BULLETIN                                                14 AUGUST 2005                    

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OF YEAR 1


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 13 August
Confession on request from 4.45 to 5.15 pm
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm
Sunday 14 August
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 15 August
Feast of The Assumption
Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Tuesday 16 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Coldwell
Wednesday 17 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Pat and Les Retzbach
Thursday 18 August
Mass at 7.00 pm for Robert Ferguson
Friday 19 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Denis Long
Saturday 20 August
Feast of Saint Bernard
Mass at 10.00 am for Andrew McCarroll


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 14 August
11.00 am Tea and Coffee after Mass
Monday 15 August
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Weight Watchers
Tuesday 16 August
9.00 to 4.00 pm
7.30 pm
Pre-five Staff In-service Training
Keep Fit
Wednesday 17 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
5.00 to 6.00 pm
6.30 to 8.30 pm
Pre-five Children
Street Dance for 13 to 18 year olds
2 B Slim
Thursday 18 August
9.00 to 11.30 am Pre-five Children
Friday 19 August
9.00 to 11.30 am Pre-five Children
Saturday 20 August
7.30 pmPrivate Party

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Elizabeth Wilson 2000, Daniel Mathieson 1949, James O'Neill 1998,
   Father John Harkin 1996, James Thomas Taylor 1998, Kate Gribben 1994,
   Stephanie Smith 1999, Robert Watson 2004, William Kelly 2004,
   Tommy McCann Senior 1976, Maria McEvoy 2002, Matthew McCabe 2002,
   and Josephine Quadling whose anniversaries occur at this time;
   Rebecca Mary McLean, Annalise Lauren McLean and Stephen Pacewicz
   who were baptised recently;
   Deborah Marshall and Darren Styles who were married recently
   and those who are sick.

SUNDAY COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection amounted to £614.66 - many thanks.
Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4000 per month. Each month £4000 is repaid to the Diocese for the building loan and levy.

PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £259.96 - many thanks.

BANKER'S ORDERS
Paying your collection by monthly or quarterly banker's order makes money handling much safer. Banker's Order forms are available in the porch.

CAR BOOT SALE
There will be a Car Boot Sale in the car park on Saturday 27 August at 12.00 noon. The cost is £5 per car and £10 per van.

GALLOWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL MASS
The Galloway Music Festival Mass will be held on Sunday 14 August at 2.30 pm at Smithstone House, Kilwinning. Further details are on the notice board.

PILGRIMAGE TO SAINT NINIAN'S CAVE
The annual pilgrimage to Saint Ninian's Cave will take place on Sunday 28 August. Bishop John Cunningham will celebrate Mass at 4.00 pm. Mass will also be celebrated in the Church of Saint Martin and Saint Ninian, Whithorn at 4.45 pm for those who cannot make the journey to the cave. Saint Mary's Church, Largs is running a bus. It will leave Largs at 11.00 am and pick uplift passengers at our Church at 11.20 am. If you are interested in using the bus at a cost of £3, please add your name to the list on the notice board.

BARONY SAINT JOHN'S SUMMER CRUISE
Barony Saint John's Church is organising a summer cruise on Saturday 20 August, sailing from Largs at 10.30 am to Lochranza, Arran. There will be two hours ashore before returning to Largs at 6.00 pm via the Kyles of Bute. Parishioners of Saint Peter's are invited to join the cruise. The MV Cruiser is not suited to people with limited mobility as there is a flight of about fifteen steps to reach the inside deck. Tea, coffees, light snacks and a licensed bar are available on board. Tickets costing £20 for an adult and £8 for a child and are available from Stuart McMahon or Phyllis Armstrong. Contact details are on the notice board.

SAFE FROM HARM - THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S POLICY FOR KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
Everyone who works for the parish in any capacity which brings them into contact with children or vulnerable adults requires to fulfil certain conditions. These are:
  - You must have filled in a Diocesan Child Protection Form. These are available
    and will be given to those who have not already completed one.
  - You must have a 'Disclosure Scotland' form in place. Again, these are available
    for anyone who still requires one.
  - You require to agree to take part in a training evening in the parish and some
    Diocesan training. Dates will be offered for small groups and the training is about
    good practice and how to react to various situations which might arise.
The Church is committed to the principles of keeping children safe and without the basic conditions listed above it is not possible to permit anyone to work with children. We are beginning the process of updating the forms and arranging the training evenings.

SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL RELIEF
Scottish International Relief thanks parishioners for their generosity shown last weekend. A total of 600 bags of goods was donated and £742.20 raised for Mary's Meals.

PARK PARISH CHURCH WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATION
Park Parish Church is holding a World War II Commeration event to mark the ending of the second world war on Wednesday 31 August in the Church Hall between 2.00 and 5.00pm. There will be wartime posters and memorabilia. You are welcome to bring any of your own to show and talk about. Tea, coffee and 'spam' sandwiches will be served. At approximately 3.00 pm there will be a reminiscing time and a 'Sing-along' of songs of the time. The event is free and open to all. There will be an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to Erskine Hospital for those who wish.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
We wish Mary Kelly a happy birthday.


The only real mistake is the one from which you learn nothing.

If your exam results are not as good as you would have liked,
remember that those who loved you last week still love you this week.



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.


First
Reading           Isaiah 56:1.6-7
Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest. Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants - all who observe the Sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant - these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.


Second Reading           Romans 11:13-15.29-32
Let me tell you pagans this: I have been sent to the pagans as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent, but the purpose of it is to make my own people envious of you, and in this way save some of them. Since their rejection meant the reconciliation of the world, do you know what their admission will mean? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead! God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice. Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now - and only because of the mercy shown to you - will also enjoy mercy eventually. God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.


Gospel Matthew           15:21-28
Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, "Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil." But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. "Give her what she wants," they said "because she is shouting after us." He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. "Lord," she said "help me." He replied, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the house-dogs." She retorted, "Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted." And from that moment her daughter was well again.