BULLETIN                                                 2 SEPTEMBER 2018


Saturday 1 September  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for David Spence RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Bert and Sheelagh Kelly A

Sunday 2 September  

Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 3 September  

Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Dundas A

Tuesday 4 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Terry Slaven A

Wednesday 5 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the sick and those in hospital

Thursday 6 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for all our young people

Friday 7 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and followed by Benediction finishing by 11.00am

Saturday 8 September  

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mass at 10.00am for all those who have died recently
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Margaret Logan 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 1 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 2 September  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 3 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 4 September  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 5 September  
  Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 6 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 7 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 8 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 2 September  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 3 September  

9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 4 September  

Irish Dancing

Wednesday 5 September  
9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 6 September  



Friday 7 September  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 8 September  

Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Linzi McCoy who died recently;
Samuel Cooper 1999, Elizabeth Loudon 1982, Joe Mallon 2016, James McCarthy 1985, Helen Mulhearn, Michael Brown 1958, Ella Kirk 1996, Canon Myles Moriarty 1989, Alex Doherty 2016, Cathie Mitchell 2006, Margaret Prince 2015, David Shaw 2015, James Graham 1993, Janette Little 2008, Margaret Nicol 2007, Margaret Brodie 1964, Mary McGlynn 2010, Frank Morrison 2004, Jimmy Mulhearn 1992, Rona McNamara 2005, Marie White née McManus 1997, Ellen Vance 2012, Catherine Campbell 2003, James Duffin 1960, Margaret Logan 2013, William Loudon 1977, Joan McKnight 1976 and Margaret Walsh 2015 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 £614.41 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £284.32 - thanks.

Next weekend's readers are Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Patricia Milligan 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 George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3. The Liturgy for Primary 4 resumes in October.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Marcus Oliver Bianchi who will be baptised this Sunday at 12 noon. Congratulations to his parents and Godparents!

The Legion of Mary invites you to an afternoon with Mary at the Grotto Saint Winin's Church, Kilwinning on Sunday 9 September at 3.00pm. It is hoped that, weather permitting, the Rosary can be said at the Grotto. We will then process into Church for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. This is a time for quiet reflection and prayer. It is hoped to show a film in the hall where tea will be served. Please come and join us!

The special week for prayer for good and holy vocations begins on Sunday 9 September.

One Sunday, an Evangelical Minister was giving a sermon on baptism and in the course of his sermon he was illustrating the fact that baptism should take place by sprinkling and not by immersion with water. He pointed out some instances in the Bible. He said that when John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the River Jordan, it didn't mean in - it meant close to, round about or nearby and again when it says in the Bible that Phillip baptised the eunuch in the river, it didn't mean in - it meant close to, round about or nearby. After the service, a man came up to the minister and told him it was a great sermon, one of the best he had ever heard and that it had cleared up a great many mysteries he had encountered in the Bible. "For instance" he said, "the story about Jonah getting swallowed by the whale has always bothered me. Now I know that Jonah wasn't really in the whale, but close to, round about or nearby, swimming in the water. Then there is the story about the three young Hebrew boys who were thrown into the furious furnace but were not burned. Now I see that they were not really in the fire, just close to, round about, or nearby, just keeping warm. But the hardest of all the stories for me to believe has always been the story of Daniel getting thrown into the lions' den. But now I see that he wasn't really in the lions' den, but close to, round about or nearby, like at the zoo. The revealing of these mysteries have been a real comfort to me because I am a wicked and selfish man. Now I am gratified to know that I won't be in hell, but close to, round about, or nearby - and next Sunday, I won't have to be in church, just close to, round about, or nearby. Thanks, you have really put my mind at ease".


I have in my hands two boxes which God gave me to hold
He said"Put all your sorrows in the black and all your joys in the gold."
      I heeded His words, and in the two boxes both my joys and sorrows I stored
      But though the gold became heavier each day the black was as light as before
With curiosity, I opened the black, I wanted to find out why
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole which my sorrows had fallen out by
      I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud, "I wonder where my sorrows could be."
      He smiled a gentle smile at me, "My child, they're all here with me".
I asked "God, why give me the boxes, why the gold, and the black with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings, the black is for you to let go."

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they go? Wonder no more! It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life. If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their wings and beaks until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing "Freeze a jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fellow!"

A Diocese Privacy Notice has been added to the Documents page on Saint Peter's website.

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

The Foot-mat at the Church side entrance has been repaired this week, although further work will be needed in the future. The lights behind the Tabernacle have been renewed and replaced. The roof in the back Sacristy has had to be redone and new felt laid and its ceiling will have to be replaced and renewed. Sincere thanks to our parishioners who are so willing to keep the Church in a good condition. Thank you!

The celebration of the sixtith anniversary of the foundation of the Saint Teresa's parish will take place at 11.30am Mass on Sunday 30 September followed by a reception in the parish hall to which all are invited.

The Ignatian Prayer Group returns on Wednesday 5 September at 7.30pm in the Snug. The second Group will meet on Tuesday 11 September at 7.30pm also in the Snug. You are welcome to come along!

Training for our new altar servers will be on Sunday 9 September after Mass at 11.30am.

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.

Bishop William Nolan will celebrate the annual Diocesan Education Mass in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on Tuesday 11 September at 7.00pm. All education staff from the diocese are warmly invited and welcomed. After Mass, there will be a light buffet in the hall and a chance to socialise.

CHANA is well on the way to establishing a Care and Share Lunch Club in the Kirkgate, Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats for those who are homeless. It will start on Friday 14 September. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact CHANA on 07585 665751.

Celebrate Scotland invites you to the 2018 Catholic Family Conference at Saint Ninian's High School, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. There will be lively worship, good teaching and good company in a vibrant faith-filled atmosphere. The event includes mime and drama and Sunday family Mass. Celebrate Scotland is designed for families of all sizes and ages. It has streams to accommodate all ages of children and youth to help them grow in their faith in a relevant and joy filled way. This year's theme is See, I am doing a new thing. For more details and/or book your place, please access www.CelebrateConference.org or phone Ged Farrell on 07793 370910.

Problems with the lights in the Sacristy have been fixed. The repainting of the lampposts in the car park has now been completed with an ingenious device to reach high places. This week, a repair will be made to the Baptismal Font and a piece of the Church carpet will be replaced. Various design improvements will be happening in the foyer of the Parish Centre - have a look! The lettering engraved on the altar in the sanctuary will be renewed in the next couple of weeks. Sincere thanks for all the tremendous support and generosity!

Are you aged 20 to 40? Would you like to develop your presentation skills? Why not come along to our workshop with host and presenter, Greg Summers, who has worked with the likes of Olly Murs, Gary Barlow and John Bishop. The event takes place on Sunday 2 September from 12.45pm to 4.00pm at Blackfriars Function Room, Glasgow. 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.

Since May, there are new Data Protection Regulations throughout Scotland, which also affect parishes. For example, if you are writing in the Petitions Book at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, make sure you do not give too much personal information about someone you are praying for. and if you want to add someone's name to the List of the Sick, if you can, please make sure it is okay with them first. Thank you!

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.