BULLETIN          18 FEBRUARY 2018


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

Sunday 18 February  

First Sunday of Lent
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 19 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for a special intention
Celebration of Confirmation at 7.00pm with Bishop Nolan

Tuesday 20 February  

Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Collins

Wednesday 21 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Bernadette Doyle (Sister Bernadette)

Thursday 22 February  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Mae Murray

Friday 23 February  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Peggy McKechan

Saturday 24 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Linda Long
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Jessie Brown

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 17 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 18 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 19 February  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 20 February  
Service at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 21 February  
  Holy Mass at 11.00am
Thursday 22 February  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 9.30am
Friday 23 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 24 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 18 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 19 February  
9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Tea and Coffee after Confirmation

Tuesday 20 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 21 February  
3.45pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 22 February  
6.00 to 7.30pm


Friday 23 February  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 24 February  
7.00pm Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Margaret Osprey, Peggy McKechan, Mae Murray, Bernadette Doyle (formerly Sister Bernadette), Anna Rankin and Carol McMahon (Glasgow) who died recently;
Jack Conlan 2013, Nathan Murray-Collier 2005, Ellen Reilly 1954, Eileen Watkins 2015, Jean Wylie, Francis Clark 1953, Helen Clark 1973, Hugh McGinn 2013, Kelly Smith 2007, John Patrick Collins 2012, Rose Folan 2012, Patrick Haggarty 2017, George Monaghan 2004, Margaret McCarroll 2015, Patsy McDonald 1993, Guilia Marchetti 1998, Justine McAllister 2000, Brian O'Reilly 1993, Mary McCluskey 1980, Bessie Murphy 2008 and Margaret Mary Adamson 2005 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 £707.48 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £264.73 - 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 Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson 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 George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson 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 Sadie, Maria and Phyllis. 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 Mary Elizabeth Murray who died recently. Her Requiem Mass on Thursday 22 February at 10.00am will be followed by interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Margaret McKechan who died recently. Her Requiem Mass on Friday 23 February at 10.00am, will be followed by a service at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

We welcome to the Family of the Church Eva Elizabeth Moriconi who will be baptised on Saturday. Congratulations to her parents and Godparents.

Sincere thanks to Bishop Nolan for his Visitation this weekend. We continue to 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 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?

The Stations of the Cross at Saint Peter's will be every Tuesday in Lent at 9.30am, followed by Holy Mass as usual - another great suggestion for a Lenten Resolution?

Here are a few ideas - apart from giving up something, you could sign up for the Best Lent Ever on the internet. There is a poster on the notice board. You could read Pope Francis Message for Lent 2018. There are sheets in the Church. You could pray the Surrender Novena. Again, there ae sheets in the Church. You could come to the Stations of the Cross every Tuesday at 9.30am. You could to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass on Fridays until 11am. You could offer to help the parish
Saint Vincent de Paul Society. You could support the Church cleaning team. You could get to daily Mass during Lent. You could get to confession at least once during the season of Lent after making a good examination of conscience. Daily, you could make a plan to get up earlier than anyone else in your house and spend your first fifteen minutes of the day thanking God for the gift of life and offering your day to Him. You could make a decision to read at least some Scripture every day during Lent. You could make sure you have a Catholic Bible. Here's a great Lenten idea - pray for your enemies. In fact, think of the person who has most hurt you or who most annoys you and spend several minutes each day thanking God for that person and asking God to bless him or her. You could get the DVD of Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ and watch it during Lent. There are some violent scenes. When Easter comes, don't drop the new ideas and practice you've begun during the Season of Lent! Make them a permanent feature of a deeper, richer Christian life! Still looking for a Resolution?

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

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart. Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said "Why, your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine." The crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was beating strongly, but it was full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in but they didn't fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing. The people stared - how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought. The young man looked at the old man's heart and saw its state and laughed. "You must be joking." he said, "Compare your heart with mine. Mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears." "Yes" said the old man, "yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love. I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart but because the pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away and the other person hasn't returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges - giving love, taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?" The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart. It fitted, but not perfectly as there were some jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man's heart flowed into his. Have a blessed Lent!

This is from the parish bulletin on 22 February 1888 of Saint Patrick's Church, Mount Saint Patrick, Ontario, Canada. You might be interested in reading - perhaps even following - the Lenten regulations from 118 years ago. The regulations for the keeping of Lent which begins next Wednesday are as follows. Persons obliged to fast must fast every day in Lent except Sundays. They can eat meat once a day except Wednesdays and Fridays, Ember Saturday and Holy Saturday. So, persons obliged to fast can eat meat as often as they like on Sundays, once on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays except Saturday of Ember Week and Holy Saturday but not at all on Wednesdays, Fridays, Ember Saturday or Holy Saturday. Persons fasting may take tea or coffee and a piece of bread in the morning, a full meal about noon and eight ounces in the evening. Eight ounces is a pretty fair allowance but they should not drink milk in the morning except what they use in their tea, nor is it allowed to eat fish and meat at the same meal. They can use grease, lard and drippings in cooking fasting food. Persons under 21 and over 60 are not obliged to fast, neither are persons working so hard that they could not do their work fasting, nor women bearing or nursing their children. Persons not obliged to fast may eat meat as often as they like on the days that persons fasting are allowed to eat it once but they are not allowed to eat meat on Wednesdays and Fridays. During Lent, self-denial may be practised in many little acts but particularly in the avoidance of dangerous occasions of sin such as, reading novels, attending dances, close company-keeping, glib-tonguedness about one's neighbour and excessive use of liquor.

Parents please remember that Monday's meetings are not in Parish Centre due to Confirmation. Girls should go directly to Basebowl in Hamilton Street, Saltcoats.

Recently we filled ninety backpacks for Mary's Meals. A further seventy-nine were donated from Nazarene Ladies Bible Group. A total of 169 filled backpacks are now on their way to school children in Malawi. This makes a running total of 2158 backpacks sent to date. Thanks to all who contributed with donations of any kind.

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. We welcomed twelve new members in January and wish them good luck during the year ahead. However, we still await nineteen members to renew their membership of £15. Our next draw will be at the end of February for four prizes of £25. If you wish to join or renew membership, please contact the Parish Promoter as soon as possible before the next draw. Joining Slips are in the porch. The Promoter is Myriame Sammons on 469006.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society usually collects toiletries for the Ozanam Centre, Glasgow for homeless people during Lent. There is a box in the porch.

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.

If you can never find the time to give blood, here it is - Tuesday 27 February from 2.00 to 3.40pm and 5.15 to 7.30pm and Wednesday 28 February 4.00 to 7.30pm in the Civic Centre, Glasgow Street, Ardrossan. Thank you.                 www.scotblood.co.uk

We welcome the Sisters of Saint Elisabeth who will be coming to our Parish next weekend. The Sisters will be bringing beautiful icons and religious items for sale in support of their apostolate.

Drew Cochrane, who was so entertaining at the recent Burns Supper, has scripted 'Invisible – The Musical' to raise funds for the Scottish Head Injury Musical Support Group. It will be performed at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine on 1 and 2 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available on 01294 274059 and www.North-Ayrshire.gov.uk/hac.

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.