BULLETIN                                              11 NOVEMBER 2018


Saturday 10 November  

Saint Leo the Great
Mass at 10.00am for a missionary parish
Thirty-Second Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Alice McGrattan A and Catherine Coulter RD

Sunday 11 November  

Thirty-Second Sunday of the Year
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 12 November  

Memorial of Saint Josaphat
Holy Mass at 10.00am for James Hughes RD

Tuesday 13 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Alice Lappin SI and Tony Kilkoyne A

Wednesday 14 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Hughie Moore RD

Thursday 15 November  

Blessed John Duns Scotus
No Mass today

Friday 16 November  

Feast of Saint Margaret of Scotland
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Billy Cassidy A

Saturday 17 November  

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Mass at 10.00am for Andrew Bell RD
Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Stephen Munn 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 10 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 11 November  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 12 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 13 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 14 November  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 15 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 16 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 17 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 11 November  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 12 November  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 13 November  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 14 November  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Knatter

Thursday 15 November  


Friday 16 November  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
James Hughes, Hughie Moore, Gordon McCaffrey and Andrew Bell (East Kilbride) who died recently and
Vivien Goldie 1998, Helen Gurney 2004, David Kelley, Henry Mons McIlroy 1966, Alec Murphy 1998, Annie Tracey 2000, Thomas Walsh 2002, James Cox, Canon John Donnelly 2003, Mary McCabe 1998, Peter McCourt 2009, James McGrath 2010, Daniel Murray 2006, Moira Shaw 1995, Bartholomew (Barney) Coby 2012, Mary Dalziel 2006, Helen Mallon 1987, Daniel McDougall 1944, Margaret McIntee 2017, Alex Miller 1979, James Smith 1999 , William Cassidy 2012, Julie Anne MacLaren 2006, William Reilly, Rose Floyd 1992, Vivien Friel 2004, Canon Patrick Gunning 1987, Mary Harrigan 2016, Karen Small 2015, Hugh Welsh 1986, Robert McGee 1996, Margaret Ogilvie 2016, Francis Brady 1943, George Hilferty 2013, Hugh Madine 1997 and Letitia Smith 2001 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 Margaret Munn 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 George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am

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

Our annual Holy Mass at Ardrossan Cemetery for all the deceased buried there will be on Sunday 25 November - the Solemnity of Christ the King - at 2.00pm.

The stars shone more brightly than ever before and the moon hung ever so high in the black sky. I could hear laughter in the background and crying in the foreground. My mind was clouded and my palms a bright red from the bitter cold. It seemed like just yesterday I had sat with him laughing and smiling. I could still hear the slight crackle or his perfectly creased shirts and smell the sweet aromas of cologne and dryer sheets. I remembered the brightness in his eyes and his glowing personality. I could hear his sweet voice and his assuring words. But now he was gone. It was only hours after I said goodbye, laid a single rose upon the ground and watched his coffin slowly fade into the deep earth. I was confused, numb and deeply depressed. He had been my mentor, my guide. He had been my life. The days went by ever so slowly and the nights were never ending. I knelt beside my bed and prayed each night while drowning in my tears. I was lost without him and felt as if I had no reason to live anymore. Finally, it came time for me to clean out his belongings. I was going through albums and dresser drawers in his bedroom when I found a small white book and on the cover was a tiny angel with his initials inscribed. It looked as if he had sketched them in himself. I opened the book and began to flip through the pages. Page after page there were prayers and inscriptions from the Bible. As I put the book down, a small folded piece of paper fell out. I opened it and read it. It was a list of names he had written himself. It was in two or three tones of blue pen and had been folded and unfolded several times. On this piece of paper were his 'thank-yous'. He had made a list of all the people who had made a difference in his life and who he cared about. Reading the names and inscriptions, I felt the tears flow down my cheeks. At the bottom of the list it read 'These people have shown me the way through the toughest of times but most of all I must thank God. For without him I would not have these people. When I get to heaven I will go to God and ask Him to watch over you all. I know He will be proud to stand next to you all when it is your time. Enjoy every minute of your time on earth. Live through God.' With this I put the paper back into the book and finished packing things up. For the first time in the past month I smiled. I knew he was safe and he would be watching over us - and I learned to live through God, our Saviour.

