BULLETIN                       8 DECEMBER 2002                    

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT IN YEAR 2


SUNDAY MASSES
The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 6.30 pm. Sunday Masses are at 10.00 am, 12.00 noon and 6.30 pm.

WEEKDAY MASSES
Mass during the week are at 10.00 am. Thank you for your presence at the Mass which you have requested.
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday   
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Gerard McCulloch
Jim Mathieson
John Maher
Tommy Walsh - month's mind  
Danny Mathieson
Sister Immaculata


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 8 December
10.00 am
10.00 am
11.00 am
7.30 am
Children's Liturgy
Sacramental Preparation
Tea and Coffee after Mass
Youth Café
Monday 9 December
9.00 to 11.45 pm
9.30 to 11.30 am
2.45 to 5.45 pm
5.45 to 6.45 pm
6.45 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.40 pm
Pre 5 Children
Mothers and Toddlers
After Care
Rainbows
Brownies
Weight Watchers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tuesday 10 December
9.00 to 11.45 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
1.30 to 3.30 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm
7.30 pm
7.30 pm
7.30 pm
Pre 5 Children
Pre 5 Children
Country Dancing
After Care
Ignatian Group
Aerobics
Saint Anne's Guild
Wednesday 11 December
9.00 to 11.45 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm
Pre 5 Children
Pre 5 Children
After Care
Thursday 12 December
9.00 to 11.45 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm
6.00 to 7.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.15 pm

Pre 5 Children
Pre 5 Children
After Care
Rainbows
Brownies
Girl Guides

Friday 13 December
9.00 to 11.45 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
7.30 to midnight
Pre 5 Children
Parents and Toddlers
Private Party
Saturday 14 December
10.30 to noonItalian Lessons

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday from 10.45 am to 5.00 pm.

THIS WEEK'S FEASTS
Monday - Immaculate Conception
Friday - Saint Lucy
Saturday - Saint John of the Cross

CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE
Ecumenical Carol Service - Sunday 15 December, 3.00 pm
Parish Reconciliation - Tuesday 17 December, 7.00 pm
Christmas Vigil - Tuesday 24 December - Carols 8.45 pm, Mass 9.00 pm
Christmas Day Masses - Wednesday 25 December 10.00 am and 12.00 noon

FUNERALS
Families are reminded of the need to consult the Church before the funeral director.

SICK OR HOUSEBOUND
Please let me know if any of your family or friends are sick or housebound.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Many thanks to those who were able to help Saint Vincent de Paul Society the with donations of curtains and a cooker. It was very much appreciated. A box will be available in the Church porch during Advent for donations of non-perishable goods.

ADVENT EXTRA
Copies of the Advent Extra magazine are available in the Church porch.

SAINT PETER'S DIARIES
Saint Peter's diaries are available at the stall.

ARDROSSAN CHURCHES GROUP
The Ardrossan Churches Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in the Parish Centre on Sunday 15 December at 3.00 pm.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS RETREAT
There will be a retreat for Eucharistic Ministers at Smithstone House, Kilwinning on Wednesday 11 December.


PIOUS OBJECT STALL
A wide selection of Christmas cards, cribs, calendars, gifts and so on is available at the pious object stall.

PARISH CENTRE DONATION
The recent sponsored disco held in the Parish Centre by the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides has raised £900. This was the annual fundraiser towards the use of the Parish Centre facilities during the year. Many thanks to the parents for their support and generosity and the leaders for their continuing commitment to guiding.

CHRISTMAS SPENDING
Plan to set aside some of your Christmas spending money for someone in need.

THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
   The Joyful Mysteries
      1  The Annunciation
      2  The Visitation
      3  The Nativity
      4  The Presentation
      5  The Finding in the Temple
   The Mysteries of Light
      1  The Baptism in the Jordan
      2  The Wedding at Cana
      3  The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
      4  The Transfiguration
      5  The Institution of the Eucharist
   The Sorrowful Mysteries
      1  The Agony in the Garden
      2  The Scourging at the Pillar
      3  The Crowning with Thorns
      4  The Carrying of the Cross
      5  The Crucifixion
   The Glorious Mysteries
      1  The Resurrection
      2  The Ascension
      3  The Descent of the Holy Spirit
      4  The Assumption
      5  The Crowning of Our Lady in Heaven and the Glory of all the Saints

THANK GOD
A man had been wandering in the desert for over a week. At last he finds the home of a missionary where he is nursed back to health. On his recovery he goes out the back door and sees a horse tethered there. He asks the missionary "Can I borrow the horse? I'll get it back to you somehow.". "Sure" said the missionary, "but to get this particular horse to go you have to say 'Thank God!' and to get it to stop you say 'Amen!'". The man gets on the horse and cautiously says "Thank God" and the horse starts walking slowly. Getting bolder he says, "Thank God, thank God, thank God" and the horse went faster and faster until it was in a full gallop. After a while the rider sees a cliff coming up and cries "Whoa! Stop!" but the horse keeps going. Finally he remembers right on the cliff edge "Amen!". The horse stops inches from going over the cliff and the rider leans back, sighs and says " Thank God!" .

 

  Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves
- they will never cease to be amused.  

  If you think nothing is impossible, try yawning with your mouth closed.  



READINGS
The readings for this weekend's Masses are shown below in English. They are available in eleven other languages
including French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish by clicking on this link.


A reading from the Prophet Isaiah
A voice is shouting: Clear a path in the desert for the Lord. Build a straight road there for our God. Fill in the valleys and flatten the mountains and hills. Level the rough and rugged ground. Then the glory of the Lord will appear for all to see. The Lord has promised this.

A reading from the Second Letter of Saint Peter
There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget; that with the Lord, 'a day' can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promise, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that is contains will be burnt up. Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messengers before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight, and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, "Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.".