Sat, September 25, 2021


St Columba’s Parish, Renfrew

Priest:  Fr. John Eagers
Fr. Vincent Byrne (In Residence)
35 Campsie Drive Renfrew, PA4 0RB
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Tel: 0141 886 2570 OR  01418862022
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Bulletin - 26th September 2021

26th Sunday of the Year - B

Celebration of Mass
St. James’                                                       St. Columba’s:
Sunday: 11.00am                                           Saturday Vigil: 4.30pm
Sunday: 7.15pm                                             Sunday:  9.45am           
Monday: 10am                                               Tuesday: 10am
Thursday: 10am                                             Friday: 10am
Saturday: 10am
Masses from St. James’ will be streamed live 
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
St. James’: Saturday after the 10am Mass
St. Columba's: On Request
The funeral of Patricia Carey will take place in St. James on Wednesday 29th September
The funeral of Helen Moran will take place in St. Columba’s on Friday 2nd October
Peter Tierney, Denis Clancy, Denise Clancy, Angela (McGeown) Giles, Pat Semple, Stephen Morgan, Deacon Martin Doherty,  John Boyle, Frances Mackie, Wilma McManus, Carol McFarlane, Jean Murdoch, Anne Hughes, Catherine Gallagher, Molly McGavigan, Breda Strain, Carol Ann Johnston, Francis Doherty, Jim Malley, Tom Bowles, Roger Roberts, Mary Hodge, Julie Welsh, Joanna McGlone, Geraldine Carberry, Bernard and Mary Gillespie, Paul McKenna, Baby Ava-Rose McCann
Recently Deceased:
John McAllister, Patricia Carey, Helen Moran, Kirsty McKenna, Patricia McArdle, Frank McCrossan, Francis McAloon, Maud Gallagher
Margaret Louden, Betty Doris, Anne Marie Kirkland, Thomas Leonard, John Burns, Margaret Fitzpatrick, Joseph Timblin, Robert Renfrew,  Jack Parrack, Mary Somers, Alan McMillan, Edward McGeown, Frank lynch, Mary Lynch , Alan McMillan
Pope Francis on Twitter
Do not look the other way at the suffering of your brothers and sisters deprived of freedom and dignity, victims of contemporary slavery. Let us ask #OurLadyOfRansom to help us work together to break their chains and give them back a dignified life.
EASING OF Covid Pandemic Restrictions in the Churches of St. Columba’s and St. James’
1. We will begin to ease restriction on the weekend of 28th/29th August
2. Weekday Masses will continue as at present with 2 metre social distancing
3. Sunday Masses: Social distancing will be reduced to 1 metre. At Sunday Masses we would ask that you continue to book a place on line. However, we will welcome people at the door. We hope to introduce a QR reader method of signing in for Mass.
4. Stewards will continue to welcome those attending Mass into the Church, to take names, to sanitise hands, and to lead each person to a seat. We ask that those present at Mass will continue to sit at an allocated seat.
5. The One way system will remain in place and Holy Communion will continue to be distributed at the end of Mass.
6. In St. Columba’s a number of seats will be placed in the Hall for those who wish to have a few moments of prayer after receiving Holy Communion.
7. We will plan to have live music again in the Churches: Initially this will take the form of a Organist/ musician and a cantor. Communal singing will be introduced at a later date.
8. We will look to reintroduce Altar Servers.
These are small steps but hopefully we will be able to safely ease restrictions further in the coming Months
Standing Orders:
If your income has not been affect by the Coronavirus and if you do not already have standing order for the parish please consider taking out one. The form is available on the parish website.  The sort code is 832622 and the account number is 00130117. Please only consider doing this if it will not cause or add to financial hardship at this time.
Thank you to those who have  submitted a standing order and those who have continued with existing standing orders.
The RCIA group will meet this year on Thursdays at 7.30pm in St. James’ Church Hall. If you are interested in exploring your faith and/or are thinking about becoming a Catholic, please come along on Thursday at 7.30pm. 
This week we will be introducing the RCIA programme. Come Along!
Safeguarding Webinar – Sat 2nd October
A key event, intended to help disseminate some important features of In GOD’s Image v2, this webinar – Growing our Culture of Care –(see attachment) will take place on Sat 2 October 2021 from 11.00am to 1.00pm.  At present we have over 200 participants registered.  Please encourage your parish volunteers to participate and consider registering and attending yourself,  To secure a place in this webinar, click on the link Following registration, you will be sent details of how to join the webinar.
October evening for the Year of St Joseph
This will take place on Wednesday 13th October at 7.00pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral. This month, we pray and celebrate the work of those involved in the Arts and Professions. These includes artists, musicians, actors, craftspeople, lawyers, the financial sector, architectures, designers and all other aspects of the arts and professions. We will pray for, and with them, commending them to St Joseph, Patron Saint of Workers.  All welcome to attend this devotion. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and Evening Prayer of the Church. There is no need to book for this celebration, simply turn up and give your details for track and trace.
