BULLETIN                  20 DECEMBER 2015



Saturday 19 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Christmas intentions
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Leo and Elizabeth Walsh

Sunday 20 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 21 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for MartIn Lehane and Annie Farmer

Tuesday 22 December  

Mass at 10.00 am by Canon Poland for Andrew McAteer

Wednesday 23 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Christmas intentions

Thursday 24 December  

Vigil Mass of Christmas at 5.30 pm
Vigil Mass of Christmas at 8.30 pm

Friday 25 December  

Mass of Christmas Day at 11.00 am for the parishioners

Saturday 26 December  

No morning Mass
Sunday Vigil Mass of the Holy Family at 5.30 pm for John Dolan and Tom McKay

The Mass intention list is just over two weeks ahead. Please notify anniversaries as early as you can. Thanks.
Any changes to the above times caused, for example, by a funeral will be notified on the home page of this website.


  Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston
Saturday 19 December  
Sunday Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 20 December  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 21 December  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 22 December  
Requiem Mass by Canon Matt at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 23 December  

Mass at 10.00 am

Thursday 24 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 am
Vigil Mass at 8.30 am

Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm

Friday 25 December  
Mass at 11.30 am

Mass at 9.30 am

Saturday 26 December  


Sunday 20 December  

11.30 am
2.00 to 5.00 pm

Tea and Coffee after Mass
Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Martin Lehane, Kenny Brown and Cathie Graham who died recently;
Theresa McGuire 1989, Gwen Body 1966, Janet Chapman 2004, Charles Fisher 2014, Jane Gallagher 2011, Sister Hilda CP 2000, Edward Keogh, John McCourt 2010, Josephine McGeachy 2003, Ellen Barrett 1984, Ted Boyle 1975, Tom Braniff 2003, Doris Coulter 2012, Jenny McAree 2003, Andrew McAteer 1983, David Mills 2014, Jean Orr 2008, Peggy Hamilton, Patrick McLaughlin 1998, Mereno Berti 2003, Sister Anne Delahunt 2011, Peggy McLaughlan 2006, Bessie Delahunt 2006, Tom McKay, Bessie O'Rourke 2005, George Scott 1973, Jessie Brown 1975, Tom Finn 1993, Anne-Marie Jenkins 2005, Sister Mary McCann, Isobel O'Hare Rae 2004, Patrick Quinn 1969 and Margaret Shanks 1966 whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
If deceased members of your family are not on our anniversary list, please tell Canon Matt
, the parish office or contact WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net.

Sunday Mass times in Saint Peter's are 5.30 pm Vigil and 10.30 am. Sunday Mass times in other local parishes can be seen here.

The Sacrament of Forgiveness is available at any suitable time as well as from 4.30 pm before the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings.

If a member of your family or a friend is sick, please let us know and give us the details. Deacon Bill Corbett (01292 521208, 07904 248948, Rev.BillCorbett@btinternet.com) is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and is assisted by the priest on call each week. Canon Pat Keegans (01292 263488) is the chaplain to Ayr Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice.

Bankers Orders for the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3800 per month. Every month, we pay a levy of £1450 to the Diocese. We are grateful for your generous support in collections. If you can manage a little more from time to time, it would be a great help. A Standing Order would make the handling of money so much easier. Have you signed a Gift Aid form? If you are a taxpayer the Church would get 25p added to every £1 you donate.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £569.60 - many thanks.

Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £271.25 - many thanks.

The Inland Revenue now requires us to use a new style of Gift Aid form. These are available at the back of the Church and on the parish website. If you pay tax, please complete the new form and return it to the box provided. This allows us to provide the additional information required on the Gift Aid claim. Gift Aid is a vital source of income. All that is needed is that you pay tax. You simply declare that you give funds to the Church. We do the rest. Why not sign a form today? We get back an extra 25p for every £1 you give the Church in your weekly collection or by way of a donation. There is no need to cancel or renew it. We simply claim in the income we receive.

Our parish records are covered by the Data Protection Act and are for parish use only. We cannot give out phone numbers or addresses. Please help us to keep our records up to date using the cards provided.

Next weekend's readers are Margaret Munn at 5.30 pm and Anthony Da Prato at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 4 at 10.30 am.

The Children's Liturgy is celebrated during the 10.30 am Mass each Sunday but is having a break until 10 January 2016.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Loretta McLardyís team.
Would you consider making a team or joining a team that organises the teas and coffees after Sunday 10.30 am Mass? If so, please leave your details at the Parish Office or telephone 01294 464063.

Christmas Mass in this parish will be celebrated at 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm on Christmas Eve and at 11.00 am on Christmas Day. In
Saint Mary's, Saltcoats, the Vigil Masses are at 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm with the day Mass at 11.30 pm. In Saint Johnís, Stevenston, the Masses are at 6.30 pm and 9.30 am.

You can send greetings to fellow parishioners via our Parish Christmas card at the stall in exchange for a donation to Church funds.

50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to the 50/50 Club winners for November and December who each receive £25 - 96 Eoghan Hughes, 155 Patricia Doherty, 187 Janet Brown, 23 Lorraine Stevenson, 186 Esther Coulter, 266 Angela Body, 24 Helen Walsh and 121 Anne Hastings. We thank members for their continued support and remind them that payment for 2016 membership is due in January. Payment can be given to the Promoter, Mrs Myriame Sammons or to your collector. We will also have a Sign-Up Sunday on 10 and 17 January 2016.

The 2016 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 6 February at 7.00 pm. Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm for a prompt start. The Immortal Memory will be delivered by Jim Butler, former Principal Teacher of Art at Saint Andrew's Academy, Saltcoats, shown below left. John Butcher, Executive Director, Education and Youth Employment for North Ayrshire Council, shown below centre, will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire, shown below right, will reply. Other participants are Bill Andrew, Rachel Brown, Calum Coldwell, Canon Matt, Aidan and Bethany McGrath, George McGrattan and Ciaran Sinclair. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends. The meal will be prepared and served by Michael and Fiona Brown, family and friends. Vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course. There are more details on the Church website. Your support is appreciated.

Come and join us for a walk with Santa and carol singing on Sunday 20 December at 2.00 pm at Oscar's on Saltcoats Beach walking to Saint Peterís Parish Centre for mulled wine and mince pies, childrenís disco and a visit from Santa. There is no charge for this event but donations will be gratefully received for HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust. For further information please contact Esther Coulter on 464692.

The Rainbows are now on holiday and will restart on Monday 11 January 2016. We would like to thank their parents for their continued support during 2015 and wish them a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year.

Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Mass outwith holidays, there is a Childrenís Liturgy provided for preschool children, children in Primaries 1 to 3 and a Sacramental Programme for children in Primary 4. After the 10.30 am Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both of our weekend Masses, we have a second collection for Church maintenance.

Our advertisers would welcome your support. We are grateful for their continuing sponsorship. We are grateful for the support of Mr and Mrs Sohal, Nisa Stores, Glasgow Street for the weekly donation of tea, coffee and milk for the Sunday teas.

The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God's purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity
with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.