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First Sunday of Advent (Year A)
1ST DECEMBER 2019

URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!

 We have a bus every Sunday to transport 12 parishioners to and from 12 noon Mass. We need a driver and a separate escort to accompany the run. We presently have no escorts, so we have to suspend this service until it is rectified. We urgent require parishioners to come forward to help. This is such an importance ministry as it is the only way for these parishioners to get to Mass and for some the only time they get out. Please contact Pat O'Brien on 01415718169 if you can help.

WESTMINSTER GENERAL ELECTION - THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2019

The Bishops of Scotland have written a letter regarding the election. The full letter can be found on the website of the Catholic Parliamentary Office here.

INTRODUCTION

Today we begin the season of Advent and a new Church year. Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and hope. We wait in joyful expectation for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 2:1-5 The Prophet Isaiah offers a vision of the future in the house of the Lord, a future where peace will reign.
Romans 13:11-14 Paul issues a wake-up call for this Advent season.
Matthew 24:37-44 The Gospel warns us to be prepared for the Lord's coming.


The full Mass readings for this Sunday and for the next seven days can be found here courtesy of universalis.comThe Universalis app for Android and iOS provides offline access to all Mass and Divine Office texts for the complete liturgical cycle on your mobile device for a one-off cost of £9.99.

ADVENT GIVING TREE

Please take a tag from the tree. The tags are coded so please ensure that you attach the tag securely to your gift before placing under the tree. If possible please return your gift by Sunday 15th December. This will allow time for distribution before Christmas. Thank you for your generosity. See Jo on 01416441865 or thomsons47@hotmail.com.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Christmas cards and gifts will be on sale on Sundays after Mass.

BISHOP BARRON'S STUDY GROUP

The talks on "The Mystery of God" will resume after Christmas.

SAINT NINIAN'S HIGH SCHOOL

We will mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with a service at 4pm on Monday 9th December. All are welcome to join the school community. Tea and mince pies will be served afterwards.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE

On Monday 9th December, Saint Joseph's, Clarkston will be hosting a penitential service being led by Father Joe Burke, PP of Barrhead. There will be six priests available for confession and it starts at 7pm. Father Stephen will hear Confession on Monday 9th December all day in Saint Joseph's Primary School and Tuesday 10th December all day in Our Lady of the Missions Primary School. There will also be "All Day Confessions" in Saint Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley on Friday 20th December from 9am - 9pm.

ADVENT REFLECTION DAY

This take place at the Mill Hill Fathers, Cardonald, on Saturday 14th December, from 10am to 4:30pm. The theme - "The Light that overcomes the Darkness". Led by Sister Sally & Father Bernard. To book a place contact 01418830139 or bemardfox76@gmail.com.

COLLECTION

Thanks for last week's collections which realised £2,827 and Saint Bridget's £187. The collection for SCES realised £1,713 and Saint Bridget's £70. Our second collection this weekend is for the Building Fund.

SPRED BOXES

Our Diocesan Advent appeal for SPRED. Please take a box home and return it at the end of Advent. Your collection and prayers are appreciated.

SERVICES FOR SAINT BRIDGET'S

There will be no service on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday to Saturday we will have a Communion Service at 10am and Mass on Thursday at 10am.

CATECHISM

Bried McBride will speak today, about a fun and interesting approach to the catechism for girls P3-P7. At Saint Cadoc's Church Hall each term time Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm. Come along and enjoy the games, activities and faith-based learning.

KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

"Keep Christ in Christmas" stickers are available by contacting George on georgemcaleenan@gmail.com or 01698842846. All proceeds go towards helping impoverished children in Colombia.

ADVENT COFFEE MORNING

Come along for tea, cake and the opportunity to buy Advent Wreaths (£5), Christmas Cakes, Cards and SCIAF gifts etc. If you are involved in particular charity e.g. Mary's Meals and would like to set up a stall to raise awareness/funds at our Advent Coffee Morning on Sunday 1st December after 10am Mass please contact Madeleine 07528655783 stjosephsparentsprayer@gmail.com.

DIOCESAN RETREAT FOR P4-P7

The diocese are running a retreat day for Primary schools at Saint Cadoc's Church on Sunday 1st December from 2pm to 6pm. All must have a signed consent form: (From the parish, school, or Father John 01418895056).

SAINT BRIDGET'S LADIES CHRISTMAS DINNER

This dinner will be held on Monday 2nd December at 6.45pm. The cost of the event is £20 including prize bingo. Raffle prizes welcome.

