Ministering to the Youngest Parishioners

July 13, 2020

As we reopen our churches, how do we ensure we don't forget our youngest parishioners? Many parishes have been innovating during the pandemic to make sure that children and families have access to age-appropriate worship, activities and prayer online. We believe now is not the time to stop these offerings as children's activities likely won't happen in person in parishes any time soon. We invite you to hear learnings from three parishes: one Canadian and two UK. We'll be joined by Laura O'Rourke of St Benedict Parish, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jamila Jeffers of Our Lady and St Joseph's, Kingsland and Anne Marie Milwain of St John Bosco and St Bernadette's, Erskine. Join us next Tuesday 14 July, 3 - 4pm BST. 

Documents regarding preparation to reopen churches

Fr Maguiness, the General Secretary of BCOS, has provided the link below to various documents regarding preparations to reopen churches. It is anticipated that this dedicated page on the BCOS website will be updated regularly.

Sunday Tearoom

July 11, 2020

Why not visit our online tearoom? During this period of isolation we have created a virtual tearoom for parishioners to catch-up around 5 minutes after Sunday Mass. All are welcome.  All you need to do to access the tearoom is click on the image after Mass and you are in.  We look forward to welcoming you!

Kids Church

July 11, 2020

Our Childrens Liturgy has moved online. Join us on Sunday at 11:30am

Life Groups

July 12, 2020

Our Life Groups continue this week.  For more information and to register click on the button below

Community Circle of Prayer

July 16, 2020

Please join us this Friday at 7pm for our Community Circle of Prayer. This is a half hour event which allows us to come together to pray simply for the needs of our community. The meeting will be via Zoom and you can join us by clicking on the button below, or circle image.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Parish Prayer Ministry

Please know that in these challenging times, our dedicated team of parish prayer ministers are supporting you in prayer. We are also thankful for the prayer support of the Poor Clares religious order in Bothwell, and the Sisters of Mary, Morning Star who are praying for our intentions.

If you would like to ask for prayer please e mail prayerpetitions2020@gmail.com If you would like someone to call you back, please leave a contact number.

If you would like to support our prayer ministry, we would ask you to say the prayer below everyday at 3pm, if possible, in solidarity with our wider parish community.

Heavenly Father, thank You for always being at our side. Gather those who are suffering into Your arms and enfold them in Your love. Guide us to empty our minds so we might know Your plan for us. Show us how to empty our hearts, so we might fill them with Your love. Allow us to empty ourselves so we might be at the service of others. Amen

Alpha Youth Online

Coming to Catholic Erskine
 
What is Alpha Youth?

Alpha Youth is a series of sessions which include
The topics covered in Alpha Youth are:

 

1.    Life: Is this it?
2.    Jesus: Who is he?
3.    Cross: Why did Jesus die?
4.    Faith: How can I have faith?
5.    Prayer: Why and how do I pray?
6.    Bible: Why and how do I read the Bible?
7.    Spirit: Who is he and what does he do?
 
The discussion questions for session one are:
 
1.    If you had 24 hours to do anything, what would you do?
2.    What makes you happy?
3.    If it turned out that God existed after all, and you could ask him one question, what would it be?

 

Email the co-ordinator for more information and to register your interest.

Donations to Food Bank

Thank you for your generosity in giving for the Food Bank.  Our instructions before the full lockdown was to leave your donations inside the door of the church.  This is no longer possible.  We would now ask that all donations for the Food Bank be left at  the collection point in Morrison’s. 

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Diocesan Priesthood

Thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2020? The Catholic Church in Scotland is now inviting enquiries from those considering applying for seminary. For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison e-mail: vocations@rcdop.org.uk

World Youth Day 2022

Registration is now open for World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.  Details of cost and dates will be advised soon.  To register, please visit  https://rcdop.org.uk/news/world-youth-day-2022-lisbon-for-a-lifetime-experience

Diocesan Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church

The Marriage Counselling service for Paisley Diocese is approaching the end of it’s first year!  We’d like to remind you that professionals working in this area (and evidence based studies) all give the same message – “don’t leave it too late, get along to discuss professional help if your difficulties are not going away”. The first session is a chance for you to meet with the counsellor and then go away and decide if it might work for you as a couple.  To see the testimonials of some couples who have used the service please visit https://rcdop.org.uk/marriage-counselling-service-1   Or contact the counsellor directly for a chat on 01786 469939 or send a brief email to she.dowds@gmail.com   There are posters about the service in your church and your parish priest can also give you the necessary contact details.

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

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St. Margaret’s Adoption Society

St. Margaret’s Adoption Society are currently looking to recruit prospective adopters. If you have ever thought about adoption as a way to grow your family and would like to know more, please contact our office for a chat with one of our friendly and experienced staff on 0141 332 8371 or email info@stmargaretsadoption.org.uk

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ADDRESSES

If you would like to make a donation to support our Mission, please click on one of the Parish buttons below.

St Bernadette's

Park Drive,

Erskine

PA8 7AE

Telephone: 0141 812 7018

St. John Bosco

Barwood Road,

Erskine

PA8 6AB

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