BULLETIN                      8 JULY 2007



Saturday 7 July

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

Sunday 8 July
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 9 July
Mass at 9.15 am
Funeral Service at 10.00 am for Betty Sloan
Tuesday 10 July
Mass at 10.00 am for Susan Little
Wednesday 11 July
Mass at 10.00 am for Nessie McCallum  
Thursday 12 July
Mass at 7.00 for Agnes and James Conaghan  
Friday 13 July
Mass at 10.00 am for Frank Tracy
Saturday 14 July
Mass at 10.00 am for Nanette Snyder


Monday 9 July
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society  
Weight Watchers

The main hall of the Parish Centre is closed for treatment to the floor.


Please remember in your prayers:
   Michael Howson, James Houliston, Tommy Busby, Betty Sloan,
   Margaret Ferguson and Margaret Monaghan who died recently;
   Joseph Armstrong 1998, Father Harry Farrell 1998, Donald Newall 1998,
   Catherine Teggart 1998, Alex Quigg 1999, Andrew McVeigh 2000,
   Donal Newell 1998, Mr and Mrs Francis Brown 1976, Margaret McAteer 1992,
   Father Donal Burke, Julie Kelley-Holland 2005, Jeannie Brown 1995,
   Annie O'Kane 2001, Agnes Conaghan 2002 and Robert McRae 1986
   whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Last weekend's collection amounted to £725.37 - 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
Peter's Pence amounted to £417.63 - 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.

Today is Sea Sunday. Envelopes are available at the stall if you wish to make a donation. Please pray for all who work at sea and their families.

During the month of July, the Parish Centre will be closed to allow the floor in the main hall to be treated and maintained. As a result, there will be no teas and coffees after 10.00 am Mass on Sundays.

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

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.

More people are required to read at 10.00 am Mass. If you can help, please volunteer.

A Celebration Book, Saint Michael's College and Academy 1921-2007 is available at the stall at a cost of £5.00.

While walking into a toy store the day before today
I overheard a crayon box with many things to say
"I don't like Red!" said Yellow and Green said "Nor do I"
"And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why"
"We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along
Said Blue to all the others "Something here is wrong"
Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me
And laid out all the colours so the crayons all could see
They watched me as I coloured with Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange and every colour in between
They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky
The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by
Colours changing as they touched becoming something new
They watched me as I coloured - they watched till I was through
And when I finally finished I began to walk away
And as I did the crayon box had something more to say
"I do like Red!" said Yellow and Green said, "so do I
And Blue you were terrific! So high up in the sky"
"We are a box of crayons each one of us unique
But when we get together the picture is more complete"

A bloke starts his new job at the zoo and is given three tasks. First is to clear the exotic fish pool of weeds. As he does this, a huge fish jumps out and bites him. To show who is boss, he beats it to death with a spade. Realising his employer won't be best pleased, he disposes of the fish by feeding it to the lions, as lions will eat anything. Moving on to the second job of clearing out the chimp house, he is attacked by the chimps that pelt him with coconuts. He swipes at two chimps with a spade killing them both. What can he do? Feed them to the lions, he says to himself, because lions eat anything. He hurls the corpses into the lion enclosure. He moves on to the last job which is to collect honey from the South American bees. As soon as he starts he is attacked by the bees. He grabs the spade and smashes the bees to a pulp. By now he knows what to do and throws them into the lions' cage, because lions eat anything. Later that day a new lion arrives at the zoo. He wanders up to another lion and says "What's the food like here?" The lions say "Absolutely brilliant, today we had fish and chimps with mushy bees.".

  Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.  

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 66:10-14
Rejoice, Jerusalem, be glad for her, all you who love her! Rejoice, rejoice for her, all you who mourned her! That you may be suckled, filled, from her consoling breast, that you may savour with delight her glorious breasts. For thus says the Lord: Now towards her I send flowing peace, like a river, and like a stream in spate the glory of the nations. At her breast will her nurselings be carried and fondled in her lap. Like a son comforted by his mother will I comfort you. And by Jerusalem you will be comforted. At the sight your heart will rejoice, and your bones flourish like the grass. To his servants the Lord will reveal his hand.

Second Reading           Galatians 6:14-18
The only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. It does not matter if a person is circumcised or not; what matters is for him to become an altogether new creature. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, who form the Israel of God. I want no more trouble from anybody after this; the marks on my body are those of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers. Amen.

Gospel           Luke 10:1-12.17-20
The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, "Peace to this house!" And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is very near to you." But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, "We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near." I tell you, on that day it will not go as hard with Sodom as with that town.' The seventy-two came back rejoicing. "Lord," they said, "even the devils submit to us when we use your name." He said to them, "I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven."."