Telephone: 01475 720223

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Greenock, Scotland

Parish Clergy
Mgr. Gerry Gallagher
Fr. Thomas Erambil

CONSULTATION ON MASSES

& MASS TIMES

Today we begin our consultation on Masses and Mass times. Given the size of our church and the number actually coming to Mass, we can really no longer justify four Sunday Masses here at St. Patrick’s. We should, therefore, be thinking about the pattern of our Sunday Masses and on the times of our Masses.


We will retain the Vigil Mass (with a consultation on the time of the Mass) but will move to having two Masses on Sunday itself rather than three. So we must decide if we want one morning Mass and an evening Mass or

two morning Masses.


We must then decide at what time we wish to have our Masses.


Please pray and think about this very carefully as we must try to decide for the good of everyone in the Parish and not just for our own good or convenience.


PLEASE RETURN

YOUR CONSULTATION PAPER

BY NEXT SUNDAY.


PLEASE PLACE THEM IN THE BOXES AT THE SIDE DOORS


You can download a copy of the the Consultation form by clicking here.

NEXT SUNDAY

Next Sunday is traditionally known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” and is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life.

PARISH CENSUS

Census forms are available at the car park door of the church and may be returned there when completed. Thanks to everyone who has returned a Census form. Please return the forms as soon as possible.

BLESSED EASTER WATER

If you would like to take home some of the new holy water, blessed at the Easter Vigil, it can be found in the white container beside the Baptismal Font at the front of the Church.

YOUTH TO LOURDES 2018

Race Night on Saturday evening (21st April) at 7.30pm in St Mirin's Cathedral Hall. Tickets cost £5. BYOB. Please reserve your ticket(s) by e-mailing

[email protected].


We are looking for raffle and auction donations. If you can donate a prize please contact us at the e-mail address above.

SCIAF FAMILY FUN RUN

Saturday 2nd June 2018 at Strathclyde Country Park.


Fun starts 10.00am, run starts at 11.00am. Adults £10 / Children £5


Whether you’re old or young, running or walking, with SCIAF’s 6k Family Fun Run you can raise money and show solidarity with people in need around the world. With music, stalls and games this will be a perfect summer’s day out for the whole family. Sign up at

www.sciaf.org.uk/sciaf-6k-fun-run

or call Teresa on 0141 354 5555.

Tea & Coffee

Thank you for £100 which has been donated to SCIAF.

WEE BOXES

Thank you also for the £1,523.86 already handed in from the SCIAF Wee Boxes. Once again the UK government will match our donations £ for £ if we have the boxes in by the beginning of May.

MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

The Catechesis for the MATN programme has been posted on the diocesan website as a series of talks by Bishop John, followed by a Gospel passage and points for reflection. They can be found at

https://rcdop.org.uk/making-all-things-new

These will be posted each week leading up to our Open Meetings.  

ROSARY ON
THE COAST

Sunday 29th. April Bishop John will lead a service in St. Mary’s, Greenock at 3.00pm. For details and to register your group on their webmap you can look online for Rosary on the Coast.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Booking forms are now available for the pilgrimage to Lourdes 29th June - 6th July 2018. Volunteer helpers and nurses are needed to assist pilgrims who require assistance. All helpers need to comply with the Diocesan safeguarding policy. If interested in any aspect of the pilgrimage please contact Anne Louise 638132.

The Innocents

Pregnancy testing and counselling done in confidence, Mondays and Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm. Tel. 01475 743809

Hospital Admission - Sacrament of the Sick

Please feel free to request the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick before your admission. Just see Fr. Gerry or Fr Thomas after Mass or phone for a home visit. Please remember that this Sacrament is NOT any longer referred to as the “Last Rites”.


The “Last Rites” are specific to the dying and include the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises, Absolution, Viaticum (=Holy Communion “for the journey”) and a commending to God of the dying person.


The Sacrament of the Sick on the other hand is to strengthen us in our illness, our operation and our time in hospital or at home. The Sacrament of the Sick, therefore, shouldn't and needn't be left to “the last minute”.


WHEN YOU GO INTO HOSPITAL Please make sure that you inform the Hospital at admission that you are a Catholic and that you would wish to have the services of a priest. This is very important because of data protection and privacy laws. This helps to ensure that when the Chaplains make their visits you will be seen and that in an emergency a priest will be called. The day to day chaplaincy is provided by priests from several local parishes.


In addition to the day to day chaplaincy team, we have a priest on emergency call for the hospital 24 hours a day. All the priests of the deanery take it in turn to fulfil this ministry. The hospital wards have the emergency chaplain’s mobile number.

Inverclyde Foodbank

Shower Gel - Deodorant - Shampoo - Toilet Roll - Nappies

These are everyday items we give to men, women and children as an added extra, but essential, part of their food parcel.


We run entirely on donations made by the public and we are always incredibly overwhelmed and blessed by the support we are given. Currently we are running low on the items listed above and are asking for your support once again. If you are able to make a donation of any these items please hand them into the Chapel House or leave at the back of the Church.

Gift Aid & Legacies

If you are a UK taxpayer by signing a Gift Aid declaration your recorded donations to your Parish or the Diocese are increased by 25% at no extra cost to yourself.


You can donate by standing order, cheque or by asking your Parish Priest for a box of weekly donation envelopes. Gift Aid forms can be obtained from your Parish Priest or on-line at: www.rcdop.org.uk/gift-aid-forms-1


Please also consider including your Parish or the Diocese in your Will.