BULLETIN                            17 FEBRUARY 2019


Saturday 16 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John McDonald RD
Fifth Sunday of Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Andrew Ferrie RD

Sunday 17 February  

Sixth Sunday of Year 3
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 18 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Peter Padden RD
Confirmation at 7.00pm

Tuesday 19 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Joe McGinty RD

Wednesday 20 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Norma Clarke A and John Collins A
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.00pm for Sadie Cunningham

Thursday 21 February  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Sadie Cunningham

Friday 22 February  

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Carrick, James McLaren A, Rose Ann Welsh A and Marlene Abram RD

Saturday 23 February  

Memorial of Saint Polycarp
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jimmy Crichton RD
Seventh Sunday of Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Lee Youster 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 16 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 17 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 18 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 19 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 20 February  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 21 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 22 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 23 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 17 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 18 February  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tea and Coffee after Confirmation

Tuesday 19 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Wednesday 20 February  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Natter

Thursday 21 February  


Friday 22 February  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Sadie Cunningham, Peter Padden, Joe McGinty (Largs), Marlene Abram and Lee Youster who died recently;
Patrick Kelly 1989, Lucia Valenti 1972, Rose Walker 1985, Jack Conlan 2013, Nathan Murray-Collier 2005, Ellen Reilly 1954, Eileen Watkins 2015, Jean Wylie, Francis Clark 1953, Helen Clark 1973, Hugh McGinn 2013, Kelly Smith 2007, John Patrick Collins 2012, Rose Folan 2012, Patrick Haggarty 2017, George Monaghan 2004, Margaret McCarroll 2015, Patsy McDonald 1993, Frank Coulter 2018, Guilia Marchetti 1998, Justine McAllister 2000, Brian O'Reilly 1993, Mary McCluskey 1980 and Bessie Murphy 2008 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 Margaret Brawley at 10.30am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 3 at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musician is George McGrattan at 5.30pm.

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

The Parishes of the Garnock Valley, Largs and Ardrossan will celebrate in Saint Peter's the Sacrament of Confirmation for thirty-seven children with Bishop Nolan on Monday 18 February at 7.00pm. Please keep all the children and their families in your prayers as we wish them the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

First Saturday devotions will take place on the first Saturday of every month after the 10.00am Holy Mass. The devotions take about half an hour. All are welcome!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings. Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would have nothing to stop them joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Christians knew that marriage is the sign of Christ's faithfulness in love. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law! Did I mention that I was a priest? One of the most beautiful and privileged parts of my ministry was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies - secretly, of course. Imagine a small candlelight room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers. One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped just in time. I was caught. I was not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I suppose. I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death. I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in the power of love. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up and never to doubt. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and her loyalty. I signed it "Love from your Valentine." I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, 14 February 269 Anno Domini. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and commitment, friendship and sacrifice. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh - because they know that love can't be beaten! The power of love will never end. May the Good Lord bless you all today!                           Your Saint Valentine

A priest was completing a sermon on moderation and abstinence. With great expression he said "If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." With even greater emphasis he said "And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." And then finally, he said "And if I had all the whisky in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." Then he sat down at the end of his sermon. The song leader then stood very cautiously and announced with a smile "For our offertory hymn, let us sing hymn number 365 - Shall We Gather at the River.

We would like to offer great thanks and appreciation to George McGrattan, Margaret Sweircz, Bill Andrew, all the wonderful singers and musicians and all those who helped make our first
Burns Supperette a fantastic evening. Bill Andrew, who for the past ten years has recited the Address to a Haggis at our Burns Suppers composed a poem called Address to a Haggis Pie. It is reproduced below.
Whaur is yer honest sonsie face, O dearie me, O my, O my
A bonnie big haggis you are no' so how can I address a haggis pie.
Wid Rabbie eat a haggis pie - naw - so why are you here in this place
Awa' back tae the Kandy Bar for you're no' wan o the puddin' race
A real Haggis I've addressed before but I'm no so sure that I am able
          To address that wee sleekit, scunnering pie thing, sitting on this table
          Father Duncan's asked me tae dae it so I'll need tae gie it a try
But a man like me shouldnae have tae gie an address tae a haggis pie
Did ye mibbee come frae Lothian's butcher's shoap
Ye jist look like a tattie scone wae some mince on the toap
Wae horns, tatties an' tumshie, this great big pie dish ye fill
But it looks as if ye've jist blew doon frae the tap o the Cannon Hill
But wee Haggis Pie, I jist have to say, ye've no got a very braw face
For your no a real haggis - imposter - you're jist a blooming disgrace
          Now I dinna want to gie ye grief or to make too much o' a fuss.
But it looks like ye've jee'st fallen aff the back o' an A1 bus
A bonnie big haggis wae tatties and turnip is really a much nicer feast
Black puddin', tripe, clootie dumpling but no this wee horrrible beast
It's no your fault, to be honest but ye really shouldnae be here
Ye see, this Burns Supperette was George McGrattan's big idea
          So sorry wee pie, I've been telling a lie, I've ate one of your kind before
          I ate a haggis pie supper from the chip van that sits doon the shore
          So lasses and lads, I've been kidding ye on, I've really been telling a lie
          So glasses we'll raise to join in the praise o' this humble wee haggis pie

50/50 CLUB
Membership renewals of £15 are nearly complete. We still have thirty members outstanding. This is holding up the January and February winners' draw. We would appreciate returns being made as soon as possible. The Early Bird Draw of £50 for those paid before 31 January was won by 141 Lynn Shaw. Many thanks to all our members for their continued support of the 50/50 Club. We welcome new members. To join, contact Myriame Sammons on 469006.

To comply with the recent changes to Data Protection Act, Saint Peter's has two new email addresses. If you are contacting the Parish Office, please use Ardrossan@GallowayDiocese.org.uk. If you wish to contact Father Duncan personally, then use Duncan.McVicar@GallowayDiocese.org.uk - thanks!

Following the implementation of 'In God's Image', Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland in May 2018, a process of independently scrutinising the impact on the leadership culture and safeguarding practice at a Diocesan level was also established. This year, our Diocese has been chosen and will be reviewed by an external audit team from the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Children in Scotland from 19 to 21 February. The audit will include the opportunity for anyone who has disclosed abuse, shared concerns of unsafe people or practice or asked for help to keep safe for any reason to speak to the audit team. The audit team wants to hear how people in Diocesan roles have responded. They are interested also to hear from survivors of non-recent Church-related abuse, their families and friends, about the response they have received or what may have prevented them from coming forward in the past. Should you wish to meet members of the audit team and receive the formal consent documentation you can contact the Diocesan Office, 8 Corsehill Road, Ayr KA7 2ST. The telephone number is 01292 266750 and the email address of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Safeguarding@GallowayDiocese.org.uk. You can now make contact directly with the audit team, via the email address should this be preferable to a request being made via the Diocese. Please make this information known in the parishes. Direct Contact email address for the Audit Team is LearningTogether@scie.org.uk.

We are asking able-bodied parishioners - men and women - to help to keep God's House clean and tidy and to support our wonderful team of cleaners. If you can help in any way, please let us know. Thank you! Cleaning is usually on Tuesdays after Holy Mass.

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 £602.67 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £251.36 - 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.