BULLETIN                                             12 AUGUST 2018


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, Mary Patricia Madden A and Phyllis Doherty A

Sunday 12 August  

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

Monday 13 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Forgotten Souls in Purgatory and Kitty Woods A

Tuesday 14 August  

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Holy Mass at 10.00am for a terminally ill person and Helima Massabo RD

Wednesday 15 August  

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Michael McCreadie RD
Holy Mass at 7.00pm for Robbie Reid A

Thursday 16 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for a special intention and David Neilly

Friday 17 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Brian McNulty RD and Dan Crowley of the United States RD followed by Benediction

Saturday 18 August  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for George Burnett RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Gerry Vance RD


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 11 August  

The Church is closed for renovation.
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 12 August  

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 13 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 14 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 7.00pm
Wednesday 15 August  
Holy Mass at 9.30am, 11.00am and 7.00pm
Thursday 16 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 17 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 18 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Sunday 12 August  

11.30 am
12.30 to 4.00pm

No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass
Private Function

Monday 13 August  

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 14 August  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilition

Wednesday 15 August  



Thursday 16 August  

6.30 to 7.30pm


Friday 17 August  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 18 August  
12 noon Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Joe Burns 2015, Mary Patricia Madden Campbell 2016, Desmond McGarvey 1996, Maria Mathieson 1975, Elizabeth McMenamin 1994, Margaret Quigg 2015, Brian Langridge 2009, Thomas Connelly 2007, Jim McKenna 2013, Tracy Northcote 2009, Frank McEvoy 1987, Ronald Burns 2011, Brian Collins 2008, Daniel Mathieson 1949, Robbie Reid 2011, Elizabeth Wilson 2000, Susan Garland 2011, James O'Neill 1998, Ronald Burns 2011, Kate Gribben 1994, Father John Harkin 1996, Anne Kilday 2011, Margaret McLeod 2007, Patrick Retzbach 1981, James Thomas Taylor 1998, Johnny Thompson 2014, Patricia Trainer 2002, David Walsh 1980, Roberta Breslin 2011, Frank Campbell 2007, Arthur Eamonn Murphy 2014, Stephanie Smith 1999 and Elizabeth Taylor 1951 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 £793.18 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £274.23 - thanks.

Next weekend's readers are Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Alfie Agostini 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 Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am

The Children's Liturgy resumes in September.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Grace Hamilton who will be baptised this Sunday at 12 noon. We also welcome Finlay Davidson who will be baptised next Saturday at 11.00am. Congratulations to all the parents and Godparents!

A couple of months before his death, the famous Bishop Fulton J Sheen was interviewed on national television. One of the questions was this - "Bishop Sheen, you have inspired millions of people all over the world. Who inspired you? Was it a Pope?" Bishop Sheen responded that it was not a Pope, a cardinal, another bishop, or even a priest or a nun. It was a little Chinese girl of eleven years of age. He explained that when the Communists took over China they imprisoned a priest in his own rectory near the Church. After they locked him up in his own house, the priest was horrified to look out of his window and see the Communists proceed into the Church where they went into the sanctuary and broke into the tabernacle. In an act of hateful desecration, they took the ciborium and threw it on the floor with all of the Sacred Hosts spilling out. The priest knew exactly how many Hosts were in the ciborium - thirty-two. When the Communists left, they either did not notice, or didn't pay any attention to a small girl praying in the back of the Church who saw everything that had happened. That night the little girl came back. Slipping past the guard at the priest's house, she went inside the Church. There she made a holy hour of prayer, an act of love to make up for the act of hatred. After her holy hour she went into the sanctuary, knelt down and bent over, and with her tongue received Jesus in Holy Communion. The little girl continued to come back each night to make her Holy Hour and receive Jesus in Holy Communion on her tongue. On the thirty-second night, after she had consumed the last and thirty-second host, she accidentally made a noise and woke the guard who was sleeping. He ran after her, caught her, and beat her to death with the butt of his rifle. This act of heroic martyrdom was witnessed by the priest as he watched grief-stricken from his bedroom window. When Bishop Sheen heard the story, he was so inspired that he promised God he would make a holy hour of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, every day of his life. If this frail, little child could give testimony and witness to the world, concerning the real and wonderful Presence of her Saviour in the Blessed Sacrament, then Bishop Sheen was absolutely bound by all that was right and true to do the same. His sole desire from then on was to bring the world to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The little girl showed the Bishop what true courage and zeal really is - how faith could overcome all fear, how true love for Jesus in the Eucharist, must transcend life itself.

A young priest who had just gone to a new Parish. His picture had been in the newspaper, in the Church bulletins and he was on television - so he thought everyone in town should know him. He went to the nursing home to visit an elderly member of his congregation. As he walked down the hall, she was sitting in a wheelchair outside her room. He walked up to her with a smile on his face, stuck out his hand and said, "Do you know who I am?" She replied "No, but if you'll ask the lady at the nurse's station, she may be able to tell you."

The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment, nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith. The future of the Church, once again as always, will be shaped by saints, by men and women, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see because their lives embrace a wider reality. If today we are scarcely able any longer to become aware of God, that is because we find it so easy to evade ourselves-to flee from the depths of our being by means of the narcotic of some pleasure or other. Thus our own interior depths remain closed to us. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. People in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.                   Pope Benedict XV

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.

On the first Friday of the month, after adoration and Benediction, there is the offer of tea and coffee in the Snug in the Parish Centre. This is a great initiative to bring us together for a wee chat and conversation. We can try it out this coming Friday 17 August. Everyone is welcome to come along!

The Parish Coffee and Cake Morning is the next fundraiser for the Parish Maintenance Fund. It will be held on Saturday 25 August in the Parish Centre from 10.30am to 12 noon. Tickets costing £2 for adults and £1 for children will be on sale soon. The usual raffle and sales tables will be available and any donations will be greatly appreciated. For more information, please phone 469006 or the Parish Office on 464063.

If anyone asks you - Why go to Church?, then tell them this. Perhaps the hardest claim to swallow in the Creed is that the Church is holy. It is evident that members of the Church have often been corrupt, cruel, mendacious and cowardly - but it was so from the beginning. Jesus chose as its pillars Peter who denied him and Paul who killed Jesus' disciples. This fragile and sinful community is the place in which we can all be at home. When we confess that the Church is holy, we claim that Christ's victory over sin on Easter morning cannot be undone.                    Father Timothy Radcliffe

Gordon Stewart will playing the Willis Organ at Mauchline Parish Church on Friday 7 September 2018 at 7.00pm. Admission is by a donation in aid of the Organ Renovation Fund.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sharon McLaughlin's team.

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.