BULLETIN                                       28 OCTOBER 2018


Saturday 27 October  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Anna Ferrie RD
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for and William Paterson A

Sunday 28 October  

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

Monday 29 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Tommy Mulhern RD

Tuesday 30 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Michael Bradley A

Wednesday 31 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for James Chushan RD
Vigil Mass for All Saints Day at 7.00pm

Thursday 1 November  

Solemnity of All Saints
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Emma McVicar A

Friday 2 November  

All Souls Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for all the Faithful Departed

Saturday 3 November  

Saint Martin de Porres
Mass at 10.00am for a missionary parish
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Michael Doherty A


Abbreviations - A anniversary, MM month's mind, 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 27 October  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 28 October  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 29 October  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 30 October  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 31 October  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am and 7.00pm
Thursday 1 November  
Holy Mass at 7.00pm Holy Mass at 11.00am
Friday 2 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 7.00pm
Saturday 3 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 28 October  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 29 October  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 30 October  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 31 October  
9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing

Thursday 1 November  


Friday 2 November  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Tommy Mulhern, Michael Bradley and James Chushan who died recently and
James Delahunt 1976, Cecilia Hilferty 2001, James McDermid 2003, John O'Neill 2012, Mary Brodie 1997, Ellie Graham 2016, Mary Haran 1995, Daniel Mathieson 1962, Joseph McGoogan 2008, Catherine Ramsay 2012, Gloria Rosendale 2014, William Delahunt 1986, Bill Moore 1989, The Christians martyred in the Cathedral of our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad 2010, Sadie Clegg 2011, John Martin 1979, Daniel Brown 1988, Peter Hanratty 2013, Josephine Lundie 2007, baby Lily Heron 2016, Thomas Kilbane 1983, Hugh McKay 1982, Eileen Taylor 2005, May Cusick 2009, Teresa Kelly 1978, Sarah Sammons 1970, Elizabeth Anne Tait 2004 and Mary Timmons 2011 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.

Next weekend's readers are Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Robert Cooper 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 Saint Peter's Primary School choir at 10.30am

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Jacqueline Smith for Primary 4.

Please remember that Thursday 1 November is the Solemnity of All Saints and is a Holiday of Obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass on Wednesday 31 October at 7.00pm and on the day at 10.00am. Please put this Feast Day in your diary. Thanks!

Friday 2 November is the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Holy Mass will be at 10.00am as usual. We will remember all our deceased friends and relatives.

We've all heard the allegations. Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped Church suppression. Even today, modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian. Halloween falls on 31 October because of a Pope and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety. Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or All Hallows falls on 1 November. The feast, in honour of all the saints in heaven, used to be celebrated on 13 May but Pope Gregory III, who died in 741, moved it to 1 November, the dedication day of the All Saints Chapel in Saint Peter's at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere - and so the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast's evening vigil, All Hallows Eve or Hallowe'en. In 998, Saint Odilo, the abbot of the powerful monastery of Cluny in Southern France, added a celebration on 2 November. This was a day of prayer for the souls of all the faithful departed. This feast, called All Souls Day, spread from France to the rest of Europe - so now the Church had feasts for all those in heaven and all those in purgatory. What about those in the other place? It seems Irish Catholic peasants wondered about the unfortunate souls in hell. After all, if the souls in hell are left out when we celebrate those in heaven and purgatory, they might be unhappy enough to cause trouble - so it became customary to bang pots and pans on All Hallows Eve to let the damned know they were not forgotten. Our traditions on this holiday centres around dressing up in fanciful costumes. This custom arose in France during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Late medieval Europe was hit by repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague - the Black Death - and she lost about half of her population. It is not surprising that Catholics became more concerned about the afterlife. More Masses were said on All Souls' Day and artistic representations were devised to remind everyone of their own mortality. We know these representations as the Dance of Death which was commonly painted on the walls of cemeteries and shows the devil leading a daisy chain of people - Popes, kings, ladies, knights, monks, peasants, lepers, et cetera - into the tomb. Sometimes the dance was presented on All Souls' Day itself as a living tableau with people dressed up in the garb of various states of life. But what about witches? Well, they are one of the last additions. The greetings card industry added them in the late 1800s. Halloween was already ghoulish so why not give witches a place on greeting cards? The Halloween card failed - although it has seen a recent resurgence in popularity - but the witches stayed. So, too, in the late 1800s, ill-informed folklorists introduced the jack-o'-lantern. They thought that Halloween was druidic and pagan in origin. Lamps made from turnips, not pumpkins, had been part of ancient Celtic harvest festivals so they were translated into the Halloween celebration. The next time someone claims that Halloween is a cruel trick to lure your children into devil worship, why not tell them the real origin of Halloween and invite them to discover its Christian message, along with the two greater and more important Catholic festivals that follow it?