LOURDES DISCIPLESHIP PILGRIMAGE (18 TO 21 YEARS)

Would you like to be involved with the 2020 Pilgrimage, 26th June to 2nd July as young adult. Maybe you've been with the youth and want to experience the miracle yourself - See Father McNellis stninian@rcdop.org.uk.

SCHOOL SERVICES

Both Saint Joseph's and Our Lady of the Missions Primary Schools will have a variety of Advent Services and Christmas Concerts. Please use this Season of Advent to highlight the meaning of Christmas - a time for giving, praying and thinking of others less fortunate than ourselves.

  • Saint Ninian's will have daily Mass each morning at 8:25am. During the season of Advent. Please join us at this time of prayer.
  • Saint Ninian's High School's Christmas Carol Service is Thursday 19th December, at 7pm in the school. All invited & welcome.

SEE NOTICES ON THE NOTICE BOARDS

  • Charismatic Renewal conference on 7th and 8th December.
  • All night vigil of adoration on Friday 13th December.

GIFT AID

If you pay tax, please consider signing a Gift Aid form so that the parish can claim an extra 25% on your contribution. The Parish only requires your NI number and address; no other information is required. If you are interested, please speak to Father Stephen.

LEGACIES

When making a will, have you thought of leaving a legacy to the parish or diocese?

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PARISH SCHEDULE


SUNDAY MASS
Saturday vigil: 4pm.
Sunday: 10am, 12 noon & 5pm.


WEEKDAY MASS
Monday to Friday: 9:30am.
Saturday: 10am.


CONFESSIONS
Saturdays 9:30am-10am, and after vigil Mass.

MORNING PRAYER & ROSARY
Monday and Friday at 9:10am.
Saturday at 9:40am.


ROSARY FOR PRIESTS
Every Thursday at 9:10am.

PARENTS IN PRAYER
Every Thursday at 10am.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Tuesday: 9am-9:25am, 10am-11am, 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Wednesday: 9am-9:25am, 10am-10:30am.
Thursday: 9am-9:25am, 10am-11am.


DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Mondays after 9:30am Mass at the green chairs.

BAPTISMS
Every Sunday at 1pm, by making arrangement with the parish priest. Forms for requesting this Sacrament are available from the sacristy and church house. They should be returned at least one month prior to the requested date.

PARISH CONTACT INFORMATON


SAINT JOSEPH'S CHURCH
Altar servers - Michael Stringer - 01415712271
Altar Society - Veronica Byrnes - 01416442171
Bethany Bereavement Support Group - Elaine Allan - 07814236551
Bullletin notices - 
stjosephclarkston@rcdop.org.uk
eBulletin - Chris McLaughlin - christopher_mclaughlin@hotmail.com - 07957644546
Eucharistic adoration - Dorothy Graham - 01415770121
Eucharistic Ministers (Sunday) - Michael Jordan - 01416444655 - 
michealjordan73@hotmail.com
Eucharistic Ministers (weekdays) - Jean Wardrop - 01415717865
Hall bookings - David Melvin - 01416442640
Music Coordinator & Choir - Joe Byrnes - 01416442171 - 
joeveronica@btinternet.com
Passkeepers - Peter McMillan - 07791651525 - mcmillan96@btinternet.com
Pastoral Council - Patricia Hassett - 01415710937 - patricia.hassett@ntlworld.com
Parish House - 01416442640
Pope Francis Awards (Primary schools) - Louise Sheridan - 07969571406
Safeguarding coordinators - Veronica Dowling and David Melvin 01416442640


CHURCH GROUPS
Bus Drivers - Pat O'Brien - 01415718169 - pobg46@yahoo.co.uk
Children's liturgy - Frances McLean - 01416440712
Fertility Care Scotland - Angela McCallum - 01416386802
Justice & Peace - Michael Martin - 01416387358
Parents in Prayer -
stjosephsparentsinprayer@gmail.com
R.C.I.A. - Alice Connolly - 644 5704
Sentry - Lucy Jackson

Saint Vincent de Paul - Anne Marie Kelly


CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Art Club- Gerry Donaghy - 07908475475
Cubs - Margaret Logan - 01412396095
Golf Society - 01416442640
Scouts, Cubs, Beavers - Thomas McCabe - 01415717663
Tuesday Club - Margaret Logan - 01412396095
200 Club -
Chris McLaughlin - christopher_mclaughlin@hotmail.com - 07957644546


CHARITIES
Age Scotland - Rita Stewart - 01416443207

Wayside Club - Jim White - 01416375806
Mary’s Meals - Eddie Deighan - 01416444498
SCIAF - Peter McMillan - 07791651525

Starter packs - 01414401008

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