Legion of Mary Monthly Fatima Celebrations at Howwood
The Mass for the Vigil will be on Saturday, 12th
August. The Rosary Procession will begin at 7:30 pm, followed by Mass,
Exposition and Benediction. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall from
A bus will leave from the Holy Rosary Residence, Union St. Greenock at 6:15pm with stops at Wellpark, St. Laurence’s at Belville St., Ratho St. and Port Glasgow. Phone 722465 for more information.
National Pilgrimage to Carfin – Sunday 3rd September
The National Pilgrimage
will take place on Sunday 3rd September. Our pilgrimage this year
takes place during the 100th Anniversary year of the Apparitions of
Our Blessed Lady at Fatima. During the day, Scotland will be consecrated to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated within the
Grotto at 3pm with Archbishop Tartaglia as Principal Celebrant and Bishop Brian
McGee as homilist.
Scotland is a weekend of faith sharing and celebration designed to appeal to
families of all sizes – old and young. It is a Catholic event which is
welcoming to our brothers and sisters from all parts of the Christian family.
As well as talks and workshops for the adults, there are streams for various age groups up to 21 year olds with excellent faith-building activities run by experienced catechists, teachers and youth ministers.
There is the opportunity for lively worship, contemplative adoration, celebration of Holy Mass, as well as individual prayer ministry.
This year’s theme is “Seek first his Kingdom”, running in St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire from Saturday 2nd till Sunday 3rd September. For more details and to book see website www.celebrateconference.org or phone Ged Farrell on 07793 370910
A Fantastic Holiday Pilgrimage to Malta
We are currently trying to develop some outreach programs. After consultation with our Parish council, Fr. Morrison is hoping to start a Parents and Toddler’s group on Friday mornings and a soup kitchen on Wednesdays. Arrangements are still at a very preliminary stage but we are appealing for volunteers to help with these projects. If you’d like to help please see Fr. Morrison. In accordance with Diocesan safeguarding procedures, all volunteers will have to undergo a PVG.
Fr. Morrison is currently looking for new passkeepers. If you’d to help out please see him as soon as possible!
We are looking to commence a welcome ministry at all our Sunday Masses and at Funeral Masses. This is a really important ministry. If you’d like to help out please see Fr. John.
Any members of our community who feel they need the support of our parish SVDP should phone 07742986868.
Want to know about Franciscan Spirituality?
Members of the St. Vincent De Paul would like to thank the people of the parish who have very kindly donated to our food boxes at the front door of the Church. All donations are given to the needy of our parish. Our boxes are still at the back of the Church for anyone who would like to contribute.
The St. Mary’s AA Group were recently ‘exiled’ to St. Patrick’s because of ongoing work in the hall at St. Mary’s. The work is now complete. Fr. Morrison received a very kind letter from the group thanking him and the parishioners of St. Patrick’s for the use of our ‘fantastic facilities’.
Fabric and Maintenance
This week our heating systems for the Church, Hall and House were all tested. We received our annual Gas Safety certificate.
20-40 Network September Event
20-40? We've booked a game of mini golf at Soar, Braehead, and would love it if
you could join us. After the game we'll head round to The Lord of the Isles for
a few drinks. Everyone who comes to our events is coming on their own, into the
unknown, and that takes a lot of courage. We know this and have been in this
position ourselves so we understand and promise you a welcoming atmosphere. The
event is on Friday 1st September at 7:45pm. Tickets are £10 (all
profits are donated to Mary’s Meals). Just email [email protected] to buy a ticket
or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can’t make this
one. We’re also on Facebook at facebook.com/2040network.
Presentation of Bishop’s Coat of Arms
Will take place at St. Mirin’s Cathedral on Thursday evening the 21st September at 6pm. The Chapter of Canons will celebrate Solemn Vespers and this will be followed by a short sermon by Monsignor Monaghan and presentation of Arms by Mr Liam Devlin, Officer at Arms. This event is open to the people of the Diocese. Afterwards we would move to the hall for a buffet and informal gathering to allow everyone to take a closer look at the Arms.
Parish bingo in the Church Hall on Friday evenings starting at 7:45pm prompt. All proceeds to Parish funds.
Holiday for Catholics in the UK
Catholic People’s Week provides holidays for Catholics where, as well as fun things and making new friendships you also get daily Mass, talks, study and discussion. All ages and stages. Their website is at http://www.catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk/
Catenian Rosary Grp
The Catenian Rosary group have been sending unused Rosaries to the missions since 2009. They are appealing for any surplus rosaries to help get them into the hands of those who love and cherish and pray them. Please send to Michael Blackburn, 164 Green Park Road, HALIFAX, HX3 OSP
Marriage Preparation Days 2017
For engaged couples as they prepare to enter the sacrament of Marriage. These will take place in the Diocesan Offices, Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley, PA1 1HR. Cost £30 per couple (This includes information pack and lunch on the day) To book, please speak to Fr. John. 30 September. 11am – 3:30pm
Knights of St Columba
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 continue 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. http://www.ksc.org.uk Bertie Grogan Director membership & Development Mailto;[email protected]
Thinking About Adoption?
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.