BULLETIN                   24 DECEMBER 2017


Saturday 23 December  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Theresa and Lawrence Tumilty
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Agnes and William Huston, special intentions and Christmas intentions

Sunday 24 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation
Shepherd's Mass at 5.30 pm
Mass of the Holy Night at 8.30 pm

Monday 25 December  

The Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Mass at 11.00 am

Tuesday 26 December  

Saint Stephen's Day
Holy Mass at 12.00 noon for Mrs Finnigan's List

Wednesday 27 December  

Feast of Saint John
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Mary and Esther Madden and James McDonald

Thursday 28 December  

Feast of the Holy Innocents
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Arturo and Cosimo Farro, Julie Finnegan and Billy Cassidy

Friday 29 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for John Welsh follow by his interment in Ardrossan Cemetery

Saturday 30 December  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for John Patrick Hendry and Mary Kinhart
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Theresa McGuire and Christmas Intentions

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 23 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 24 December  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Mass of the Holy Night at 8.30 pm

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am
Shepherd's Mass at 4.30 pm

Monday 25 December  
Christmas Day Mass at 9.30 am Christmas Day Mass at 11.00 am
Tuesday 26 December  
Mass at 11.00 am  
Wednesday 27 December  
  Holy Mass at 11.00 am
Thursday 28 December  
Service at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 11.00 am
Friday 29 December  
Holy Mass at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Saturday 30 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Please remember in your prayers:
John Ireland, James Robertson, Mary Cane (Calvert Sister), Margaret Curran, Agnes McDonald (East Kilbride), Janette Keegans (Stevenston) and Angus McMillan who died recently;
Mereno Berti 2003, Sister Anne Delahunt 2011, Peggy McLaughlan 2006, Samuel McMail 2016, Bessie Delahunt 2006, Tom McKay, Bessie O'Rourke 2005, George Scott 1973, Jessie Brown 1975, Tom Finn 1993, Anne-Marie Jenkins 2005, Sister Mary McCann, Isobel O'Hare Rae 2004, Patrick Quinn 1969, Margaret Shanks 1966, Margaret Clarkson 2003, Molly Cosgrove 1994, Jim Lindsay 2013, Catherine McEvoy 2009, Arthur Robertson, Arturo Farro 1994, Catherine McCulloch 2012, Rose Murphy 2009, Thomas O'Connell 1957, May Shanks 1990, Maria Tomelty 2014, Patrick Cahill 2010, Kit Keen 2012, Mary Dorian Stirling 1999, Anna Ferrie 2014, John Hendry 2015, May Kelly 2016, Alice Sibbald 2010 and Terence Witt 2010 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 £640.17 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £241.93 - 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 Robert Cooper 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 the Vigil Mass and John and Phil McKenzie at 10.30 am.

The Children's Liturgy
restarts on 7 January 2018.

There will be no tea or coffee after this weekend's Sunday Mass.

Mother Mary, let me receive your Divine Child. Don't take as His manger the cold and desolate stable - take my heart! My heart is prepared and decorated just that little bit. My heart longs for your Child. Let my heart be His manger. Mother Mary, let us all receive your Child this day. And we promise, that in our hearts, He will be warm and secure. We promise you that we will love Him and welcome Him just as you loved and welcomed Him! You kneel in adoration before your Divine Son and I too kneel to adore that that same Child in my heart. You gave Him all the emotions of your heart, you gave Him your love, you give Him your willing-ness to sacrifice. I also want to give Him today all my love and these same emotions. And I will gently pour all my suffering and all the pain of my guilt into the heart of this little Child. Then in future I will never be alone any more. It is not my strength, that carries me - It is Mary's Child who carries me still!           Father Joseph Kentenich


Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Agnes Tomelty. Her Funeral Rites will be on Wednesday 27 December at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium at 12 noon. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of John Welsh. His Requiem Mass will be on Friday 29 December at 10.00 am and will be followed by his interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

We are delighted to announce the Banns for Marriage for Aileen Bannatyne and Callum Fyfe who will be married at Glasgow University Chapel on Friday 29 December. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

Father Duncan would like to thank everyone sincerely for the cards and special gifts at Christmas. They have warmed the heart. Thank you for all your support and friendship. It is most appreciated! A big thank you to all our helpers who made the Church look so beautiful - cleaners, florists, sacristans, stable builders, tree decorators, designers, tidy-upers, et cetera, et cetera. May God bless your efforts and generosity! Thank you.

Saint Peter's Parish Centre celebrates its twentieth anniversary on Saturday 23 December 2017. Since its completion on 23 December 1997, the Centre has been used for many meetings and social functions, chtirtening, wedding and funeral receptions, parish socials, dances and birthday parties.

