BULLETIN                                  25 NOVEMBER 2018


Saturday 24 November  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Anne Ward
Solemnity of Christ the King
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for all our deceased parents

Sunday 25 November  

Solemnity of Christ the King
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 26 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anne Ward RD

Tuesday 27 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Emanuela Micalles A and Kenneth Donnelly A

Wednesday 28 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maria Reid A

Thursday 29 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Catherine Coulter RD

Friday 30 November  

Solemnity of Saint Andrew, Patron of Scotland
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Church in Scotland

Saturday 1 December  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those suffering addiction
First Sunday of Advent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Anne Ward RD


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 24 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 25 November  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 26 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 27 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 28 November  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 29 November  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 30 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 1 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 24 November  
11.00am Private Function
Sunday 25 November  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 26 November  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 27 November  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 28 November  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Knatter

Thursday 29 November  


Friday 30 November  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Anne Ward who died recently and
Monsignor Frank Duffy 2000, Mary McNally 2004, Ian Mitchell 2011, Declan Kelly 2016, Mary Higgins 1992, James Brodie 2011, Kenneth Donnelly 2008, Hannah Kirk 1989, John Maxwell 2002, Sarah McNamara 1980, Shannon Elizabeth Byrne 2000, Sarah Heaney 1955, Jemima McAuliffe 2001, Eddie McNamara 2014, Lilian Paterson 2011, Maria Reid 2013, Peggy Dorian Smith 1991, Martin Vernon 2011, James Allen 2003, Molly Ball neé Cahill 2011, Ann Hackett 1998, Andy Stevens 1995, Gribben family, Janie McGonigle 2012, Mary Bridget Timmons, Jack Collins 1970, Margaret Hamilton 1992 and Collette McKibben 2003 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 Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Peter Brawley 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, Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Emma Paterson for Primary 4. The Children's Liturgy needs some more volunteers. If you have a child or grandchild currently in the liturgy programme or you would just like to help with these wonderful groups, we need your help. We are having a short meeting in the Lesser Hall of the Parish Centre on Sunday 2 December after 10.30am Mass - everyone is welcome. We would like to ask all current volunteers to attend too as we will discuss the new activities for the Children's Liturgy programme. Come along and find out what's involved and how you can help.

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.

Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on Sunday 2 December at 6.00pm. You will be very welcome.

Not long ago, I heard a story about a young man and an old priest. The young man had lost his job and didn't know which way to turn so he went to see the old priest in his parish Church. Pacing about the priest's study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally, he clenched his fist and shouted "I've begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Father, why doesn't God answer?" The old priest, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply - something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. "What did you say, Father?" he asked. The priest repeated himself but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the priest's chair. "Sorry" he said. "I still didn't hear you, Father." With their heads bent together, the old priest spoke once more. "God sometimes whispers" he said "so we will move closer to hear Him." This time the young man heard and he understood. We all want God's voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problems - but God's is the still, small voice, the gentle whisper. Perhaps there's a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God's whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him until my head is bent together with His - and then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself united to God.

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours and yours we wish to be but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you. Many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you. Grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions or whom discord keeps aloof and call them back to the harbour of truth and the unity of faith so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm. Give tranquillity of order to all nations and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry - Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation. To it be glory and honour for ever. Amen.

A Scotsman moves into a tiny hamlet in Argyll, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows but serves the man three beers which he drinks quietly at a table, alone. An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times. Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders Three Beers. Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town. "I don't mean to pry but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?" "It's odd, isn't it?" the man replies. "You see, I have two brothers and one went to America and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond." The bartender and the whole town was pleased with this answer, and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink. Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening - ordering only two beers. The word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers. The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know-the two beers and all..." The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well. It's just that I, myself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent."

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.

There will be a series of events for Advent 2018 in Saint Mary's Parish Hall, Saltcoats to which everyone is invited. It starts on Wednesday 5 December at 7.30pm. The theme is Poverty at Home and the speaker is Neil Cowan of the Scottish Poverty Alliance. On Sunday 9 December at 3.00 pm, the topic is The Experience of Refugees in North Ayrshire. Some of the refugee families and North Ayrshire Council officials will speak. Scotland and Overseas Development with speaker Jane Salmonson of the International Development Alliance is the subject of the meeting on Wednesday 12 December at 7.30pm. The events are organised by the Outreach to the Poor Group of Embracing Change.

If you are thinking about becoming a Catholic or would like to know more about the Catholic faith, then please come along to our first Welcome Meeting on Wednesday, 28 November at 7.00pm.

Our Church boilers have given up the ghost and have been both condemned by the gas engineer so we will have to replace the them as soon as possible so that the Church doesn't get too cold. The cost of replacement will be quite substantial. Our target is £12000. We would like to offer immense thanks to the parishioners who have handed in donations for the new boilers. The total to date is £4200! For anyone wishing to donate, there are envelopes at the back of the Church. If you pay tax, please complete the details on the envelope to allow us to claim Gift Aid. I would like to thank you all again for your support and I'll keep you posted about developments!

A new vinyl has been put in the back Sacristy and is almost finished. A really beautiful stand for the Advent Candles when the Christmas tree goes up has been specially made. It is very beautiful indeed. We will still have the wreath with candles as usual.

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.

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 various 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.

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.

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 £753.01 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £217.40 - thanks.

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