A man had two of the best tickets for the Scottish Cup Final. As he sits down, another man comes along and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him. "No" he says, "the seat is empty." "This is incredible!" said the man, "who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Scottish Cup Final, the biggest sporting event of the year, and not use it?" He says, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. My wife was supposed to come with me, but she passed away. This is the first Cup Final we haven't been to together since we got married." "Oh... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. I guess you couldn't find someone else, a friend or relative or even a neighbour to take the seat?" The man shakes his head... "No. They're all at the funeral."

Please take with you the envelope for the November Lists so that we can pray for our deceased family and friends during the month of November. Please write the names of deceased family members and friends and bring it to Church next Sunday. If you can, please include a donation for the Masses - thank you. The Lists will be brought to the altar during November at the Offertory.
Lord, welcome into your kingdom our departed relatives and friends.

Our parish Saint Vincent de Paul Society is very willing to come for a visit, a chat, a catch-up or to help with anything as we enter the winter months. Please call them and they will get back to you to arrange a suitable time. They are here to support and help in any way they can. Please call 07722 246169 and leave a message.

I am very grateful for all the work and maintenance that has been done in the past weeks. The entire floor of the Parish Centre main hall has been revarnished. Two new extinguishers have been placed in the Church. The back lights behind the Tabernacle have been renewed and will need further work this week. The tiles at the front door of the Parish Centre were damaged, causing a trip hazard, and have now been fixed. We will be assessing what we can do with the metal portacabin in the back garden this week. Many thanks to our parishioners for all their hard work and for generously giving their time. Thank you!

The Saint Peter Parish pocket diaries are now available this weekend. They look really good. Please get your diary today at the Church repository - first come, first served!

More than seventy people every month present as homeless to North Ayrshire Council. We propose to make up toilet bags for those who need them. We are asking each participating Church to concentrate one toiletry item for immediate use and one cleaning item for use when a person gets a house. We have been allocated shower gel and all-purpose cleaner. Please use the CHANA basket in the foyer of the Church. Thank you for your continued generosity. Care and Share @ the Kirkgate is a drop-in for those affected by homelessness, with soup and sandwiches provided. It runs every Friday in the Kirkgate Hall, Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats, from 12.30 to 2.00pm. If you can help, call CHANA on 07585 665751.

Can you make a difference in a child's life. Ayrshire Link is looking for families to host two children for two or four weeks in June or July 2019. This is a very rewarding experience and you will be supported twenty-four hours a day. The children will take part in a full four week program. If you would like more information, please phone 07813 650411.

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.

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 £637.52 and the Missio Scotland collection to £813.60 - thanks.

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

50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to our October winners who each receive £25 - 59 Sienna Boyle, 125 Michelle Morton, 233 Clare Anderson and 234 Michael Sweeney. Well done! The next draw will be on Sunday 11 November. Please remember to let us know if you change address as all prizes come in the post direct to the winners each month. The Promoter can be contacted on 469006 or through the Parish Office on 464063. Many thanks for your continued support of the 50/50 Club.

SPRED Galloway cordially invites you to ite inaugural black tie Charity Ball in the Dumfries Arms Hotel, Cumnock, on Saturday 9 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 12.30am. There will be a drinks reception followed by a three course dinner with a glass of wine, tea, coffee and shortbread. There will be dancing to the live band On The Edge, a charity raffle and auction. The ticket price is £35 per person. Return transport from Ayr, Girvan, Kilmarnock and Prestwick to the Dumfries Arms is available. The hotel has rooms available at a competitive bed and breakfast rate for attendees of the ball. For further information, please contact the office on 01292 738068 or email info@SpredGalloway.org.uk.

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.