THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
Today we begin the reading of the Gospel of St. Luke as our Sunday Gospel during Year C of the three year cycle of readings at Sunday Mass. Luke also wrote a second book, the Acts of the Apostles, giving an account of what happened after the Ascension of Jesus.
Luke was not one of the Apostles or an eyewitness to the life and work of Jesus. He was probably well educated with a Greek background and used Mark & Matthew’s Gospels as sources. His Gospel is aimed at Greek Speaking, non-Jewish converts to Christianity in the cities of the eater part of the Roman Empire. This is why he links up some of the Gospel events with Roman history, for example when he links the birth of Jesus with the census called by Caesar Augustus.
Running through the story is the tragedy of the Jewish people, who having waited so long for their Messiah, failed to recognise or accept him when he came.
However, Luke is also a great story teller who presents salvation as a joyous surprise—often recounting how people praise and thank God for what Jesus has done.
To him we owe some of the great parables and stories of God’s love and mercy, the stories of Jesus’ birth and childhood, the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, Zacchaeus. There is also a great concern for the poor and those in need and constant warnings of the dangers of wealth. Luke’s Gospel is Good News for the poor and for those on the margins, the tax collectors and sinners, the non-Jewish people. He gives a prominent role to women.
YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH
The year dedicated to St Joseph will be formally closed by Bishop John with Mass in St. Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, on Wednesday 8th December, at 7.00pm. All welcome.
BIBLE READING COURSE continues on Wednesday at 7.00pm. More details and registration at
CAROLS AT CAPPIELOW
On Sunday 12th. December, 4.00pm-5.00pm, at Greenock Morton’s Cappielow Football Ground. Admission free, tea and coffee on arrival.
Pregnancy testing and counselling done in confidence, Mondays and Thursdays 7.00-9.00pm. Tel. 743809
200 Club Subscriptions
Marie will be in the Hall after 11.00am Mass to collect names for the new year, beginning this month.
You can pay your subscription by putting it in an envelope and placing it in the Offertory basket or through the door of the Presbytery. Please remember to put your name, address and 200 Club on the front of the Envelope.
YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us
grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil.
Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Scotland
On the Season of Christmas
and the Restoration of the Mass Obligation in the Dioceses of Scotland
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Christ is born for us, come let us adore him.
Christmas is approaching. It is an occasion to renew our family life, to reach out to the lonely and to celebrate the core of our faith: Emmanuel, God with us.
To read/download the Pastoral Letter click on the PDF icon below.
We pray for all who are ill or housebound: in particular, we remember:
Emma Sinclair, Maureen Houston,
John O’Donnell, Nancy Mew,
Jessica Glover, Caroline McNeil,
Joanne King, Teddy O’Neil.
All those who are suffering
from the consequences
of the current pandemic.
We pray for all who have died recently, R.I.P.
Helen (Ella) Anderson,
We remember those whose anniversaries are at this time.
Baby Scott Walker,
Will be open after 11.00am Mass on Sunday. We have a variety of cards for different occasions and of devotional items.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
We begin the Children’s Liturgy again this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, Thank you to all who have volunteered and re-volunteered to help. If you think you could help, please speak to Fr. Gerry or one of the Team.
THANK YOU for the £953.04 given in the Offertory Collection last weekend and for the £333.45 given in the Special Collection for Education Sunday.
People Who Suffer From Depression We pray that people who suffer from depression or burnout will find support and a light that opens them up to life.
Couples who plan to marry at St. Patrick's before the end of this year are asked to contact Fr. Gerry so that we can organise marriage preparation and completion of the necessary paperwork.
Protecting your Privacy
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We have updated our Privacy Notice in line with GDPR, which sets out information on how we hold and handle your data. It includes:
what kind of information we collect
how we use it
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