BULLETIN                      9 DECEMBER 2018


Saturday 8 December  

Immaculate Conception fo the Virgin Mary
Healing Mass at 10.00am for Jim Cairns A and Jim Mathieson A
Second Sunday of Advent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Mary Kinhart and Kathleen Lynch A

Sunday 9 December  

Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 10 December  

Saint Francis Xavier
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Theresa McGuire A
Parish Reconciliation Service at 7pm

Tuesday 11 December  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Daniel McMail A

Wednesday 12 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.30am for Liz Berti

Thursday 13 December  

Memorial of Saint Lucy
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jim Ward RD

Friday 14 December  

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Caruth RD

Saturday 15 December  

Our Lady's Day for Advent
Healing Mass at 10.00am for Tommy Milligan RD
Third Sunday of Advent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for the deceased members of the Kilbane family


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 8 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 9 December  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 10 December  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 11 December  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 12 December  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 13 December  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Friday 14 December  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 15 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 8 December  
10.30am HCPT Christmas Fayre
Sunday 9 December  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 10 December  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 11 December  
9.00 to 11.00am
11.30am to 2.30pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Private Function
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 12 December  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Knatter
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 13 December  


Friday 14 December  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 15 December  
6.30pm Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Gerald Pentleton, Therese Potie (Paris), Liz Berti, Betty Northcote, Tommy Milligan, Sadie Ford, Jim Ward (Rutherglen) and John Hayes who died recently and
John McNamara 1997, Elizabeth Theresa Walsh 1970, Jim Wallace 2014, Brian O'Hare 2009, Tom Reid 2006, Monica Tipping 2010, John Welsh 2009, Jim Delahunt 2014, Martin Lehane 2015, Mary Martin 1983, Isabella McGoogan 1998, Gordon Alexander Smith 1997, John Hughes 2010, Margaret Anne Shanks 1994, Rose Smith 1999, Anne Thompson 1986, Robert Walker 2012, Susan Connor 2009, Thomas Connor 2006, Joyce Feeney 2012, Jean Graham, Alexander Merrick 2001, May Shanks 1990, Rose Smith 1999, Sarah Braniff 1961, Katherine Fearon 1911, Janet Ferris 2013, Ann McCubbin, Robert Shanks 1996, Alexander Bartley 2017, Teresa Dorans 2006, Philip Gargan 2012, Margaret Hughes 2006, James Mathieson 1999, Gerard McCulloch 1990, Anthony McGarvey 1996, John McKay junior 1972, James McSorley 2010, Cassie Millen 2011, May O'Farrell 2013, Father Alec Smith SDB 2008 and John Tracy 1999 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 Patricia Milligan 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 Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd 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 Maria Paterson and Jacqueline Smith 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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Liz Berti who died recently. Her Requiem Mass on Wednesday 12 December at 10.30am will be followed by cremation at Largs Crematorium. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

We are delighted to announce the marriage of Darren James Tolmie and Francesca Stella Boyle on Saturday 15 December at 12.30pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

We welcome into the Family of the Church Elspeth Dornan, who will be baptised on Saturday 15 December at 2.30pm.

Get ready for Christmas by coming to receive forgiveness and absolution at our Reconciliation Service on Monday 10 December at 7.00pm. Make it a firm date before Christmas. What better way to celebrate a new year than with a clean soul?

Please make sure you get the times of Services and Holy Mass at Christmas before you leave Church today. You could invite neighbours and friends and family to the Christmas Celebrations or put an invitation through the letter box. Catholics can always come home at Christmas!

On this, the Second Sunday of Advent, we are given the person of Sain John the Baptist to ponder. What a gift he is! Jesus Himself stated that "among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist" (Matthew 11:11). What a compliment! What is it that made John so great? We can point to two things in particular. The first has to do with his calling and the second has to do with his virtue. First of all, John was great because he was the transition from the Old Testament Prophets to the New Testament. He was the bridge that prepared for the new life to come. His unique mission makes him truly great. But John was great not only because of his unique calling, he was also great because of the virtue he had in his life - and it is this gift that is worth pondering for our own inspiration more than any other. The particular virtue that John had was that of humility. He saw himself as nothing other than a "voice of one crying out in the desert" - and the Word he spoke was Jesus. John acknowledged that he was not even worthy to stoop down and untie the sandal straps of Jesus (Mark 1:7). He was praised by many and followed by many and yet he continuously said of Jesus that "He must increase and I must decrease" (John 3:30). John was not in it for praise and honour - rather, his mission was to point everyone to the Saviour of the world. He could have sought the honour and praise of many and he would have certainly received it. They may have even made him king. But John was more than willing to fulfil his mission and then submit himself to the cruel sword of his executioner. His humility was such that he was focused only on Jesus and desired only to point to Him. Reflect, today, upon this humility in your own life. Do you tend to point to yourself or to Christ? Do you seek the praise of others or do you humbly point all praise and glory to God? Humility is the path that Saint John the Baptist took and it's the path we must strive for each and every day. Lord, thank You for the gift of Saint John the Baptist. May his witness of humility inspire me in my Christian walk. Help me, Lord, to always point others to You rather than to myself. Jesus, I trust in You.

The local news station was interviewing an eighty-year-old lady because she had just married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at eighty and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director" she answered. "Interesting" the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her twenties, then a circus ringmaster in her forties and a clergyman when in her sixties and now - in her eighties - a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers - wait for it.She smiled and explained "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go."

The next Welcome Meeting for those becoming Catholics or would like to know more about the faith will be on Wednesday 12 December at 7.00pm in the Presbytery.

Seasonal carols sung will be sung by the Harmonia Singers in Saint Peter's on Sunday 9 December 2018 at 7.00pm. All donations will go to the Beatson Cancer Hospital.

A beautiful festive concert featuring the North Ayrshire Schools' Junior and Intermediate Choirs and guest musicians will be held in Saint Peter's on Sunday 16 December 2018 at 3.30pm. Tickets costing £5 and £3 for concessions will be available at the door.

There will be the annual Christmas Carol Concert, lead by our schools, at the Evangelical Union Church in Glasgow Street on Thursday 13 December at 7.00pm. Please come along and support our young people.

The new boilers have now been installed and are fully functional. We would like to offer a massive thank you to the parishioners who have handed in donations for the new boilers. The total to date is £10280! I would like to thank you all again for your support. It is very gratefully received.

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.

Churches Homeless Action North Ayrshire (CHANA) is appealing for unwrapped Christmas gifts for those in need. They would like toys for children,but not fluffy - gift cards for teenagers and the usual adult gifts - socks, pyjamas, gloves, scarves et cetera - mainly small to medium sizes please. Thank you again for your continuing generosity.

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 £666.53 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £227.80 - thanks.

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