BULLETIN                                                  15 OCTOBER 2017


Saturday 14 October  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil Holy Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Joshua O'Neill

Sunday 15 October  

Sunday Holy Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 16 October  

Requiem Mass at 12.30 am for Colin Boyle followed by his burial at West Kilbride Cemetery at 2.00 pm

Tuesday 17 October  

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for John Connor

Wednesday 18 October  

Feast of Saint Luke
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Mary McAtee

Thursday 19 October  

Memorial of Saint John de Brébeuf and companions
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Patricia Mills

Friday 20 October  

Requiem Mass at 11.30 am for Greta Brennan followed by her burial at Dreghorn Cemetery at 1.30 pm

Saturday 21 October  

Memorial of Saint John Paul II
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil Holy Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for David Farrell

The Holy 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 14 October  
Vigil Holy Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 15 October  
Sunday Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Holy Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 16 October  
Service at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Tuesday 17 October  
Service at 10.00 am Mass at 10.00 am
Wednesday 18 October  
  Service at 10.00 am
Thursday 19 October  
Mass at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Friday 20 October  
Service at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Saturday 21 October  
Vigil Holy Mass at 4.30 pm


Sunday 15 October  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 16 October  

Tuesday 17 October  
9.00 to 11.00 am

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Please remember in your prayers:
Greta Brennan and Martha Ann Breen both of our parish, Bill Andrew and Colin Boyle (Largs) who died recently;
James McKay 1992, Bernard Aspinwall 2013, John McGowan 2002, John McPolin 1944, Hannah Burns 2002, Dan Donnelly 1941, Andrew Howieson, Jim Sullivan 2005, Alistair Aitken 1995, Agnes Anderson 2001, Mary McAtee 2006, Margaret McHugh 2002, Michael McManus 1961, Michael Monaghan 1936, John Dorian 2009, Cameron McCallum 2010, David McHugh 1967, Patrick McQuade 1998, Lawrence Brennan 1981, Andrew Conaghan 2002, Michael Doherty 2005, Margaret Monaghan 1969 and Hugh O'Boyle 2000 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

Sunday Holy Mass times in Saint Peter's are 5.30 pm Vigil and 10.30 am. Sunday Holy 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, 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 £638.49 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £309.60 - 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 Katrina Pollock at 5.30 pm and Peter Brawley at 10.30 am.

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

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30 pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30 am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emily Tarbet for the pre-fives, Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Geraldine Butcher and Teresa Louden for Primary 4.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Frances's and Mary's team. We are looking for some new volunteers to go on the rota for refreshments after Mass on Sundays. If you can, please stay a while after Mass and have a chat and share some community spirit. Please consider becoming a volunteer and doing a great service to the Parish Family. Thanks!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Colin Boyle, aged 38 years, who died recently. The date for Colin's Requiem Mass is Monday 16 October at 12.30 pm, followed by burial at West Kilbride Cemetery at 2.00 pm. May he rest in peace and rise in glory! Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Greta Brennan, aged 94 years, who died recently. The date for Greta's Requiem Mass is Friday 20 October at 11.30 pm, followed by burial at Dreghorn Cemetery at 1.30 pm. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

We welcome to the Family of the Church Charlie McLaughlin who will be baptised next Sunday. Congratulations to Charlie's parents and Godparents.

At the prodding of my friends, I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Honor and I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa. I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons - something I have done for over thirty years. During those years, I found that children have many levels of musical ability and even though I have never had the pleasure of having a prodigy, I have taught some very talented students. However, I have also had my share of what I call 'musically challenged' pupils - one such pupil being Robby. Robby was eleven years old when his mother, a single mum, dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby but Robby said that it had always been his mother's dream to hear him play the piano so I took him as a student. Well, Robby began his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavour. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel. But he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary piano pieces that I require all my students to learn. Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he would always say "My mum's going to hear me play someday". But to me, it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability. I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. Several weeks later, I mailed a flyer recital to the student's homes. To my surprise, Robby, who had received a flyer, asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and that because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify. He told me that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing. "Please Miss Honor, I've just got to play" he insisted. I don't know what led me to allow him to play in the recital - perhaps it was his insistence or maybe something inside of me saying that it would be all right. The night of the recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed with parents, relatives and friends. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he might do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my 'curtain closer'. Well, the recital went off without a hitch. The students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an egg beater through it. "Why wasn't he dressed up like the other students?" I thought. "Why didn't his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?" Robby pulled out the piano bench and I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen to play Mozart's Concerto No 21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys. They even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso. His suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age. After six and a half minutes, he ended in a grand crescendo, and everyone was on their feet in wild applause! Overcome and in tears, I ran up onstage and put my arms around Robby in joy. "I have never heard you play like that Robby, how did you do it?" Through the microphone Robby explained "Well, Miss Honor, remember I told you that my mum was sick? Well, she actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well … she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special." There wasn't a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed in to foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. I thought to myself then how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil. Robby was killed years later in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995.

