BULLETIN                                        3 JUNE 2018


Sunday 3 June  

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 4 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Lesley Cahill RD and Charles Welsh RD

Tuesday 5 June  

Memorial of Saint Boniface
Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Docherty A and Andrew White RD

Wednesday 6 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Therese McKeand SI and Cheryl Bingham SI

Thursday 7 June  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for James Freer

Friday 8 June  

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Betty Carr and Graham Brown RD followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, finishing at 11.00am

Saturday 9 June  

Feast of Saint Columba
Mass at 10.00am for Anne Cunningham RD, Beryl Meechan SI and Daniel Hendry SI
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Dominic Gribben RD, Julia Paterson first A and John Maher A


Abbreviations - A anniversary, RD recently deceased, SI special intention

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.

Sunday 3 June  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

The Church is closed for renovation.

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 4 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 5 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 6 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 7 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 8 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 9 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Monday 4 June  

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 5 June  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 6 June  


Irish Dancing

Thursday 7 June  

6.30 to 7.30pm


Friday 8 June  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 9 June  
1.00 to 4.00pm Eucharistic Ministers' Meeting

Please remember in your prayers:
Mary McNamee (Saltcoats), Anne Cunningham, Natalie Anne Hults aged 17 years and James Freer who died recently;
Peg Brown 1991, Annie Daniels 2014, Fitzpatrick and Fitzsimmons families, Susan Giffney 1972, Mary Kelly 1985, Teresa McEvoy 2014, Greta McGreevy 2009, Janette Smyth 2007, Susan Boylan, Helen Cambridge 1980, Annie Daniels 2014, Margaret Fisher 1905, Jim Glass, Denis Long 2005, Monsignor Brendan Murphy 1988, Ted Procter 2012, James Boyle 2008, Gilbert Marshall 2007, Father Michael Masterson 1997, Rose McKenzie 1996, Neil O'Connell 1992, James Conaghan 1999, Mary Walsh 1954, May Boyle 2013, Father Ninian Currie OFM 2009, Alison Dunn 1994, Martha Johnston 2013, Margaret O'Neill 2009, Patrick Clark 2002, Michael Collins 2009, Charles Coulter 2007, Stephen McIntosh 2015, Julia Paterson 2017, George West 1997 and Sheena Walker 2017 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.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Janes Freer who died recently. His Requiem Mass on Thursday 7 June at 10.00am will be followed by his interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

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 £607.54 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £237.65 - thanks.

The second collection this weekend is for the Day for Life which took place on 31 May. Thank you for your generosity.

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 Julie Brawley at 5.30pm and Margaret Brawley 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 Andrena Hughes at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson-Kidd for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Geraldine Butcher
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.

During China's 1911 Republican Revolution or the earlier Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), anti-Catholic militants seized a Catholic parish. They confined the parish priest to house arrest. From his Presbytery window he witnessed the desecration of the Church. He knew that there had been many consecrated hosts in the tabernacle. An eleven-year-old girl was praying at the back of the Church and the guards either did not see her or else paid no attention to her. They broke open the tabernacle and scattered the Blessed Sacrament all over the floor. The young girl returned to the Church that night and made a Holy Hour and then consumed one of the Sacred Hosts, bending down to receive Jesus on her tongue. She continued to return every night, making a nightly Holy Hour and consuming one Sacred Host each time. On the last night, unfortunately, a guard was awakened after she consumed the last Sacred Host. He chased her, grabbed her and beat her to death with his rifle. Archbishop Fulton Sheen became aware of her martyrdom while he was a seminarian. He was so inspired by her sacrifice that he promised to pray a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament each day for the rest of his life. The eleven-year-old girl could have had no idea how she would have influenced a future bishop who would in turn influence millions and promote Eucharistic Adoration throughout the world. We also have no idea how our witness and sacrifices influence others. As Jesus says in the Gospel today "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him." (John 6:56). There are no words to describe that most precious moment when you return to your seat to spend quiet moments with Jesus. You are one with Jesus and he is one with you. It is a moment of intimacy with Jesus when you and Jesus are 'all wrapped up in each other' - "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him."

