BULLETIN                26 AUGUST 2007

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 25 August

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

Sunday 26 August
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 27 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Allister Maxwell  
Tuesday 28 August
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Jimmy McVeigh  
Wednesday 29 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Ian Boyle
Thursday 30 August
Mass at 7.00 pm for Mara Cheshire
Friday 31 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Eileen Barclay  
Saturday 1 September
Mass at 10.00 am for the McCarroll family  


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 26 August
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 27 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 28 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
1.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.30 pm
7.30 pm
Nursery
Kindergarten
Nursery
Thursday Club
Saint Anne's Guild
Keep Fit
Legion of Mary
Wednesday 29 August
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
2.30 to 3.45 pm
5.15 to 7.30 pm
Nursery
Kindergarten
Nursery
Blood Donations
Blood Donations
Thursday 30 August
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
7.30 pm
Nursery
Kindergarten
Nursery
Kindergarten
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Primary Four Parents' Meeting  
Friday 31 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 1 September
8.00 pmPrivate Party

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Tom Wilson, Frank Campbell, Jimmy McVeigh, Thomas Connelly
   and Charles Gibson who died recently;
   Elizabeth Taylor 1951, Samuel Taylor 1969, Mary McCann 1987,
   Joseph Doyle 2005, John Kelly 2004, Sister Mary Peter 1999,
   James McGrattan 1982, John Stewart, Rick Harrison, Pete Mosley 1994,
   Grant Middlemiss 2005 and John Sherry 2005 whose anniversaries occur at this time;
   Lucy Findlay who was baptised recently and
   Jacqueline Sweeney and Colin Waugh who were married recently.

SUNDAY COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection amounted to £735.55 - 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 £335.18 - 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.

RETIRED PRIESTS' COLLECTION
The annual collection for Retired Priests due on 2 September will now take place on the weekend of 22 and 23 September. Gift Aid envelopes, which are available at the stall, should be used for this collection.

XAVERIAN MISSION APPEAL
One of the Xaverian Fathers will speak at all Masses next weekend and a collection will be taken for their work with the missions.

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.

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.

FATHER MATT HOLIDAY
Father Matt will be on holiday from 3 to 19 September. Father John will be back from Africa on Sunday 2 September.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
A meeting will take place in the Parish Centre on Thursday at 7.30 pm for the parents and guardians of the Primary 4 children who will be receiving the Sacraments next year.

THE INNOCENTS
A box is available in the Porch for baby goods, talcum powder, lotion, bottles, shampoo and so on. In June and July, 21 babies were helped with new layettes and 130 toddlers and older children up to 12 years were given good recycled clothing and equipment. The parents are always very thankful in their time of temporary need. Please contact Josephine if you can help.

MASS IN POLISH
Mass in Polish will be celebrated in Saint John's Church, Stevenston on Tuesday at 7.00 pm.

DOORS OPEN DAY - MODEL CHURCHES: AYRSHIRE AND BEYOND
An e
xhibition 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.

TALK. LISTEN. SAVE LIVES
Every day, around two people die by suicide in Scotland. Suicide affects all ages genders and cultures. In North Ayrshire, in 2006 there were 21 deaths by suicide. Across the globe many countries mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. In Scotland, we have extended the day into a week of activities known as Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide affects thousands of people in Scotland. The effects of one person taking their life reaches families, friends, emergency services, local communities, schools, colleges the list goes on. To raise awareness of the impact of suicide, to help prevent individuals reaching a point where they only see suicide as a way out, to break the silence and stigma associated with suicide are some of the aims of the Choose Life Strategy in Scotland. In North Ayrshire, the Choose Life Group have been working to target many of the most vulnerable and at risk groups as well as raising awareness and improving skills and confidence of anyone who comes into contact with someone they think is at risk. The key message is that talking and listening are the first most important steps.


  Face the worst that can happen with the best you can give.  

  He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.  


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 66:18-21
The Lord says this: I am coming to gather the nations of every language. They shall come to witness my glory. I will give them a sign and send some of their survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Put, Lud, Moshech, Rosh, Tubal, and Javan, to the distant islands that have never heard of me or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory to the nations. As an offering to the Lord they will bring all your brothers, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules, on dromedaries, from all the nations to my holy mountain in Jerusalem, says the Lord, like Israelites bringing oblations in clean vessels to the Temple of the Lord. And of some of them I will make priests and Levites, says the Lord.

Second Reading           Hebrews 12:5-7.11-13
Have you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones that he loves and he punishes all those that he acknowledges as his sons. Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.

Gospel           Luke 13:22-30
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. 'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us" but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from." Then you will find yourself saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets" but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!" 'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 'Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'