BULLETIN                                               5 AUGUST 2018


Saturday 4 August  

Memorial of Saint John Mary Vianney
Mass at 10.00am for Jim Moffat RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Frank Lowey RD, Isabella Welsh and Ellen Nielson A

Sunday 5 August  

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

Monday 6 August  

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Holy Mass at 10.00am in thanksgiving, for the special Intention for Maureen McCaffrey and for Edward McCaffrey

Tuesday 7 August  

Memorial of Saint Sixtus II and Companions
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Brian Collins A

Wednesday 8 August  

Memorial of Saint Dominic
Holy Mass at 10.00am in thanksgiving for healing

Thursday 9 August  

Feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - Edith Stein
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ellen Wardrope RD and Helen Clarke A

Friday 10 August  

Feast of Saint Lawrence
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Peter Reilly RD, a birthday and Anne Bowles

Saturday 11 August  

Memorial of Saint Clare
Mass at 10.00am for all the sick
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm in thanksgiving for healing and Mary Patricia Madden 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.

Saturday 4 August  

The Church is closed for renovation.
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 5 August  

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 6 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 7 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 8 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 9 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 10 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 11 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Sunday 5 August  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 6 August  

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 7 August  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilition

Wednesday 8 August  

11.30am to 3.30pm

Irish Dancing Summer Camp

Thursday 9 August  

6.30 to 7.30pm


Please remember in your prayers:
Brian McNulty, Mary Robertson (Prestwick), Marie Tunn (Ardrossan), Ellen McLaren Wardrope (Ardrossan) and Richard Northcote who died recently;
Helen Clarke 2016, Lawrence Tumilty 1993, Sean Paul Marshall 2013, Patricia Barry 2015, Sadie Hamilton 2007, Father Jack Kerr 2001, Desmond McGarvey 1996, Giovanni Michelini 2015, Patrick Joseph O'Boyle 2009, Lauretta Salotti 1981, Alison Cook 1999, Frances Flynn 1990, James Gorman 1997, Sadie Hamilton 2007, William McGillvary 2001, Margaret Pacewicz 2006, Henrietta Smith 2009, Kitty Woods 2013, Bill Barton 2008, Tina O'Pray 2012, Edward Burns 1998, Karen Fitzpatrick 1981, Beth Glass 2014, Canon Matthew Littleton 1977 shown right, Don Newall 2009, James Taylor 1997, Brian Collins 2006, William Magee 1988, Paddy McKinney 2014, John Giebler 1991, Charlie Gilheaney 2007 and Agnes Long 2006 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 Feast of the Assumption is on Wednesday 15 August and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 10.00am and 7.00pm. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven is the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. It is a special day of grace for our families!

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 £737.42 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £261.59 - thanks.

Next weekend's readers are Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson at 10.30am.

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

Next weekend's musician is George McGrattan at 5.30pm.

The Children's Liturgy resumes in September.

We are delighted to announce the marriage of John Howie and Gemma Jackson on Saturday 11th August at 1.30pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
      What do you see nurses - what do you see?
      What are you thinking when looking at me?
      A grumpy old man - not very wise
      Uncertain of habit with faraway eyes?
            Who dribbles his food and makes no reply
            When you say in a loud voice - I wish you'd try!
            Who seems not to notice the things that you do
            And forever is losing a sock or shoe?
      Who, resisting or not lets you do as you will
      With bathing and feeding - the long day to fill?
      What are you're thinking - is that what you see?
      Then open your eyes - you're not looking at me
            I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still
            As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will
            I'm a small child of ten with a father and mother
            Brothers and sisters who love one another
      A young boy of sixteen with wings on his feet
      Dreaming that soon now a lover he'll meet
      A groom soon at twenty - my heart gives a leap
      Remembering the vows that I promised to keep
            At twenty-five, now, I have young of my own
            Who need me to guide and give a secure home
            A man of thirty - my young now grown fast
            Bound to each other with ties that should last
      At forty, my young sons have grown and gone,
      But my wife's beside me to see I don't mourn
      At fifty, once more babies play round my knee
      Again, we know children - my loved one and me
            Dark days are upon me - my wife is now dead
            I look at the future and shudder with dread
            For my sons are all rearing young of their own
            And I think of the years - the love that I've known
      I'm now an old man and nature is cruel
      'Tis jest to make old age look like a fool
      The body, it crumbles - grace and vigour depart
      There is now a stone where I once had a heart
            But inside this old body still a youth still dwells
            And now and again my battered heart swells
            I remember the joys - I remember the pain
            And I'm loving and living life over again
      I think of the years, all too few - gone too fast
      And accept the stark fact that nothing can last
      So open your eyes, people - open and see
      Not a grumpy old man - look closer - see ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older person without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too! The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

