Are now available to take home. We will collect them in early in the New Year. SPRED means Special Religious Education for our parishioners with special needs, meeting in 21 groups around our diocese, and in our local special needs schools, through 200 volunteer parishioners. Last year your Advent Boxes raised £12,000. Our annual SPRED collection, which last year raised £23,000 will be in February. Thanks for your generous support of SPRED.
Carols in the Cathedral
Bishop John invites you to the annual Diocesan Christmas carol service for all the family on Thursday 27th December at 3pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral. Come along and join in on the festive cheer! There will be tea, coffee and mince pies in the cathedral hall after the service and a selection box for the children.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Is celebrated at 11.00am Mass. We invite the boys and girls to leave the Church together to celebrate God’s Word in the Hall and then to re-join us for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
If any of our altar servers, past as well as present would be able to serve at our Christmas Masses, especially the 9pm Mass During the Night, we would be very grateful.
Anyone who can help out is invited to attend a rehearsal after 9am Mass on Sunday 23rd December.
ST. PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Congratulations to our boys and girls on a wonderful Christmas Show which offered a great variety of music, song, dance, poetry and drama as well as jokes and lots of fun. Congratulations to our P1, P2 & P3 on their beautiful retelling of the Christmas story and to P4-7 for their lovely Christmas show..
KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS
The Rosary and Carols will be prayed at the Christmas Crib in Greenock Town Centre (opposite the Municipal Buildings on Saturday (22nd. December) at 11.00am. All welcome to come along and join with us in praying for peace on earth.
ST. MARGARET’S ADOPTION SOCIETY
ST. MARGARET’S ADOPTION SOCIETY
Are looking to recruit prospective adopters. If you have ever thought about adoption as a way to grow your family and would like to know more, please contact our office for a chat with one of our friendly and experienced staff on 0141 332 8371 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.