Missio Scotland would like to thank the p
arishioners of Saint Peter's for the donation of £356.01 on Mission Sunday. Please accept our thanks together with the gratitude of those who will benefit.

Father Joseph Mohr sat at the old organ. His fingers stretched over the keys, forming the notes of a chord. He took a deep breath and pressed down - nothing. He lifted his fingers and tried again. Silence echoed through the church. Father Joseph shook his head. It was no use. The pipes were rusted and the bellows mildewed. The organ had been wheezing and growing quieter for months, and Father Joseph had been hoping it would hold together until the organ builder arrived to repair it in the spring. But now, on 23 December 1818, the organ had finally given out. Saint Nicholas' Church would have no music for Christmas. Father Joseph sighed. Maybe a brisk walk would make him feel better. He pulled on his overcoat and stepped out into the night. His white breath puffed out before him. Moonlight sparkled off the snow-crusted trees and houses in the village of Oberndorf. Father Joseph looked out over the Austrian Alps. Stars shone above in the still and silent night. Silent night? Father Joseph stopped. Of course - Silent Night! He had written a poem a few years before when he had first become a priest and he had given it that very title - Silent Night. Father Joseph scrambled down the mountain. Suddenly he knew how to bring music to the church. The next morning, Father Joseph set out on another walk. This time he carried his poem. And this time he knew exactly where he was going -- to see his friend Franz Gruber, the organist for Saint Nicholas' who lived in the next village. Franz Gruber was surprised to see the priest so far from home on Christmas Eve and even more surprised when Father Joseph handed him the poem. That night Father Joseph and Franz Gruber stood at the altar of Saint Nicholas' Church. Father Joseph held his guitar. He could see members of the congregation giving each other puzzled looks. They had never heard a guitar played in church before and certainly not during Mass on Christmas Eve, the holiest night of the year. Father Joseph picked out a few notes on the guitar and he and Franz Gruber began to sing. Their two voices rang out, joined by the church choir on the chorus. Franz Gruber's melody matched the simplicity and honesty of Father Joseph's words. When the last notes faded into the night, the congregation remained still for a moment then began to clap their hands. Applause filled the church. The villagers of Oberndorf loved the song! Father Joseph's plan to bring music to Saint Nicholas' Church had worked. A few months later, the organ builder arrived in Oberndorf and found the words and music to Silent Night lying on the organ. The song enchanted him and when he left, he took a copy of it with him. The organ builder gave the song to two families of travelling singers who lived near his home. The travelling singers performed Silent Night in concerts all over Europe and soon the song spread throughout the world. Today, cathedral choirs and carollers from New York to New Zealand sing the simple song that was first played in a mountain church in Austria on Christmas Eve nearly two hundred years ago.

Can you cry under water? How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? Why does a round pizza come in a square box? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours? Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp which no decent human being would eat? If corn oil is made from corn and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from? Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white? Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance? How come you never hear father-in-law jokes? The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you!

I have been in many places but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognises you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport - you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I would like to go to Conclusions but you have to jump and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible but only when it was very important to stand firm. Sometimes I'm in Capable and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age, I need all the stimuli I can get! And sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not!

What would have happened if it had been the Three Wise Women instead of the Three Wise Men? They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped to deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, brought practical gifts - and made a casserole!

Young people aged between fourteen and twenty-five are invited meet old friends and make new ones at a Mass and Christmas lunch at Saint Joseph's Church, Hill Street, Kilmarnock on Friday 29 December. Please arrive at Church for 12.15 pm for Mass followed by lunch and time together. To make sure we make enough food for everyone, please confirm you will be there at Galloway Catholic Youth on Facebook or by emailing info@StephenMcGrattan.org.uk.

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.

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

I especially like his call to feel the beauty of hope. Hope can seem distant … "out there" somewhere. But the call to feel it is a call to bring it in close, and to warm yourself by that fire. Yea! That's what I want to do this Advent - warm myself by the fire of hope! "Advent has a special charm and it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history." "In Advent we rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey … across the paths of time." "The season of Advent restores … a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God's Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! … Let us think about and feel this beauty." "Let us allow ourselves to be guided by Mary this Advent, she who is mother, a mamma and knows how to guide us. Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her during this season of active waiting and watchfulness".

Parishioner Jimmy Carson has a small photographic and video display of Ardrossan and Saltcoats at Ardrossan Library's Committee Room. His family have set this up to celebrate his ninetieth birthday in February and acknowledge over seventy years of taking photographs and videos.

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.