BULLETIN                                                       8 JULY 2018


Saturday 7 July  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Kenny Breen RD and Bobby Flood RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for John Cooper RD

Sunday 8 July  

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 9 July  

Feast of Our Lady of Aberdeen
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rosina McNeil

Tuesday 10 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am as Father's Day Mass for James Bell
Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00pm for Peter Reilly

Wednesday 11 July  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Peter Reilly

Thursday 12 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Edward McCaffrey
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.00pm for Frank Lowey

Friday 13 July  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Frank Lowey

Saturday 14 July  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Jim Moffat RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Margaret Burns


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.

Saturday 7 July  

The Church is closed for renovation.
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 8 July  

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 9 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 10 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 11 July  
Requiem Mass at 2.00pm
Thursday 12 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 13 July  
Service at 10.00am
Saturday 14 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Sunday 8 July  

11.30 am

No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 9 July  

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 10 July  
9.00 to 11.00am

Wednesday 11 July  

11.30am to 3.30pm

Irish Dancing Summer Camp

Thursday 12 July  

6.30 to 7.30pm

Friday 13 July  
11.00am Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Peter Reilly (Saltcoats), Frank Lowey (Saltcoats), Ellen Wardrope (Ardrossan) and Freddie McMillan (Bishopbriggs) who died recently;
Joseph Armstrong 1998, Clare Cameron 1985, Mary Chapman 2009, Anthony Da Prato 2016, Father Harry Farrell 1998, Martha Murphy 2001, Donald William Newall 1998, Andrew McVeigh 2000, Alexander Quigg 1999, Catherine Teggart 1998, Mr and Mrs Francis Breslin 1976, Jeannie Brown 1995, Father Donal Burke, Julie Kelley-Holland 2005, Margaret McAteer 1992, Alice McMahon 1981, Agnes Anne Conaghan 2002, Annie O'Kane 2001, Stella Reid 2009, Margaret Wyllie 2015 and Rosina McNeil 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.

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 £788.89 and the Peter's Pence collection to £309.66 - thanks.

At next weekend's Masses on 14 and 15 July, the second collection will be for the Mission Appeal by the Camboni Sisters who will join us at both Masses.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Peter Reilly who died recently. His Reception into Church will be on Tuesday 10 July at 6.00pm. His Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday 11 July at 10.00am. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Frank Lowey who died recently. His Reception into Church will be on Thursday 12 July at 5.00pm. His Requiem Mass will be on Friday 13 July at 10.00am. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Ellen Wardrope who died recently. Her Reception and Requiem Mass on Thursday 19 July at 10.00am will be followed by her burial at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Next weekend's readers are Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Margaret Harvey at 10.30am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 2 at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are Catherine Boyd and Catherine Kerr at 10.30am.

The Children's Liturgy resumes in September.

If anyone asks you 'Why go to Church?' then tell them this. We come to Church with our fragile identities. As we recall the Trinity we make the sign of the cross because the cross is, as we shall see, our way into that shared divine life. Then we confess our sins. But we do not confess our sins so as to stir up feelings of guilt. We believe that our God is merciful and loving and not a wrathful judge. Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth century mystic, wrote that if God were angry with us even for a moment, then we would cease to exist. Sorrow is a healthy awareness of the harm we have caused others and ourselves. When we confess our sins, we stand upright in the sun and claim our dignity as children of God.                       Father Timothy Radcliffe

I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night. He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen. "Are you there, God?" he said. "Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed...". I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement but that night something else lingered long after the humour. I realised for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born thirty years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labour. Apart from his size - he's 6 feet 2 - there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a seven-year-old and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed and that aeroplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. I remember wondering if Kevin realises he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life? Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favourite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner and later to bed. The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her new-born child. He does not seem dissatisfied. He goes out to the bus every morning at 7.05am, eager for a day of simple work. He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores. And Saturdays - oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. "That one's going to London!" Kevin shouts as he claps his hands. His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights. And so goes his world of daily rituals. He doesn't know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple. He will never know the entanglements of wealth of power and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met and he never worries that one day they may not be. His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it. He does not shrink from a job when it is begun and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax. He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure. He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept and when you are wrong, you apologise instead of argue. Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God. Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God - to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion. In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realise that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap. I am. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances - they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God's care. Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God. And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll realise that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed. Kevin won't be surprised at all!

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

The 200000th visit to Saint Peter’s website was made on 6 July. The site, which was launched on 13 July 2005, has over 2900 web pages, 1600 pictures, 700 bulletins between 1960 and 2018, 27000 links, some audio and video clips and been viewed in over 100 countries worldwide. Over 1500 of our deceased relatives and friends are remembered in our Anniversary List and some are featured in our Memoriam Cards page. The site contains many articles on past and present spiritual and community life in Saint Peter's.
Father Duncan and the website author are very grateful to those who have accessed the site, lent photographs, passed on stories, identified errors, made suggestions and expressed compliments. The aims of the site are to make parishioners and others aware of current events and record our history. If you can help with this project, please speak to Father Duncan or contact WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterInChains.net.

The annual raffle and textile collection for Mary's Meals will run from Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 August at 12 noon. Just a few bin bags filled with textiles could generate enough funds to feed a child for a whole school year - approximately £13.90. We are currently feeding over 1.2 million children in fifteen countries across the world! Please note that we are only able to collect textiles in any condition - for example, clothes, household textiles, shoes, bags et cetera. Thank you for your continuing support of Mary's Meals and we look forward to visiting your parish.
                      Mary's Meals

The Data Protection Act has now been succeeded by the General Data Protection Regulations. We are bound by those regulations and all names, addresses, phone numbers which we have are protected and we cannot pass them on to anyone. Any two items of personal information cannot be published unless we have written permission. for example,
   • name and phone number (two items) of any volunteer;
   • name and information such as 'is sick' about a person (two items) meaning the name is on a sick list
These are not allowed under the GDPR without permission of the individual. We have to try to get all information on rotas and the bulletin into conformity with GDPR. Please help as best you can.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Grateful thanks to Saint Clare for favours received. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified and loved today and every day throughout the world, Amen. DJ

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.