SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN YEAR 3
Saturday 28 July
on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday 29 July
Mass at 10.00 am|
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 30 July
|Mass at 10.00 am for Eileen Mathieson and Alice Gibbons|
Tuesday 31 July
|Mass at 10.00 am for Agnes Douglas|
Wednesday 1 August
|Mass at 10.00 am for Peter Murray|
Thursday 2 August
|Mass at 7.00 for Margaret Monaghan|
Friday 3 August
|Mass at 10.00 am for Margaret Ferguson|
Saturday 4 August
|Mass at 10.00 am for Ella Killen|
Monday 30 July
7.00 to 8.00 pm
Vincent de Paul Society
Saturday 4 August
|12.00 noon to 6.00 pm||Special Needs Families|
YOU ARE HERE ON HOLIDAY, YOU ARE VERY WELCOME; IF
YOU ARE GOING ON HOLIDAY, ENJOY YOUR BREAK.
Please remember in your prayers:
Bobby McLaren and Ian Boyle who died recently;
Eileen Mathieson 2003, Jordan Walsh 1998, John McQuaid 2004,
Alice Gibbons 1997, George Tonner 1931, George Pettigrew 1988,
Isabelle Rennie 2004, Robert Tumilty 1981, Laurence Hamilton 1998,
Margaret McGinness 2004 and William Tumilty 1980
whose anniversaries occur at this time
and Sophie McVey who was baptised recently.
Last weekend's collection amounted to £848.15 - many thanks. Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4300 per month. Each month £4000 is repaid to the Diocese for the building loan and levy.
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £324.10 - many thanks.
Paying your collection by monthly or quarterly banker's order makes money handling much safer. Banker's Order forms are available in the porch.
Margaret Finnegan and family would like to thank all those who gave Sympathy Cards, Mass Cards and Floral Tributes, donations to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and attended Gavin's funeral. It was all very much appreciated.
REFURBISHING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL
Donations amounting to £257.50 in memory of Gavin Finnegan bring the total collected for the refurbishment of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to £4992.50.
The Innocents urgently require a sterilising unit and baby monitor. If you can help please phone Josephine. A box is also available in the porch for baby goods, for example, talcum powder, lotion, shampoo and so on.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL
If you are going into hospital, please let the staff know you are a Roman Catholic in order that the Chaplain can be informed. The hospital does not routinely inform the chaplain about Catholic patients.
SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL RELIEF - PLEASE CAN YOU HELP?
Scottish International Relief (SIR) works with some of the poorest people in the third world countries such as Malawi, Liberia, Peru, Ecuador, India and Uganda, amongst others. SIR offers help by collecting unwanted clothes, bedding, bric-a-brac and tools. They then send the goods donated as aid or raise funds through shops for overseas projects. SIR will be visiting Saint Peter's on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. There will be more details nearer the time. Photographs of the last two years' visits by Scottish International Relief are on the Pictures page.
Montgomerie Court Residents are having a Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre on Saturday 18 August at 10.30 am. There will be bric-a-brac, books, home baking, a bottle stall, tombola and so on. Tickets cost £1.00.
MATTHEW'S ACADEMY TIES
Saint Matthew's Academy ties are available from the Parish Office.
An unemployed graduate woke up one morning and checked his pocket. All he had left was £10. He decided to use it to buy food and then wait for death as he was too proud to go begging. He was frustrated as he could find no job and nobody was ready to help him. He bought food and as he sat down to eat, an old man and two little children came along and asked him to help them with food as they had not eaten for almost a week. He looked at them. They were so lean that he could see their bones coming out. Their eyes had gone into the socket. With the last bit of compassion he had, he gave them the food. The old man and children prayed that God would bless and prosper him and then gave him a very old coin. The young graduate said to them "You need the prayer more than I do". With no money, no job, no food, the young graduate went under the bridge to rest and wait for death. As he was about to sleep, he saw an old newspaper on the ground. He picked it up, and suddenly he saw an advertisement for people with old coins to come to a certain address. He decided to go there with the old coin the old man gave him. On getting to the place, he gave the proprietor the coin. The proprietor screamed, brought out a big book and showed the young graduate a photograph. This same old coin was worth three million pounds. The young graduate was overjoyed as the proprietor gave him a cheque for three million pounds within an hour. He collected the cheque and went in search of the old man and little children. By the time he got to where he left them eating, they had gone. He asked the owner of the canteen if he knew them. He said no but they left a note for you. He quickly opened the note thinking it would lead him to find them. This is what the note said: "You gave us your all and we have rewarded you back with the coin". Signed God the Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.
Have you given all to Jesus Christ? If you haven't, do so today and he will surprise you.
the change you want to see happen, instead of trying to change everyone else.
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 Genesis 18:20-32
The Lord said, How great an outcry there is against Sodom and Gomorrah! How grievous is their sin! I propose to go down and see whether or not they have done all that is alleged in the outcry against them that has come up to me. I am determined to know. The men left there and went to Sodom while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Approaching him he said, Are you really going to destroy the just man with the sinner? Perhaps there are fifty just men in the town. Will you really overwhelm them, will you not spare the place for the fifty just men in it? Do not think of doing such a thing: to kill the just man with the sinner, treating just and sinner alike! Do not think of it! Will the judge of the whole earth not administer justice? The Lord replied, If at Sodom I find fifty just men in the town, I will spare the whole place because of them. Abraham replied, I am bold indeed to speak like this to my Lord, I who am dust and ashes. But perhaps the fifty just men lack five: will you destroy the whole city for five? No, he replied I will not destroy it if I find forty-five just men there. Again Abraham said to him, Perhaps there will only be forty there. I will not do it he replied for the sake of the forty. Abraham said, I trust my Lord will not be angry, but give me leave to speak: perhaps there will only be thirty there. I will not do it he replied if I find thirty there. He said, I am bold indeed to speak like this, but perhaps there will only be twenty there. I will not destroy it he replied for the sake of the twenty. He said, I trust my Lord will not be angry if I speak once more: perhaps there will only be ten. I will not destroy it he replied for the sake of the ten.
You have been buried with Christ, when you were baptised; and by baptism, too, you have been raised up with him through your belief in the power of God who raised him from the dead. You were dead, because you were sinners and had not been circumcised: he has brought you to life with him, he has forgiven us all our sins. He has overridden the Law, and cancelled every record of the debt that we had to pay; he has done away with it by nailing it to the cross.
Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "Say this when you pray: 'Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.'" 'He also said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, 'My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him'; and the man answers from inside the house, 'Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you.' I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship's sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants. So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!".