BULLETIN                               11 FEBRUARY 2007



Saturday 10 February

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

Sunday 11 February
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 12 February
Mass at 10.00 am for Tom Adamson  
Tuesday 13 February
Mass at 10.00 am by Father Gabriel for John Scoular
Wednesday 14 February
Feast of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius
Mass at 10.00 am by Father Gabriel for Theresa McDermott
Thursday 15 February
Mass at 6.30 pm for Michael McManus
Christian Aid event in Barony Saint John's Church at 7.30 pm  
Friday 16 February
Mass at 10.00 am for Barbara Taylor
Saturday 17 February
Mass at 10.00 am for John and Mary McNamara
Mass at 12.00 noon
in Saint John's Church, Stevenston
for Father Poland's Silver Jubilee


Sunday 11 February
10.00 am
10.00 am
11.00 am

Children's Liturgy
Sacramental Preparation
Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 12 February
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Weight Watchers

Tuesday 13 February

1.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.30 pm
7.30 pm

Thursday Club
Saint Anne's Guild
Keep Fit
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 14 February

5.00 to 6.00 pm
6.00 to 7.00 pm

In-Service Training for Children's Centre  
Street Dance for 13 to 18 year olds 
Burakudo Karate Club
Thursday 15 February
8.00 to 5.30 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
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Girl Guides

Friday 16 February
8.00 to 5.30 pm
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  
Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
   Philomena Aitchison, John McLeod, Kathleen Fraser, May Whitehall who died recently;
   Ann Jane Fitzsimmons, John McIlhatton 1954, Patricketta Maxwell 2004,
   Chrissie Welsh 2006, Mary Hall 1989, Father G J Giblin 2001, Rose Walker 1985
   Catherine Morrison 1977, James McLaren 1964 and Patrick Kelly 1989
   whose anniversaries occur at this time;
   Matthew Edward Guthrie who was baptised recently;
   Jennifer Brogan and Graham Kelshaw were married recently;
   and those who are sick.

Last weekend's collection amounted to £789.05 - 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 £443.23 - 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.

A collection will be taken at all Masses on the weekend of 24 and 25 February. I would be grateful if those of you who are tax-payers would use the yellow Gift Aid envelopes available at the stall. By doing so, you will enable the Diocese to reclaim from the Inland Revenue 28p for every £1 you place within the envelope. Please take one home with you this weekend in preparation for the collection.

A Mexican Supper will take place in the Presbytery on Friday 23 February. Tickets, costing £25 each, are available from the Parish Office. All money raised will go towards the refurbishing of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

50-50 CLUB
If you have not already paid your annual subscription to the 50/50 Club, please do so as soon as possible. The January and February draws are being held up.

There will be Mass for World Day of Sick with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and the annual general meeting of the Hospitalité de Notre Dame de Lourdes in Saint Quivox's Church, Prestwick on Sunday 18 February at 3.00 pm. Tea and coffee will be served after Mass.

A light-hearted quiz with participants from all the local churches with question master Reverend Johnston McKay will take place on Thursday 15 February at 7.30 pm in Barony Saint John's Church Hall. Tickets cost £2.00 and all proceeds will go to Christian Aid. Come along and support Fiona Lyon and Father Matt.

To help raise money for your local HCPT, recycle your unwanted mobile phone. HCPT will receive from 50p to £50 for every phone depending on age and condition. Please remove your sim card and leave your phone in the box provided in the Church porch.

A warm invitation is extended to all those who have been connected with Saint Andrew's Academy, Saltcoats at any time over the past thirty-six years to a Buffet Dance in the Brisbane Suite of Seamill Hydro on Friday 11 May 2007. Tickets, priced £20 including welcome drink and finger buffet supper, are available from the school office. It is anticipated that many members of the school community, past and present, will wish to come together to mark the closure of Saint Andrew's Academy by attending the dance. Since demand for tickets is likely to be high anyone wishing to attend should contact the school as soon as possible.

Greta McGreevy would like to thank all who sent cards and flowers, offered prayers and asked after her following her recent illness. They were all very much appreciated and she is now feeling much better.

The Saint Patrick's Night Social will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 17 March at 8.00 pm There will be dancing, musical entertainment, a quiz, raffle and light supper. Tickets cost £4 from Donna or Kate.

   11 February
      Pre-Fives: Frances and Sharon
      Primary 1 to 3: Andrena and Theresa
      Primary 4: Frank and Catherine
   18 February
      Pre-Fives: Frances and Maria
      Primary 1 to 3: Elaine, Julie and Anne
      Primary 4: Sharon and Karen

Ten Things God Won't Ask You On The Last Day

1  God won't ask what kind of car you drove.
He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
2  God won't ask the square footage of your house.
He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
3  God won't ask you about the clothes you had in your wardrobe.
He'll ask you how many you helped to clothe.
4  God won't ask what your highest salary was.
He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
5  God won't ask what your job title was.
He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
6  God won't ask how many friends you had.
He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
7  God won't ask what neighbourhood you lived in.
He'll ask you how you treated your neighbour.
8  God won't ask you about the colour of your skin.
He'll ask you about the content of your character.
9  God won't ask why it took you so long to seek salvation.
He'll lovingly take you to the gates of heaven and not the gates of hell.
10  God won't have to ask how many people you've shared this list with.
He already knows.

  The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.  

  The wise man has long ears, big eyes and a short tongue.  

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 17:5-8
The Lord says this: A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh, whose heart turns from the Lord. He is like dry scrub in the wastelands: if good comes, he has no eyes for it, he settles in the parched places of the wilderness, a salt land, uninhabited. A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit.

Second Reading           Corinthians 15:12.16-20
If Christ raised from the dead is what has been preached, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead? For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, you are still in your sins. And what is more serious, all who have died in Christ have perished. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of all people. But Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep.

Gospel           Luke 6:17.20-26
Jesus came down with the Twelve and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and from Jerusalem and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said: "How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God. Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied. Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh. Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets. But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now. Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry. Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep. Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.".