St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Greenock Scotland

Parish Priest: Mgr. Gerry Gallagher

Safeguarding

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group has recommended that all volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  should do the Level 1 training by the end of 2017 and, with the agreement of Bishop John, this will now be implemented as diocesan policy.  Anyone who has previously received training prior to 2015 must attend the level one training again before the end of 2017. The next training sessions will take place. St. Fergus’ Paisley on Thursday 2nd November at 2pm. St. Colm’s Kilmacolm on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm. St. Conval’s Linwood on Tuesday 14th November at 7pm. Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office [email protected] or 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session.  There are limited spaces at each session, therefore please register up to one week before the session.

St. Patrick's Primary

Fr. Morrison will be saying Mass in the school on Friday Morning. Fr. Morrison will be meeting with the Parents of this year’s first communicants and confirmandi on Tuesday 14th November in the Church Hall. First communicants at 6:30pm and confirmandi at 7:00pm. First Confessions will be Wednesday 29th November.

CREDL

Any students from Paisley Diocese studying the Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) who require seminar assistance can contact Marianne Boland on 0141 847 6130 for more information.

Youth to Lourdes 2018

We are currently in the process of arranging the Youth Lourdes Pilgrimage for 2018. The Pilgrimage will leave Scotland on Thursday 28th June 2018. We will arrive in Lourdes on Friday 29th June. We will arrive back in Scotland on Friday 6th July. The pilgrimage is open to anyone in the present s3, s4, s5 or s6. The cost this year is £550.00. The deposit to reserve a place is £60. If deposits are paid, however, by or on Sunday 8th October we will be able to offer a reduced price of £510.00 #earlybirdoffer. Places are reserved only upon payment of the deposit and the return of the application form.

Our first group meeting will be at St. Patrick’s, Greenock on Sunday 8th October at 2pm. If you like to know more please contact Fr. John Morrison at St. Patrick’s Greenock on 01475720272 or e-mail [email protected].

20-40 Network November Event

Are you aged 20-40 and would you like to meet and socialise with other young Catholics? We've booked a table at TGI Friday's for Friday 24th November at 7:30pm and would love it if you could join us for an ‘early bird’ Christmas dinner. There will be regular menus, Christmas menus and even a ‘Secret Santa’. We've only got 20 tickets available and sales close on Friday 17th November. Everyone who comes to our events is coming on their own, into the unknown and that takes courage. We have been in this position ourselves so we understand and promise you a very welcoming atmosphere. 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.

SVDP

Any members of our community who feel they need the support of our parish SVDP should phone 07742986868.

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

Survive Miva

Will be making an appeal in the Parish on the weekend of the 22nd October.

SVDP

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.

Parish Bingo

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

Union of Catholic Mothers

The U.C.M. are preparing a book of remembrance for all deceased members of the Diocese. They are looking for names from parishes who would like their deceased U.C.M. members to be included in this book. Any names should be sent to Marian Colquhoun at [email protected] There will be an annual mass in November each year which will take place in St. Laurence’s Parish with Father Andrew Coleman, their Spiritual Director. The next mass is on Sunday 5th November at 12noon.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 29th June- 6th July 2018.


The Diocesan pilgrimage is open to all, however any pilgrim with an acute medical condition or who is taking regular prescription medication will be asked to complete a medical form. This allows us to ensure that we have a team of nurses and helpers willing to assist you. It also lets us order the correct number of wheelchairs for the pilgrimage.


We are still awaiting the full details and booking forms for the pilgrimage. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list please contact Anne Louise 01475 638132

Passkeepers

We are 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.

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.

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.

Hospital Admission - Sacrament of the Sick

Anyone being admitted to hospital should contact their local priest to receive the Sacrament of the Sick before admission. Every hospital has a system for contacting the R.C. Chaplain urgently in emergencies when the patient or family ask the nursing staff to summon the Catholic Chaplain. The same system may also be used to request a non-urgent pastoral visit from a priest. Because of data protection the Catholic Chaplain will not know you are in hospital unless you ask for him. We have discrete patient declaration of religious cards available for you to have at your bedside letting staff know you are Catholic and want pastoral care. Just ask the priest.