BULLETIN                        7 JANUARY 2018


Saturday 6 January  

Our Lady's Day - Prayer for engaged couples
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ya Ming, Xing Yu and Ever Wang and families
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Angus McMillan

Sunday 7 January  

The Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 8 January  

Requiem Mass at 9.30am for James Robertson

Tuesday 9 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Hugh Henry and Margaret Curran

Wednesday 10 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Catherine Finnie and Cecilia Monaghan

Thursday 11 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kathleen Lynch and Agnes McDonald

Friday 12 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for John Ireland

Saturday 13 January  

Feast of Saint Kentigern or Mungo
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Welsh and Tommy Greechan
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Kathleen and Mary Cane and William Twigg

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 6 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 7 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 8 January  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 9 January  
Service at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 10 January  
  Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 11 January  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 12 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 13 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 7 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 8 January  
9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 8.00pm
7.30 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 9 January  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 10 January  
3.45pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 11 January  
6.00 to 7.30pm
7.30 to 9.00pm


Friday 12 January  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
John Ireland and James Robertson who died recently;
John Cahill 1989, Danny Higgins 2009, Frank Kelly 2013, Patricia Brennan 2005, Robert Colvin 1998, Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Bernard McLaughlan 1984, Derek Tomelty 2003, Joseph Gibbons 1973, Hugh Henry 2008, Jean Lamont 2016, Jennifer McGregor 2014, Joan McCallum 2001, Rosina McPeake, Terence Murphy 1989, Mario Marchetti 2013, John Aitken 2001, Anne Bowles 2017, John Butcher 2017, Kathleen Brown 2012, Christine Cassidy 1998, Mary Donnelly 2006, Eamon Lennon 2009, Kathleen Tritschler 2006, Roy White 1993, Cecilia McCurdie 2005 and James McNamara 1982 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 £538.67 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £208.74 - thanks. The Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace in Scotland is this Sunday 7 January, the Feast of the Epiphany. Today's second collection will be for the work of Justice and Peace. Please give generously if you can! Thank you! Also, a letter from Bishop Nolan will be given out at the end of Mass today. Make sure you get your copy.

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.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of James Robertson. His Requiem Mass will be on Monday 8 January at
9.30am. May he rest in peace and rise in glory! Please also pray for the Repose of the Soul of John Ireland. His Requiem Mass will be on Friday 12 January at 10.00am. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

The Ordinary Time of the year begins on Tuesday 9 January. Green is the colour of Ordinary Time.

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 5.30pm and Alfie Agostini at 10.30am.

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

Next weekend's musician is George McGrattan at the Vigil Mass.

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.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Frances's and Mary's team. Can you help? We are in need of some additional volunteers to form a team or would be interested in forming a team to help with the Sunday morning teas and coffees. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office on 464063.

Today, on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, we will bless the chalk for the traditional House Blessing for the New Year. Chalk is blessed at Mass and then taken home. On a suitable place beside the door is written the Blessing with the dates of the New Year like this - 20 + C + M + B + 18. These are the initials of the Three Kings - Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar and the House Blessing in Latin - Christus Mansionem Benedicat - May Christ bless our house. Please take some along for neighbours or family members. The blessed chalk will be given out during the final hymn at Mass along with a leaflet with the prayers for the blessing.

On the eve of a new year, Pope Francis has asked that a disturbing image of child victims of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki be distributed in the media as a warning against war. The photograph, released as tensions increase between the United States and North Korea, is of a Japanese boy carrying his deceased brother on his back, awaiting his brother's turn to be cremated. It was taken by American photographer Joseph Roger O'Donnell after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945 in order to hasten the end of the war with Japan. The Vatican said the Pope "wanted to publish this photo and spread it with a text written on back of the photo 'the fruit of war,'" adding that the "boy's sadness is only expressed through his bitten lips and dripping blood." In January, he became the first Pope to not only condemn the threat of using nuclear weapons, but also "their very possession" telling a Vatican conference on disarmament that nuclear arms serve "a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race." In September, North Korea tested a large nuclear weapon underground, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb. It also showed in 2017 it had missile warheads capable of reaching anywhere in the world. In his Christmas Urbi et Orbi message, the Pope prayed that "confrontation may be overcome on the Korean peninsula and that mutual trust may increase in the interest of the world as a whole."