A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, Saint Peter meets him at the pearly gates. Saint Peter says "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in." "Okay" the man says "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart." "That's wonderful" says St. Peter "that's worth three points!" "Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my donations and service." "Terrific!" says Saint Peter "that's certainly worth a point." "One point? How about this? I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for the homeless." "Fantastic, that's good for two more points." he says. "Two points?!!" the man cries "At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!" "Now you've got it - come on in!"

Pope Francis's prayer intention for November is for those in Service of Peace - that the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

Please take a list sheet and an envelope in the baskets at the back of the Church. Fill in the names of deceased friends and family members, put it in the envelope - if you can with a donation - and hand it in the collection at the weekend Masses. The Lists will be brought to the altar at every Mass during the month of the Holy Souls.

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.

Catholics in the world numbered 1299059000 with an overall increase of 14249000. The total number of Bishops in the world increased by 49 to 5353. The total number of priests in the world decreased this year to 414969. Permanent deacons in the world increased by 1057 to 46312. Women religious number 659445. The number of lay missionaries in the world is 354743. The number of major seminarians is 116160. In the field of education, the Catholic Church runs 72826 kindergartens with 7313370 pupils; 96573 primary schools with 35125124 pupils; 47862 secondary schools with 19956347 pupils. The Church also cares for 2509457 high school pupils and 3049548 university students. Charity and healthcare centres run in the world by the Church include 5287 hospitals, 610 care homes for people with leprosy, 15722 homes for the elderly or the chronically ill or people with a disability 11758 creches and 13897 marriage counselling centres.

Saint Peter's Primary School is having a Christmas Fair on Thursday 22 November 2018 from 3.45pm to 5.45pm. Stalls are available at £15 each. Come and support our Primary School!

The HCPT Lourdes Group is having a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1 December in the Parish Centre from 10.30am to 1.00pm. There will be arious stalls, raffle, tombola, tea room and home baking. Entry is free. For donations, please contact Esther or Josephine Coulter on 602179.

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.

All parents of Primary 7 pupils who are considering attending
Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats are invited to an information evening on 12 November at 7.00pm. The evening will be an opportunity to meet with the Senior Management team, the Pastoral Support staff and staff from departments across the school. Parents and pupils will have a short presentation from the Head Teacher, Mr Colligan, before being escorted around the school by senior students. This is an excellent opportunity for all Primary 7 parents to see first hand the work being undertaken in our Catholic secondary school.

Don't miss a night of hits from ABBA, Queen, the Musicals and many more performed by the talented students of
Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats on Wednesday 21 November at 7.00pm. All profits from the events will be donated to the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH). Get tickets fast to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £4 for concessions and are available from the school office, at the door and can be reserved by telephoning 07460 722568.

The annual Remembrance Day Service will be at the Evangelical Union Church and Garden of Remembrnce in Glasgow Street at 1.00pm today.

Bishop Nolan will lead a Service of Commemoration and Peace to mark the end of World War One in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr, on Sunday 11 November at 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend but, for those who cannot but would like to, the service will be broadcast live on the RC Ayr Facebook page, beginning about 2.55pm.

We are looking for a few new helpers for the music and singing at the Sunday Mass. If you can help in any way, please speak to Father Duncan. Thanks.

If you have filled in a parish Gift Aid Form in the past, could we ask you to complete the new version? Please speak to Margaret when you get the chance. Thank you!

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.

Are you aged twenty to forty? Our events are a great place for meeting fellow young Catholics. We are having a Quiz Night in Saint Mirin's Cathedral Hall so why not come along and test your knowledge of all things Scottish to bring in Saint Andrew's Day? It takes place on Saturday 24 November at 7.00pm. 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.

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 £654.56 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £266.57 - thanks.

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

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.