BULLETIN                      26 MARCH 2006                    

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 2


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 25 March
Confession on request from 4.45 to 5.15 pm
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm
Sunday 26 March
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 27 March
Funeral Mass at 11.00 am for Samuel Bannon
Tuesday 28 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Peter McIntosh
Wednesday 29 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Bessie O'Rourke
Thursday 30 March
Mass at 7.00 pm for Anne Marie Jenkins
Friday 31 March
Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Johnny Mooney
Saturday 1 April
Mass at 10.00 am for Monsignor Eddie Traynor


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 26 March
10.00 am
11.00 am
1.00 pm
5.30 pm
Children's Liturgy
Tea and Coffee after Mass
Christening Party
Birthday Party
Monday 27 March
8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
1.30 to 3.00 pm
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Nursery
Kindergarten
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Weight Watchers
Tuesday 28 March

8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 5.00 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
1.30 pm
2.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.30 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Seafield School
Nursery
Kindergarten
Country Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group
Saint Anne's Guild
Keep Fit
Wednesday 29 March

8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am

12.30 to 2.30 pm
2.00 to 4.30 pm
5.00 to 6.00 pm
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.30 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Nursery
Kindergarten
Key Housing Training
Street Dance for 13 to 18 year olds
Burakudo Karate Club
Special Religious Development (SPRED)  
Thursday 30 March

8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am

12.30 to 2.30 pm
1.00 to 3 00 pm
1.30 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
7.30 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Nursery
Kindergarten
Thursday Club
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Rainbows
Brownies
Girl Guides
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Friday 31 March

8.00 to 5.30 am
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Nursery
Parents and Toddlers
Kindergarten

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
  
Keith Baldwin, Samuel Bannon, Jim Ogilvey, John McKechnie,
  
Tina McLaughlin, Margaret Johnstone and John McCabe
  
who died recently;
  
Don Foley, Anna Bates 1997, Moira Rafferty, Terry McCabe 2005,
  
Sandy Miller, Devlin McIndoe, Allister Nesbit 2000, Sarah Sanderson 2003,
  
Isa Stuart 2004, Gus Slimman 1993, James Kelly 1983, Jenny Murphy 1998,
  
Marjorie Robertson, Margaret Shanks 1993 and Kenneth McSkimming
  
whose anniversaries occur at this time;
   Molly Sheridan Smale who was baptised recently
   and those who are sick.

SUNDAY COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection amounted to £681.95 - 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 £339.14 - 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.

PARENTS AND TODDLERS
There will be no Parent and Toddlers Group on Monday 27 March.

SPECIAL COLLECTION
There will be a Special Collection at all Masses this weekend for the Papal and Episcopal Charities including the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).

COLLECTION OF TOILETRIES
The Ozanam Centre in Glasgow is run by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society to assist homeless men and women. We have again been asked to assist in the collection of toiletries during Lent so these might be distributed as a very practical way of assisting those who use the Centre. Saint Peter's parishioners have donated generously to this appeal in previous yeas and it is hoped that you will do so once again. The Conference thanks you in anticipation of your kind assistance. A box to receive donations of all kinds of toiletries will be available in the Church porch.

LENT SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) BOXES
Lent SCIAF boxes are available from the stall. Please take one home with you and return it at the end of Lent.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will be said each Friday in Lent at 9.40 am.

SAINT ANDREW'S ACADEMY MASS
There will be Mass each Wednesday in Lent in Saint Andrew's Academy at 8.30 am.

PENANCE SERVICES
There will be Penance Services in:
  - Saint Peter's, Ardrossan on Monday 3 April at 7.00 pm
  - Saint John's, Stevenston on Tuesday 4 April at 7.00 pm
  - Saint Mary's, Saltcoats on Thursday 6 April at 2.00 pm
  - Saint Brendan's, Saltcoats on Thursday 6 April at 7.00 pm

SMOKING, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2005
As from Sunday 26 March, there will be no smoking in the Parish Centre in compliance with the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY
When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of 'overtime' when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And God said, "She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up, a kiss that can cure a broken leg to a broken heart, and six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands no way." "It's not the hands that are causing me problems, it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have, and that's on the standard model?" God nodded. "One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, "What are you kids doing in there?" when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he messes up and say. "I understand and I love you" without so much as uttering a word." "God" said the angel, "get some rest" "I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick, can feed a family of six on one pound of mince, and can get a nine year old to take a bath." The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed. "But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure." "Can it think?" "Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator. Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. "There's a leak," she said. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model." "It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear." "What's it for?" "It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride." "You are a genius," said the angel. Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there."


A mother should be like a quilt -
keeps the children warm but doesn't smother them.



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           2 Chronicles 36:14-16.19-23
All the heads of the priesthood, and the people too, added infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of the nations and defiling the Temple that the Lord had consecrated for himself in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, tirelessly sent them messenger after messenger, since he wished to spare his people and his house. But they ridiculed the messengers of God, they despised his words, they laughed at his prophets, until at last the wrath of the Lord rose so high against his people that there was no further remedy. Their enemies burned down the Temple of God, demolished the walls of Jerusalem, set fire to all its palaces, and destroyed everything of value in it. The survivors were deported by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; they were to serve him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. This is how the word of the Lord was fulfilled that he spoke: through Jeremiah, Until this land has enjoyed its Sabbath rest, until seventy years have gone by, it will keep Sabbath throughout the days of its desolation. And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord that was spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom: Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up.

Second Reading           Ephesians 2:4-10
God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ - it is through grace that you have been saved - and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus. This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God's work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.

Gospel           John 3:14-21
Jesus said to Nicodemus: "The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be condemned; but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God's only Son. On these grounds is sentence pronounced: that though the light has come into the world men have shown they prefer darkness to the light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, for fear his actions should be exposed; but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.".