BULLETIN                 18 MARCH 2018


Saturday 17 March  

Feast of Saint Patrick
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rita McDermid
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Ian Trayner and Rose Trayner

Sunday 18 March  

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

Monday 19 March  

Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Moira Grant

Tuesday 20 March  

Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for David Farrell

Wednesday 21 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mae Murray

Thursday 22 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Frank Coulter

Friday 23 March  

Mass at 10.00am for Agnes McLaren
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 11.00am

Saturday 24 March  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Patrick McDermott
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Michael Reilly

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 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 18 March  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

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

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Nuptial Mass at 1.00pm

Sunday 18 March  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 19 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 20 March  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 21 March  
3.45pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 22 March  

Friday 23 March  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Rita McDermid and Flora Dynes (Kilwinning) who died recently;
Keith Baldwin 2006, John Gurney 2004, James Mulhearn 1982, Thomas Rourke 2015, William Tait 1996, Kevin Doherty 1979, Alistair Malloy 2014, Peggy McArthur 1986, Andrew Murphy 1971, Kate Smith 1972, Sam Bannon 2006, Maureen Conway 1999, Denise Devlin 2015, Patrick McDonald, Maria Monaghan 2004, Mary Reid 2002, William Shanks 1952, William Shanks 1987, Susan Reid 2007, Veronica Stevenson 2016, John Pentleton 2014, Hugh Conway 1976, Sister Immanuel CP 2002, Terence McCarroll 1967, Patrick McDermott 1973, Agnes McLaren 1994, May McParland 2016, Isabella Connor 1959 and James and Ellen McCarroll 1977 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 £624.06 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £252.97 - thanks.

The second collection at both Masses next weekend will be in aid of SCIAF.

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 Margaret Harvey 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 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.

There will be no tea and coffee after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday.

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds or crosses which they use to participate in the re-enactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect. Palm branches are widely recognised symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday. The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic. It represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war. A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter. During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into Church. The palms are blessed and many people will fashion them into small crosses or other items of personal devotion and place them in their homes.

Don't forget the Stations of the Cross this Tuesday at 9.30am for the last time before Easter. This is a beautiful way to show our love and devotion by following Jesus on his way of the Cross. See you there!

Your life follows your thoughts like your body follows your head. That's why it's so important to keep an eye on where your thoughts are headed throughout the day! Saint Paul wrote"We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor 10:5). Most of our problems start in our thinking and even if they don't, our bad attitude about our problems sure starts there. Make a decision this Lent to start rejecting the thinking that drags you down to too much negativity, leads you to temptation, fosters resentment or makes you ungrateful for the people in your life. Stop being a passive recipient of the battle happening between your ears! Focus on what draws you to God, not what drags you down! So I hope you are doing something worthwhile this Lent, but more, I hope you give up the trains of thought that you've been riding to the wrong places for far too long.

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.

This Saturday, we will cover the crosses and images in the Church as we approach the Holy Week. Crosses remained covered until the end of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday. Statues remained covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The crosses and images are covered so that we can see them with 'new eyes' in the light of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus.

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.

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom and, knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As graduation day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, and somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angry, he shouted at his father and said "With all your money, you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house. Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family but realised his father was very old and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still gift-wrapped Bible just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse from the Gospel of Saint Matthew, chapter 7, verse 11 - "And if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father who is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?" As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation and the words 'Paid in full'. Next Sunday, the greatest week of our faith begins - the Holy Week. Jesus has paid everything in full for you and me!

Near the city of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, is a remarkable facility. Twenty years ago, the Brazilian government turned a prison over to two Christians. The institution was renamed Humaita and the plan was to run it on Christian principles. With the exception of two full-time staff, all the work is done by inmates. Families outside the prison adopt an inmate to work with during and after his term. Chuck Colson visited the prison and made this report - 'When I visited Humaita I found the inmates smiling, particularly the murderer who held the keys, opened the gates and let me in. Wherever I walked I saw men at peace. I saw clean living areas and people working industriously. The walls were decorated with Biblical sayings from Psalms and Proverbs. My guide escorted me to the notorious prison cell once used for torture. Today, he told me, that block houses only a single inmate. As we reached the end of a long concrete corridor and he put the key in the lock, he paused and asked "Are you sure you want to go in?" "Of course," I replied impatiently, "I've been in isolation cells all over the world." Slowly he swung open the massive door, and I saw the prisoner in that punishment cell - a crucifix, beautifully carved by the Humaita inmates-the prisoner Jesus, hanging on a cross. "He's doing time for the rest of us." my guide said softly."                      Max Lucado

A man from Ardrossan appeared before Saint Peter at the pearly gates. "Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" Saint Peter asked. "Well, I can think of one thing." the man offered. "Once, on a trip to Glasgow, I came upon a gang of bikers, who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone but they wouldn't listen. So I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker and smacked him in his face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring and threw it on the ground. I then yelled "Now, back off or you'll be sorry!" Saint Peter was impressed. He leafed through the great book he held. "When did this happen?" "Just a couple minutes ago…"

Different repairs and alterations have been going on in Church over the past weeks. I am very grateful indeed for the parishioners who have been helping and getting everything right. The f
ormer Parish Priests plaque has been hung opposite the statue of Our Lady. The double doors leading to Parish Centre have been sandpapered so that they don't rub against the floor. Bulbs have been replaced behind the Tabernacle - very tricky. The back wall of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel has been repainted and the ceiling repaired. The various damp areas in the Church have been dried out, replastered and repainted. One of the original Sanctuary Lamp Stands has been returned from Kilwinning - very grateful to Father Magee. Obsolete pins and hooks have been removed from the large Crucifix. A Lenten purple light has been installed at the altar. A small spotlight has been installed for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays. A spotlight has been installed for the Jesus Icon behind the altar. Am electrical connection has been extended at the altar. Boiler number 2 has been repaired - again! A new light has been fitted in the stairwell to the Church basement. A holes in the car park has been filled with gravel. A beautiful processional cross found in the choir loft has been restored - and as usual our fantastic team of cleaners and polishers are keeping God's House in great condition. Remember to be careful when lighting candles that there is no spillage of wax on the carpets. Our cleaners will hold you in great esteem and be eternally grateful. Thank you!

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.

The Parish Website Team have had its second meeting and decided on a design and information headings for our new parish website. Sincere thanks for all the hard work and commitment.

50/50 CLUB
A few members still have to renew their membership so please contact the promoter as soon as possible. We appreciate your continuing support of the Parish. We started the Club in 1993 and the majority of our members have been with us over the twenty-five years. Well done you.

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.

Due to retirement, Frank Coulter is no longer collecting baby items or furniture for Hillhouse Care in Kilmarnock. Thanks to everyone who has donated items for those in need or to sell in the charity shop. Hillhouse can be contacted directly on 01563 523362.

Since a few members still require to complete this Module 1, we have arranged a further two dates on Sunday 18 March from 2.00 to 3.30pm in Saint Winin's Church, Kilwinning and Wednesday 21 March from 7.00 to 8.30pm in
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats. This training is for our Deanery and will be delivered by our Deanery trainers.

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.