Add another stitch
God our Father invites us all to His great wedding feast in heaven! In living out our married life, we have been making our wedding garments! It is woven, sewn and stitched with all the little acts of loving kindness, long forgotten, the courtesies in every little action we show toward each other, our children, family and friends.      Isaiah 25:6-10 Phil 4:12-14 Matt 22:1-4

Here are some of the funny things that you can read in Parish Newsletters.
Everyone is excited about the upcoming wedding of Steve and Melody. They are having a 'country style' wedding. Everyone is invited to join them as they exchange cows in the church courtyard on 7 June.
Remember, we'll be gathering with other area churches for the singing in the park on Sunday night. I want to remind the choir and all sinners to be at the park by 4.30 pm for the warm-up and sound checks.

Pope Francis's monthly intention for October is for the workers and for the unemployed - that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Next Sunday, our coach will be leaving at 1.30 pm from the car park to travel to the Schoenstatt Shrine at Campsie Glen. There will be Prayer of the Rosary at 3.00 pm and Holy Mass with the Crowning of Our Lady's Picture of Grace by Bishop Mario Conti at 3.30 pm. We would then return home after Mass. You can still put your name on the list at the back of Church today. Thank you!

There are still some serious problems with water leaks in the Church and in the Parish Centre. We are looking at new leaks in the choir loft. Some bricks have been removed to investigate the source of the leak. A part of the roof in the Centre has deteriorated badly and will need a large and urgent repair. George Poole has been a great help in clearing out some of the cupboard and storage area in the Church Sacristy. Please be as generous as you can in the Building Fund Collection. Thank you!

The children of our parish who are old enough will be confirmed by Bishop William on Monday 19 February 2018 and will receive Holy Communion for the first time at a Sunday Mass in May. The Primary 4 children are welcome to go with the Children's Liturgy at the 10.30 am Mass on Sundays 8, 15 and 22 October for their own readings and preparation then join us on Sunday 29 October for Presentation Sunday. Their Children's Liturgy will continue at 10.30 am Mass thereafter. We look forward to seeing all the new Primary 4s.

Please have a look at our parish website for a few new pastoral resources - a Baptism Preparation Pack for parents coming for Baptism, a Marriage Preparation Pack for engaged couples, a leaflet on the ten top reasons why we should want to go to Mass on Sunday, an explanation sheet on how to pray the Rosary and the dates and times for the Sacramental programme of the children 2017-18. Please have a look at the new resources and make others aware of them.

A small information sheet with useful contact telephone numbers and email addresses for the Parish is available in Church.

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.

Make A Will fortnight runs between 16 and 31 October 2017 when solicitors from across Ayrshire, including Taylor and Henderson on 464341 and Jas Campbell and Co on 464131, kindly agree to waive their fee and make your Will in return for a donation to the hospice.

Anne and Ian and Billy and Celia wish to thank
Father Duncan for our blessing on our fiftieth wedding anniversaries and to thank everyone for all the cards and good wishes we received. The family of the late William McCann wish to thank Father McVicar and all those involved in William's Requiem Mass as well as family, friends, colleagues and neighbours for their support, Mass cards, sympathy cards, flowers, thoughts and prayers. The sacrifice of the Holy Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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 Holy Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Holy Mass outwith holidays, there is a Children’s 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 Holy Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both of our weekend Holy 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.