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Weekday Services:          Sunday, 17th December:                                9.30am Mass at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                11am Mass at Mount Carmel


                                                                                                                4pm Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


Monday, 18th December:              9am Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Matthew’s


Tuesday, 19th December:              9am Hour of Prayer at Mount Carmel


                                                                                                                10am Mass at Mount Carmel


Wednesday, 20th December:      10am Eucharistic Service at Mount Carmel


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


Thursday, 21st December:            9am Hour of Prayer at St. Sophia’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Sophia’s


Friday, 22nd December:                  9am Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Matthew’s


Saturday, 23rd December:   6pm Vigil Mass at St. Sophia’s


                                                Sunday, 24th December:                                9.30am Mass at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                11am Mass at Mount Carmel


No Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s on 24th


6pm Christmas Mass at Mount Carmel


8pm Christmas Mass at St. Sophia’s


                                                Monday, 25th December               9.30am Christmas Mass at St. Matthew’s




Recently Deceased: Kathleen Kilpatrick (St. Matthew’s) and Peter Craigen & Hannah Murphy (both of Mount Carmel). May all our Departed rest in peace


Anniversaries: John McCann; Jean Kenney; John Kenney.


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


FEASTS THIS WEEK: *************************.


St. Matthew’s Collection Amounts: 10/12/17 Weekly: £632.95; Youth Hub: £6.50; Ecuador Box: £14.08


St. Matthew’s 200 Club: 10/12/17: £50 - No.32 (A. Robinson); £25-No.36 (C. Kelly).


POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTION:  Pope Francis invites us to pray this month …. FOR THE ELDERLY: That they, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.




CHILDREN’S INITIATION:  The Children preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist are invited to bring along to Mass next weekend the CHIRST FIGURE from the home crib scene to be blessed.


ST. MATTHEW’S QUIET DAY: Will take place in St. Matthew’s TODAY Sunday 17th December from 4.00pm-7.00pm. To make sure there is someone in the Church at all times, please mark your name on the sheet in the porch – half hour slots are available


MOUNT CARMEL QUIET DAY: Will take place in Our Lady of Mount Carmel TODAY Sunday 17th December from 4.00pm. There will be a Taize Service at 6.00pm and Carols by Candlelight at 7.00pm. To make sure there is someone in the Church at all times, please mark your name on the sheet in the porch – half hour slots are available


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.


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 TODAY SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER.  Fr. Martin will make sure it gets to the New Laigh Kirk for distribution.


MASS AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: Young people aged 14-25 are invited meet old friends and make new ones at a Mass and Christmas lunch at St Joseph’s Church, Hill Street, Kilmarnock on Friday 29th December.  Arrival in church at 12.15 pm for Mass followed by lunch and time together.  To make sure we make enough food for everyone, please confirm you will be there at “Galloway Catholic Youth” on Facebook or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ST ANDREW’S PRIMARY ENROLMENT: Parents of children due to commence attendance at school in August 2018 should enrol their child during the week of January 15th at the following times:


Monday 15th January – 1:30PM – 2:30PM; Tuesday 16th January – 9:30AM – 11:30AM;


Wednesday 17th January 1:30PM – 2:30PM; Thursday 18th January – 9:30AM – 11:30AM


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


ANNUAL CRIB APPEAL:  The money collected at the crib will be for the St. Margaret Children and Family Care Society. 


CHILDREN AT CHRISTMAS DAY MASS: Children are also invited to bring to Mass on Christmas morning, a small baby gift (socks, nappies, sponge….) which will be given to Hillhouse.


JOINT PARISHES CHRISTMAS PARTY:  Families and friends of Mount Carmel and St. Matthew’s are invited to come to St. Matthew’s Hall on Friday, 29th December from 3-6pm for a night of fun and friendship.  As in previous years there will be games for all ages.  You are invited to bring your own leftover eats and drinks.  A chance to relax and enjoy one another’s company.


HOGMANAY REFLECTION NIGHT:  St. Matthew’s will host this event on Sunday, 31st December.  Quiet prayer in the Church from 4pm finishing with a Hogmanay Prayer Service at 6pm.  There will be Carols playing in the background and soft candle light in the Church.  To make sure that the Church is attended at all times, please take a 30min slot on the sheet at the back of St. Matthew’s Church.


CONFIRMATION 2018:  The date for the Sacrament of Confirmation for our Deanery has been set.  Bishop Nolan will administer the sacrament in Mount Carmel Church on Thursday, 8th February 2018 at 7pm.


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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