• A parish priest was completing a sermon on abstaining from drinking alcohol. With great expression, he said "If I had all of the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." With even greater emphasis, he said "And if I had all of the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." And then finally, he thundered "And if I had all of the whisky in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." The Church was silent. Not a single person made a sound. The music leader then stood up hesitantly and said "For our closing song, let us sing the hymn Shall We Gather at the River."
• A parish priest, who was known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his sermon. The man returned just before the conclusion of the Mass. Afterwards, the priest asked the man where he had gone. "I went to get a haircut" the man replied. 'Why didn't you do that before the Mass?" the priest exclaimed. "Well" the man said "because I didn't need one then."

On Tuesday 29 May 2018, Father John Maendeleo, shown below, celebrated twenty-five years of priesthood. Father John was a priest in residence at Saint Peter's from 7 June 2006 till he returned to his native Tanzania on 1 February 2008. As well as helping Canon Matt with his duties in Ardrossan, Father John assisted in neighbouring parishes. On his anniversary, the 10.00am Mass was celebrated for Father John. There was also an opportunity to donate to a monetary gift for him. Thank you for all the kind donations of £740 for Father John. If you would still like to donate, please feel free to drop an envelope in this weekend's collection or to the Parish Office. Thank you.

If anyone asks you Why go to Church? then tell them this. At a confirmation, a boy, asked by the bishop if he thinks he should go to Church every Sunday, replied "Would you go and watch the same movie every week?" If Christianity is to flourish in our society and not become the practice of a dwindling minority, then we have to recapture some sense of it as 'a huge event' that grants us life to which we simply must go. The Eucharist forms us as people who believe, hope and have charity. Faith, hope and charity are ways in which God makes his home in us and we are at home in God. Our 'yes' to the Body of Christ transforms how we belong to each other and therefore who we are. Churches remind us that we are pilgrims. We are on the way. We drag ourselves out of bed and leave our houses because they are not our final homes.                              Father Timothy Radcliffe

The Galloway News is available this weekend. Please make sure you get a copy. There are nice photos of our Confirmation children with Bishop Nolan.

The next pilgrimage to the Holy Land takes place from 15 to 22 October and the cost is £1299 based on two people sharing. Three-quarters of the reserved places have now been filled so if you are still thinking about booking you are advised to do so soon in order to ensure taking part in this wonderful experience. Booking forms and the Itinerary are available from the parish office.

CHANA is proposing to have a lunch every Friday in the Kirkgate Hall, Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats for those who are homeless, living in hostels or supported accommodation and those at risk of homelessness. The aim is to start in September. We are therefore looking to have a good number of volunteers to help prepare soup and sandwiches, to serve and to 'just be there'. We are having an exploratory meeting in the Kirkgate Hall on Friday 15 June at 11.00am. Please come along if you are interested in helping in any way. For more information, please phone CHANA on 07585 665751.

SPRED Galloway is holding two charity events to which you are warmly invited. These are a Ladies' Lunch at the Caledonian Ballroom Trump Turnberry on Saturday 29 September from 12.30 to 4.00pm. There will be a champagne reception followed by a two-course lunch, coffee and petit fours. A fashion show, auction, raffle and a selection of stalls will be also available the event. Ticket cost £30 per person. To book a place, please email Helena or Janette at spredgalloway@talktalk.net. The second event is a Charity Black Tie Ball at the Dumfries Arms Hotel, Cumnock on Saturday 9 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 12.30am. There will be a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner, coffee and homemade shortbread. There will be a charity auction and raffle and dancing to live music. Overnight accommodation with breakfast is available at competitive rates. A table holds eight guests. Table, corporate and Individual bookings are most welcome. Ticket price is £35 per person. To reserve your place or accommodation, please contact Helen or Janette at spredgalloway@talktalk.net.

We are looking for anyone that may be interested in working weekdays, as required, to assist with funeral teas held in the Parish Centre. For more information, please contact Fiona, the Parish Centre Manager on 606424 or the Parish Office. All enquiries are welcome.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the weekly cleaning of the Church. If you would like to help, please contact Myriame Sammons on 469006 or the Parish Office on 464063.

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.