BULLETIN                                                1 OCTOBER 2017


Saturday 30 September  

Memorial of Saint Jerome
Mass at 10.00 am for Iain Tarbet
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Bridget Carroll

Sunday 1 October  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 2 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for Anna Burns

Tuesday 3 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for Billy McCann

Wednesday 4 October  

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi
Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Mason

Thursday 5 October  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Bert Gilmour

Friday 6 October  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for William McCann

Saturday 7 October  

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Mass at 10.00 am for the Brady and Hillferty families
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 30 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 1 October  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 2 October  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 3 October  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 4 October  

Mass at 10.00 am

Thursday 5 October  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Friday 6 October  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 7 October  
Mass at 12 noon
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm


Sunday 1 October  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 2 October  
9.30 to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 3 October  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.45 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 4 October  
3.45 pm
7.30 pm
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group
Thursday 5 October  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
6.15 to 8.15 pm

Spirit of Youth Drama

Friday 6 October  
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

Saturday 7 October  
9.00 am Private Meeting

Please remember in your prayers:
Bert Gilmour and Billy McCann, both of our parish, who died recently;
Bert Body 1985, Bridget Carroll 2016, John Connor 1983, Charles Coulter 1992, Kathleen Mulhearn 2009, Canon Lawrence Fischer 1980 pictured right, Patrick Giffney 1971, Peter Morgan 2010, Lily Murphy 1990, Duncan Rhodes 2012, Hannah Burns 2002, Joseph Griffin 2001, Catherine Helen McMullan 2000, John Paterson 2005, Gerry McGinn 2008, Robert Paterson 2004, Hugh O'Hare 2004, Charlie Scullion 2010, Kirsty Bell 2012, Elizabeth McKay 2005, Terence O'Neill 2002, Karen Marie Boulcott 2007, William Cambridge 1990, John Goan 2012, James Martin 1997, Russ Otto 2012 and Eunice Ward 2001 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 Father Duncan
, 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 celebrated on Saturdays between 4.45 and 5.15 pm and at other times on request.

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 £593.76 and the Retired Priests Fund collection to £619.03.

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 Emily Tarbet at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 2 at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30 pm and John and Phil McKenzie at 10.30 am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives and Jacqueline Waugh and Emma Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Marie and Phyllis.

Like the little old lady who returned your wallet yesterday.
Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world when you smile.
Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you.
Like the rich man who showed you that it really is all possible if only you believe.
Like the stranger who just happened to come along when you had lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart when you didn't think you had one.
Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types - some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don't take life too seriously - they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address - they ask nothing in return.
They are hard to find when your eyes are closed but when you choose to see, they are everywhere you look so open your eyes and count all your Angels -- for you are truly blessed!

Stuck in traffic? Put on hold? Maybe God is calling you to pray. Long moments on hold or stuck in traffic might be God-given moments for prayer. Here are some pointers for Family Prayer:
  1  Pray as you can, not as you can't. Be realistic about what's possible.
  2  How about ten minutes or twenty for prayer? Choose a time of day and stick with it and designate a special site so it becomes holy.
  3  Pray as a family. Build upon rituals such as Grace before Meals. Encourage family members to offer thanks for the blessings of the day and prayers for those in need.
  4  Decorate your domestic church. Create an atmosphere for prayer in our home - the domestic church - by displaying a crucifix, a holy picture and other holy objects. Take the children to a religious goods shop and let them choose a picture or statue for their rooms.
  5  Short prayers count, too. When you're stopped at a long light or put on hold, consider it as God's invitation to turn your heart and mind to Him if only for a few seconds.
  6  Find God at work. Connecting with God in the workplace takes effort. Try to cultivate a few simple habits, for example, offer the day to God as you turn on your computer.
  7  Jump start your prayer life. Praying with Scripture, perhaps the daily Mass readings can help us focus. So, too, can an inspirational book.
  8  Ask your Mother for help. The Blessed Virgin Mary offers profound comfort. One family, gathered around the bedside of their dying husband and father, found peace through the rosary. The rosary is ideal for the family since children can be taught the simple prayers at an early age.

Maintain a common purpose. Remember our courting days and the long, thrilling conversations we had about our future together. They were part of our falling in love and of establishing a common purpose in married life. Saint Paul reminds us of the mark of a Christian - 'Be united in your convictions and your love with a common purpose and a common mind." Ezek18: 25-28 Phil 2: 1-11 Matt 21: 28-32

Here are some prayers, written by schoolchildren:
Dear God, in school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on holiday? - Jane
Dear God, instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have now? - Jane
Dear God - What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything. - Rebecca
Dear God, thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy. - Joyce
Dear God, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. - Larry

Sincere congratulations and blessings to Ian and Anne McCormick on their Golden Wedding anniversary on 30 September and to Billy and Celia Andrew on their Golden Wedding on 2 October. We wish them a day of grace, peace and joy.

We welcome this weekend the statue of Our Lady that was used at Carfin for the Act of Consecration of Scotland to the Mother of God. After Holy Mass on Sunday, it will be taken to
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats and remain there for a few days. Four parishioners will present Our Lady with a Golden Rose at the Saturday Vigil Mass - Sadie Cunningham, Myriame Sammons, Anne McCormick and Celia Andrew, the latter two who are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary. The young children will present the Rose at the Sunday Mass.
O Queen of heaven and earth, and tender Mother of all people, in accordance with your ardent wish made known to the three children at Fatima, we consecrate to your Immaculate Heart our beloved country of Scotland.

The month of October is marked by the praying of the Rosary. We are invited to pray one decade of the Rosary for our families and loved ones just before the beginning of Holy Mass at the Saturday Vigil and Sunday. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary will be celebrated on Saturday 7 October at 10.00 am. Please bring to Holy Mass your rosaries and place them on the altar and they will be blessed on this special day of grace.

We are ambitiously aiming to teach the girls to knit on Thursday 9 November between 7.30 and 9.00 pm so that we can make hats and blankets for various charities. We would very much appreciate your help. Our goal is to teach the girls to cast on, plain knit stitch, garter stitch and cast off. If you think you could help to teach one of our girls how to do this, please contact Coral on 07950 231241? Also, if you have any spare balls of chunky or thick wool or any old needles, size 6 plus that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to the box at the back of the Church and we will collect. Thank you.

Following the daily 1.00 pm lunchtime Mass in Saint Andrew's Cathedral, the annual Forty Days for Life reunion will take place in the Eyre Hall, Archdiocesan Office, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow on Saturday 14 October from 2.00m to 4.00 pm. After Mass, tea and coffee will be available for all those who took part in the prolife prayer vigils over Forty Days for Life during Lent in 2017. Please consider taking part in Forty Days for Life during next Lent in 2018. Following the Consecration of Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we continue to pray for a culture of life in Scotland and around the world. Saint John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae 'What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life'. - paragraph 95

SPUC's National Conference will take place at 200 Saint Vincent Street Glasgow on Saturday 7 October 2017. This event is an excellent opportunity to hear top international speakers and learn about the exciting work being done to promote the right to life. The day commences with registration from 9.30 am and ends at 4.00 pm. The day includes refreshments throughout the day and lunch. Tickets cost £25 and can be booked on 0141 221 2094.

We recently sent a further 201 filled backpacks to Malawi, making a total of 1989 since we started eight years ago. As this is an ongoing project, we are constantly collecting and storing the required items. At present, we need soap, toothpaste, tennis balls, desert spoons and backpacks but will accept any of the required items you may donate. Thank you for your many previous donations.

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.