BULLETIN                  2 APRIL 2017


Saturday 1 April  

Mass at 10.00 am Nan and Bertie Lidden
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Manus Gallagher

Sunday 2 April  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 3 April  

Mass at 10.00 am for John Berry
Canon Matt
was ordained on this day in 1965.

Tuesday 4 April  

Mass at 10.00 am for Anne and Andrew Murphy

Wednesday 5 April  

Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Jimmy McDonald

Thursday 6 April  

Mass at 7.00 pm
This is a day to celebrate the Sacrament of Forgiveness at Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston at 10.00 am and at Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats at 1.30 pm.

Friday 7 April  

Mass at 10.00 am by Father Gerry Magee for Danny McMail
Canon Matt will be at Bernard Muir's funeral in Kilwinning.

Saturday 8 April  

Mass at 10.00 am for an for Easter intention
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for the congregation

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.

Saturday 1 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 2 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 3 April  
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 4 April  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 5 April  

Mass at 10.00 am

Thursday 6 April  
Mass at 1.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Friday 7 April  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 8 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Saturday 1 April  
10.00 to 1.00 pm Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning
Sunday 2 April  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 3 April  
8.00 to 6.00 pm
7.30 pm

Scallywags Aftercare
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 4 April  
8.00 to 6.00 pm

Scallywags Aftercare

Wednesday 5 April  
8.00 to 6.00 pm
7.30 pm

Scallywags Aftercare
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 6 April  
8.00 to 6.00 pm
12.15 to 4.15 pm

Scallywags Aftercare
Irish Dancing

Friday 7 April  
8.00 to 6.00 pm Scallywags Aftercare

Please remember in your prayers:
Bernard Muir (Kilwinning) and David Wright who died recently;
Margaret Murphy, Monsignor John O'Farrell 2008, Pope John Paul II 2005, James Smith 1959, Archie McFarlane, Harry Quinn 1993, Patrick Tomelty 2004, Annie Adam 1997, Mattie Friel 1995, Barbara Henderson, Frank McCaffrey 2012, Jane Mullen 2003, Annie Murphy 1981, Agnes Ward 2001, Margaret Boyd 2004, George Lee 1992, James Wilson 2013, Daniel Thomas Gilmour 2013, Frank Grogan, Michael McNamara 2008, Father Tom McCann 2009, Joseph & Jessie Stevens, Mary Tinney 2004 and Father Jim Boyd SCJ 2002 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.

Bankers Orders for the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3500 per month. 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 567.90 and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund collection to £1180.23 - 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 Julie Coldwell at 5.30 pm and Patricia Milligan at 10.30 am.

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

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Emma Paterson and Michelle Morton for Primary 4. Canon Matt would like to meet with those who assist with the Children's Liturgy. I will contact you in the next few days about meeting after Easter. We need to sort out a few details and see if we can remedy the situation where it appears that more adults than children go out each Sunday.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sharon McLaughlin's team.

Lent is a period of six weeks made as a journey to Easter. It is a time to fast, pray and give alms. Every one of us is able to make our own decisions about what we need to do to make our lives more acceptable to God. We can:
  - do without things we don't really need
  - take time to pray so that we can listen to what God asks of us
  - share what we have with others in more need through the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and other ways
  - attend Stations of the Cross on Friday mornings at 9.40 am

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Forgiveness together within Mass on Thursday 6 April at 10.00 am in
Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston at 1.30 pm in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats and at 7.00 pm in Saint Peter's.

The parish accounts are available this weekend as are Gift Aid and Bankers Order forms. Please remember Gift Aid can only be used if you pay tax.

An Easter Funday will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday 8 April from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, egg and gingerbread men decorating contest, cakes, raffle tea and coffee. The cost is £2 per child ny paying at the door. There is unlimited access to the bouncy castle for up to thirteen year olds and adults accompanying go free. All funds raised will be to support Bethany Collins in her year volunteering in Honduras as a teacher with the educational charity, Project Trust. All are welcome.

The Gleniffer Singers are performing a summer concert at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, South Crescent Road on Friday 5 May 2017 at 7.30 pm. There will be an easy listening programme with songs from the musicals and film, popular and folk, gospel and secular music. Tickets costing £10 for adults and £6 for children include refreshments after the concert and can be booked by emailing stuart_mitchell_99@yahoo.com.

