BULLETIN         1 APRIL 2018


There are three words that change everything - HE IS RISEN. Because of those three words, we have a hope that nothing can take and a joy that nothing in this world can give. What a blessing it is to join you proclaiming those three words to everyone!                                
Father Duncan


Saturday 31 March  

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
Solemn Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30pm for Christopher McManus

Sunday 1 April  

Easter Sunday of the Ressurection
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 2 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Canon Patrick Gunning

Tuesday 3 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Reilly

Wednesday 4 April  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Requiem Mass for Agnes Dougan at 10.00am at Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats

Thursday 5 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Madge Mitchell

Friday 6 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Patricia Tracey
followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, finishing at 11.00am

Saturday 7 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Pauline McQuade
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Donald Cullinane

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 31 March  
Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30pm

Morning Prayer at 10.00am

Sunday 1 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 2 April  
Service at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Tuesday 3 April  
Service at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 4 April  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Thursday 5 April  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 6 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Nuptial Mass at 1.00pm
Saturday 7 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 1 April  

No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 2 April  
Tuesday 3 April  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Wednesday 4 April  

Irish Dancing Easter Dance Camp
Ignatian Prayer Group

Please remember in your prayers:
Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien (Edinburgh), Agnes Dougan and Tony Lowey who died recently;
William Friel 1994, Peter Hughes 2011, Irene Mathieson 2012, Jenny Murphy 1998, Marjorie Robertson, Margaret Shanks 1993, Kenneth McSkimming, Jane McFarlane 2006, Margaret Murphy, Monsignor John O'Farrell 2008, Pope John Paul II 2005, James Smith 1959, Archie McFarlane, Harry Quinn 1993, Patrick Tomelty 2004, Thomas Watt 2017, Annie Adam 1997, Mattie Friel 1995, Barbara Henderson, Frank McCaffrey 2012, Jane Mullen 2003, Annie Murphy 1981, Agnes Ward 2001, Margaret Boyd 2004, George Lee 1992, James Wilson 2013, Daniel Thomas Gilmour 2013, Frank Grogan and Michael McNamara 2008 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 £599.79 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £276.69 - 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 Robert Cooper 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 John and Phil McKenzie at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives and Emma Paterson and Emily Tarbet for Primaries 1, 2 and 3.

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

We welcome to the Family of the Church Faye Josephine Margaret Walker who will be baptised on Easter Sunday. Congratulations to the parents and Godparents.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Agnes Dougan, Andrena Hughes' mother. Her Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday 4 April at 10.00am at
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

We welcome to the Family of the Church Joyce McGonigle who will be confirmed on Easter Sunday and Leanne McKernon who will be baptised and confirmed on Wednesday. We wish them a day of grace and joy!

Please join
Father Duncan, together with the Ardrossan Churches, to welcome Easter Day on the Castle Hill on Easter Sunday morning - 1 April at 8.00am. This is not an April Fools joke!

There will be Holy Hour services in the Churches of Saint Mary's Deanery throughout April and May. All take place on Sundays at 3.00pm. The dates and places are:
    8 April - Saint Brigid's Church, Kilbirnie
    15 April - Saint Bride's Church, West Kilbride
    22 April -
Saint John’s Church, Stevenston
    29 April - Saint Winin's Church, Kilwinning
    6 May - Saint Mary's Church, Largs
    13 May - Saint Mary's Church, Irvine
On Pentecost Sunday, 20 May, people will be asked to meet at
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats and walk to Saint Peter's, Ardrossan for a Service. Details will follow. Please refer any queries on this to Agnes Burt on 01294 833048.

