BULLETIN         19 AUGUST 2007

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 18 August

Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm  
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm  

Sunday 19 August
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 20 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Tommy McCann senior  
Tuesday 21 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Willie Kelly
Wednesday 22 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Ella Cairns
Thursday 23 August
Mass at 7.00 pm for Gavin Finnegan
Friday 24 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Catherine Fitzsimmons  
Saturday 25 August
Mass at 10.00 am for David and Josie Walsh


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 19 August
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 20 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
2.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
Nursery
Parents and Toddlers
Nursery
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  
Weight Watchers
Tuesday 21 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
7.30 pm
7.30 pm
Nursery
Kindergarten
Nursery
Keep Fit
Legion of Mary
Wednesday 22 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.00 pm
Nursery
Kindergarten
Nursery
Burakudo Karate Club
Thursday 23 August
9.00 to 1.00 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
1.00 to 2.30 pm
2.00 to 3.00 pm
Asda Staff Meeting
Nursery
Kindergarten
Nursery
Kindergarten
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Friday 24 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
Nursery
Parents and Toddlers
Nursery
Saturday 25 August
8.00 pmPrivate Party

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Winnifred McShane, Pat Monaghan and Jim Rourke who died recently;
   Robert Watson 2004, William Kelly 2004, Tommy McCann senior 1976,
   Maria McEvoy 2002, Matthew McCabe 2002, Josephine Quadling,
   Mary McEvoy 1993, Jane Leonard 1998, Ellen Tourish 1971,
   Andrew McCarroll 1996, Dan Murray 1981, Jane Leonard 1998,
   Felix Quigg 1994, Josie Walsh 2003, Ella Cairns, Jim McManus 1997,
   Catherine Fitzsimmons 2004, Giocondo Michelin 1959, Catherine Bell Boyle 2004,
   Mick Smith 1998 whose anniversaries occur at this time;
   Niamh McKenna and Aoife McKenna who were baptised recently and
   Sophie Walkinshaw and David Lunt who were married recently.

SUNDAY COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection amounted to £783.98 - 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.

PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for
the Parish Centre amounted to £344.90 - 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.


WHITHORN PILGRIMAGE
The annual pilgrimage to Saint Ninian's Cave is on Sunday 26 August. Mass will be celebrated at the Cave at 4.00 pm and in the Church at 4.45 pm for those who cannot make the journey to the Cave.

NATIONAL PRIGRIMAGE TO CARFIN
The National Pilgrimage to Carfin is on Sunday 2 September with Mass at 3.00 pm. Further details are on the notice board in the Church porch.

THE INNOCENTS
A box is also available in the porch for baby goods, for example, talcum powder, lotion, shampoo and so on.

SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL RELIEF - PLEASE CAN YOU HELP?
Scottish International Relief (SIR) works with some of the poorest pe
ople 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.

ANNUAL GALLOWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL MASS
The annual Galloway Music Festival Mass will be held in the grounds of Smithstone House, Kilwinning on Sunday 19 August at 2.30 pm. Musicians, singers and everyone are welcome. Bring the family, friends and a picnic! Rehearsal starts at 1.00 pm. Further details can be obtained from Michael McCulloch.

FATHER MATT HOLIDAY
Father Matt will be on holiday from 3 to 19 September.

SAINT PETER'S CHILDREN'S CENTRE
Saint Peter's Children Centre reopens after the summer holiday on Monday 20 August. This year Saint Peter's celebrates 25 years of pre-school care. On Mondays and Fridays, the Parents and Toddlers Group meets from 9.30 to 11.30 am while the Nursery is open from 9.00 to 11.30 am and 12.30 to 3.00 pm. The Kindergarten runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 to 11.00 am.
Children's sweatshirts at £7.50 and T-Shirts at £5.00 are now available.

DOORS OPEN DAY - MODEL CHURCHES: AYRSHIRE AND BEYOND
An exhibition of the model Churches by Jim Miller will be held in the Parish Centre on Sunday 2 September from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm. Tea and coffee will be available with donations going to Christian Aid.

CARRYING YOUR CROSS
A young man was at the end of his road, seeing no way out. He dropped to his knees in prayer. The Lord replied "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish." The man was filled with relief and said "Thank you, Lord," and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other room, he saw many crosses; some so large the tops were not visible. Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. The Lord replied "My son, that is the cross you just brought in." When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more fortunate than you imagined.


The Scriptures say "Love is patient.".
God, how can I be patient when I experience injustice?
  God, teach me to be patient without being silent or inactive.  

  Satellite navigation doesn't work on the journey through  
life so be careful when planning your route. 

  Courage is grace under pressure.  


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           Jeremiah 38:4-6.8-10
The kings leading men spoke to the king. Let Jeremiah be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, and all the people too, by talking like this. The fellow does not have the welfare of this people at heart so much as its ruin. He is in your hands as you know, King Zedekiah answered for the king is powerless against you. So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the well of Prince Malchiah in the Court of the Guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the well, only mud, and into the mud Jeremiah sank. Ebed-melech came out from the palace and spoke to the king. My lord king, he said, these men have done a wicked thing by treating the prophet Jeremiah like this: they have thrown him into the well where he will die. At this the king gave Ebed-melech the Cushite the following order: Take three men with you from here and pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the well before he dies.

Second Reading           Hebrews 12:1-4
With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God's throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.

Gospel           Luke 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over! Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.".