BULLETIN                         15 APRIL 2018


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

Sunday 15 April  

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

Monday 16 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Flora Dynes

Tuesday 17 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jim McInally

Wednesday 18 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sandra Lapsley

Thursday 19 April  

Anniversary of the election of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Isabella Connor

Friday 20 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for a special intention
No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament today

Saturday 21 April  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Nadia Maltby (Nardini)
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Duncan Lyon

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 14 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 15 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 16 April  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 17 April  
Mass in Saint Anthony's School at 9.30am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 18 April  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 19 April  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Friday 20 April  
Requiem Mass at 12.15pm Service at 10.00am
Saturday 21 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 15 April  

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 16 April  
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 17 April  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 18 April  

Irish Dancing

Thursday 19 April  
Friday 20 April  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 21 April  

Please remember in your prayers:
Dominic Gribben and Andrew McAteer (Aberdeen) who died recently;
Ann McEvoy 1980, Kathleen O'Donnell 2011, Francis Joseph Smith 1999, Jean Taylor 2006, Cliff Atkey 2000, Arthur Jenkins 2015, Jean Robertson 2009, Mary Ann Walsh 1955, Noelle Collins 2007, Francis Coulter 1976, Marie McCarroll 1982, Rosina McPeake, William McPeake, William Main 2007, Jessie Stevens 2000, Joseph Stevens 1993, Robert Tracy 2004, Marie Louise McCarroll 1982, James McCool 2009, Jane Tumilty 1983, Margaret Kelly 2011, Agnes McCann 1970, Mary McKay 1980, Rosina Millar 1999, Annie Paton 2009, Ellen Smith 2009, Charles Spencer 1969, Francis Docherty 2015, Philomena Doherty 2001, Richard Hunter 2010, Duncan Lyon 2103, Charles John McMillan 2015, Ida Narducci 2008 and Adam Whiston 1968 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 £732.12 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £255.27 - 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 Ami Paterson 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 Emma Paterson 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 not be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre.

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.

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.

Please remember that there is the prayer of the Rosary before each weekday mass and exposition on Fridays except 20 April.

The women turn from the lane into the cemetery garden, walking numbly, one foot in front of the other. Suddenly Mary looks up and shouts "The stone has been moved!" She runs into the garden, past remnants of a smoky fire, soldiers' equipment in disarray, abandoned in haste. She sprints to the now-open tomb. The ribbon and Roman seal that have guaranteed its security hang limply in the morning air. "Where is he?" she shrieks and ducks inside. The darkness of the tomb and the concrete-like odour of fresh-cut limestone at the back of her mouth overwhelm her for a moment. As her eyes adjust, there on a shelf chiselled from the wall of the cave, she can make out grave clothes, neatly folded. But where is Jesus? Grave-robbers! Out in a flash, she begins to run back into the city. "I'll tell Peter and John" she calls as she speeds on. In a few moments, the disciple-women will see an angel who tells them "He is risen!" But by now, Mary is back in Jerusalem. She pauses for a moment at the head of the street where the disciples are staying. Hands on her legs, heaving, trying to catch her breath. Now she pounds on the door "Peter, Peter!" After a long pause, Peter opens the door a crack, looks up the street, then down it. Finally, he motions Mary inside and quickly shuts the door. "Somebody has taken his body out of the tomb! We can't find him!" Now Peter and John are in panic mode. They pull on tunics and sandals and dash towards the cemetery. Mary follows. Slowly now, head down, she walks and weeps. By the time she arrives back at the tomb, Peter and John have come and gone. The women are nowhere to be seen. She pauses by the door for a long moment, weeping uncontrollably. Then she gathers herself and steps into the cold chamber. The sun is rising now, casting long shadows across the garden but this time, the tomb seems lit, also. Two men in bright white, dressed in long robes that extend down to their feet, rise as she enters. "Why are you crying?" She sobs out her story. "They have taken my Lord away, and I don't know where they have put him." She dissolves into tears. When she looks up the men are gone. She turns. There, the sun silhouetting him in the doorway, is yet another man - the gardener, she supposes. Perhaps he'll know. "Why are you crying?" he asks quietly. "Who are you looking for?" She begins her sad tale for a third time, of grave robbers who have desecrated the tomb and of the teacher who had healed her and restored her very life to wholeness. "If you have taken him" she pleads, "tell me where his body is and I'll see that it is retrieved. There'll be no trouble." "Mary!" The voice so familiar. She looks up in sudden recognition. "Rabbi!" she cries and falls at his feet. It is Jesus. It is the Lord. He is not dead. He is risen from the grave. He is alive. He is resurrected as he had said.

Because he is risen, spring is possible
in all the cold hard places gripped by winter
and freedom jumps the queue to take fear's place as our focus
Because he is risen
     Because he is risen, my future is an epic novel
     where once it was a mere short story
     My contract on life is renewed in perpetuity.
     My options are open-ended, my travel plans are cosmic
     Because he is risen
Because he is risen, healing is on order and assured
and every disability will bow before the endless dance of his ability
and my grave too will open when my life is restored,
for this frail and fragile body will not be the final word on my condition
Because he is risen
     Because he is risen, hunger will go begging in the streets for want of a home
     and selfishness will have a shortened shelf-life
     and we will throng to the funeral of famine and dance on the callous grave of war
     and poverty will be history in our history
     Because he is risen
And because he is risen, a fire burns in my bones
and my eyes see possibilities and my heart hears hope
like a whisper on the wind and the son that rises in me
will not be silenced as life disrupts this shadowed place of death
like a butterfly under the skin and death itself runs terrified to hide
Because he is risen
                                                   Gerald Kelly

A man and his young son went to Church for Mass and when they came out the father was complaining that the Mass was too long, the priest was no good and the singing was off-key. Finally, the little boy said "Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for the 10p you put in the collection."

• Sometimes women are overly suspicious of their husbands. When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. "You're running around with other women" she charged. "You're being unreasonable" Adam responded. "You're the only woman on earth." The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in the chest. It was Eve. "What do you think you're doing?" Adam demanded. "Counting your ribs" said Eve.

The Legion of Mary Acies Ceremony takes place today, Sunday 15 April, at the Saint Mary's Church, Largs at 3.00pm. All legionaries, active and auxiliary members are welcome as are friends and parishioners. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.

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.