In the cool predawn darkness, three battle-hardened Roman soldiers in full armour are guarding Joseph's tomb where Jesus was buried three days earlier. Despite strict army regulations, they are talking softly, almost at a whisper, between themselves. "All men die the same" one mutters. This apathetic tone ignites a spark of anger from another. "Not like he did!" was the intense whispering reply. "We nailed him to the cross-bar and hoisted it onto the upright but I'll never forget the words that he said during his execution." Turning his head and looking at the others with fire in his eyes and a narrowed brow, he said with slower more precise diction"I was responsible for killing him and he forgave me!" A third insensitive voice quickly responds "Haven't you been a soldier too long to be troubled by a guilty conscience?" The troubled guard continues to blurt out what he can no longer hold within himself. "The thief next to him asked this Jesus from Nazareth to remember him. Oh, his voice while in this nightmare of sure death and torture! He said "Today you will be with me in paradise" and in that instant the sky grew dark. Everyone felt the cold chill in the air then, like all the evil forces in the world were gloating when he cried. He sounded like the loneliest man in the world hanging there. The earthquake knocked me to the ground for a moment and then the darkness began to lift. That was no mere man I crucified I tell you. He was more than just a mere man! Rarely a tomb is sealed as this one is, let alone guarded." In the dull light of the dawn, suddenly appears an angel enveloped within a fiercely bright pure light painful to the eyes as if looking directly into the high noon sun. The air reverberated like a crack of vicious thunder lifting the three Roman soldiers off their feet and throwing them to the ground, rendering them dumbfounded and motionless. Turning toward the six foot stone covering the opening of the grave, this immensely strong angel rolls the stone away from the entry of the tomb. The battle-hardened Roman soldiers sit there trembling, each gazing in unbelief yet knowing they have all seen the same thing. "Sir! It's gone! The body is gone!" "Shut your mouth soldier!" the other shouted, scrambling to his feet. "I tell you, he's alive! What are we going to tell the Centurion?" "You didn't see anything! We fell asleep or something! You don't know anything! Got it?" demanded the third. "But I do know and I did see, Captain! Jesus is out there alive I tell you! More than alive!" The other two begin shoving, slapping and shouting at the believing soldier with panic stricken voices "Forget this ever happened, Marcus!" A shaky voice on the verge of tears replies "Forget it if you can sir, but with all due respect, Jesus is alive, and that changes everything!"

A mother was concerned about her young son, Timmy, walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he wouldn't notice her. The neighbour said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another girl from school he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the two walked and chatted, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally, she said to Timmy 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?' Timmy nonchalantly replied 'Yeah, I know who she is.' The little girl said 'Well, who is she?' 'That's just Shirley Goodnest' Timmy replied 'and her daughter Marcy.' 'Shirley Goodnest?' Who on earth is she and why is she following us? 'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mum prays with me the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, because she worries about me so much and in the Psalm, it says 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life' so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!' The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace. And may Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today.

New collection envelopes are available at the stall.

The new Holy Water Font has been put up at the entrance to the Church from the car park, thanks to Bill Andrew. the Tabernacle has been polished with new inside curtains and a beautiful silver figure of Christ has been placed there, thanks to Jim McEvoy and helpers. The Easter Candle this year has been specially decorated with an image of Saint Peter in Chains and the angel releasing him from prison, thanks to Nora Hartley. The Easter Flowers have been arranged around the Church and at the altar, thanks to Evelyne Agostini. The Latin inscription 'Resurrexit sicut dixit alleluia' - He is risen as he said he would, alleluia - has been added to the reverse side of the cross for the Easter Season. Thanks again to all our cleaners, liturgy preparers, tea makers and polishers. We couldn't do without you!

The next meeting for those preparing the day for Eucharistic Ministers will be on Thursday 5 April at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.

Saint Peter's Primary School Spring Fayre will be held on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 10.00am to12 noon in the Parish Centre. There will be a variety of stalls, face painting, home baking, nail painting and games. Admittance costs £1 per adult. This includes a cuppa and biscuit, free entry and a juice for kids. Please come along and support our school.

The Outreach to the Poor Group of Embracing Change is having a coffee morning in aid of the Scottish Refugee Council in Saint Mary's Parish Hall on Saturday 7 April from 10.30am till 12.30pm. We are being helped by some of the Syrian families and, of course, the women who do the Lunch Club. Entry is by donation. We are also having a Magic Show for children on Wednesday 4 April at 1.30pm in Saint John's Church Hall, Stevenston. The Magician, David Ennis, is President of the Magic Circle. The cost for families is £2.00.

The Monday groups return on Monday 17 April.

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.