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The fifty days from Easter Sunday to PENTECOST are celebrated in joyful exultation as one great feastday, one “GREAT ALLELUIA!”,
for CHRIST IS TRULY RISEN!
Times of Parish Liturgy
Saturday Vigil; 7.00pm: Sunday; 9.00am, 11.00am & 7.00pm
Monday- Friday: 8.00am & 10.00am
Saturday: 10.00am & 7.00pm
Monday – Saturday, 9.00am–9.30am
Each weekday 9.30am
Penance & Reconciliation
Saturday; 9.30-9.50am & after Mass: 6.15-6.45pm
Please give at least 6 month’s notice of Marriage
Sunday after 11:00am Mass
POPE FRANCIS: “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and be glad!”)
These words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount form the title of Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on holiness in everyday life. As always, the Pope is very practical and direct in his presentation. We should “rejoice and be glad”, he reminds us, because God calls us all to be saints.
There are five “headings” we might take from the letter giving guidance on how to become saints.
1. Holiness means being yourself
2. Everyday life can lead to holiness
3. Two tendencies to avoid: Gnosticism (being over intellectual)and Pelagianism (trusting our own efforts rather than God’s grace)
4. Be kind
5. The Beatitudes are a roadmap for holiness for every disciple
Some Background Information
The present church building, designed Antonio Coia, was dedicated on Sunday 8th December 1935 by Bishop Henry Grey Graham (Titular Bishop and Auxiliary of St. Andrews and Edinburgh) and replaced an earlier one opened in 1924 when the parish was founded.
On the 8th December 1995 St Patrick’s marked its diamond jubilee. Bishop Jone Mone was principal celebrant of the Mass of thanksgiving with Bishop Stephen McGill and many priests. Until 1925 Greenock with a population of over 80,000 people had only two churches, St Mary’s (1861) and St. Laurence’s (1855). Since 1924 the parish has had thirteen parish priests and many assistants.