BULLETIN                                              17 JUNE 2018


Sunday 17 June  

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 18 June  

Memorial of Saint Barnabus
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Helen Clowes RD
Vigil of the Deceased for Kenny Breen at 6.00pm

Tuesday 19 June  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Bobby Flood
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.00pm for Maria Manfredini

Wednesday 20 June  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Maria Manfredini

Thursday 21 June  

Memorial of Saint Alolysius Gonzaga
Holy Mass at 10.00am for James Freer RD

Friday 22 June  

Memorial of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher
Holy Mass at 10.00am for James Lane A and George Russell A followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, finishing by 11.00am

Saturday 23 June  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Jim McKnight RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm in thanksgiving for a special intention


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 17 June  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

The Church is closed for renovation.

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 18 June  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 19 June  
Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 20 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 21 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 22 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 23 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Sunday 17 June  

11.30 am

No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 18 June  
9.30 to 11.30am
6.45 to 8.15pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 19 June  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 20 June  


Irish Dancing

Thursday 21 June  

6.30 to 7.30pm

Yoga - post natal

Friday 22 June  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 23 June  
10.30am to 12.30pm Cream Tea

Please remember in your prayers:
James Freer, Bobby Flood, Kenny Breen, Maria Manfredini, Helen Clowes, Jim McKnight and Neil Herbert who died recently;
Agnes Cochrane 1998, Mary Theresa Dolan 1999, Bernard Kilbane 1986, Michael Leonard 2000, Father Tom Leverage 1996, Cardinal Thomas Winning 2001, Sheila Kennedy 1996, Samuel McGonigle 1997, Andrew McPadden 2002, Una Delahunt Rice 2005, Margaret Forbes 2006, Billy Harvey 2004, John Malloy 2002, Father Alan Wilson 2012, Margaret Boyd 2005, Gertrude Cunningham 2008, Mary Bridget Magee 1988, James Lane 1995, Catherine Robertson 2015, Susan Watson 2002, Rosie Benson 1995, Agnes Delahunt 1936, Margaret Donnelly 1953, Mary Leishman 1997, Ronald McKay 2008, and Shiela Kearney 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 5.30pm Vigil and 10.30am. Sunday Mass times in other local parishes can be seen here.

Owing to the ongoing renovations at Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats, there will be two Requiem Masses from Saltcoats next week led by Canon Poland. Please pray for the Repose of Soul of Bobby Flood, whose Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday 19 June at 10.00am and for the Repose of the Soul of Maria Manfredini. She will be received into Church on Tuesday 19 June at 5.00pm and her Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday 20 June at 10.00am. May they 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 £729.25 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £307.39 - 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.

Next weekend's readers are Marade Griffin at 5.30pm and Emily Tarbet 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 the choir at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Claire and Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson and Jacqueline Smith
for Primary 4.

There are no Sunday teas this weekend but tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sharon McLaughlin's team.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent donation of £800 for Father John Maendeleo's twenty-fifth anniversary celebration. Father John thanks each one of you for your kindness and generosity and want you to know that he will always keep you in his prayers.

Jonathan's mother died when he was very young and his father brought him up. Both of them shared a very special relationship. Jonathan loved to play football and his father made sure that he was always there to cheer his son at every match even if Jonathan wasn't a part of the playing team. Jonathan, being small sized, wasn't allowed to play in the main team. Nevertheless, he continued with his practice with full determination. Everyone thought that Jonathan would never be able to make it into the team though somehow his determination carried him through. The coach, seeing his diligence and dedication, decided to keep him on the roster. One day during practice, the coach met him with a telegram. Jonathan was shocked to read the message contained in it. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach "My father died this morning. Will it be all right if I miss practice today?" The coach gently put his arm around his shoulder and said "Take the rest of the week off, son, and don't even plan to come to the game on Saturday." On the day of the game, Jonathan's college team was losing badly to the rival team. The coach and the players had all lost hope when they saw Jonathan coming towards them. Jonathan ran up to the coach and pleaded him to allow him to play this match. At first, the coach wouldn't allow him to play. However after a lot of persuasion, the coach gave in. No sooner Jonathan joined the team in the field, their scores started to improve before both the teams were on a tie. However, the real cheer came during the crucial closing seconds when he intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. His team members were ecstatic. The crowd came running towards him to celebrate the win. After the match, the coach went up to Jonathan, who was seated alone in the corner of the locker room and asked "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?" He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my dad died but did you know that my dad was blind?" The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile "Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!"

