BULLETIN                          30 DECEMBER 2007



Saturday 29 December

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

Sunday 30 December
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 31 December
Mass at 10.00 am for Father James McCarroll
Tuesday 1 January
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Mass at 10.00 am
Wednesday 2 January
Feast of Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen  
Mass at 10.00 am for Roseann McDonald
Thursday 3 January
Feast of Saint John
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Andrew McMillan
Vigil for the Deceased at 6.00 pm for Tom McKay
Friday 4 January
Feast of The Holy Innocents
Requiem Mass at 10.00 pm for Tom McKay
Requiem Mass at 1.00 pm for May Conlan
Saturday 5 January
Mass at 10.00 am for Cathie (Bridie) Jardine


Sunday 30 December
11.00 am
1.30 pm

Tea and Coffee after Mass
Christening Party  

Saturday 5 January
1.30 pmPrivate Party  

Many thanks to Michael, Fiona, Ashley and Rachel Brown
who have been looking after the Parish Centre.

Please remember in your prayers:
   Andrew McMillan, Eddie Keogh and Tom McKay who died recently and
   Father Joseph Glendinning 1993, Alfonso Agostini 1955, James Murphy 1997,
   Father Andrew Karwemera 2002, Lizzie Macnamara, Susan Burns 1986,
   Hugh Brown 1980, May Rollie 2007, Sister Imelda CP 2000,
Sister Marie Celeste CP 2000, Charles Retzbach 2000, Patrick Braniff 1991,
   Isabella Keenan 1939 and Celia Ralston 2007 whose anniversaries occur at this time

Please remember to pray for our parishioners who died in 2007.
   Mary Rollie
   Celia Ralston
   Leda Biagioni
   Kelly Smith
   William Main
   Margaret Stevens
   Susan Little
   Nora Ramsay
   William McNeil
   Janet Smyth
   Frank Tracy
   Elizabeth Sloan
   Jessie Hazelton
   Gavin Finnegan
   Mara Cheshire
   Sadie Hamilton
   Margaret McLeod
   Francis Campbell
   Thomas Connelly
   James McVeigh
   Margaret Nicol
   George Hall
   Mary McKernon
   James McLaughlin
   Josephine Lundie
   Michael Swanson
   Tom Davidson
   Agnes Martin
   John Dolan
Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives.

Last weekend's collection amounted to £650.63 - 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.

Paying your collection by monthly or quarterly banker's order makes money handling much safer. Banker's Order forms are available in the porch.

The Christmas collection amounted to £1344.50 - many thanks.

Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £302.77 - many thanks.

Many thanks for all the Christmas cards and gifts. They were very much appreciated.

The amount raised from the Sunday teas in 2007 was £2502.22. Thanks to all the teams who give their time on a Sunday morning.

In 2007, a total of £1536 was sent to SCIAF in your name. Many thanks.

Many thanks to all who, throughout the year, help in any way with the various ministries of the Church. It is very much appreciated.

The bus for Saint Anne's Guild members will leave Chapelhill Mount at 4 pm on Tuesday 8 January via the usual route for the Jack in the Beanstalk pantomime in the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr.

Father John returns to Africa at the beginning of February. We plan to 'roll-up' our usual Saint Andrew's Night Social and Burns Supper into A Scottish Farewell to Father John on two dates. On Friday 25 January, there will be a meal and Scottish entertainment at 7.20 pm for 7.30 pm to 11.00 pm in the Parish Centre. Tickets cost £10 and will be on sale from the Parish Office from Monday 7 January. Call in and collect or book by phone on 464063. They will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Please wear something tartan, if only a ribbon. On Sunday 27 January form 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, there will be an 'open house' event in the Parish Centre with Scottish snacks - roll and sausage, hot pies, lentil soup and so on. Come anytime and spend an hour or so chatting. Envelopes for anything you wish Father John to use in Tanzania will be available in January.

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           Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6.12-14
The Lord honours the father in his children, and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons. Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins, he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune. Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own,he shall be heard on the day when he prays. Long life comes to him who honours his father, he who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord. My son, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life. Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your health and strength; for kindness to a father shall not be forgotten but will serve as reparation for your sins.

Second Reading           Colossians 3:12-21
You are God's chosen race, his saints; he loves you and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful. Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and treat them with gentleness. Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents, never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated.

Gospel           Matthew 2:13-15.19-23
After the wise men had left, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him." So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I called my son out of Egypt. After Herod's death, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother with you and go back to the land of Israel, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead." So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, went back to the land of Israel. But when he learnt that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as ruler of Judaea he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he left for the region of Galilee. There he settled in a town called Nazareth. In this way the words spoken through the prophets were to be fulfilled: He will be called a Nazarene.