BULLETIN                               21 JANUARY 2018


Saturday 20 January  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Harry Higgins
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Gerry Brown

Sunday 21 January  

Third Sunday of Year 2
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 22 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Patrick Lindsay

Tuesday 23 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for William McLaughlin followed by his interment at Ardrossan Cemetery

Wednesday 24 January  

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Father Leo Muldoon

Thursday 25 January  

Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
Holy Mass at 10.00am for a special intention

Friday 26 January  

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sybil Drasdo

Saturday 27 January  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Paul Barnes
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Eamon Lennon

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 20 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 21 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 22 January  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 23 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 24 January  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 25 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Friday 26 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 27 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 21 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 22 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 23 January  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 24 January  
3.45pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 25 January  
6.00 to 7.30pm


Friday 26 January  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
William McLaughlin who died recently;
Margaret Jane Brennan 1964, Betty Kelly 2011, Hugh Taylor 2016, John Curran 2013, Annie Monan 1998, James Cunningham 1986, Michael Lynn 2005, James McCormack 1999, Catherine Welsh 2005, Joe Marshall 2013, John McKay 1957, Bernard Burns 1963, Annie Carson 1995, Avril Cullis 2009, Brookelyn Angel Donnachy 2006, James Jennings 2013, Andrew McCormick 2009, Alfie Willis 2015, Barbara Scott 2010, Willie Forsyth 2012, John McKay senior 1957, Patricia Murphy 1988 and Joseph Retzbach 1940 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 £641.26 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £310.02 - 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 Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Margaret Harvey at 10.30am.

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

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives, Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson-Kidd and George Kidd for Primary 4.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sadie's, Marie's and Phyllis'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.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of William McLaughlin. His Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday 23 January at 10.00am 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 of Marriage for Deborah Tamburrini and Mark Northcote who will be married on Friday 26 January at 2.00pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

Pope Francis's intention for January 2018 is for Religious Minorities in Asia - that Christians and other religious minorities in Asian countries may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.

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, shown below left, for forty years the Editor of the Largs and Millport Weekly News. Former parishioner, Martin Cosgrove, shown below centre, will propose the Toast to the Lassies and our parishioner, Julie Coldwell, shown below right, 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.

Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said "We can't keep the Christians from going to Church. We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can't even keep them from conservative values. But we can do something else. We can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding experience in Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So, let them go to Church, let them have their conservative lifestyles but steal their time so they can't gain that experience in Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do, devils. Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day." "How shall we do this?" shouted his evil angels. "Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their minds" he answered. "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, then borrow, borrow, borrow. Convince the wives to go to work and the husbands to work six or seven days a week, ten t twelve hours a day so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work. Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the television, the video recorder and their compact discs going constantly in their homes - and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays any kind of music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ. Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news twenty-four hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their homes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogues and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering, free products, services and false hopes. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week. Don't let them go out in nature. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and shopping centres instead. And when they meet for parish events, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotions. Let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family unity for the good of the cause." It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there. Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge.


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Hamish sat in the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said "Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up drinking whisky". Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Hamish looked up again and said"Never mind, I found one."

Next Sunday is Homelessness Sunday. CHANA - Churches Homeless Action North Ayrshire - tries to provide support for those who are homeless. So far, the response from you has been very generous. In North Ayrshire, around 750 people present as homeless every year. That is an average of more than fourteen per week, so there is an ongoing need. There will be a leaflet available on Homelessness Sunday explaining CHANA's work.

Thank you for the donation of £1216.43 to SCIAF through the Wee Box, Big Change appeal. Your donations make a real and lasting difference to families around the world. If you would like a Wee Box to help change lives, please pick up a Lenten Pack at the stall today and if you can return it to the Parish Office or Stall by the end of April, the government will double your donation. Every little helps!

The Diocesan World Day of the Sick Mass will be held on Sunday 11 February at 4.00pm in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr. Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité looks forward to welcoming you, if you wish to be anointed, please make yourself known to a member of the Hospitalité team on the day. Mass will be followed by refreshments in the hall and the Hospitalité annual general meeting.

Embracing Change in our Deanery is planning a Deanery Meeting of all our Eucharistic Ministers and anyone who takes Holy Communion to a relative near the Feast of Corpus Christi in June 2018. The meeting will comprise revisiting the Eucharistic Ministry in our parishes and end with Holy Mass and Commission. The suggested date is Saturday 2 June, from 1.00 to 4.00 pm in the Saint Peter's Church, Ardrossan. Please put this in your diaries. Thanks!

At the last meeting of our parish Eucharistic Ministers, the suggestion arose about Adoration once a week in Saint Peter's. The idea would be to start this on the Fridays of Lent with Adoration for twenty minutes, followed by a simple Benediction after Holy Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some silent time with the Lord, talking and listening to Him. Have a think if you would like to support a weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Early years registration is now taking place at Saint Peter's Childen's Centre for children with dates of birth between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2016. Staff are qualified to degree level and are Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate inspected. Children aged three and above are funded by the local authority. The hours are 8.50am to 12 noon on Mondays to Fridays. To register or for further information, please phone Josephine Coulter on 473030, email her on StPetersChildrensCentre@yahoo.co.uk or visit between 9.00am and 12 noon from Mondays to Fridays. Please bring your child's birth certificate.

A sing-along, led by George and Michael, shown below, in aid of the Special Religious Education Group (SPRED) will be held on Tuesday 20 February from 1.00 to 2.45pm in the Civic Centre, Ardrossan. Tickets cost £3 with tea or coffee and are available at the stall.

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.

Grateful thanks to Saint Clare for favours received. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified and loved today and every day throughout the world, Amen. DJ

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