BULLETIN            12 AUGUST 2007



Saturday 11 August

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

Sunday 12 August
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 13 August
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Mara Cheshire  
Tuesday 14 August
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Sadie Hamilton  
Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm
Wednesday 15 August
Feast of The Assumption
Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Mass at 7.00 pm  
Thursday 16 August
Mass at 10.00 am
Friday 17 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Patrick Retzbach
Saturday 18 August
Mass at 10.00 am for Jessie Hazelton


Sunday 12 August
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 13 August
2.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  
Weight Watchers
Tuesday 14 August
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm
Keep Fit
Legion of Mary
Wednesday 15 August
6.00 to 7.00 pmBurakudo Karate Club
Thursday 16 August
2.00 to 3.00 pmCardiac Rehabilitation
Friday 17 August
Saturday 18 August
8.00 pmPrivate Party

Please remember in your prayers:
   Mara Cheshire, Rosa Welnitz, Joan Gibson and Sadie Hamilton who died recently;
   Maria Mathieson 1975, Elizabeth Wilson 2000, Daniel Mathieson 1949,
   James O'Neill 1998, Father John Harkin 1996, James Thomas Taylor 1998,
   Kate Gribben 1994, David Walsh 1980, Patrick Retzbach 1981 and
   Stephanie Smith 1999 whose anniversaries occur at this time and
   Gillian McVeigh and David Murray who were married recently.

Last weekend's collection amounted to £683.32 - 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 £341.19 - 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.

Wednesday is the Feast of the Assumption and is a holiday of obligation. There is a Vigil Mass on Tuesday at 7.00 pm and Mass on Wednesday at 10.00 am and 7.00 pm

We have a new advertiser in the bulletin this week, namely Robert Kelly, photographer. All our advertisers appreciate your support.

Donations of £100 in memory of Gavin Finnegan and £200 and £5 from parishioners bring the total collected for the refurbishment of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to £5297.50.

Elaine has secured full time employment so we require a part-time cleaner for the Nursery and Parish Centre. A basic 15 hours per week are needed with extra hours when required. Please contact Margaret on 485551 to discuss hours and wages.

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.

Many thanks for the anonymous monetary donation and for all the baby goods which are regularly donated. It is so very much appreciated by all who give their time to the Innocents. A box is also available in the porch for baby goods, for example, talcum powder, lotion, shampoo and so on.

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.

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.

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.

Montgomerie Court Residents are having a Coffee Morning in the P
arish Centre on Saturday 18 August at 10.30 am. There will be bric-a-brac, books, home baking, a bottle stall, tombola and so on. Tickets cost £1.00. The Parish Centre will be open between 2.00 and 6.00 pm on Friday to receive any goods.

Saint Matthew's Academy ties are available from the Parish Office.

50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to the following £25 winners in recent draws:
  June  -  Saint Peter's Parent Teacher Association 195, Rose McCann 29, Michelle Miller 74
               and Kathleen Tracy 227
  July  -  Joseph Sammons 4, Mary Angus 260, Delia McAteer 97 and W Boyle 102.
New members are always welcome. Please contact the promoter, Myriame Sammons

A clergyman visiting a strange town stopped a boy in the street to enquire the way to the church. Instead of rewarding him with some money he said, "Always remember to say your prayers - and you'll find the way to Heaven". "Sure what do you know about the way to heaven" the boy replied "if you don't even know your way to church?".

  What is most valuable, is not what we have in our lives  
but who we have in our lives.

  When the power of love will exceed the love of power,  
the world will know peace.

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           Wisdom 18:6-9
That night had been foretold to our ancestors, so that, once they saw what kind of oaths they had put their trust in, they would joyfully take courage. This was the expectation of your people, the saving of the virtuous and the ruin of their enemies; for by the same act with which you took vengeance on our foes you made us glorious by calling us to you. The devout children of worthy men offered sacrifice in secret and this divine pact they struck with one accord: that the saints would share the same blessings and dangers alike; and forthwith they had begun to chant the hymns of the fathers.

Second Reading
          Hebrews 11:1-2.8-19
Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set out for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants, and that he set out without knowing where he was going. By faith he arrived, as a foreigner, in the Promised Land, and lived there as if in a strange country, with Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. They lived there in tents while he looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God. It was equally by faith that Sarah, in spite of being past the age, was made able to conceive, because she believed that he who had made the promise would be faithful to it. Because of this, there came from one man, and one who was already as good as dead himself, more descendants than could be counted, as many as the stars of heaven or the grains of sand on the seashore. All these died in faith, before receiving any of the things that had been promised, but they saw them in the far distance and welcomed them, recognising that they were only strangers and nomads on earth. People who use such terms about themselves make it quite plain that they are in search of their real homeland. They can hardly have meant the country they came from, since they had the opportunity to go back to it; but in fact they were longing for a better homeland, their heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, since he has founded the city for them. It was by faith that Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He offered to sacrifice his only son even though the promises had been made to him and he had been told: It is through Isaac that your name will be carried on. He was confident that God had the power even to raise the dead; and so, figuratively speaking, he was given back Isaac from the dead.

Gospel           Luke 12:32-48
Jesus said to his disciples: "There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, treasure that will not fail you, in heaven where no thief can reach it and no moth destroy it. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Peter said, "Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?" The Lord replied, "What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master's arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the servant who says to himself, 'My master is taking his time coming', and sets about beating the menservants and the maids, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful. The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes. When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.".