BULLETIN                              4 FEBRUARY 2018


Saturday 3 February  

Memorial of Saint Blaise - Blessing of Throats
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Gerry Markland and a full recovery
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Jimmy and Emily McLaughlin

Sunday 4 February  

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

Monday 5 February  

Memorial of Saint Agatha
Holy Mass at 10.00am for our Catholic schools

Tuesday 6 February  

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions
Holy Mass at 10.00am for engaged couples

Wednesday 7 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Colin Finnie

Thursday 8 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for James Robertson

Friday 9 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Saturday 10 February  

Memorial of Saint Scholastica
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Willie McLaughlin
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Catholic teachers

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 3 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 4 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 5 February  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 6 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 7 February  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 8 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Friday 9 February  
Service at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 10 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 3 February  
7.00pm Burns Supper
Sunday 4 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 5 February  
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 6 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 7 February  
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group
Thursday 8 February  
6.00 to 7.30pm


Please remember in your prayers:
H Gibson (Ardrossan) who died recently;
Mary C McManus 1973, Margaret Mitchell 2004, Michael Barrett 1972, Archie McLaren 2009, Peter Mitchell 1973, Joseph Brodie 1961, Eileen Busbridge, Lilli McCulloch 2011, Catherine McIlroy 2009, Marjory O'Connell 1986, Sarah Cunningham 1977, Patrick McGinn 1999, Pamela McIntosh 1999, Baby Sophie Kerr 2008, Canon Sam McGinness 2009, Cesare Scott 2002 and Maude Cullinane 1960 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 £544.12 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £238.33 - 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 Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Robert Cooper at 10.30am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 2 at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30pm and John and Phil McKenzie at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emily Tarbet for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson-Kidd and George Kidd for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson 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.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Avaleise Violet O'Connor, who will be baptised today. Congratulations to his parents and Godparents.

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, Canon Matt, Bill Andrew, Michael McCulloch, 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.

If you haven't done so already, please make sure you get your copy of Saint Matthew's Academy newsletter that was given out last weekend.

Why don't you come and meet the Lord Jesus by confessing your sins and receive the Lord's forgiveness and peace? Leaflets are available in the confessional 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…

There was a nice lady, a minister's widow, who was a little old fashioned. She was planning a week's vacation in California at Skylake Yosemite campground but she wanted to make sure of the accommodation first. Uppermost in her mind were bathroom facilities but she couldn't bring herself to write 'toilet' in a letter. After considerable deliberation, she settled on 'water closet' but when she wrote that down, it still sounded too forward so, after the first page of her letter, she referred to toilet as 'WC'. "Does the cabin where I will be staying have its own WC? If not, where is the WC located?" is what she actually wrote. The secretary of the accommodation knew that the lady was the widow of a famous Methodist minister and was sure that it must be a question about the local Wesleyian Chapel. "Of course" she exclaimed, "WC stands for Wesleyian Chapel." And he sat down and wrote:
Dear Madam,
I regret very much the delay in answering your letter but I now take the pleasure in informing you that the WC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late. The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there.
It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the WC. I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly but it is surely no lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you and introduce you to all the folks.
Remember, this is a friendly community.
Yours sincerely

On the outskirts of town stood a big old pecan tree by the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucket with pecans and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. "One for you and one for me. One for you, one for me" said one boy. Several were dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me." He just knew what it was. "Oh my" he shuddered, "It's Satan and the Lord dividing the souls at the cemetery." He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. "Come here quickly" said the boy. "You won't believe what I just heard. Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up souls." The man said "Beat it, kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk?" When the boy insisted, the man hobbled to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard"One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me. The old man whispered "Boy, you, you've been tellin' the truth! Let's see the devil himself." Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of Satan. At last they heard "One for you, one for me. And one last one for you. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done." They say the old guy made it back to town five minutes before the boy.

Please make sure that you get a leaflet from the CHANA Appeal in support of the homeless in our town. The leaflets will be available after Holy Mass this weekend. Thanks!

I'm delighted to announce that four adults have requested reception into the Church this year. They will be taking part in the Rite of Election on Sunday 18 February at 3.00pm at Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr. Three will be baptised and one will be confirmed. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Are you thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2018? For more information, please contact your Diocesan Vocations Director, Father Willie Boyd, Saint Mary's Church, Irvine on 01294 279130 or WH.Boyd@btinternet.com. Alternatively, you can email the Priests for Scotland Office on office@pfs.org.uk.

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 4.00pm in Saint Peter's. Please put this in your diaries. Thanks!

Many thanks to those who managed to attend the training in Saint Peter's Parish Centre. Please collect your certificate from the Parish Office or your Parish Safeguarding Coordinators (PSC). Our next Deanery Training, for those who were unable to be there due to bad weather, will be held in Saint Winin's Hall, Kilwinning on Sunday 4 February from 2.00 to 3.30pm where our Deanery trainer, Mari Biondi, looks forward to welcoming you on the day. The next training might be further afield. Please let us know for catering purposes if you are able to attend by phoning the parish office on 464063 or Myriame Sammons on 469006.
Thank you - Myriame Sammons and George Poole PSCs

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 McGrattan and Michael McCulloch, 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.

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.