BULLETIN            16 MARCH 2008



Saturday 15 March

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

Sunday 16 March
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon
Monday 17 March
Mass at 9.00 am for John Carroll
Tuesday 18 March
Mass at 9.00 am for James Mulhern
Wednesday 19 March
Mass at 9.00 am for Samuel Bannon
Thursday 20 March
Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00 pm
Friday 21 March
Children's Service at 12.00 noon
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ at 3.00 pm
Veneration and Stations of the Cross at 7.00 pm
Saturday 22 March
Short Morning Prayer at 10.00 am for by Confession  


Sunday 16 March
10.00 am
10.00 am
1.00 to 4.00 pm

Children's Liturgy
Sacramental Preparation
Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 17 March
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 to 8 00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  
Weight Watchers

Tuesday 18 March
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
Legion of Mary
Keep Fit
Wednesday 19 March
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
7.00 pm
Passover Supper
Thursday 20 March
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
2.00 to 3.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Please remember in your prayers:
   Michael Creane, James T F Muir and Margaret Sweeney who died recently and
   Victor Donald 1985, Susan Heaney 1956, Martha Pentleton 2004, James Mulhern 1982,
   John Gurney 2004, Keith Baldwin 2006, Kate Smith 1972, William Shanks 1952,
   William Shanks 1987, Maureen Conway 1999, Mary Reid 2002, Maria Monaghan 2004,
   Sam Bannon 2006 and Susan Reid 2007 whose anniversaries occur at this time and
   Liam Michael Le Roux and Ava Jo Milligan who were baptised recently.

Last weekend's collection amounted to £738.53 - 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 Parish Centre amounted to £346.28 - many thanks.

There will be a special collection on Holy Thursday for Holy Places.

   Monday to Friday
      Morning meditation for 15 minutes in Park Church at 10.00 am
   Monday to Wednesday
      Morning Mass here at 9.00 am
      Evening Service in Evangelical Union Church at 7.00 pm
      Evening Service in Barony Saint John's Church at 7.00 pm
      Mass of the Chrism in Good Shepherd Cathedral, Ayr at 7.30 pm
      Passover Supper in the Parish Centre at 7.00 pm

      Mass of the Last Supper here at 7.00 pm
      Communion Service in Evangelical Union Church at 7.00 pm
      Children's Service here at 12.00 noon
      Liturgy of the Passion here at 3.00 pm
      Stations and Veneration of the Cross here at 7.00 pm
      Evening Service in Park Church at 7.00 pm
        Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstaining from meat and a day of penance
        remembering the death of Jesus. During the Good Friday liturgies there
        will be collections for the Holy Places in Jerusalem.
      Short Morning Prayer here at 10.00 am followed by Confession until 11.00 am
      Easter Vigil Mass here at 8.00 pm - there is no 5.30 pm Vigil Mass
      Sunrise Service on Cannon Hill at 8.00 am followed by breakfast rolls in
      Barony Saint John's Church Hall at about 8.45 am
      Mass here at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon

Please return Boxe
s for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) to the stall.

The Nursery and Toddler group will be closed on Friday 21 and Monday 24 March for the Easter Break. To register your child for the
Kindergarten 2 to 3 Years for August 2008 or to make enquires please phone Josephine or Lisa. Please register early as places are limited.

The Ozanam Centre in Glasgow is run by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society to assist homeless men and women. We have been asked to assist in the collection of toiletries during Lent so these might be distributed as a very practical way of assisting those who use the Centre. Saint Peter's parishioners have donated generously to this appeal in previous years and it is hoped that you will do so once again. The Conference thanks you in anticipation of your kind assistance. A box to receive donations of all kinds of toiletries is available in the Church Porch during Lent.

Canon Matt requires a computer geek who could undo stupid mistakes, upgrade his computer, tweak a network, clean up a registry, sort out a few RJ45s and other non-theological tasks. Pay is in prayer.

A Scottish Ceilidh in aid of Malawi is being held in Saint Matthew's Academy on Friday 28 March. Tickets cost £10 including a buffet and are available from Mrs M T Hughes in the school office. This event is always a sell out so get your tickets now.

Canon Matt spoke to Father John last Sunday and he sends his best wishes to you all. He is well and thanks you for all your emails. Unfortunately, it is fairly difficult for him to get to an internet cafe to reply to them. His postal address is Father John Maendeleo, PO Box 1534, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa.

Postcards are available at the stall for you to send to your MP asking them to vote accordingly in the Passion for Life campaign.

The HMS Dasher Memorial Service will take place on Sunday 30 March at 11.00 in the Sunken Gardens. Tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Centre afterwards for all those taking part. Tea and coffee will be served after 10.00 am Mass as usual.

Schools are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday and from 4 to 22 April.

Give up complaining - focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism - become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments - think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry - trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement - be full of hope.
Give up bitterness - turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred - return good for evil.
Give up negativism - be positive.
Give up anger - be more patient.
Give up pettiness - become mature.
Give up gloom - enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy - pray for trust.
Give up gossiping - control your tongue.
Give up sin - turn to virtue.
Give up giving up - hang in there!

  Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

  If you are going through hell, keep going.

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 50:4-7
The Lord has given me a disciple's tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.

Second Reading
          Philippians 2:6-11
His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

          Matthew 27:11-54
Jesus, then, was brought before the governor, and the governor put to him this question, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus replied, "It is you who say it." But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders he refused to answer at all. Pilate said then to him, "Do you not hear how many charges they have brought against you?" But to the governor's complete amazement, he offered no reply to any of the charges. At festival time it was the governor's practice to release a prisoner for the people, anyone they chose. Now there was at that time a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas. So when the crowd gathered, Pilate said to them, "Which do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" For Pilate knew it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. Now as he was seated in the chair of judgement, his wife sent him a message, "Have nothing to do with that man; I have been upset all day by a dream I had about him." The chief priests and the elders, however, had persuaded the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. So when the governor spoke and asked them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" they said, "Barabbas." Pilate said to them, "What am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!" "Why? What harm has he done?" Pilate asked. But they shouted all the louder, "Let him be crucified!" Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd and said, "I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your concern." And the people, to a man, shouted back, "His blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas for them. He ordered Jesus to be first courged and then handed over to be crucified. The governor's soldiers took Jesus with them into the Praetorium and collected the whole cohort round him. Then they stripped him and made him wear a scarlet cloak, and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took of the cloak and dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him. On their way out, they came across a man from Cyrene, Simon by name, and enlisted him to carry his cross. When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull, they gave him wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink. When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothing by casting lots, and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him. Above his head was placed the charge against him: it read: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews". At the same time two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said, "So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself! If you are God's son, come down from the cross!" The chief priests, with the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the king of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He puts his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him. For he did say, 'I am the son of God.'" Even the robbers who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way. From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, Lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you deserted me?" When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, "The man is calling on Elijah," and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he dipped in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink. The rest of them said, "Wait! See if Elijah will come to save him." But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit. At that, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked; the rocks were split; the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy men rose from the dead, and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the Holy City and appeared to a number of people. Meanwhile the centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, "In truth this was a son of God."