BULLETIN                   4 MARCH 2018


Saturday 3 March  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Carol McMahon
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Mae Murray

Sunday 4 March  

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

Monday 5 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mae Murray and Bishop Joseph McGee (1983)

Tuesday 6 March  

Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jean Haggart

Wednesday 7 March  

Memorial of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Peggy McKechan

Thursday 8 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Francis Staniforth and Agnes Scott

Friday 9 March  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Frank Coulter

Saturday 10 March  

Feast of Saint John Ogilvie
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Cosimo and Arturo Farro
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Helen 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 3 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 4 March  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 5 March  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 6 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 7 March  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Thursday 8 March  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 1.30am
Friday 9 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 10 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 4 March  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 5 March  
9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 8.00pm
6.45 to 8.15pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 6 March  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 7 March  
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group
Thursday 8 March  

Friday 9 March  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Robert Cavens, Frank Coulter (Ardrossan) and Brendan Dorrian who died recently;
Matthew Johnson 2012, Catherine McCutcheon 2002, Michael Reilly 1995, James Convery 2008, Bishop Joseph McGee 1983, Father Charles McLaughlin, Hugh McGraa 2002, Isabella McLaughlan 2001, Joe Colvin 1908, Olga Mastradomenico 2009, Cosimo Farro 1993, Francis Flynn 1990, Hugh McCluskey 1992, Catherine Robertson 2012, Mary To 2014, Luke Gargan 2001, Father Jerry Sheehy SCJ 2012, Frances Stannisforth 2017, Alice Bell 2005, May Bell 2003, John Carroll 2004, John Kyle 2009, Myles McDonald, Monsignor Archibald McSparran, pictured right, 1950 and Stephanie Hope Turner 2001 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 £614.99 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £282.30 - 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 Brawley 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 Emily Tarbet 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 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.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Francis Coulter who died on 22nd February. The Reception into Church will be on Thursday 8 March at 5.00pm. His Requiem Mass will be on Friday 9 March at 10.00am. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Pope Francis' Prayer for March is for formation - that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and community levels.

Confession is the sacrament of the examined Christian life. It is the sacrament of recognised enlightenment. The life we embraced and committed ourselves to live at baptism was the life of disciples - students and imitators of the life of Jesus Christ. So often people are not just confessing sins - they're confessing how far they've fallen short of the ideals they set for themselves. Looking at our faults and failures in this way and coming to realise that Jesus loves us and is always ready to forgive and strengthen us, opens a path to re-embracing the power and beauty of this sacrament. Pope Francis has called for Catholics to return to this sacrament of Jesus' welcome. Each time we seek forgiveness we grow closer to the God who has always loved us and always will. This is an inspiring message for us all especially during the Lenten season. Reconciliation Services will be held just before Holy Week on:
Monday 12 March in Saint John’s Church, Stevenston at 7.00pm
  - Tuesday 13 March in Saint Peter's Church, Ardrossan at 6.00pm
  - Wednesday 14 March in
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats at 2.00pm.

Our Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament started last Friday. After Mass, there were twenty minutes of silent prayer then simple Benediction ending at 11.00am. The Booklet is a simple way to offer the Lord praise, repentance, thanks, listening, surrender and petitions. Get your copy today!

Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr, on Sunday, 18 March at 6.00pm. You will be very welcome.

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they travelled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. As winter approached, war engulfed the nation, and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram. His beloved son was missing in action. The art collector anxiously awaited more news, fearing he would never see his son again. Within days, his fears were confirmed. The young man had died while rushing a fellow soldier to a medic. Distraught and lonely, the old man faced the future with anguish and sadness. One morning, a knock on the door awakened the depressed, old man. As he opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a large package in his hands. He introduced himself to the man by saying"I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you. I am an artist" said the soldier "and I want to give you this." As the old man unwrapped the package, the paper gave way to reveal a portrait of the man's son. Though the world would never consider it the work of a genius, the painting featured the young man's face in striking detail. Overcome with emotion, the man thanked the soldier, promising to hang the picture above the fireplace. A few hours later, after the soldier had departed, the old man set about his task. True to his word, the painting went above the fireplace, pushing aside thousands of dollars worth of art. The following spring, the old man became ill and passed away. The art world was in anticipation, that with the collector's passing, and his only son dead, those paintings would be sold at auction. The day soon arrived and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on some of the world's most spectacular paintings. The auction began with a painting that was not on any museum's list. It was the painting of the man's son. The auctioneer asked for an opening bid, but the room was silent. "Who will open the bidding with £100?" he asked. Minutes passed and no one spoke. From the back of the room came a voice "Who cares about that painting? It's just a picture of his son." "Let's forget about it and move on to the good stuff," more voices echoed in agreement. "No, we have to sell this one first" replied the auctioneer. "Now, who will take the son?" Finally, a neighbour of the old man spoke. "Will you take £10 for the painting? That's all I have. I knew the boy, so I'd like to have it." "I have £10. Will anyone go higher?" called the auctioneer. After more silence, the auctioneer said "Going once, going twice, gone." The gavel fell. The auctioneer looked at the audience and announced that the auction was over. Stunned disbelief quieted the room. Someone spoke up and asked, "What do you mean, it's over? We didn't come here for a picture of some old man's son. What about all of these paintings? There are millions of pounds worth of art here! I demand that you explain what is going on!" The auctioneer replied, "It's very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son … gets it all." Fathers are a lot alike. Our heavenly Father also says, whoever takes my Son, gets it all!

A silver-haired old lady calls her neighbour one day her and says "Please come over here and help me. I have a really difficult jigsaw puzzle and I can't figure out how to get started. Her neighbour asks "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?" The little silver-haired lady says "According to the picture on the box, it's a big cockerel". Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a big cockerel." He takes her hand and says"Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then "he said with a deep sigh "let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box."

Next Sunday, 11 March we will be praying in a special way for all our mothers, living and dead, and all those who have been like a mother to us in our lives. We will ask God to bless them in a special way.

You are invited to bring your family and friends to a fun-filled social evening on Saint Patrick's night, Saturday 17 March. This event is a Bring Your Own Bottle evening in the Parish Centre with the usual quiz, raffle and entertainment from George and Michael, shown below. Tickets can be purchased for £5 from any committee member or from the Parish Office. Contact Margaret on 464063 or Harry Sammons on 469006. Tickets are already selling so make sure you don't miss out.

Father John Maendeleo, shown below, who served in our parish from 2006 will celebrate his silver jubilee of priesthood on 29 May 2018. He asks that we keep him in our prayers.

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.

North Ayrshire Council Music Service's beautiful concert called One Voice on has been postponed till Wednesday 7 March at 7.00pm in Saint Peter's Church. The concert will feature the North Ayrshire Schools Junior Choir, soloists from the secondary schools and the North Ayrshire Council Workplace Choir. Tickets, cost £5 and £3 concession, will be on sale at the door on the night.

The Holy Land Pilgrimage this year will be from Monday 15 to Monday 22 October 2018. The cost is £1299 per person based on twin room occupancy and half board. The flight will leave from Manchester.

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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