Our next fundraiser to assist financially with sick pilgrims going to Lourdes in July will be a Quiz Night on Friday 28 April at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre. Tickets cost £5 and it is a Bring Your Own Bottle evening. We depend on your continued support and appreciate any donations of prizes for the raffle. Please contact any committee member, the Parish Office or Harry on 469006 for tickets.

We now have the assistance of John and Phil McKenzie leading the singing at the 10.30 Mass as well as Andrena Hughes - others would be more than welcome. George McGrattan and the parish choir cover the Vigil Mass. Saint Peter's School choir assists on the first Sunday of each month. Some former members of the Saint Peter's choir who are now at Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats are getting together to cover Mass once a month. Would anyone like to join them? They hope to sing on Sunday 19 March at the 10.30 am Mass. Feel free to join them.

There is an invitation to take part in a study group based on the idea of Forming Intentional Disciples for six Tuesdays after Easter. We hope to start with an introductory evening on Tuesday 25 April in Saint Peter's Presbytery. The sessions begin at 7.00 pm with ten minutes of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and end at 9.00 pm after ten minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Each session, with the prayer time, is based on pre-reading two chapters of Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell, published in 2012, and sharing our thoughts on what is said. The programme is in use in the Diocese of Plymouth to whom we are grateful for advice. The books are yours to keep and there is a discounted charge of £12 for them. To register interest. please email ParishOffice@SaintPeterInChains.net or phone 464063 during office hours before 1 April to allow us to gauge interest and purchase the books.

Young people aged 11 to 25 are invited to mark the beginning of Holy Week with other young Catholics from Scotland on Palm Sunday, 9 April, at Saint Mary's Monastery, Perth for an afternoon of bishops' teaching, Mass, and social time with a buffet dinner. The cost including transport by coach from Galloway diocese is £5. For more information or to book a place, please contact Father Stephen McGrattan on info@stephenmcgrattan.org.uk or 01563 521832.

Congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard to raise £1600 for Youth For Lourdes.

Our next fundraiser to assist financially with sick pilgrims going to Lourdes in July will be a Quiz Night on Friday 28 April at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Tickets cost £5 and it is a Bring Your Own Bottle evening. We depend on your continued support and appreciate any donations of prizes for the raffle. Please contact any committee member, the Parish Office or Harry on 469006 for tickets.

Ayrshire Curia will hold their yearly consecration to our Lady on Sunday 2 April at 3.00 pm in
Saint Mary's Church, Largs. There will be Rosary, Benediction and a homily followed by tea and coffee. All are welcome.

Churches' Homeless Action North Ayrshire (CHANA) gratefully thanks you for your overwhelming generosity in the last few months. Many homeless and deprived children received a good Christmas gift and there are sufficient presents left over to cover birthdays. As there is now a stockpile of cleaning items, pyjamas, socks et cetera, there will be a break till after Easter when a fresh appeal will be made. Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your generosity in the past. We are still collecting all items listed in the magazine but are particularly looking for the following items - coloured pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, twelve inch rulers, dessert spoons and tennis balls or balls of a similar size. Please put any items in the blue box marked Mary's Meals in the Church porch.

English for Speakers Of another Language is a practical way of helping refugees. There are eleven Syrian Refugee families living in North Ayrshire with more to come. Volunteer ESOL tutors can provide in-class support to learners of English in groups or teach ESOL learners with specific needs on a one-to-one basis. If you think this is for you, a meeting has been arranged in Saint John's Hall, Stevenston on Tuesday 4 April at 11.00 am when Susan Larmour from Ayrshire Community Trust will explain what is involved.

There will be a Jumbulance Pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter 2017. A group will travel from our diocese to Lourdes on Thursday 27 April returning Saturday 6 May 2017. The travel is by medically-adapted coach and is particularly suited to those unable to fly for health reasons and/or those who wish to be in a smaller group. Places are available for sick pilgrims, helpers, nurses and carers. The group travels with a doctor, nurses and chaplain and can cater for almost all needs. Please phone Alison Neil on 07749 555955 or email her on amd.neil@outlook.com for more details.

The inter-church group who are concerned with homelessness around us would like to appeal for donations of household cleaning materials to help people get started when they are housed. They also need new socks, gloves and pyjamas for those who are housed in the Homeless Hostels. A full list of requirements is on the box at the back of the Church. Thank you.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society usually collects toiletries for the Ozanam Centre in Glasgow - for Homeless people - during Lent. There is a box in the porch.

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.