BULLETIN                         7 JANUARY 2001                    


The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5.30 pm. Sunday Masses are at 10.00 am, 12.00 noon and 6.30 pm.

Masses during the week are at 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on Monday, Friday and Saturday. Thank you for your presence at the Mass which you have requested.
Mary McCabe
Jack Blake
David Newall
Martha Murphy  
Mary Kelly   
Brian Clarke
Bernard McLaughlin  

Elizabeth Walsh  

The Baptism of the Lord
Saint Kentigern



Sunday 23 January
10.00 am
11.00 am
Children's Liturgy
Tea and Coffee after Mass  
Monday 24 January
9.00 to 12.00 pm
9.30 to 11.30 am
7.00 to 9.00 pm
7.30 pm
Pre 5 Children
Mothers and Toddlers
Tuesday 25 January
9.00 to 12.00 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm
7.30 pm
Pre 5 Children
Pre 5 Children
After Care
Wednesday 26 January
9.00 to 12.00 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm
Pre 5 Children
Pre 5 Children
After Care
Thursday 27 January
9.00 to 12.00 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
1.00 to 3.00 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm

Pre 5 Children
Pre 5 Children
Thursday Club
After Care

Friday 28 January
9.00 to 12.00 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
2.45 to 5.45 pm
7.45 pm
Pre 5 Children
Mothers and Toddlers
Pre 5 Children
After Care
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  

The Parish Centre caretaker is Tommy Fraser. Bookings should be arranged with Tom McGreevy.

The annual Blessing of children will take place on Sunday 14 January at 3.00 pm. All children are invited. Saint Anne's Guild has been kind enough to provide tea in the Parish Centre afterwards.

Children who reach the age of five between 1 March 2001 and 28 February 2002 should be registered in the school between Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 January from 9.30 to 10.30, 11.00 to 12 noon and 2.00 to 3.00 pm. It is very important that you hve their birth and Baptismal certificates. If any family is unable to register their child, please telephone the school prior to 15 January.

The clearly marked collection box for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at the rear of the church is a constant remineder of its good work and an opportunity to help at any time. The Society has elected Jim Delahunt as its new President. Saint Peter's Parish would like to thank Paul McNamara who retires a President after many years.

500 CLUB
The winner for week ending 17 December should have been 27 Celia Andrew and not Celia Ralston. Annual payments of £13 will be gratefully accepted at the beginning of this new session. New collectors and members are urgently required..

The total collected for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund in 2000 was £893 which I have sent on your behalf.


The bus for the Saint Anne's Guild trip to the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr will leave Chapelhill Mount on Tuesday 9 January at 4.00 pm via the usual route.

Lilli McCulloch would like to thank all family, friends and neighbours who attended her eightieth birthday celebration in the Parish Centre on 16 December. A great night was had by all. Special thanks to bar staff and helpers. Donations totalling £200 have been sent to the Children's Hospice in Glasgow.

It's PC to pray! Visit www.SacredSpace.ie for prayer exercises for daily use which will take no more than ten minutes. For a meditation following Sunday's Gospel, visit www.clubi.ie/shalom.lectio.

A Minister was getting a haircut at a parishioner's shop. He expressed the hope that the barber would start giving more liberally to the local congregation's missionary budget. "The church is always asking me for help." the barber retorted. "All I hear is money, money, money! I think people should give what they please. I'm sick of hearing about systematic and proportionate giving." . After the haircut, the minister forked out 50 pence. "I think I should give as I feel inclined." he said. The barber exploded. "But I can't pay the rent or take care of my other expenses if people just give me any amount they happen to have in their pockets." The minister agreed, then went on "Nor can the Lord's work be carried on if we don't appreciate his blessing and give back to him what is rightly his." The barber got the point - and the balance due to him.
The average football season ticket price is £300. When did you last assess what you give to the Church?

Each person has to find Jesus in his or her own way.
As an old man was walking down the beach, he noticed a young girl ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. He asked her why she was doing this. The little girl explained that a starfish stranded on the beach when the tide went out would die if left in the morning sun. "But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish." said the old man. "How can your efforts make any difference?" The little girl looked down the stretch of beach at all of the stranded starfish and then stared at the one in her hand. As she pitched it back into the salt water waves, she answered "It makes a difference to this one."
Jesus values each person infinitely and each person can make a difference. Do we value the uniqueness of others?

A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gales. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans. Saint Peter addresses this guy "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?" The guy replies. "I'm Joe Cohen, taxi driver." Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." The taxi driver goes into heaven with his robe and staff and it's the minister's turn. He stands erect and booms out "I am Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years" Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the minister "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." "Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi driver and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?" "Up here, we work by results." says Saint Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."


  Catechism of the Catholic Church 528
The Epiphany is the manisfestation of Jesus as
  Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world.  

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.

A Reading from the prophet Isaiah
Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness their peoples. Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears. The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness. Lift up your eyes and look round: all arc assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away and your daughters being tenderly carried. At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full; camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praise of the Lord.
How can this prophecy be fulfilled in our world?

A Reading from Saint Paul's Letter to the Ephesians
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Christ Jesus, through the gospel.
What are the ambitions of my life in this coming year?

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. "Where is the infant king of the Jews?" they asked. "We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage." When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them when the Christ was to be born. "At Bethlehem in Judaea," they told him "for this is what the prophet wrote: And you. Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel." Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. "Go and find out all about the child," he said "and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage." Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward and halted over the place where the child was. The sign of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and felling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasure, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.
Is there someone whom I could contact this week by a visit or a phone call who would really appreciate my call?