ON THIS DAY


The list below shows noteworthy events in the history of the Church of Saint Peter in Chains.

13 August 1983

These photos of the Franciscan Convent at 46 Stanley Road were taken.



12 August 2012

Saint Peter's hosted the Ardrossan Churches Group Barbecue.




















9 August 1977

Canon Matthew Littleton died.

7 August 2005

This photo of Canon Matt was taken.

6 August 2006

Scottish International Relief, later Mary's Meals, took away clothing, other goods and cash donations from Saint Peter's parishioners.

4 August 1983

The Thursday Club held its first meeting.

4 August 1981

Jack Coia, the architect who designed Saint Peter's, died.

3 August 2013

These photos of the Heritage Trail Blue Plaque were taken.

2 August 1997

The walls and roof were well developed during the construction of the Parish Centre.

31 July 2011

Saint Peter's hosted the Ardrossan Churches Group Barbecue.



30 July 2005

This photo of the Parish Centre was taken.

28 and 29 July 2016

New side and front doors were fitted to the Church.





27 July 2011

Around sixty parishioners and friends joined the evening sail from Ardrossan to Brodick and back on the Caledonian Isles.












23 July 2011

Mary Moran was presented with a Papal Blessing at the Vigil Mass to mark her ninetieth birthday.

21 July 2013

Over forty parishioners and friends joined the afternoon sail between Ardrossan and Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula.




























19 July 2007

This photo of the Church was taken.

17 July 2020

As lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic eased, the Church re-opened for the first public Mass since 19 March 2020.

17 July 2007

This photo of the Church was taken.

17 July 1954

Gerald Muir was ordained.

16 July 1994

The HMS Dasher Memorial Plaque was unveiled.

13 July 2005

www.SaintPeterInChains.net was launched.

13 July 2007

Work on the Blessed Sacrament Chapel was completed.

11 July 2001

This photo of the Church and Presbytery was taken.

9 July 2004

Bishop John Cunningham was the principal celebrant at the Requiem Mass for Father Michael Lynch.

8 July 1955

The following day's Sale of Work was advertised in the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald.

7 July 2003

Father Stephen McGrattan celebrated his first Mass.



6 July 2003

Stephen McGrattan was ordained.



6 July 1957

Monsignor John Power opened the Garden Fete or Sale of Work.

5 July 2020

Saint Peter's website had its 250000th visit since its launch on 13 July 2005.

5 July 1994

This photo of Sister Peter Patrick and Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, later Sister Catherine, of the Congregation of the Sisters of Misericorde was taken at their Mother House in France.

4 July 2004

Flowers were tied to the Church railings in tribute to Father Michael Lynch who died two days previously.

4 July 2008

Members of the Thursday Club were on holiday in Wales.

2 July 2004

Father Michael Lynch died from smoke inhalation during a fire in Saint Peter's Presbytery.

2 July 1981

Peter Magee was ordained.

2 July 2006

Monsignor Peter Magee celebrated twenty-five years of priesthood with Mass in Saint Peter's, the Church in which he was ordained in 1981.

















29 June 2006

The opening of the new Presbytery was commemorated with a Mass led by principal celebrant Cardinal Keith O'Brien.













28 June 1968

The following day's Garden Fete or Sale of Work was advertised in the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald.

28 June 1914

Peter Fitzpatrick was ordained.

27 June 1973

Members of Ardrossan Round Table presented the Nursing Sisters with a cheque for £1130 to support their work.

27 June 1973

Saint Peter's Girls' Club finished second in the Fancy Dress Competition for Ardrossan Civic Week.

26 June 2012

Former parishioner Monsignor Peter Magee was installed as Canon in Saint Margaret's Cathedral in Ayr along with Father Martin Poland.








24 June 1908

Archibald McSparran was ordained.

23 June 2004

This photo of Father Michael Lynch was taken. Sadly, it was his last photo as he died nine days later on 2 July.

22 June 2020

Father Duncan took on the additional role of Parish Priest of Saint Bride's Church in West Kilbride.

22 June 2019

Father Duncan led an Oasis Day for Eucharistic Ministers from Saint Mary's Deanery in Saint Peter's Parish Centre and Church.




22 June 2006

This photo of Saint Peter's Choir was taken.

16 June 1929

Matthew Littleton was ordained.

16 June 2006

These plants were planted in the Church Grounds.

14 June 1997

Good progress was being made in the construction of the Parish Centre.

14 June 2019

Michael Timmons took this photo of Saint Peter's Church.

13 June 2008

The Thursday Club celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary.








