BULLETIN                        6 JANUARY 2019


Saturday 5 January  

Our Lady's Day for Christmas
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Gwen Body A and Owen and Janet Bogue A
The Epiphany of the Lord
Vigil Mass at 10.00am for Raji Sithran RD and Patrick and Sarah Braniff A

Sunday 6 January  

The Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation
Vigil of the Deceased at 4.00pm for Anne-Marie McMail

Monday 7 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Anne-Marie McMail

Tuesday 8 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rupert Mitch RD and for a sick parishioner of Saint John Ogilvie's Parish, Irvine

Wednesday 9 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rose Duffy SI and Isabel and Ennis McHugh SI

Thursday 10 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jeremy and Cathie Robertson A

Friday 11 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Catherine Kean A and George Lee A

Saturday 12 January  

Our Lady's Day for Christmas
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anne Bowles A
The Baptism of the Lord
Vigil Mass at 10.00am for Julie Paterson 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 5 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 6 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 7 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 8 January  
Holy Mass at 11.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 9 January  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 10 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 11 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 12 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 6 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 7 January  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 8 January  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 9 January  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Natter

Thursday 10 January  


Friday 11 January  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Anne-Marie McMail and Theresa McGarvey who died recently;
Leda Biagioni 2007, James Burns 1955, Patrick Cawley 2001, Canon Peter Fitzpatrick 1952, Helen McCluskey 2004, John Cahill 1989, Danny Higgins 2009, Frank Kelly 2013, Patricia Brennan 2005, Robert Colvin 1998, Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Bernard McLaughlan 1984, Derek Tomelty 2003, Joseph Gibbons 1973, Hugh Henry 2008, Jean Lamont 2016, Jennifer McGregor 2014, Joan McCallum 2001, William McLaughlin 2018, Rosina McPeake, Terence Murphy 1989, Mario Marchetti 2013, John Aitken 2001, Anne Bowles 2017, John Butcher 2017, Kathleen Brown 2012, Christine Cassidy 1998, Mary Donnelly 2006, Eamon Lennon 2009, Kathleen Tritschler 2006 and Roy White 1993 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 Alfie Agostini 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, Maria Paterson-Kidd and Emma Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Linda Martin for Primary 4.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Anne-Marie McMail who died recently. She will be received into Church this Sunday at 4.00pm. Her Requiem Mass will be on Monday 7 January at 10.00am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

The main theatre in Moscow was getting ready for the opening night of a anti-religious play called Christ in Top Hat and Tails. Schools, youth organisations and youth workers were required to include the piece in their programme for the year. The main part, portraying Jesus Christ was played by the famous actor and committed communist Alexander Rostowzew. The theatre was full with every ticket having been sold months before. The curtain opened to a scene with an altar in the middle, covered with empty beer bottles. Around the altar were drunken priests and monks. At the second act, Rostowzew came onto the stage. In his hands he held a copy of the Holy Bible and wore a top hat and tails. The audience laughed and clapped, waiting for his humorous lines and superb acting. He opened the Bible and started to read "Blessed are those who are poor before God, then theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted..." The Director stood at the side of the stage, he knew that soon Rostowzew would break into dancing and the whole theatre would erupt with cascades of laughter. But nothing happened. Rostowzew continued reading "Blessed are those who are peacemakers, for they will inherit the land..." The audience didn't move. They realised that something was happening in the heart of the actor. The theatre was completely silent. Only the firm voice of Rostowzew could be heard. He continued reading, in fact, in read the complete forty-eight verses of the Fifth Chapter of Saint Matthew's Gospel. No-one interrupted him, no-one called out, everyone remained completely silent, listening to every word. He finished with the verse "You should be perfect, just as your heavenly Father in heaven is perfect!" Rostowzew closed the Bible. It seemed that a chapter in his own life was also being closed. Very slowly he made the Sign of the Cross and repeated in a firm and clear voice the words of the repentant thief at the side of Jesus on Calvary "Lord, remember me, when you come into your Kingdom". No-one protested, there were no whistles or booing. The audience slowly left the theatre in silence. The production was never repeated anywhere. After that evening, Alexander Rostowzew was never seen again.

• Two priests were riding very fast on a motorcycle. They were promptly stopped by a policeman who said "What do you think you are doing? What if you have an accident?" The priests say "Don't worry, my son. Jesus is with us." The policeman say
"In that case, I'll have to book you. Three people are not allowed to ride on a motorcycle."
• After the Christmas pageant, I asked my six-year-old son if he remembered the gifts that the Magi brought to Jesus. He thought for a minute then said "gold, frankincense and humour". We could all use that!

