THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY IN YEAR 1
Saturday 29 December
on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday 30 December
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
of Mary, Mother of God|
Mass at 10.00 am
Wednesday 2 January
of Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen |
Mass at 10.00 am for Roseann McDonald
Thursday 3 January
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
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
Coffee after Mass
Saturday 5 January
|1.30 pm||Private 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.
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.
PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £302.77 - many thanks.
THANKS FROM FATHER MATT AND FATHER JOHN
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.
CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FUND (SCIAF)
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.
SAINT ANNE'S GUILD
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.
A SCOTTISH FAREWELL TO FATHER JOHN
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.
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.
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.