Letter from St. John Bosco's Head Teacher to Parents

May 18, 2020

Dear Parents

 

I am writing to let you know that I have accepted the position of Acting Head Teacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School in Renfrew.

This is not a decision that I have taken lightly – St John Bosco has been a huge part of my life and that of my family for 10 years.

You can read the full letter by clicking here.

The Gift

May 25, 2020

I am really excited to invite you to a new initiative, to help all of us continue to grow as disciples, even in these times of Social Isolation.

All are invited to our very first On-Line Discipleship Group called, “The Gift”. The course helps us look at the gift of the Holy Spirit and it brings us nicely to the Feast of Pentecost.

The format is the same as Alpha, although I am sorry to say you will have to provide your own food and drink! Email the coordinator for further information or join us by following the link on our welcome page.

Alpha Online

May 26, 2020

Our Online Alpha Experience will continues this Wednesday at 7:00pm and you are invited. This is a new venture being carried out by many parishes throughout the world due to the fact that our churches are closed and the majority of us are in lock-down.  Now you can attend Alpha from the comfort of your own home.  Looking forward to seeing you. What are you waiting for? Click here to register.

Community Circle of Prayer

May 28, 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.

Sunday Tearoom

May 30, 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

May 30, 2020

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

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

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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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May 20, 2020

Pentecost Novena

 “ I invite you to join me in praying our Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit again this year, when as a diocesan family, we prepare ourselves for a fresh outpouring of the Holy spirit on our Church and on our mission”  Bishop John +

The Diocesan Commission for Evangelisation is promoting this Novena for the nine days from Ascension Thursday (21st May) till Pentecost Sunday (31st May).  To sign up please access the web address http://eepurl.com/g2D9yP .  Alternatively you can log on each day to the diocesan web page www.rcdop.org.uk or the Facebook page.

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

Help Needed

Royal Alexandria Hospital Mass

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.

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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SCIAF Wee Box Appeal

Thousands of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo need your help right now. Decades of conflict and chaos in DR Congo have left a legacy of brutality and lawlessness in many areas. Armed groups fight for control of resources such as the precious minerals used in our smart phones. They use sexual violence and the threat of HIV to terrify and control communities. Rape is a weapon of war, used to show power and to shame and humiliate the victims. Tens of thousands of women have been left injured and traumatised. Survivors are stigmatised and even disowned by their husbands, families and communities. This has to stop. SCIAF are working to end sexual violence in DR Congo.  This year the UK Government will give £1 for each £1 donated.  Please collect a SCIAF Box and return it after Easter to help SCIAF in this project .

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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We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.  Please join us at any of our Masses, faith-based liturgies, activities, or social events.

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Telephone: 0141 812 7018

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Barwood Road,

Erskine

PA8 6AB

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