I would just like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the many beautiful cards, gifts and greetings this Christmas. It is very much appreciated and for this a huge 'thank you'! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers throughout the Christmas Season.

Today, we hear that when the Magi saw the star, they came into the house. Then what did they do when they saw the Christ child in the arms of his mother? They fell down and worshiped him. How often in our lives do we go about our daily business seeing Christ in other people, in his Word, in the Eucharist, but our hearts do not respond in the same manner? Especially this week as we celebrate the Epiphany, let's pray that God makes our hearts sensitive to his presence. For many of us, it's natural to go to adoration. And the moment we see Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, we fall to our knees. But in daily life, do we bow when we see a manifestation of his presence in the good works of others, or even in our local parish? Blessed John Paul II said that we must be careful of falling into "practical atheism," professing to believe in God but living our lives as though he doesn't exist. Throughout the course of your day, at home, at work and with your friends, when you hear about the good things of Jesus and his Church, don't pass by them without taking a moment to bow in your heart and worship. Faith is the natural response to God revealing himself in the world, no matter how small that revelation might be. Let faith rise up in your heart, and bow down to him even in the course of the mundane. In the village of Nazareth, people went about their mundane lives, not recognising the extraordinary event that the Magi had travelled countless miles to witness - the King of Kings was in their midst. Do you recognise God in the mundane?

We know that Christmas officially begins on Christmas Eve but when does Christmas officially end? The answer gets a bit complicated. On 6 January, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Church celebrates the biblical event where the Magi, also called the Three Wise Men or Three Kings, travelled from the East to pay homage to the new-born King, Jesus Christ. Many believe that this is the date when the Christmas season officially ends, being the end of the traditional twelve days of Christmas. However, according to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time doesn't officially begin until the Monday after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which falls this year on Sunday 13 January. This means that the Christmas season actually extends beyond the popular Twelve Days of Christmas. Christmas ends with the Baptism of the Lord next Sunday - keep the spirit going!

Today at all Masses, chalk will be blessed and distributed for the traditional House Blessing. 2019 is represented by 20 + C + M + B + 19. The Latin Blessing is 'Christus mansionem benedicat' which means 'Christ bless our house for the year 2019 and all who come in or out during the year'.

Father Duncan will be on emergency on-call for the hospitals from this weekend until 13 January. Please keep those in hospital at this time in your prayers.

Instead of the traditional Burns Supper, this year we are planning a Burns Supperette in the Parish Centre on Saturday 9 February at 7.00pm. This will be a mini Burns Supper with fewer speeches and more music. As always, there will be a light-hearted approach. Tickets cost £7.50 and can be reserved by phoning the Parish Office on 464063. We would like to know the number to be catered for as soon as possible. Further details will be given later.

Club Cuore Cardosini presents a Burns Pascoli Supper on Saturday 26 January 2019 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18 and can be bought from the Parish Office on 464063. There will be music from Paulo and Angela and all proceeds will be divided between the Ayrshire Hospice and Misericordia di Gallicono, victims of the Amatrice earthquake. All are welcome.

Tuesday 8 January 2019 is the one hundred and seventieth anniversary of the death of Alexander MacFadzean whose Monument stands on the Castle Hill. To mark this date, Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society has arranged two events. Firstly, there will be a short commemoration at the Monument on 8 January at 11am. Because it is likely to be cold, the memorial will last for only five minutes. It will recognise the free medical care that Dr MacFadzean gave to the poor, his part in the creation of Ardrossan as a Burgh and getting a clean water supply for the town. Provost Ian Clarkson will lay a wreath on behalf of North Ayrshire Council. Anyone who can manage to come along will be welcome. The second event is a display in Ardrossan Library featuring Alexander's life and work. It will be on show from now till mid-January so please feel free to call in to learn about what this good man did for Ardrossan.

This is an extract from a letter CHANA received from one of the Homeless Hostels in North Ayrshire. Our residents were delighted on Christmas Day when they opened their presents with the toiletries, socks, scarves, pyjamas, hats and gloves. This kind of donation makes our residents stay more enjoyable and brighter in their difficult circumstances. Thank you!

The Knit and Natter group will recommence on Wednesday 9 January with a big welcome to new and existing members.

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 £691.23 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £287.90. The Christmas collections amounted to £1213.62 - 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.