12 June 1966

The Radio Times gave notice of this day's broadcast from Saint Peter's Church.

11 June 1972

Saint Peter's Brownies took part in a parade during Ardrossan Civic Week.

11 June 2006

As the Presbytery neared completion, parishioners were invited to look around the new building.








10 June 2006

This photo of the Church was taken.

9 June 2020

For the first time ever, Mass was live-streamed from Saint Peter's. This, and future daily broadcasts, can be seen on YouTube.

9 June 2007

Work on the Blessed Sacrament Chapel was progressing well.

8 June 1952

Charles Matthews was ordained.

5 June 2016

The Embracing Change group hosted a picnic for Saint Mary's Deanery. This was held in the grounds of Saint Bride's Church in West Kilbride where Saint Peter's parishioners joined people from other Deanery parishes.





5 June 1955

Michael Lynch was ordained.

3 June 2006

Construction of the Presbytery was nearing completion.

2 June 2018

Father Duncan led an Oasis Day for Eucharistic Ministers from Saint Mary's Deanery in Saint Peter's Parish Centre and Church.

2 June 1887

Robert McCliment was born.

1 June 1982

Parishioners and friends from Saint Peter's went to Bellahouston Park in Glasgow for the Papal Mass concelebrated by Pope John Paul II.






1 June 2008

Saint Matthew's Academy Band played at a concert dedicated to the memory of John Dolan (1922-2007). John was the President of Friends of the Plantation and a major force in the renovation of the the Holm Plantation.

31 May 2015

Canon Matt celebrated fifty years of priesthood.











































31 May 2009

Galloway Voices led the singing at the midday Mass.

31 May 1970

Father Patrick Smith was ordained.

31 May 1963

As was common at that time, there was a May Procession in the Church grounds.


30 May 2009

This photo of the Church was taken.

28 May 1988

Roy Aitken, on the left, of Celtic Football Club and Scotland declared the Sale of Work open. Beside him was Michael McCulloch.

27 May 2013

Thursday Club members and friends were on a five day holiday in Fort William and the west coast of Scotland.

25 May 1958

Ardrossan's new Provost, parishioner Jimmy Dorrian and his Council attended Mass in Saint Peter's during which there was a ceremony known as the 'Kirkin' o' the Cooncil'.

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25 May 1929

Father Gerald Muir was born.

24 May 1997

More steelwork in the Parish Centre had been erected.

21 May 1997

Some steelwork in the Parish Centre had been erected.

20 May 2018

This photo of the Chains and Keys in the Parish Centre was taken.

19 May 2008

Canon Matt dedicated the John Dolan Memorial Seat in the Holm Plantation, Ardrossan.

19 May 1997

The foundations of the Parish Centre had been laid.

16 May 1981

Stephen McGrattan made his First Holy Communion. Twenty-two years later, he was ordained a priest.

15 May 2016

On Pentecost Sunday, the Embracing Change group arranged the Emmaus Walk from Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats to Saint Peter's.



















13 May 2006

This photo of the Presbytery was taken during its construction.

10 May 2006

Father Matt McManus led Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament.

3 May 2008

Männerensemble unerhört, a choir from Osterspai in Germany, sang at the 5.30pm Vigil Mass.

3 May 1892

Father William McBurnie was born.

2 May 1993

This photo of organist Stephen McGrattan was taken. Ten years later, he was ordained a priest.

29 April 2018

Father Duncan and Saint Peter's parishioners joined in Rosary on the Coast.

25 April 2008

Father Matt McManus was installated as a Member of the Cathedral Chapter.

24 April 1921

Father William McBurnie was ordained in the Seminary Chapel in Rome.

21 April 2004

This photo of the old Church Hall was taken.

19 April 1960

Moira Donnelly took her vows in Rome as a nun with the Society of the Sacred Heart. Moira is the sister of our parishioner, Jim Donnelly.

19 April 2011

The Requiem Mass for Father Gabriel Kigozi was celebrated. Father Gabriel's family asked for photographs.

12 April 2001

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel was opened.


12 April 2011

Father Gabriel Kigozi died.

11 April 2005

Following the fire of 2 July 2004 in which Father Michael Lynch was killed, demolition of the Presbytery began.

8 April 2012

Saint Peter's parishioners joined Canon Matt and members of other churches at the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service.

7 April 1997

Construction of the Parish Centre started.

4 April 1965

Father John Walls celebrated Mass on Passion Sunday.

3 April 1965

Matthew Francis McManus was ordained at the Good Shepherd Cathedral in Ayr.