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Weekday Services:          Sunday, 3rd December:                  9.30am Mass at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                11am Mass at Mount Carmel


                                                                                                                4pm Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


Monday, 4th December:                                10am Mass at St. Joseph’s


Tuesday, 5th December:                                9am Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                10am Mass at St. Matthew’s


(with children from Secondary School)


Wednesday, 6th December:         10am Eucharistic Service at Mount Carmel


                                                                11am Eucharistic Service at Our Lady & St. John’s


Thursday, 7th December:              9am Hour of Prayer at St. Sophia’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Sophia’s


Friday, 8th December:                     9am Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Matthew’s


Saturday, 9th December:      6pm Vigil Mass at St. Sophia’s


                                                Sunday, 10th December:                                9.30am Mass at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                11am Mass at Mount Carmel


4pm Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s




Recently Deceased: KATHLEEN KILPATRICK (St. Matthew’s); AGNES McDOANLD (East Kilbride). May all our Departed rest in peace


Baptism Congratulations: To LOUISE & LYLE McCULLOCH who were baptised recently at St. Sophia’s.  May God bless your Journey of Faith.


FEASTS THIS WEEK: Thursday – St. Ambrose; Friday – Immaculate Conception.


St. Matthew’s Collection Amounts: 26/11/17 Weekly: £667.89; Youth Hub: £5.40; Ecuador Box: £12.96


St. Matthew’s 200 Club: 26/11/17: £50 - No.33 (A. Gallacher); £25-No.45 (H. McTurk).


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:  There will be a Commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers during Mass TODAY of 2nd/3rd December.  Please pray that their ministry within the community may bear much fruit as Christ is brought to all in need.


ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE:  In an effort to unite in “Embracing Change”, there will be ONE Advent Reconciliation Service for Kilmarnock and Loudoun.  It will take place at St. Joseph’s Church on Monday, 11th Dec at 7pm


SUNG EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT: Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung to mark the beginning of Advent at St Margaret's Cathedral on Sunday 3rd December at 6.00 pm.  All welcome


MOUNT CARMEL FABRIC AND FINANCE: This group, which is open to ALL parishioners, will take place on Thursday, 7th December at 7pm – a week later than first scheduled.


A CHOIRED TASTE:  A Concert with Dalmellington Brass Band will be held at the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Saturday, 9th December at 7.30pm.  More details 01563 520644


ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE – KILMAURS: This year it will be held on Sunday 10th December at 6-30pm in St Maurs Glencairn (the church on the left on entering the village)


CAROLS AT THE CROSS: This ecumenical event will take place at Kilmarnock Cross on Saturday, 16th December from 11am-12 Noon.  Carols outside then mice pies inside.  All welcome.


DIOCESAN CAROL SERVICE:  The annual service of readings and carols will take place on Wednesday 20th December at 7.30 p.m. in St Margaret’s Cathedral, Ayr.  Mince pies served in the hall afterwards.  All welcome.


CHRISTMAS CARD DELIVERY: The 91st Ayrshire (St Joseph’s) Scout Group will be delivering Christmas Cards within the Kilmarnock town area, in Hurlford and in Crookedholm. Cost 25 pence per card.  Collection points: At all Masses on 9th/10th December. All cards must be properly addressed to ensure delivery.  Order slips will be distributed this weekend at Mass.  Thank you.


EACHa CHRISTMAS PRESENTS: East Ayrshire Churches Housing Action is once again receiving presents which can be handed to needy children at Christmas.  If you wish to help please wrap a present, marking it who it might be for (Girl aged 6yrs, Boy aged 3yrs) and hand it in to the Sacristy BEFORE SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER.  Fr. Martin will make sure it gets to the New Laigh Kirk for distribution.


NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: From December Fr. Martin will have the following arrangements for Baptism:


a)      You can choose to have your child baptised during ANY Saturday Vigil/Sunday Mass;


b)      If you wish to have your child baptised outside Mass, the following will be the arrangements:


-          2nd Sunday of the month at 1pm in St. Matthew’s;


-          3rd Sunday of the month at 1pm in Mount Carmel;


-          4th Sunday of the month at 1pm in St. Sophia’s.


You may wish therefore to choose a venue outwith your own Parish Church.  Should more than one family have chosen a particular date then the baptisms would be carried out together at the same ceremony.


c)       Sisters Imelda & Barbara will lead a monthly talk for anyone wishing to have their children baptised.


For a while Fr. Martin was running between multiple venues to conduct Baptisms – this will help ease a stretched workload.


CHRISTMAS FORWARD PLANNING: So that people can plan ahead ….For the Feast of Christmas Masses will be celebrated as follows:


Dec 24th: 6pm-Mount Carmel; 8pm-St. Sophia’s; 9pm-St. Joseph’s


Dec 25th: St. Paul’s-9am; 9.30am-St. Matthew’s; 11am-St. Joseph’s


WEDDINGS: Any couple wishing to be married in ST. SOPHIA’S, Mount Carmel or St. Matthew’s in the coming years should speak to Fr. Martin as soon as possible.


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