Pope Francis suggested some phrases to ensure peace in the family - "Please", "Thank you" and "I'm sorry".
PLEASE "When we take care to ask for something kindly - even something we think we have a rightful claim to - we help to strengthen the common life that undergirds marriage and the family. Entering into the life of another, even when that person already has a part to play in our life, demands the sensitivity of a non-invasive attitude which renews trust and respect."
THANK YOU "Sometimes we have to wonder if we are turning into a civilisation of bad manners and bad words as if this were a sign of self-liberation. Kindness and the ability to say "thank you" are often considered a sign of weakness and raise the suspicion of others. We must become firmly determined to educate others to be grateful and appreciative. The dignity of the person and social justice must both pass through the portal of the family. If family life neglects this style of living, social life will also reject it."
I'M SORRY "Granted, it's not always easy to say, but it is so necessary. Whenever it is lacking, the little cracks begin to open up - even when we don't want them to - and they can even become enormous sinkholes. To acknowledge that we have fallen short, to be desirous of returning that which has been taken away - respect, sincerity, love - these make us worthy of pardon."

This makes you understand that things happen for a reason. The newly-ordained priest arrived in early October. When he saw his new Church, it was very run down and needed a lot of work. He set a goal to have everything done in time to have the first Mass on Christmas Eve. On 19 December, a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm - hit the area and lasted for two days. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit. He cleaned up the mess on the floor and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve Mass, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he went in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory coloured, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colours and a Cross embroidered right in the centre. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the Church. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus but she missed it. The priest invited her to wait in Church for the next bus forty-five minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the priest while he got a ladder, hangers, et cetera to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The priest could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area. Then he noticed the woman walking down the centre aisle. Her face was like a sheet. "Father" she asked "where did you get that tablecloth?" The priest explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman and she had made this tablecloth thirty-five years before in Austria. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured and sent to prison and she never saw her husband or her home again. The priest wanted to give her the tablecloth but she made the priest keep it for the Church. The priest insisted on driving her home that was the least he could do. What a wonderful Holy Mass they had on Christmas Eve. The Church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the Mass, the priest greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the priest recognised from the neighbourhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare and the priest wondered why he wasn't leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike. He told the priest how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home again all the thirty-five years in between. The priest asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to the same house where the priest had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine!
       This is a true story, submitted by Father Reid.

The gift of unity. At this joyful time of the year, let us look with delight at one another, remembering that we have each been entrusted, by God, with the grace he meant for each other when we got married. God's gift has made us one body and the gift of our children is this grace made flesh bringing joy into our hearts.

A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race appear?" The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made." Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved." The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mum, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God and Dad said they developed from monkeys?" The mother answered"Well, dear, it is very simple - I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."
The Parish Priest was talking to a group of young children about being good and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, "Where do you want to go?" "Heaven!" cried out little Lauren. "And what do you have to be to get there?" asked the Parish Priest. "Six feet under!" yelled little Tommy.

We thank our members for their continued support during 2017 and remind them that 2018 dues of £15 are due now. We will have the usual Early Bird Draw for those who renew in January. Sign-up Sunday dates are 7 and 14 January in Parish Centre after the Vigil and Sunday morning Masses when we will collect from all members. We hope to save on the postage and save sending reminders in the post. New members are very welcome and we wish you good luck in January draw.        Myriame Sammons, Promoter of the 50/50 Club.

We received a further £20 this month This brings our parish total to £523 collected for subscriptions and donations for year ending 2017. We appreciate your continued support and Mass will be offered in Lourdes for your intentions. For your information, Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité annual general meeting will be held in Saint Margaret's Church, Ayr on Sunday 11 February. Details will be given nearer the date.

The lotus plant grows in muddy water. From the muddy water, a beautiful flower grows! We have been planted these days into the 'muddy water' of the people who suffer. We share their sufferings. They are ours. We have been wounded by all kinds of violence. From these wounds in our hearts a beautiful flower of peace and compassion grows in all of us.        Father Bernard Arputhasamy, SJ

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.

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.