BULLETIN                                      29 OCTOBER 2017


Saturday 28 October  

Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Bill Andrew
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Greta Brennan and Ann Breen

Sunday 29 October  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 30 October  

Holy Mass at 9.00 am for Bridie Crawford

Tuesday 31 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for Anna Baesso
Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints at 7.00 pm for Cathie Andrew

Wednesday 1 November  

Solemnity of All Saints - holy day of obligation
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Kennedy

Thursday 2 November  

All Souls
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for the Kilbane family and all the Faithful Departed

Friday 3 November  

Requiem Mass at 10.30 am for Stephen Austin

Saturday 4 November  

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Colin Boyle
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for William Paterson

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 28 October  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 29 October  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 30 October  
Service at 10.00 am Mass at 10.00 am
Tuesday 31 October  
Holy Mass at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Holy Mass at 7.00 pm
Wednesday 1 November  
Holy Mass at 7.00 pm Mass at 11.00 am
Thursday 2 November  
Holy Mass at 11.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Holy Mass at 7.00 pm
Friday 3 November  
Service at 10.00 am
Nuptial Mass at 1.00 pm
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Christopher Lawson
Saturday 4 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 29 October  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 30 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 31 October  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.45 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 1 November  
3.45 pm
7.30 pm
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group
Thursday 2 November  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 3 November  
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Jennifer McMahon, Catherine Andrew neé White (Australia), Stephen Austin, Rene Messer, Jim Kennedy (Kilwinning), Mary Smith, David McGarrity (Largs) and Margaret Finnie who died recently;
Mary Brodie 1997, Ellie Graham 2016, Mary Haran 1995, Daniel Mathieson 1962, Joseph McGoogan 2008, Catherine Ramsay 2012, Gloria Rosendale 2014, William Delahunt 1986, Bill Moore 1989, The Christians martyred in the Cathedral of our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad 2010, Sadie Clegg 2011, John Martin 1979, Daniel Brown 1988, Peter Hanratty 2013, Josephine Lundie 2007, baby Lily Heron 2016, Thomas Kilbane 1983, Hugh McKay 1982, Eileen Taylor 2005, May Cusick 2009, Teresa Kelly 1978, Sarah Sammons 1970, Elizabeth Anne Tait 2004, Mary Timmons 2011, Sanny Ballantyne 1991 and Ian McNamara 1979 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 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, 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 £573.32 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £265.20 - thanks. Next weekend, there will be the annual special collection for Missio.

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 Patricia Milligan at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 3 at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30 pm and Saint Peter's Primary School Choir 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 Maria Paterson-Kidd and George Kidd for Primary 4.


Next Sunday's teas will be served by Loretta McLardy's team.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Stephen Austin, aged 77 years, who died recently. The date for Stephen's Requiem Mass is Friday 3 November at 10.30 am. This will be followed by cremation at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please don't forget that Wednesday 1 November is the Feast of All Saints and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10.00 am and the Vigil Mass is at 7.00 pm on Tuesday.

Thursday 2 November is the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Holy Mass will be at 10.00am as usual. We will remember all our deceased friends and relatives.

There will be a planning meeting for our
   - Music Ministry on Wednesday 22 November
   - Readers on Tuesday 28 November
   - Eucharistic Ministers on Wednesday 29 November
Each meeting will be at 7.00 pm and held in the Presbytery. Please put the meetings in your diary. Thanks!

Why don't you come and meet the Lord Jesus by confessing your sins and receive the Lord's forgiveness and peace? Confessions at Saint Peter's are Saturdays 4.45 until 5.15 pm. Leaflets are available in the sacristy for adults and children to help prepare and get the most out of this special sacrament. Let us open our hearts to the love and mercy Christ so generously gives. Confession is a gift of grace. It's up to you! He is waiting Ö

On Sunday 29 October - today - an event takes place in
Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston to coincide with One World Week and all Church members are invited. It starts at 3.00 pm and will be finished by 3.45 pm with Fair Trade tea and coffee served afterwards in the Church Hall. The event is being organised by the Outreach to the Poor Group which is made up of representatives from Catholic Churches across North Ayrshire. Speakers will be Dr Philippa Whitford on her work as a surgeon in Palestine. It is hoped that some of Syrian Refugee families recently settled in the three towns will also take part. Everyone is welcome and please bring a tin for the Food Bank.

The National Liturgy Commission has invited Benjamin Saunders, Director of Music for the Diocese of Leeds, to speak to Church musicians and singers on Saturday 11 November 2017. The conference will take place at Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, Drip Road, Stirling, beginning at 2.00 pm. After a presentation on music in the Diocese of Leeds, a singing workshop will prepare music for the Mass of thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time and a sung Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 5.00 pm.

