BULLETIN                               8 APRIL 2018


Saturday 7 April  

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

Sunday 8 April  

Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 9 April  

The Annunciation of the Lord
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Norma Clarke

Tuesday 10 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien

Wednesday 11 April  

Memorial of Saint Stanislaus
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Gribben

Thursday 12 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Phyllis Poole

Friday 13 April  

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

Saturday 14 April  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Annie and Andrew Murray
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Charles and Margaret Spencer

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 7 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 8 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 9 April  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 10 April  
Requiem Mass at 1.00pm Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 11 April  
Requiem Mass at 1.00pm Service at 10.00am
Thursday 12 April  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 13 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 14 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 8 April  

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 9 April  
7.30pm Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tuesday 10 April  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 11 April  


Thursday 12 April  
Friday 13 April  
Saturday 14 April  
  Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Dominic Gribben who died recently;
Father Tom McCann 2009, Mary Tinney 2004, Father Jim Boyd SCJ 2002, Andrew Coldwell 1994, Father John Collins 2002, Donald Cullinane 2009, Frank Kelly 1994, Michael Mulligan 1982, Billy Smith 2009, David McLaren 2006, Jim Roxburgh 2014, Father Gabriel Kigozi 2011, Helen Theresa Magee 2000, George Monaghan 2004, Phyllis Poole 2015, Father David Barr 2012, Martha Lynas 2009, David Walsh 1962, Janie Clark 2010, James McKibben 2002, and Margaret Spencer 1954 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.

The Good Friday collection for the Holy Places ammounted to £286.10. Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £914.95 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £404.99 - 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 Harry Sammons 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 Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emily Tarbet for the pre-fives, Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes for Primary 4.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Maria Boyle's team.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Paul McBride who will be baptised and confirmed on Thursday 12 April at 11.00am. We wish Paul a day of grace and joy!

Congratulations to young Ross Conaghan who will be confirmed by Bishop Nolan on Tuesday 10 April at 3.00pm. We wish Ross all the special Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Sincere thanks for all the cards and gifts received over Easter - they are very much appreciated! Also a big Thank You to all those who prepared and led the beautiful liturgies of Holy Week. A lot of time and effort was put in to make them special. Thank you for all your hard work and commitment.
                               Father Duncan

The Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on Sunday 22 April at 6.00pm. You will be very welcome.

This is the 'merry band' from Saint Peter's who went up the Castle Hill in the early hours of the morning to 'pray in' Easter Sunday along with the other Ardrossan Churches. The roll and sausage breakfast at the end was more than welcome.

There will be Holy Hour services, arranged by the Spirituality Group, in the Churches of Saint Mary's Deanery throughout April and May. These provide an opportunity to listen and to contemplate what God is saying to us. 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.

Many centuries ago, there lived a man by the name of Barnaby. He was a juggler who lived from day to day on the small donations he received. He went from town to town and he would take knives or balls and juggle them - and that is all that he could do. He felt embarrassed over his lack of talent. He almost felt totally useless. People in the town in which he juggled would be involved in their business work. Some would run small little shops. Some were doctors and teachers - and Barnaby would see all these people working every day and be more discouraged with each passing day. One day on his travels, he was passing a huge monastery and he started to think and pray. Maybe if they let me enter this monastery I can do the most menial tasks, do something positive and save my soul and have more meaning and happiness in my life. He knocked on the monastery door and was greeted by the brother who was in charge of all the monastic duties. Barnaby told him he would perform the most menial tasks for just a place to sleep and a little something to eat. He was admitted and was given a small place in which to live and told when meal time was to happen. He did this for months and seemed to find more meaning and happiness to his life. But then his sense of meaning and happiness started to lessen. He knew all around him that the brothers of the monastery were preparing for an important feast day of Our Lady. One brother was writing a new musical score for the Mass. Another brother was making special bread to be given to the poor on the special day. Another brother was making a beautiful candle to be placed in front of Our Lady's statue. Barnaby, in seeing what was done by others so talented, felt more inadequate than ever. His sense of his own inferiority became more painful than ever. Our Lady's feast day was coming closer - and what was he doing but the most menial jobs in the monastery. He went to bed each night heartbroken - but then one night, and no explanation has been found for this, he took his small little blanket and his eight juggling balls and went to the chapel. He stood in front of the statue of Our Blessed Mother and gave her the only talent he had, the art of juggling. At that moment something extraordinary happened. The statue of our Blessed Mother almost came alive with radiance that Barnaby had never seen before. The brothers of the monastery, seeing how the chapel was becoming filled with this new light, rushed in thinking that something tragic had taken place. The Abbot was there and as all of them came into the Chapel they saw Barnaby juggling with joy and happiness. The statue of Mary, whether it took on new life to others, took on new life to him. This man who thought he had so little talent had brought joy to Mary, the Mother of Christ, on her special day. The story of Barnaby, the juggler, the individual who though he was a nothing in anyone's eyes teaches us that God has given to each one gifts and talents that if used can bring greater joy and meaning into each one's life.

• A kindergarten teacher was walking around her classroom while her students drew pictures. One little girl was scribbling so intently that the teacher asked what she was drawing. The little girl replied "I'm drawing a picture of Jesus".The teacher said "Oh, nobody really knows for sure what Jesus looked like". The little girl, without missing a beat, responded "They will in a minute".
• After starting a new diet, I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favourite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning and as I approached, there in the window were a host of chocolates, doughnuts and cheesecakes. I felt this was no accident so I prayed … "Lord, it's up to You. If You want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery" - and sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was! God is so good!

Congratulations to March winners who each receive £25 - 173 Orla Steele, 55 Stephen McAteer, 2 Harry Sammons and 208 Marie Murray. We welcome two new members this month and remind five members they still have to renew their membership for 2018. Please contact the Promoter to make payment arrangements as soon as possible. Next month prizes are four at £25 each and the draw for £100 but you do need to be in it to win it. As always, new members can join anytime. Good luck in the April draw.

All volunteers who completed PVG forms in 2014 require to update their existing PVG Forms. The Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators will arrange to complete forms and to that end will send out invitations to those concerned. The dates are Thursday 26 April at 7.00pm and Sunday 6 May at 11.30am in the Parish Centre. The continued support of all volunteers is very much appreciated by the Parish and complies with the Diocesan Regulations and National Safeguarding. The Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators are Myriame Sammons and George Poole.

Saint Peter's Primary School Spring Fayre will be held on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 10.00am to 12 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 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.