•A man trying to understand the nature of God and asked him "God, how long is a million years to you?" God answered " A million years is like a minute". "Then the man asked "God, how much is a million pounds to you?" And God replied "A million pounds is like a penny". Finally, the man asked "God, could you give me a penny?" And God said "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!
•A man walking along Ardrossan beach was deep in prayer. All of a sudden, he said out loud, "Lord, grant me one wish." Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice, the Lord said, "Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish." The man said "Build a bridge to Benidorm so I can drive over anytime I want to." The Lord said "Your request is very materialistic. Think of the logistics of that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the ocean! The concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish, a wish you think would honour and glorify me." The man thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, "Lord, I wish that I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say "nothing" and how I can make a woman truly happy." After a few minutes God said "You want two or four lanes on that bridge?"

Father's Day means more to me now that my dad has passed away than it ever did when he was still alive. It's strange to say that, I know but that's been my experience over the three years since my dad's death. It's as if knowing how the story of his life ended has given much more meaning to all the chapters that went before, some of which I lived together with him and, of course, when he was alive, I didn't miss him as much as I do now. I could always call or visit then - now I can't. My dad wasn't a perfect father and he would have been the first one to admit it - and yet, somehow, experiencing his fatherhood in my life, and reflecting on that fatherhood, has helped me get to know our heavenly Father better. God the Father revealed his limitless love to me many times through my earthly father's limited expressions of love. God the Father loves me, loves each of us unconditionally - just because of who we are, not because of our performance, or what we do. I wish all of you a happy Father's Day, and I will be praying that each and every one of us receives the grace to experience the Father's love afresh.              Father John Bartunek

Michael McCulloch and Father Duncan
are broadcasting the Thought For The Day on 3TFM Community Radio from 25 June for five days. It is a two-minute spot every day at 9.10am. 3TFM broadcasts to the towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, and Stevenston on 103.1FM, twenty-four hours a day and online to the world on www.3tfm.org.uk. Listen to us on your phone, tablet and computer. You can't miss it!

The boilers will need a repair soon although we are not using them at the moment. Margaret, Myriame and Harry have worked very hard in the Church grounds with tree bark on the flower beds and new plants. Bill will add a proper door hook to the inner side door to
the Church. The recovering of the foyer chairs in the Parish Centre by Beverley and Fiona is almost complete and will make a huge difference with the famous Saint Ninian's Papal Tartan covering. Sincere thanks go to all our parishioners and their hard work and efforts.

The Maryvale Ministry Course is going very well with our 'students' filling in a questionnaire and evaluation. There seems to be a general very positive response and contentment with the course. We also had a special day for all our Eucharistic Ministers with around ninety participants on 2 June. The evaluation was very positive indeed and we will definitely offer a similar day next year.

There will be a parish fundraiser on Saturday 23 June in the Parish Centre. We welcome you to a Cream Tea or Coffee et cetera from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be sales tables and a raffle to raise much needed funds towards Church maintenance. We rely on your usual good support as this will enhance our Church surroundings and we look forward to any donations or prizes for the raffle. Tickets, costing £2 for adults and £1 for children, will be on sale at weekends during June or from the Parish Office.  Many thanks.                     Myriame Sammons, 469006

Our Parish Feast Day is coming soon on Friday 29 June, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Holiday of Obligation. We could celebrate our saint on the following weekend, 30 June and 1 July. A special custom for the celebration of Saint Peter is the Lammas Bread. This comes from the words Loaf-Mass Bread. Special breads or scones are baked and brought to the altar at the Offertory, blessed and distributed at the end of Mass. Fiona has agreed to make the Lammas Bread for the Church and primary school Masses.

Are you aged between 20 and 40? Would you like to meet some fellow young Catholics? We are going to Laser Station at Soar, Braehead on 14 July at 7.15pm. Ticket sales close on 29 June. To buy a £12 ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can't make this one, please email 2040network@gmail.com.

To help parents contribute to the developments in Catholic schools, there will be a Gathering of Catholic Parents on Saturday 18 August 2018 from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Saint Charles' Parish Hall, 5 Union Street, Paisley. Places are free but booking is essential. To book please contact parents@sces.uk.com.

Saint Matthew's Academy Graduation Mass and Ceremony will be on Monday 18 June at 5.00pm.

Popstars the Musical will be held in Saint Matthew's Academy on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June at 7.00pm. Tickets for this fantastic production cost £6 and £4 and can be bought on the door or in advance from the school office on 01294 606680. We would welcome all your support.

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.