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Weekday Services:          Sunday, 7th January:                        9.30am Mass at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                11am Mass at Mount Carmel


                                                                                                                4pm Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


Monday, 8th January:                      9am Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                10am Mass at St. Matthew’s


Tuesday, 9th January:                      10am Funeral Mass at St. Paul’s, Hurlford


Wednesday, 10th January:            10am Eucharistic Service at Mount Carmel


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


Thursday, 11th January:                  9am Hour of Prayer at St. Sophia’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Sophia’s


Friday, 12th January:                        9am Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s


                                                                10am Mass at St. Matthew’s


Saturday, 13th January:        6pm Vigil Mass at St. Sophia’s


                                                Sunday, 14th January:                     9.30am Mass at St. Matthew’s


                                                                                                                11am Mass at Mount Carmel


4pm Hour of Prayer at St. Matthew’s




Recently Deceased: Rena Vickers; Lillian Sharp. May all our Departed rest in peace


Anniversaries: James Boylan.


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


FEASTS THIS WEEK: Sunday – Epiphany of the Lord; Monday – Baptism of the Lord; Saturday – St. Kentigern


St. Matthew’s 200 Club: 31/12/17: £50 - No.58 (E. Allan); £25-No.51 (M. Chambers –yipee!).


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


SPECIAL COLLECTION: There will be a collection for the JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION TODAY AT MASS - 6th/7th January.  Please be generous


ST. MATTHEW’S CHURCH TOILETS: Work will start tomorrow (8th Jan) to renovate the toilet block.  Stage 1 will be the renovation of the Gents toilets and then Stage 2 will be the renovation of the Ladies toilets.  During the first stage, gents are asked to use the Toilet at the entrance to the Church.


CHILDREN’S INITIATION: The next ‘Do this in Memory of Me’ weekend is 13th/14th January.  Children are asked to bring their Prayer Candle to Mass.


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


ST. SOPHIA’S FABRIC & FINANCE GROUP: This will take place in St. Sophia’s Hall on Thursday, 18th January at 7pm.  All are welcome


CHILDREN’S INITIATION: There will be a Children’s Retreat at Mount Carmel Church on Saturday, 20th January from 10am-2pm.  Children are asked to bring a packed lunch. At the end of the Retreat, there will be a parents’ meeting (2-2.30pm)


ST. MATTHEW’S FABRIC & FINANCE: This will take place in St. Matthew’s Hall on Thursday, 25th January at 7pm.  All are welcome


INTER-FAITH GATHERING:  Following on from last year’s successful event in St. Matthew’s, there will be a Gathering of Faiths in St. Kentigern’s Church, New farm Loch where guest speakers will lead a Faith discussion ….one of the guest speakers this year is our own Bishop Nolan.


HCPT CHARITY NIGHT: Fr. Martin has arranged a night to raise funds for HCPT Gp. 138 (of which he is chaplain), who will travel to Lourdes this Easter with the children’s pilgrimage.  The concert will take place in St. Matthew’s Hall on Friday 2nd February 2018. Live entertainment, Italian Buffet and fundraising raffles. Tickets will be available soon - cost £10


JOINT PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Joint Pastoral Council for St. Sophia’s, Mount Carmel and St. Matthew’s will now take place on Tuesday, 13th February at 7pm in Mount Carmel Church.  Please note the change of date.


HILLHOUSE CARE: Many thanks to all the children who brought along BABY GIFTS on Christmas Day – these have been handed on to Hillhouse Care where they will be well used.  Many thanks


LONDON MARATHON: Just to prove his insanity, Fr. Martin has signed up for the London Marathon and will run (slowly) on April 22nd 2018.  He will be running for two charities: MS (his Mum has had MS since the 70s); and the Ecuador Trust.  More details of sponsorship later – just wipe his brow if you see him out training!
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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