BULLETIN                             11 FEBRUARY 2018


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

Sunday 11 February  

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

Monday 12 February  

Votive Mass to Our Lady of Lourdes
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie McAloon

Tuesday 13 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Ireland

Wednesday 14 February  

Ash Wednesday
Holy Mass at 10.00am with Distribution of Ashes for Stephen Fitzpatrick
Holy Mass at 7.00pm with Distribution of Ashes for the sick

Thursday 15 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the sick and those in hospital

Friday 16 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Carrick and James McLaren
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30 to 11.00am

Saturday 17 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Bernadette Doyle
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for John and Catherine Cahill

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 10 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 11 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 12 February  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 13 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 14 February  
Holy Mass at 9.30am and 7.00pm Holy Mass at 11.00am
Thursday 15 February  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 9.30am
Friday 16 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 17 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 11 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 12 February  
Tuesday 13 February  

Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 14 February  
Thursday 15 February  
6.00 to 7.30pm


Friday 16 February  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Peggy McKechan, Mae Murray and Bernadette Doyle formerly Sister Bernadette who died recently;
Jim Burns 2011, Catherine Cahill 1977, Mary Delahunt 2008, John and Margaret Fitzsimmons 1985, Father G J Giblin SCJ 2001, Allan Carrick 2011, Ann Jane Fitzsimmons, Sadie McAloon 2011, Eliza Jane McKay, Oonagh McVeigh 2011, Canon Robert McCliment 1967, John McIlhatton 1954, Chrissie Welsh 2006, Aileen Whiston 2015, Mary Hall 1989, Patricketta Maxwell 2004, Canon Tom McGread, Winnie McLaughlin 2015, Catherine Morrison 1977, John Carrick 2010, James McLaren 1964, Patrick Kelly 1989, Lucia Valenti 1972 and Rose Walker 1985 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 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 Marade Griffin 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 musicians are the choir 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 Sharon McLaughlin'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 Ava Michelle Hamilton, who was baptised yesterday. Congratulations to her parents and Godparents.

Bishop Nolan will be coming to Saint Peter's next weekend for the annual Bishop's Visitation. We welcome him to our Parish Family and ask God to give him all the strength and the grace he needs for the shepherd-leadership of our Diocese.

Seventy children will be confirmed this year by Bishop Nolan at Saint Peter's on Monday 19 February at 7.00pm. Twenty-nine are from our own Parish. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers that they receive in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit and experience a day of joy and grace.

Pope Francis's intention for January 2018 is for Priests, religious and lay people - may they all work together with generosity in the work of evangelisation.

Pope Francis has asked the worldwide Church to join in a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in South Sudan and in all the world. This day will be observed on 23 February, the Friday of the first week of Lent. We pray and fast "that God the Father, infinite in His mercy, might change hearts, especially of those who hold in their hands the respective destinies of these countries and of those others who in some way are also involved".

I'd like to invite you to join in the Best Lent Ever, a free email programme from Dynamic Catholic. Lent comes every year. It's meant to be a time when we invite God to help us become the best version of ourselves. But for many of us, Lent isn't a transformative experience. It's just a time when we give up chocolate or something else we enjoy, then go back to it at Easter. This year, you can change that with Best Lent Ever. You'll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips for your everyday life and real-life stories to encourage you in your journey. All you have to do is sign up at DynamicCatholic.com/BestLent. It's free and it's a wonderful resource! Cards with details are available after Mass or from
Father Duncan.

The Season of Lent is a great opportunity to do a simple Sunday Retreat at the short homilies at Mass. This year the theme will be Troubled Hearts - Peace for our Souls and this will lead us on our sacred journey to Easter.

The Option for the Poor Group has invited Bishop Nolan to speak about his recent trips to Calais and Palestine. We have also Joe Cullinane to talk about poverty in North Ayrshire. These will take place on
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats on 21 February and 14 March, both at 7.30pm.

At the last meeting of the Parish Eucharistic Ministers, the suggestion came up to have a Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a simple Benediction. This would be every Friday after Mass for twenty minutes. The Holy Hour would be complete by 11am. Could this not be a really good Lenten Resolution?

Pope Benedict wrote about the Stations of the Cross - 'The Way of the Cross is not only a great testimony to an inner depth and maturity, but it is in fact a school for interiority and consolation. It is also a school for the examination of conscience, for conversion, for inner transformation and compassion - not as sentimentality, as a mere feeling, but as a disturbing experience that knocks on the door or my heart, that obliges me to know myself and to become a better person.' The Stations of the Cross at Saint Peter's will be every Tuesday in Lent at 9.30am and will be followed by Holy Mass as usual. Another great suggestion for a Lenten Resolution?

