St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Greenock Scotland

Parish Priest: Fr. John Morrison

Congratulations

To babies Liam and Emma who were recently baptised.

Next Sunday

We will have a short service of commissioning of some new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Sea Sunday

Falls this year on the weekend of 8th/9th July. There will be a second collection to help support the important work of the Apostleship of the Sea.

Outreach Activities

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.

Could you be one of our Inverclyde Street Pastors?

Working during the night time hours of 10:00pm until 4:00am, Inverclyde Street Pastors patrol the streets of Greenock and Gourock on Saturday evenings to care for, listen to and help those who are vulnerable. If you are over 18, Christian and willing to engage with the local community where they are at, please call Alistair McAlees on 0774 020 1853 or email him at [email protected] to find out more. ISP is an interdenominational Christian organisation who are currently recruiting new volunteers and would particularly welcome lay Catholics to their team. Full training and uniform are provided. Set up in London in 2003, Street Pastors now has over 280 centres in the UK and 21 in Scotland

Can you volunteer a few hours work in Beanfeast Childrens’ Charity tearoom?

Beanfeast runs tearooms in the Sheriff Courts of Paisley and Greenock to raise funds for local children’s charities. They have raised £120,000 in the last decade for the Children’s Hospice, Clippens School and others. They urgently need volunteers to give a few hours serving teas and coffees, weekday mornings and lunchtime. If you are willing and able please contact Phil at [email protected] or tel. Pamela on 01505 345 467. It’s great fun and good causes!

Passkeepers

Fr. Morrison is currently looking for new passkeepers. If you’d to help out please see him as soon as possible!

Welcome Ministry

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.

SPRED 

You can help Cormack Smith raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page by clicking here.


JustGiving sends your donation straight to Diocese of Paisley and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!

Struggling after an abortion?

Parish Bingo

Parish bingo in the Church Hall on Friday evenings starting at 7:45pm prompt. All proceeds to Parish funds.

24th June: In aid of Church funds! Tickets £1 or pay at the door on the day. Bingo will start at 2pm prompt. Please show your support. Donations for raffle or home baking would be appreciated.

SPUC (Inverclyde)

Are holding a Flag Day in Greenock Town Centre on Saturday 24 June 2017 from 10am until 4pm. If you can spare an hour to help this important cause, please call into to St. Mary's Church Hall (Committee Room), Houston Street, Greenock or phone K. Crossan on 727465. Collectors must be aged 14 years and over.

SCIAF’s very first fundraising 5k Fun Run!

Come along and take part. This will take place on Saturday 24th June at 12 noon in Strathclyde Country Park at the Water Sports Centre. The fun run will help raise vital funds for our life-changing work to support some of the poorest communities around the world.

Keen runners can zip round the beautiful route. Families and friends can come together for a fun day out. For others, a pleasant morning stroll to help people in need overseas will be inspiring. Whatever your level of fitness, come and join us.

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

A Major Event of New Evangelisation

Chris Stefanick is founder of Real Life Catholic which has brought hundreds of thousands of people back to the Catholic faith. Real Life Catholic’s purpose is to ignite a bold, contagious faith in the heart of every Catholic by building a movement of Catholics who share the beauty, power and truth of the Gospel with a world that has largely forgotten. Thu 27 July 7.00pm, Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. For tickets (£10 or £8 unwaged) contact the Archdiocese of Glasgow RE Department or tel. Christine (0141 226 5898) or through Eventbrite: rebootlivescotland.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Diocese of Paisley New Course to Qualify Catholic Teachers

Diocese of Paisley New Course to Qualify Catholic Teachers. St, Mirin’ Hall, 7-10 August, 9:00am-3:30pm. Are you a Teacher who does not have a Catholic Teacher’s Certificate but want to teach religious education in Catholic schools, or if you have the CTC would you like to update your knowledge and skills in using This Is Our Faith? Successful completion of this new course, Setting Out on the Road, will grant the CTC to teach RE in our Catholic schools and will be recognised by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in all Dioceses. This four day sessions around This is Our Faith will be completed by directed journal tasks through the academic year. Places are limited so please visit the SCES website and complete the on line application form to apply for a place on this course.

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.