Telephone: 01475 720223

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Greenock, Scotland

Parish Clergy
Mgr. Gerry Gallagher
Fr. Thomas Erambil

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Congratulations to all our boys and girls who celebrated their First Holy Communion this weekend.

Congratulations and thanks to their families and teachers who helped them prepare so well for this great celebration. Sincere thanks to all our parishioners who helped prepare the Church and Hall and to those who helped with the actual celebration—all your hard work paid off in a lovely celebration of Mass and the breakfast afterwards.

CONFIRMATION

On Thursday evening we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our P7 boys and girls in St. Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley. Please keep the Candidates, Sponsors and families in your prayers.

YOUTH TO LOURDES 2018

Our next group meeting is on Sunday 27th May at St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy Centre beginning at 2.00pm. Please bear in mind that all monies should be paid before or at this meeting

ST. MICHAEL’S PS, PORT GLASGOW

Celebrates its 60th Anniversary Mass on Monday (21st May) at 9.30am.  All families,  former staff and pupils are invited to join the school community for this celebration.

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.

MAKING ALL
THINGS NEW

The first of the local meetings in the MATN process will take place on Tuesday 29th. May in Notre Dame High School at 7.00pm.

A Letter of Invitation is available from the car park door of the Church.

Please return the cut off reply slip as soon as possible.

Our cluster group consists of St. Laurence’s, St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s. It is very important that we are represented at these meetings by a good number of parishioners.

If you have already signed up for these meetings, please collect the PARISH SURVEY form from the sacristy—it is to be brought to the first meeting.

SSVP Recruitment Campaign

The SSVP is inviting parishioners to join the Society and has published information leaflets and posters which will be available where the SSVP currently operates. For more details on how parishioners can get involved, please speak to one of our parish members or to Fr. Gerry.

PASTORAL LETTER

ON SAFEGUARDING

The Church’s new safeguarding manual, “Made in God’s Image” comes into effect on Monday (21st. May). The priests of the diocese have already had in-service on this very important initiative which is part of our response to the McLellan Commission Report of 2015. We have a letter from Bishop Toal of Motherwell who is responsible for safeguarding on the Bishops’ Conference. Please take a copy home with you.

LOURDES HOSPITALITÉ

Pre-Pilgrimage meeting on 17th June at 2.00pm in St Ninian’s Hall, Gourock. All pilgrims coming to Lourdes on the Diocesan pilgrimage are invited to attend. If you wish to book a place on the bus to the airport and are unable to attend please contact  Anne  Louise on 01475 638132.

SUMMER SCHEDULE OF MASSES

The Priests of our Deanery agreed on Friday that we would run a SUMMER SCHEDULE OF MASSES again this year to run from 1st July-26th August. More details next week.

LOURDES WITH THE JUMBULANCE

Leaving from St. Mirin’s Cathedral on the 13th September return on the 22nd September. There are still a few spaces available for anyone who may be sick and require assistance. A  medical team and a priest will travel on the bus along with experienced helpers. Please contact Cormack on 07568401416 or [email protected]

The Innocents

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

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.

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.