BULLETIN          10 FEBRUARY 2008



Saturday 9 February

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

Sunday 10 February
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 11 February
Mass at 10.00 am for Frances Kelly
Tuesday 12 February
Mass at 10.00 am for John Asken
Wednesday 13 February
Mass at 10.00 am for Jackie Moore
Thursday 14 February
Mass at 7.00 pm for Patsy Keyes
Friday 15 February
Mass at 10.00 pm for Bernard and Margaret McLaughlan  
Saturday 16 February
Mass at 10.00 am for Hugh Henry


Sunday 10 February
10.00 am
10.00 am
1.00 to 4.00 pm

Children's Liturgy
Sacramental Preparation
Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 11 February
9.00 to 4.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8 00 pm

Seafield School
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  
Weight Watchers

Tuesday 12 February
11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
1.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.30 pm
Legion of Mary
Thursday Club
Saint Anne's Guild
Keep Fit
Ignatian Prayer Group 
Wednesday 13 February
9.00 to 3.00 am
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
7.30 pm
Nursery In-Service Training
Barakuda Karate
Special Religious Education (SPRED)
Ignatian Prayer Group 
Thursday 14 February
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
2.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Fund Raising Bingo
Friday 15 February
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 2.30 pm
Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers and
   James Kean and John Henry Fellowes (East Kilbride) who died recently and
   Mary Hall 1989, Rose Walker 1985, Margaret Mitchell 2004,
   Peter Mitchell 1973, Eliza Jane McKay, Father G J Giblin SCJ 2001,
   Catherine Cahill 1977, Ann Jane Fitzsimmons, John McIlhatton 1954,
   Chrissie Welsh 2006, Patricketta Maxwell 2004 and James McLaren 1964
   whose anniversaries occur at this time

Last weekend's collection amounted to £696.38 - many thanks. Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4300 per month. Each month £4200 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.

Last weekend's collection for the Medical Missionaries of Mary amounted to £1437.42 - many thanks.

There will be a special collection at all Masses next weekend for Church Students. Gift Aid envelopes are available at the stall. Please take one home and return it next week.

Copies of Lent Extra are available at the stall. A donation of £1 would be appreciated.

Boxes for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) Lenten appeal are available at the stall. Please take one home with you and return it at the end of Lent.

Stations of the Cross will be said during Lent each Friday at 9.40 am.

Mass will be celebrated
in Saint. Matthew's Academy every Friday at 12.50 pm.

There will be fundraising bingo in the Parish Centre on Thursday 14 February at 7pm. Tickets, costing £2 for Adults and £1 for Children include tea, coffee and baking, and are available from Cecilia or Myriame. All are welcome. Many thanks for your support.

The annual Race Night in memory of Larry Kernahan will take place in the Parish Centre on Friday 29 February at 8.00 pm. Tickets are available from Esther, cost £2.50 and include light supper. All money raised goes to the Pilgrimage Trust Group 207. Donations of money, bottles and raffle prizes would be very much appreciated by Esther. Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

The Annual General Meeting of Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité will be preceded by Mass with Anointing of the Sick in Saint John's Church, Stevenston on Sunday 17 February at 3.30 pm. Tea and coffee will be served after Mass. All are welcome.

The Music Ministry meeting scheduled for the 14 February will take place on the 21 February.

All those who have not received up to date child protection training are invited to attend a session in the Parish Centre on Sunday 9 March from 2.30 to 4.00 pm.

50-50 CLUB
There are sixteen new members of the 50-50 Club. Membership forms are available in the porch.

Father John phoned to say he had arrived home safely. He goes with our prayers and good wishes. The envelopes raised over £2000, most of which is earmarked for a clean water project. Primary 6X raised over £400 for a school project in Tanzania. Personal gifts raised the total to over £3000. I know that Father John is very grateful and I want to thank you all for your generosity to him while he was here and for your parting gifts. Father Shayo CSSP, Father John's superior in the Holy Ghost Fathers, East Africa has written to ask if we would give hospitality to another African priest who might require a break from a difficult mission. My inclination is to say yes, but I would be grateful to hear from you. The decision is pending. Whoever comes might not be another Father John. Father John's forwarding address is Father John Maendeleo, PO Box 1534, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house." The old woman smiled and said "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot's side? " "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path and every day while we walk back, you water them." "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house." Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

  When we feel stuck, going nowhere - even starting to slip backwards -  
we may actually be backing up to get a running start.

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           Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
The Lord God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden in Eden which is in the east, and there he put the man he had fashioned. The Lord God caused to spring up from the soil every kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. The serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that the Lord God had made. It asked the woman, Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden? The woman answered the serpent, We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death. Then the serpent said to the woman, No! You will not die! God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil. The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.

Second Reading           5:12-19
Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of 'law-breaking', yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law. Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man's fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. The results of the gift also outweigh the results of one man's sin: for after one single fall came judgement with a verdict of condemnation, now after many falls comes grace with its verdict of acquittal. > If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one man's fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one man's fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and makes them justified. As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.

Gospel           Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves." But he replied, "Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down; for scripture says: He will put you in his angels" charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone." Jesus said to him, "Scripture also says: You must not put the Lord your God to the test." Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. "I will give you all these", he said, "if you fall at my feet and worship me." Then Jesus replied, "Be off, Satan! For scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone." Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.