015 must attend the level one training again before the end of 2017. The next training sessions will take place. St. Fergus’ Paisley on Thursday 2nd November at 2pm. St. Colm’s Kilmacolm on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm. St. Conval’s Linwood on Tuesday 14th November at 7pm. Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office [email protected] or 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session. There are limited spaces at each session, therefore please register up to one week before the session.
An invitation is extended to everyone to come and spend some time in the tea rooms in St Bernadette's and St John Bosco after Mass. Not only is it a source of revenue for the Parish but it is a time to make friends, support one another and share ideas. It is so important that when the weather allows you can even go al fresco.
Tuesday 5th December at 1:00pm in Erskine Bridge Hotel. £15 for 3 courses & a glass of wine. Please add your name to the sheet on the notice boards and pay £5 deposit to Ann Marie Campbell if you are interested.
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]
The book stall at St John Bosco's made £175 for parish funds. Any remaining books were donated to the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
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
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.
His Holiness Pope Francis states; “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever-new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy “Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! “Knights of St Columba the leading men’s lay apostolate organisation in the United Kingdom continues to assist the Hierarchy and clergy in this great Year of Mercy. We would be delighted to welcome like-minded men to our Order, to assist us in serving God by serving others. Web address http://www.ksc.org.uk Bertie Grogan Director membership & Development email [email protected]
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.
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.