Prayer and Meditation Booklets for Lent and Easter Sunday are available in Betty's Shop this weekend. They cost only £1 each. Please get your copy today as there is only a limited supply. Thanks!

There will be a World Day of Prayer service on Friday 2 March at 2.00pm in the Park Church, Ardrossan. All are welcome.

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…

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!

My friend John always has something to tell me. He knows so much that young men have to have older and more worldly-wise men to tell them. For instance, who to trust, how to care for others, and how to live life to the fullest. Recently, John lost his wife Janet. For eight years she fought against cancer but in the end her sickness had the last word. One day John took out a folded piece of paper from his wallet. He had found it, so he told me, when he tidied up some drawers at home. It was a small love letter Janet had written. The note could look like a school girl's scrawls about her dream guy. All that was missing was a drawing of a heart with the names John and Janet written in it. But the small letter was written by a woman who had had seven children, a woman who fought for her life and who probably only had a few months left to live. It was also a beautiful recipe for how to keep a marriage together. Janet's description of her husband begins thus - "Loved me. Took care of me. Worried about me." Even though John always had a ready answer, he never joked about cancer apparently. Sometimes he came home in the evening to find Janet in the middle of one of those depressions cancer patients so often get. In no time, he got her into the car and drove her to her favourite restaurant. He showed consideration for her and she knew it. You cannot hide something for someone who knows better. "Helped me when I was ill" the next line reads. Perhaps Janet wrote this while the cancer was in one of the horrible and wonderful lulls. Where everything is - almost - as it used to be, before the sickness broke out and where it doesn't hurt to hope that everything is over, maybe forever. "Forgave me a lot" "Stood by my side" And a piece of good advice for everyone who looks on giving constructive criticism as a kind of sacred duty - "Always praising. Made sure I had everything I needed." she goes on to write. After that, she has turned over the paper and added - "Warmth. Humour. Kindness. Thoughtfulness." And then she writes about the husband she has lived with and loved the most of her life - "Always there for me when I needed you" The last words she wrote sum up all the others. I can see her for me when she adds thoughtfully - "Good friend". I stand beside John now and cannot even pretend to know how it feels to lose someone who is as close to me as Janet was to him. I need to hear what he has to say much more than he needs to talk. "John" I ask, "How do you stick together with someone through thirty-eight years - not to mention the sickness? How do I know if I can bear to stand by my wife's side if she becomes sick one day?" "You can" he says quietly, "If you love her enough, you can."

Keeping our love alive - sometimes we have a sense of being at odds and separated from each other. The question, often unasked, is 'do you love me?' The answer is the same as Jesus gave to the outcast leper 'of course I do!' From being apart, we can be one again. How often do we say to each other 'I love you'?

If you are interested in getting an iPad this year, I can get hold of them through a contact. The numbers are limited and he has ten iPads going for less than half price. It's first come first served. He's already sold one. A picture is attached so you can see what you are getting. They are from a cancelled NHS contract due to the cutbacks. Get back to me as quickly as you can if you want one.

Sincere thanks to all the team who prepared the Burns Supper last week, to all the singers and musicians, cooks, servers and speakers. It was a wonderful evening and gave the Parish a chance to come together and socialise. Thanks for all the hard work and a big thank you to those who came along and supported it. If anyone has any ideas for some social events as a Parish, please have a word with Father Duncan. Photos of the event can be seen below and via the Pictures link on this website. Thank you!

50-50 CLUB
Congratulations to January's prizewinners - 56 George Paterson, 119 Rosemary Smith, 51 Kathleen Collins, 45 Christine Edmunds and the Early Bird draw winner, 93 John Clarke. Thank you for your continued support. If you would like to join the 50-50 Club, please contact Mrs Myriame Sammons on 469006.

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

Thank you everyone for the support and generosity in our second Collection during Mass for the Building Fund. We will have a few serious repairs to do in the next weeks - one at the very top of the Church which will cost just under £3000 and another for the Hall which will be close to £4000. Your weekly support is a tremendous help and makes this necessary repair and maintenance work possible. Thank you again and please be as generous as you can in the collection so that we can build up the funds needed to maintain well God's House in Ardrossan. God bless!

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.

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