Telephone: 01475 720223

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Greenock, Scotland

Parish Clergy
Mgr. Gerry Gallagher

Making All Things New (MATN) Update

A group, comprising of members of the various Diocesan Commissions, has been formed to move MATN forward. They are currently collating data including, but not limited to, finance, infrastructure and Mass attendance to further inform the process and enable additional engagement with parishes and clusters.

 

We thank Canon Eddie Cameron and his Steering Group for all the preparation and collation of materials, and thanks also go to all who participated in the process.

 

A number of valuable initiatives and proposals were suggested and are being explored, but further consensus will be required before implementation, as no concrete proposals were submitted.

 

Please continue to pray that our MATN programme continues to guide the Diocese of Paisley from Maintenance to Mission. Any communications should be directed to matn@rcdop.org.uk

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.

Lenten Reflection s3-s6

Net Ministries afternoon of activities for s3-s6 pupils, Sunday 3rd March 2.00-6.00pm, St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley. Come and find out more about Lent and what it means for you! Please bring along a completed consent form which you obtain from your Parish or school. More information: Fr. John Morrison vocations@rcdop.org.uk

Lent Day For Primary Children

Children in p 4,5, 6 +7 on Sunday 10th March 2019 at St. Francis’, Port Glasgow, 2.00-6.00pm with the Salesian Sisters, the children must bring with them a consent form. This can be obtained from your parish, school or by contacting Fr. John Morrison e-mail: vocations@rcdop.org.uk

RCIA

RCIA—is the process by which people prepare for membership of the Church. Anyone who is thinking of becoming a Catholic, or anyone who would like to find out a bit more about the catholic faith, is asked to speak to Fr. Gerry as soon as possible.

 

MEETING FOR RCIA CATECHiSTS & LEADERS All parish RCIA leaders and catechists are invited to attend a meeting​ on Monday 18th February, 7.00-9.00pm, in the Diocesan Offices, Paisley. Please register your interest by emailing rcia@dop.org.uk by Monday 11th February.

PARISH FOODBANK

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our parish foodbank with donations to the boxes at the back of the Church. All donations go to the homeless, the Foodbank and the Larkfield Unit at IRH. Boxes are at the back of the church for donations of food or toiletries. Thank you again for your continuing generosity.

Salamanca
YOUTH PILGRIMAGE

Salamanca YOUTH PILGRIMAGE for S3-S6, Saturday 29th June till Friday 5th July. Cost £575. Next meeting on Sunday 27th January at 1.30pm at the St. Mirin’s Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley. Contact Fr. John Morrison tel: 0141 889 5056 0r e-mail:

vocations@rcdop.org.uk

NEXT SUNDAY
Special Collection for SPRED

SPRED offers people with learning disabilities the opportunity to share the life of faith, spiritual nurture in a small community, and a sense of belonging to a parish.  There are 21 SPRED groups in our parishes and special needs schools, with around 200 participants.  Our Diocesan SPRED supports 3 employees.  In 2017 this collection, with our Advent SPRED boxes and Friends Campaign, raised £39,556 which is 54% of our expenditure of £73,275. The shortfall of £34,352 was made up from diocesan reserves.

In your box of envelopes there is an envelope next week for Catholic Education. You can use this envelope for the SPRED collection.

Safeguarding - PVG
Church Volunteers

Volunteers doing or planning to do regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both,  are required to complete the Safeguarding Training Induction Part 1.  The next session will be held in the Diocesan Offices, Incle Street, Paisley (in the grounds of St. Mirin’s Cathedral) on Tuesday 26th February at 7:00pm.  Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding Office

safeguardingadmin@rcdop.org.uk or 0141 847 6138 to register. 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY ANNUAL NEWSLETTER

The newsletter giving a report on the activities of our Parish Conference of the SVDP in 2018 is available by clicking here.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY JERICHO DRIVERS

We need drivers to assist in supporting the Jericho drug rehabilitation houses which are both located in Greenock (one for men and one for women). We need one evening a month from 6.30-10.30pm. Volunteers must be Disclosure checked, have had a licence since before 1997 and be under 71 years of age. For more information, please contact any member of the parish SVDP.

FRIDAY BINGO

The number of people at the Friday evening Bingo is very low and in the coming weeks we will have to decide whether to continue with it. Really, we could do with a bit more support for the Bingo to keep it viable. Please have a we think about coming along.

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: info@stmargaretsadoption.org.uk

The Innocents

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.

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.