The SCIAF Remembrance Mass will be on Tuesday 21 November 2017. There will be a candlelight procession at 6.45 pm at Carfin Grotto. There will be Mass at 7.00 pm at Saint Francis Xavier's Church, Taylor Avenue, Carfin, ML1 5AJ.

Father Stephen McGrattan will lead a pilgrimage to Rome for young people from 4 to 9 June 2018. The cost of £650 includes flights, half-board accommodation and excursions. For more information or to book contact Father Stephen before 31 October on info@StephenMcGrattan.org.uk.

Why don't you come and meet the Lord Jesus by confessing your sins and receive the Lord's forgiveness and peace? Confessions at Saint Peter's are on Saturdays from 4.45pm until 5.15 pm. Leaflets are available in the sacristy for adults and children to help prepare and get the most out of this special sacrament. Let us open our hearts to the love and mercy Christ so generously gives. Confession is a gift of grace. It's up to you! He is waiting Ö

We've all heard the allegations. Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped Church suppression. Even today, modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian. Halloween falls on 31 October because of a pope and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety. Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or All Hallows falls on 1 November. The feast in honour of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on 13 May but Pope Gregory III, who died in 741, moved it to 1 November, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in Saint Peter's at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere and so, the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast's evening vigil, All Hallows Eve or Hallowe'en. In 998, Saint Odilo, the abbot of the powerful monastery of Cluny in Southern France, added a celebration on 2 November. This was a day of prayer for the souls of all the faithful departed. This feast, called All Souls Day, spread from France to the rest of Europe so now the Church had feasts for all those in heaven and all those in purgatory. What about those in the other place? It seems Irish Catholic peasants wondered about the unfortunate souls in hell. After all, if the souls in hell are left out when we celebrate those in heaven and purgatory, they might be unhappy enough to cause trouble it became customary to bang pots and pans on All Hallows Eve to let the damned know they were not forgotten. Our traditions on this holiday centres around dressing up in fanciful costumes. This custom arose in France during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Late medieval Europe was hit by repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague - the Black Death - and she lost about half her population. It is not surprising that Catholics became more concerned about the afterlife. More Masses were said on All Souls' Day and artistic representations were devised to remind everyone of their own mortality. We know these representations as the "Dance of Death," which was commonly painted on the walls of cemeteries and shows the devil leading a daisy chain of people - popes, kings, ladies, knights, monks, peasants, lepers et ceters - into the tomb. Sometimes the dance was presented on All Souls' Day itself as a living tableau with people dressed up in the garb of various states of life. But what about witches? Well, they are one of the last additions. The greeting card industry added them in the late 1800s. Halloween was already 'ghoulish'so why not give witches a place on greeting cards? The Halloween card failed - although it has seen a recent resurgence in popularity - but the witches stayed. So, too, in the late 1800s, ill-informed folklorists introduced the jack-o'-lantern. They thought that Halloween was druidic and pagan in origin. Lamps made from turnips, not pumpkins, had been part of ancient Celtic harvest festivals so they were translated into the Halloween celebration. The next time someone claims that Halloween is a cruel trick to lure your children into devil worship, why not tell them the real origin of Halloween and invite them to discover its Christian message, along with the two greater and more important Catholic festivals that follow it?

How can I best love you today?
In today's gospel Jesus says love should be at the centre of our lives, so we must ask 'How can I best love my partner today?' To know how our partner experiences our love best, we need to explore together whether it is through compliments, special time together, presents or acts of service or simple hugging and kissing.            Exodus 22:20-26 1 Thess 1:5-10 Matt 22:34-40

A man had two of the best tickets for the FA Cup Final. As he sits down, another man comes along and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him. "No" he says, "the seat is empty." "This is incredible!" said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the FA Cup Final, the biggest sporting event of the year, and not use it?" He says"Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. My wife was supposed to come with me but she passed away. This is the first Cup Final we haven't been to together since we got married." "Oh... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. I guess you couldn't find someone else - a friend or relative or even a neighbour to take the seat?" The man shakes his head ... "No. They're all at the funeral."

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.

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.

The popular Parish Diaries for next year, 2018, are now available in the Parish Stall. There is a limited supply so get your Diary today!

Ami Paterson, Lucy Skene and Sophie Skene would like to thank everyone who attended, supported and donated for this recent event. A total of £440 was raised for Breast Cancer Research UK.

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

Please take with you the leaflet for the November Lists so that we can pray for our deceased family and friends during the month of November. Please place your list in an envelope and bring it to Church next Sunday. If you can, please include a donation for the Masses in the envelope. The Lists will be brought forward at the Offertory and placed on the altar during the month of November. Thank you!
Lord, welcome into your kingdom our departed relatives and friends.

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.

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 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 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.