BULLETIN                                         23 SEPTEMBER 2018


Saturday 22 September  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for a missionary spirit in our parish
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for William McCann A

Sunday 23 September  

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

Monday 24 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Joshua O'Neill A

Tuesday 25 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for May O'Connor RD

Wednesday 26 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for David Farrell A and Tony Fraser A

Thursday 27 September  

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Georgina McWhirter A

Friday 28 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Leo and Elizabeth Walsh A and followed by Benediction finishing by 11.00am

Saturday 29 September  

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
Mass at 10.00am for Iain Tarbet A
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm in thanksgiving for prayers answered


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 22 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 23 September  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 24 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 25 September  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 26 September  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 27 September  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 28 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 29 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm


Sunday 23 September  


No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass
Private Function

Monday 24 September  


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 25 September  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 26 September  
9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing

Thursday 27 September  



Friday 28 September  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 29 September  
7.00pm Musical Evening - Lourdes Group fundraiser

Please remember in your prayers:
May O'Connor, Margaret Caddies and Ronnie Cairns of our parish who died recently;
Margaret Donnelly 1997, George Logue 2011, William McNamara 2001, Patrick Breen 2015, Alice Docherty 2017, Isabella Farrell 2012, Mary McGraa 2002, Colin James Boyle 2017, Jamie Clarke 2015, Margaret Gallacher 2016, Bert Gilmour 2017, Tom McGhee 2011, Sister Mary of Saint Joseph 1975 pictured right, Bernard Boyce 2012, Dominic Burke 1988, Malcolm MacDonald 1999, John Mackay 2002, Thomas McGrattan 1917, Daniel Murray 1981, Brian Ghosh 2002, Maureen Johnson 2003, Brownlie Smyth 2014, John Brodie 2001, Angela Brown 2008, Peggy McKay 1992, Robert Leo Walsh 1968, Mary Barr, Fiona McKellar 2015, Finbarr Moynihan 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.

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

Next weekend's readers are Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson 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 George McGrattan at 10.30am

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

In Phoenix, Arizona, a twenty-six-year-old mother stared down at her six-year-old son who was dying of terminal leukaemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfil all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukaemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream to come true. She took her son's hand and asked "Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?". "Mummy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up." Mum smiled back and said "Let's see if we can make your wish come true". Later that day she went to her local Fire Department in Phoenix where she met Fireman Bob who had a heart as big as Phoenix. She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her six-year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine. Fireman Bob said "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an Honorary Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy one with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots". Three days later, Billy got to sit on the back of the fire engine and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's van and even the fire chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news programme. Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible and the head nurse called the family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy. The chief replied 'We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favour? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the public address system that there is not a fire? It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room? About five minutes later, a fire engine arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window. Sixteen firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room! With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they loved him. With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the Fire Chief and said "Chief, am I really a fireman now?". "Billy, you are and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand." the Fire Chief said. With those words, Billy smiled and said "I know. He's been holding my hand all day and the angels have been singing." He closed his eyes one last time. Tell me this doesn't put life in perspective.

• Over the massive front doors of a Church, these words were inscribed - 'The Gates of Heaven'. Below that was a small cardboard sign which read - 'Please use other entrance.'
•A Catholic primary school teacher asked her little children as they were on the way to Mass "And why is it necessary to be quiet in Church?" One bright little girl replied "Because people are sleeping."

God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation. God won't ask the square footage of your house. He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home. God won't ask about the clothes you had in your wardrobe. He'll ask how many you helped to clothe. God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it. God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of our ability. God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend. God won't ask in what neighbourhood you lived. He'll ask how you treated your neighbours. God won't ask about the colour of your skin. He'll ask about the content of your character. God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven with pride.

Congratulations to winners of September 50/50 Club draw who each win £25 - 272 Rena Tarbet, 159 Tom Paterson, 29 Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and 109 Margaret Harvey. Well done. Our next Draw for October will be drawn on 6 October.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland hereby decrees that the calendar for the Dioceses of Scotland should be as follows. The Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is to be observed on 29 June, The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is to be observed on 15 August and The Solemnity of All Saints is to be observed on 1 November.

The pocket-sized Prayer Leaflet with the Rite of distributing Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in our parish is now available in the Sacristy. Please make sure you get your copy.

Saint Peter in Chains celebrates its eightieth anniversary on Tuesday 2 October with Holy Mass being celebrated at the time of the first Mass in 1938 - 12 noon. The following weekend, we will have a special anniversary Mass on Saturday and Sunday with refreshments after both Masses to commemorate our special day. During the gatherings in the Parish Centre, a slideshow of over 900 photographs depicting Saint Pater's history will be shown.

The new edition of the Diocesan Diocese News is still available this weekend. It contains a brilliant article by George McGrattan about the history behind Saint Peter's in light of the forthcoming eightieth anniversary in October.

Father John Maendeleo send his thanks to the parishioners of Saint Peter's for their kindness on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination. Photographs of his celebration can be seen on Saint Peter's website.

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.

Father Duncan will be on the emergency call-out for the hospitals from Sunday 23 until 30 September. Please pray for anyone in hospital at this time.

Don't feel alone during the long winter months. Please come along and join us in the Snug on a Wednesday afternoon between 1.00 and 3.00pm. Spend some enjoyable time knitting - tuition is available - and "knattering" over a cup of tea and coffee. Needles and wool will be provided free of charge. If you make your own way there, your transportation back home can be arranged when required. A suggested donation of £1 towards the Church maintenance would be appreciated. All are welcome!

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 £612.71 and the Retired Priests' Fund collection to £395.42 - thanks.

Pope Francis's prayer intention for September is for Young People in Africa - that they may have access to education and work in their own countries.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sadie's, Marie's and Phyllis's team.

Would you like to spend an enjoyable evening in the Parish Centre? Then come along to our Musical Evening on Saturday 29 September at 7.00pm. Our entertainers are the Von Crapp Singers and Aiden and Bethany McGrath. Tickets costing £5 will be on sale in the porch and foyer after both weekend Masses from members of the Lourdes Group. This will be a Bring Your Own Bottle arrangement and we know you will have a lovely night in good company. All are very welcome and you will help our Lourdes Group raise funds to take assisted pilgrims to Lourdes with the Diocese next July.

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 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.