Healing Service
There will be a Heal Service taking place in St Josephs Parish, Clarkston ( 2 Eaglesham Road ) Tuesday 12th October at 7pm. All Welcome.
The COP26 Conference
on the global climate crisis will take place in Glasgow from 31st October until 12th November. A series of bite size notes will be posted on the website over the weeks leading up to the conference to help us become more aware of its purpose and importance.
COP26:  The Roar of Many Waters Conference
Saturday 23 October 2021, 1.00pm in the Eyre Hall in the Glasgow Archdiocese Offices, searching for God's voice amidst all the noise; no matter how concerning the crisis is Jesus will be there to guide us and give us hope. Speakers are: Anna Blackman - Creation & Nonviolence (Lecturer in Catholic Religious Education at the University of Glasgow). Nicolete Burbach - Living Simply (Social and environmental justice lead at the London Jesuit Centre and research associate at the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice). Bishop William Nolan - Where Is God In All Of This? (Bishop of Galloway and President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland Justice & Peace Scotland Commission).  To book go to:
Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26
Interfaith Scotland, along with many faith communities and organisations in Scotland have produced the (attached) historic Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for Cop 26.  Please send out widely within your communities and God-willing the power of Interfaith engagement will make a difference during the critical climate negotiations of COP26. Please see the press release, including a link to the full Declaration, and recording of religious leaders reading the Declaration at Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26 – Interfaith Scotland   Here is a link to the recording: The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for Cop26 - YouTube   Also, here are links to our Facebook post and tweet about the Declaration.
Catholic Teacher Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
A discussion on “Catholic Teacher Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,’  Dr. Leonard Franchi.  This new seminar series draws on the expertise of the St Andrews Foundation staff to present some innovative and challenging thinking on the aims and purpose of Catholic Teacher Education.  To register for the seminars please visit and indicate which seminars you would like to attend. Zoom joining details will be emailed beforehand.
Bible Timeline Course
The Bible can be quite intimidating, due to its size and complexity.  Many Catholics long to read the Bible, but they don’t know how.  The Bible Timeline Study System, divides the whole Bible into different Periods, easy to understand and memorise.  In our course, we will walk you through each of the Periods.  This way, you will clearly see how the many characters and events in Scripture are related to each other in one unified narrative, from Adam & Eve to Jesus Christ. Each live-streamed session has a time of discussion with Q&A starting on Wed 29th September at 7pm for 8 weeks.  Bible Readings and Teaching Summary notes will be available. More details and registration at   Sponsored by Paisley diocesan Permanent Commission for Evangelisation.
Hate Crime and Anit-Catholic Incidents
Police Scotland’s ‘Hate Crime’ team for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde invite you to contact them with any information on community tension, anti-Catholic behaviour/ incidents etc to ensure their occurrence is accurately reported. To report any anti-Catholic behaviour or community tension within Renfrewshire or Inverclyde please contact Constable Mary Connelly at
Renfrewshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Services (Please go to the websites)
Here are the contact details for local mental health and wellbeing services.
  • RAMH | 0141 847 8900 A local organisation who can support mental health issues. 
  • First Crisis Freephone | 0800 221 8929 or 0141 848 9090 {standard rate} 9-8pm Mon-Fri and 5pm at weekends. 
  • Hear for You | Freephone 0800 221 8904 If you feel distressed or anxious 9-5 Mon-Fri 
  • Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) | 0300 300 1199 {option 2} Partnership of local public and voluntary sector organisations which support local community with alcohol and drug issues. 
  • Pachedu Advice to Ethnic Minority Population | 07377937941 or 07415009677 Provides a range of support, information and advice aimed at addressing mental health & other related issues.
  • Renfrewshire Women’s Aid | 0141 561 7030 Provides advice, support, information and safe accommodation for Women, Children & Young People affected by domestic abuse. 
  • ACCORD Hospice Bereavement Support | 0141 581 2000 If you are experiencing loss or dealing with grief following the death of someone close.
  • Money Advice | 0300 300 1238 Confidential advice on money and debt issues 
  • Renfrewshire Carers | 0141 887 3643 Provides a wide range of support and services to all unpaid Carers National Support links 
  • BREATHING SPACE | Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87
  • SAMARITANS | 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call) Email: Website:
  • SHOUT | Text: 85258 is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help

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