A priest, a cantor and a parishioner from Saint Peter's were on a mission trip to the jungles of South American when their plane went down. All three survived the crash but were immediately surrounded and captured by a group of bandits. The leader of the group said "I'm going to shoot all three of you - but, before I shoot you, I'm going to give you one last request." He turned to the priest and said to him "What is your request?" He replied "I have one sermon I have preached all over the world. Wherever I go, people ask me to preach that sermon. It takes one hour to deliver it. I'd like to preach that sermon one last time." The leader of the bandits said "Your request will be granted." He turned to the cantor and said "What is your request?" The cantor said "I am a great singer. I'm in demand all over the world. My favourite oratorio is Elijah. It takes me one hour to sing all the solo parts to Elijah. I'd like to sing that oratorio one last time." Again, the leader of the bandits said "Your request will be granted." He then turned to the parishioner and asked "What is your request?" He replied "I've heard both the sermon and the solo. Shoot me first."

Pope Francis' Prayer for August is for the treasure of families - that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Once upon a time, Satan was having a garage sale. There, standing in little groups were all of his bright, shiny trinkets. Here were tools that make it easy to tear others down for use as stepping-stones - and over there were some lenses for magnifying one's own importance, which, if you looked through them the other way, you could also use to belittle others or even one's self. Against the wall was the usual assortment of gardening implements guaranteed to help your pride grow by leaps and bounds - the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbour, the tools of gossip and backbiting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity. Prices, of course, were steep - but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all. "Take it home, use it, and you won't have to pay until later!" old Satan cried as he hawked his wares. The visitor, as he browsed, noticed two well worn, non-descript tools standing in one corner. Not being nearly as tempting as the other items, he found it curious that these two tools had price tags higher than any other. When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said "Well, that's because I use them so much. If they weren't so plain looking, people might see them for what they were." Satan pointed to the two tools, saying "You see, that one's Doubt and that one's Discouragement -- and those will work when nothing else will."

If anyone asks you - Why go to Church?, then tell them this. In the Creed, we pray that we believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus stands at the door of our lives. He stands there, lingering, waiting for us to be ready and open the door and let him in. He waits more urgently than you for the door to be opened. You are a thousand times more necessary to him than he is to you. People often claim that they believe in Jesus but it is the Church they cannot accept. His resurrection is the victory of love over hatred, of communion over betrayal and thus our story too. All the claims made for the Church in the Creed are signs that love has won the victory. To claim that the Church is Catholic is to say that we belong to each other more profoundly in Christ than we do to any nation, tribe or family.                   Father Timothy Radcliffe

Tuesday 2 October 2018 is the eightieth anniversary of the First Holy Mass in Saint Peter's. We are looking for the unique parishioners who were present at that first Mass. Please make yourselves known to
Father Duncan or George McGrattan. Thank you!

Tea and coffee will not be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre.

There will be a special Refugee Photo Exhibition from Justice and Peace from Wednesday 25 July until Monday 6 August in the Parish Centre. Please come along for a look and a visit.

Are you aged from 20 to 40? Would you like to meet some fellow young Catholics? We are going bowling at Soar, Braehead on Saturday 11 August at 7.00pm. Ticket sales close on 3 August. Please email 2040network@gmail.com to buy a £10 ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can't make this one.

The annual pilgrimage to Saint Ninian's Cave in Whithorn will take place on Sunday 26 August. The coach will leave at approximately 1.00pm. If there is enough interest we will organise a coach alongside Saint Mary's or join with their coach. If you are interested please put your name on the list at the back of Church today. Thank you!

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

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.

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.