BULLETIN                                         19 NOVEMBER 2017


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

Sunday 19 November  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation
Vigil of the Deceased at 6.30 pm for Margaret McIntee

Monday 20 November  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 pm for Margaret McIntee

Tuesday 21 November  

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Delany (Dorrian)

Wednesday 22 November  

Memorial of Saint Cecilia
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Tom McKay and John Dolan

Thursday 23 November  

Feast of Saint Clement
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Joyce Donnelly

Friday 24 November  

Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung Lac and Companions
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for John Gribben

Saturday 25 November  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Roddy Monan
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for George Hilferty and Francis Brady

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 18 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 19 November  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 20 November  
Service at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Tuesday 21 November  
Holy Mass at 9.30 am in Saint Anthony's Primary School Service at 10.00 am
Wednesday 22 November  
Requiem Mass at 10.00 pm Service at 10.00 am
Thursday 23 November  
Requiem Mass at 10.00 pm
Holy Mass at 7.00 pm
Service at 7.00 pm
Friday 24 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Saturday 25 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 19 November  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 20 November  
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 21 November  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.45 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 22 November  
3.45 pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 23 November  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 24 November  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Ellen Cruickshank (Ardrossan), Margaret McIntee (Ardrossan), Joyce Donnelly (Glasgow), Mrs A Dowds (Irvine), Pat Sheridan (Ireland), Tony Gower, Tom Herbison (Neilston) and Christine Deeth (London) who died recently;
Linda Jackson 2009, Alice McGrattan 2013, Stephen Munn 2011, Annie Boyle O'Hare 1967, Alice Tomelty 2000, Susan Hamilton 2009, Father Frank Kiernan 1989, Joseph Smith 2002, Robert Stevenson 1962, Matthew Ssenyondo, father of Father Charles 2015, Andrew Steven 1998, Karen Sharon Byrne 2003, Patrick Gerald Burns 2003, John Carry 1997, Canon George McCafferty 2000, Nora Moore 2012, Janie Matthews 2014, Elizabeth McDougall 1948, Father John Walsh 2009, Monsignor Frank Duffy 2000, Mary McNally 2004 and Ian Mitchell 2011 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 £636.98 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £230.16 - 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 Marade Griffin at 5.30 pm and Emily Tarbert 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 at the Vigil Mass are the choir.

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 Frances's and Mary's team.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret McIntee who died recently. The date for Margaret's Requiem Mass is Monday 20 November at 10.00 am followed by burial at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

There will be meetings of the
   - Music Ministry on Wednesday 22 November
   - Readers on Tuesday 28 November
   - Eucharistic Ministers on Wednesday 29 November
   - Altar Servers' Leaders on Saturday 25 November
   - Children's Liturgy Volunteers on Wednesday 6 December
Each meeting will start at 7.00 pm and be held in the Presbytery Conference Room except the Altar Servers' Leaders' meeting which will start at 11.00 am.

This Sunday is the first World Day of the Poor. To mark the day, the Outreach to the Poor Group offers you a handout for your information. Pope Francis said "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security" he wrote. "I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends up by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures." We pray that we will have the courage to become such a Church.

The group looking at homelessness in North Ayrshire is appealing for toys and gifts for needy children aged between birth and eighteen years. There is a greater need for gifts for teenagers. The toys and gifts will be distributed by Social Work. They should be unwrapped as they will be wrapped centrally. The toys and gifts should be brought to the Church by Sunday 10 December for distribution in time for Christmas. We had an amazing response to this appeal last year. Thank you.

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.

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 …

An artist was commissioned by a wealthy man to paint something that would depict peace. After a great deal of thought, the artist painted a beautiful country scene. There were green fields with cows standing in them, birds were flying in the blue sky and a lovely little village lay in a distant valley. The artist gave the picture to the man but there was a look of disappointment on his face. The man said to the artist"This isn't a picture of true peace. It isn't right. Go back and try again". The artist went back to his studio, thought for several hours about peace then went to his canvas and began to paint. When he was finished, there on the canvas was a beautiful picture of a mother, holding a sleeping baby in her arms, smiling lovingly at the child. He thought, surely, this is true peace and hurried to give the picture to the wealthy man. But again, the wealthy man refused the painting and asked the painter to try again. The artist returned again to his studio. He was discouraged, he was tired and he was disappointed. Anger swelled inside him as he felt the rejection of this wealthy man. Again, he thought, he even prayed for inspiration to paint a picture of true peace. Then, all of a sudden, an idea came. He rushed to the canvas and began to paint as he had never painted before. When he finished, he hurried to the wealthy man. He gave the painting to the man. He studied it carefully for several minutes. The artist held his breath. Then the wealthy man said"Now this is a picture of true peace." He accepted the painting, paid the artist and everyone was happy. And what was this picture of true peace? The picture showed a stormy sea pounding against a cliff. The artist had captured the flurry of the wind as it whipped black rain clouds which were laced with streaks of lightning. The sea was roaring in turmoil with waves churning and the dark sky was filled with the power of the furious thunderstorm - and in the middle of the picture, under a cliff, the artist had painted a small bird, safe and dry in her nest snuggled safely in the rocks. The bird was at peace amidst the storm that raged about her. If we believe, we can be like this small bird - safe and secure in the heart of God - at peace, amidst the storm raging around us.

A priest decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil. At the conclusion of the sermon, the priest reported the following results: The first worm in alcohol - dead. The second worm in cigarette smoke - dead. The tird worm in chocolate syrup - dead. The fourth worm in good clean soil - alive. So the priest asked the congregation"What did you learn from this demonstration?" Maxine, who was sitting at the back, quickly raised her hand and said "As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!". That pretty much ended the sermon!

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.

The 2018 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 3 February at 7.00 pm. Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm for a prompt start. The Immortal Memory will be delivered by Drew Cochrane, for forty years the Editor of the Largs and Millport Weekly News. Former parishioner, Martin Cosgrove, will propose the Toast to the Lassies and our parishioner, Julie Coldwell, will reply. Other participants are
Father Duncan, Bill Andrew, Aidan and Bethany McGrath, George McGrattan and Ciaran Sinclair. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends. The meal will be prepared and served by Michael and Fiona Brown, family and friends. Vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course. There are more details on the Church website. Your support is appreciated.

Father Duncan will be on-call for emergencies at the hospitals from this Sunday for a week. Please remember the sick and those in hospital in your thoughts and prayers.

There will be the annual Mass at Ardrossan Cemetery for all the deceased parishioners and clergy who are buried there. The Holy Mass will be on Sunday 26 November at 2.00 pm. Please pass the word around all interested parties. Thank you!

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!

The HCPT Lourdes Group 376 Christmas Fayre will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday 25 November from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. There will be various stalls, tombola and tearoom. Please contact Josephine Coulter on 602179 or 473030 or Esther Coulter on 464692.

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!

Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung to mark the beginning of Advent at Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr, on Sunday 3 December at 6.00 pm. All are welcome.

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.