BULLETIN                                                                                             12 NOVEMBER 2017


Saturday 11 November  

Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Bert Gilmour
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Millie Dickson

Sunday 12 November  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.30 pm for Rose McCann

Monday 13 November  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 pm for Rose McCann followed by her interment in Ardrossan Cemetery

Tuesday 14 November  

Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Kennedy

Wednesday 15 November  

Memorial of Saint Albert the Great
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Ella Arcari

Thursday 16 November  

Feast of Saint Margaret of Scotland
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention

Friday 17 November  

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Ella Arcari

Saturday 18 November  

Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for the Holy Souls
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Stephen Munn and Alice McGrattan

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 11 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 12 November  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 13 November  
Service at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Tuesday 14 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Wednesday 15 November  
  Service at 10.00 am
Thursday 16 November  
Service at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 7.00 pm
Friday 17 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Saturday 18 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 12 November  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 13 November  
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 14 November  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.45 pm
7.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 15 November  
3.45 pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 16 November  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Please remember in your prayers:
Rose McCann of our parish, Ella Arcari (Airdrie) and Pat Sheridan (Ireland) who died recently;
James Cox, Canon John Donnelly 2003, Mary McCabe 1998, Peter McCourt 2009, James McGrath 2010, Daniel Murray 2006, Moira Shaw 1995, Bartholomew (Barney) Coby 2012, Mary Dalziel 2006, Helen Mallon 1987, Daniel McDougall 1944, Alex Miller 1979, James Smith 1999, William Cassidy 2012, Julie Anne MacLaren 2006, William Reilly, Rose Floyd 1992, Vivien Friel 2004, Canon Patrick Gunning 1987, Mary Harrigan 2016, Karen Small 2015, Hugh Welsh 1986, Robert McGee 1996, Margaret Ogilvie 2016, Francis Brady 1943, George Hilferty 2013, Hugh Madine 1997, Letitia Smith 2001, Setti Cavani 1997, Catherine Keogh 2016 and Margaret Lee 1984 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 £733.71 and the Missio collection to £356.01 - 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 Margaret Brawley 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 musician at the Vigil Mass is George McGrattan.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson-Kidd and George Kidd for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Jacqueline Smith for Primary 4.


Next Sunday's teas will be served by Maria Boyle's team.

There will be meetings of the
   - Parents whose children are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 9 November
   - Music Ministry on Wednesday 22 November
   - Readers on Tuesday 28 November
   - Eucharistic Ministers on Wednesday 29 November
Each meeting will start at 7.00 pm and be held in the Presbytery Conference Room except the Confirmation meeting which will be held in the Church.

We are delighted to announce the Banns of Marriage for Mary Walsh and Liam Walsh who will be married on Saturday 18 November at 1.30 pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

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 …

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.

The stars shone more brightly than ever before and the moon hung ever so high in the black sky. I could hear laughter in the background and crying in the foreground. My mind was clouded and my palms a bright red from the bitter cold. It seemed like just yesterday I had sat with him laughing and smiling. I could still hear the slight crackle or his perfectly creased shirts and smell the sweet aromas of cologne and dryer sheets. I remembered the brightness in his eyes and his glowing personality. I could hear his sweet voice and his assuring words. But now he was gone. It was only hours after I said goodbye, laid a single rose upon the ground and watched his coffin slowly fade into the deep earth. I was confused, numb and deeply depressed. He had been my mentor, my guide. He had been my life. The days went by ever so slowly and the nights were never ending. I knelt beside my bed and prayed each night while drowning in my tears. I was lost without him and felt as if I had no reason to live anymore. Finally, it came time for me to clean out his belongings. I was going through albums and dresser drawers in his bedroom when I found a small white book and on the cover was a tiny angel with his initials inscribed. It looked as if he had sketched them in himself. I opened the book and began to flip through the pages. Page after page there were prayers and inscriptions from the bible. As I put the book down a small folded piece of paper fell out. I opened it and read it. It was a list of names he had written himself. It was in two or three tones of blue pen and had been folded and unfolded several times. On this piece of paper were his 'thank yous'. He had made a list of all the people who had made a difference in his life and whom he cared about. Reading the names and inscriptions, I felt the tears flow down my cheeks. At the bottom of the list it read 'These people have shown me the way through the toughest of times, but most of all I must thank God. For without him I would not have these people. When I get to heaven I will go to God and ask Him to watch over you all. I know He will be proud to stand next to you all when it is your time. Enjoy every minute of your time on earth. Live through God." With this, I put the paper back into the book and finished packing things up. For the first time in the past month I smiled. I knew he was safe and he would be watching over us. And I learned to live through God, Our Saviour.

Always be ready
Jesus said we must always be ready for His second coming, ready to meet Him. Being 'ready' doesn't mean spending all the time doing religious things. For married couples, being 'ready' means being ready to listen to each other, sharing thoughts and feelings. Keep your 'love tank' full by thinking of ways he or she can be surprised by love.                    Wis 6:12-16 1 Thess 4:13-18 Matt 2:1-13

A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, Sain Peter meets him at the pearly gates. Saint Peter says "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in." "Okay" the man says"I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart." "That's wonderful," says Saint Peter"that's worth three points!" "Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my donations and service." "Terrific!" says Saint Peter"that's certainly worth a point." "One point? How about this "I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for the homeless." "Fantastic, that's good for two more points." he says. "Two points!!" the man cries"At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!" "Now you've got it - Come on in!"

A farmer named McTaggart lived alone in the countryside with a wee dog that he loved and doted on. After many long years of faithful companionship, the dog finally died so McTaggart went to the parish priest."Father, my dear old dog is dead. Could you be saying a Mass for him?" Father Patrick replied"I am so very sorry to hear about your dog's death. But, unfortunately, I can't say Mass for the poor creature ..." McTaggart said "I understand, Father, I do. I guess I'll go to this new denomination down the road - no tellin' what they believe ... Do you think £500 is enough to donate for the Mass?" Father Patrick"Why didn't you tell me your wee dog was Catholic?!"

Pope Francis's monthly intention for November is for Christians in Asia - that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

Staff and pupils of Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats, are organising a Christmas Fayre for Saturday 2 December 2017 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. The event is set to provide festive fun for the whole family. A number of activities to entertain the family will be available as well as a range of stalls selling a host of Christmas gifts, from jewellery to reindeer dust, Christmas cards to stocking fillers. There will also be a teddy tombola stall, bottle stall, craft stall, a raffle and a home baking stall, as well as our much-loved Santa's Grotto. We hope you can join us on Saturday 2nd December for what we are sure will be a fantastic day for all!

There will be a Remembrance Service in the Evangelical Union Church in Glasgow Street at 1.00 pm today followed by a procession to the Garden of Remembrance for 1.30 pm. We remember all our War Dead.

Every Sunday after 10.30 am Mass there is tea, coffee, juice and home baking served for a small donation in the Parish Centre. I would like to invite you to join me for a cuppa and a chat as I get to know the parish of Saint Peter's.                       
Father Duncan

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!

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.

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.