1. The Synod Group’s recent presentation to the two Parish Councils can be accessed on the website under SYNOD.
2. Father Congar, French Dominican Friar, priest and theologian, of blessed memory, once said: “There is no need to create another Church, but to create a different Church”. That is the challenge. For a “different Church”, a Church open to the newness that God wants to suggest, let us with greater fervour and frequency invoke the Holy Spirit and humbly listen to him, journeying together as he, the source of communion and mission, desires: with docility and courage. Pope Francis.
Monday 19th December at 7pm in St Peter’s
Tuesday 20th December at 7pm in St John’s
Wednesday 21st December at 2pm in St Mary’s
Christmas Gifts. Please click on link on ways to buy gift SCIAF Christmas Gifts
Mary’s Meals – Double the Love. From 1 November 2022 to 31 January 2023, donations made to Mary’s Meals will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.5million. Today, we face some of our greatest challenges yet in a world devastated by conflict, food insecurity and the cost of living crisis, which we know is affecting people here in the UK as well as in the countries where we work. With Double the Love, your donation will be matched and your kindness will go even further – meaning we can reach even more desperately hungry children with a life-changing school meal. Our gift cards are available on our website and on the 28th of November we are launching our Big Family Christmas Table where you can buy a place on our virtual table and provide a child with school meals for a whole year. There are many ways to get involved, find out more at marysmeals.org.uk.
Sunday 4th (Caledonia), and 18th (Arran View) December; Carol Services for the residents. There will be a sign up sheet for parishioners, of all ages, who would like to come along at 2pm on the above dates to lead the well known carols. Everyone welcome, no rehearsals required.
Our last Sycamore Programme of November will take place on Tuesday in St Mary’s. We meet in the Parish hall from 12.30 to 2pm.
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In the days to come the mountain of the Temple of the Lord shall tower above the mountains and be lifted higher than the hills. All the nations will stream to it, peoples without number will come to it; and they will say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths; since the Law will go out from Zion, and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.” He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more
training for war. O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. The Word of the Lord
R/ I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to God’s house.”
1. I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to God’s house.” And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. R/
2. Jerusalem is built as a city strongly compact. It is there tht the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord. R/
3. For love of my brethren and friends I say: “Peace upon you!” For love of the house of the Lord I will ask for your good. R/
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
You know “the time” has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon—let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no
wrangling or jealousy,. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ ; forget about satisfying your bodies with all their cravings. The Word of the Lord
Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left. So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
PROMPTS FOR FAITH SHARING
Both of the first and second reading contain light imagery. Where in your life do you need God’s illumining light?
The psalm calls us to joy in liturgy and in God’s presence. Is anything keeping you from this joy?
How do you feel reading the gospel’s description of Jesus’s coming? How could you invite God into any anxiety you may be feeling?
Youth for Lourdes 2023. We are now actively recruiting for young people aged 4th year to aged 23 years to join the diocesan Youth for Lourdes team. The pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 3rd-10th July 2023 and the approximate cost is £650 per person. The YfL group has decided to fly with the diocesan pilgrimage this time. Click on link for more information. Youth for Lourdes 2023
World Youth Day 2023. We are also actively recruiting for participants to join us in preparing and participating int he next international World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal from 26th July till 9th August 2023. The approximate cost for that trip is £750 per person. This is open to young people aged 16-25 years by time of departure. Our preparation meetings will begin soon. Click on link for more information. WYD Lisbon 2023
When a funeral mass is being livestreamed it will be available on the parish website for 3-4 days but can still be accessed through YouTube. It will then be removed from YouTube after 2 months unless a family wish to contact us about this arrangement.
We will be livestreaming all our Masses in both churches. You can access this by following this link – https://tinyurl.com/rcstevenstonsaltcoats .
Or by accessing our websites and use the Livestream Heading
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION
The Regulation came into force on Friday 25th May 2018, and gives individuals greater rights and control over the use of their personal information. Your privacy is important to the Parish Communities of St. John’s and St. Mary’s. We use the personal data, provided by you for Pastoral support and the administration of weekly collections. The information is held securely and confidentially in electronic or paper format. We will not share this information with third parties without your prior consent. A fuller Privacy Notice is now available on the Diocesan website. www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk/privacy-policy-and-gdpr