St. John Bosco's, Erskine

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The Rosary

Thanks to all those who attended the Rosary Prayer event last Wednesday. Many Thanks also to Jim and Joan Caldwell for the wonderful buffet. It was a great evening. The next event is planned for 14th November and the theme will be Holy Souls.

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission

Will host a Music workshop in preparation for Advent & Christmas on Saturday 22nd  September 2018, 1-3pm in St Mirin’s Hall. This is open to all musicians, choirs, and anyone else involved in music in our parishes or schools. Enrol for this workshop via the Diocesan Website at www.rcdop.org.uk/liturgycommission.

Diocesan Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church

Our diocese has arranged the services and pastoral ministry of our own 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 as the various problematic issues are discussed. Marriage counselling can help you gain perspective on your relationship. Expect help with the following: Communicate in a more constructive way; Learn why arguments escalate; Reflect on the past and how it presents in your current relationships; Learn the art of compromise. Negotiate and resolve conflicts in a healthier way. For information or advice please email in confidence counselling@rcdop.org.uk

The Angelus prayer group

Has been established in Honour of The Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. The new feast day, which will be celebrated annually the day after Pentecost. Pope Francis approved the celebration because he thought it might “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety.” The Angelus group is open to the public, we pray each day at 12 noon - it can be accessed via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/215813205685547/ All are welcome to join. 

Diocesan Courage Apostolate for Catholics with Same Sex Attraction

Paisley Diocese has set up a Courage Chapter of pastoral ministry for those in our diocesan community with same sex attraction, who are looking to live faithfully their Catholic faith. Courage is an international apostolate with over 100 Chapters worldwide and endorsed by the Holy See. It aims to help members find peace through fellowship, prayer, the Sacraments, and an appreciation of Church's teachings in chastity. It extends the Church's invitation to a life of peace, and grace to grow in Christian maturity. For information or advice please email in confidence our diocesan priest chaplain at Courage@rcdop.org.uk

An invitation from the Legion of Mary

If anyone in the Catholic Community of Erskine would like to have the small Fatima Statue in their home, please speak to Maureen Macrae, Marie Docherty or Liam McCoy to arrange this.

Royal Alexandria Hospital Mass – Help needed

In accordance with the aims of our Diocesan Synod, Monsignor Tormey, Catholic chaplain to the RAH in Paisley, is looking for Eucharistic Ministers and Readers who would be willing to ' Do their bit, make it happen' by helping out at hospital mass at 4.00pm on Saturday afternoons. This would be a great help for those patients and staff in RAH who attend the hospital Mass. Your help would  be asked to serve on a rota basis. If you are able to help please give your name and contact details to your Parish Priest or contact Monsignor Tormey at St. Aidan's Johnstone phone number 01505 320900.

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 clare@archtrust.org.uk. You can also talk to a befriender by phoning the helpline in the evening on 0845 603 8501, 7 days a week, 7pm-10pm.

Novena to St Peregrine

Novena Prayer to Saint Peregrine

Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and Mercy. Amen.