BULLETIN                                  24 FEBRUARY 2019

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
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

Sunday 24 February  

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

Monday 25 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Tommy Ryan Australia RD

Tuesday 26 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Papa Joe McGinty (Largs) RD

Wednesday 27 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jack Ferrie (Dundee) RD

Thursday 28 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for all the sick and housebound

Friday 1 March  

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those suffering from addictions

Saturday 2 March  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maria Gillen née Clarke A and Elizabeth Gribben A
Eighth Sunday of Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

  

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.


SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saturday 23 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 24 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 25 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 26 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 27 February  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 28 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 1 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 2 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 24 February  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 25 February  

9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm
7.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 26 February  
9.00 to 11.00am
3.45pm

Cadriac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 27 February  
9.30 to 11.30am
3.45pm
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Natter

Thursday 28 February  

7.00pm

Meeting

Friday 1 March  
9.30 to 11.30am
11.00am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Tommy Ryan (Australia), Joe McGinty (Largs) and Jack Ferrie (Dundee) who died recently;
Margaret Mary Adamson 2005, John Bell 2008, Brian Griffin 1980, Father James Coyle 1975, Betty Lowe 2008, Maureen McIlhatton 1993, Annie Montgomery 2012, Canon Michael O'Connor 1966, James Smith 1986, Jim Wilson 2011, Agnes Delahunt 1944, Elizabeth Delahunt 1976, William John Dorian 1935, John Moore 2000, Matilda Brannan 1970, Betty Burns 2006, Frank Clark 1959, Sandra Cornwallis née Shaw 2014, Ambrose Armstrong 1976, Matilda Brannan 1970, Billy Magee 2002, Joe and Nan McConnell, Canon John Walls 2010, Simon Brannan, Mennotti Carrino, Odina Carrino, Paul Gerard Brown 1986, Father Charles Barclay 2001, Bernard Cassidy 1994, Margaret Dolan 1959, Frances Hackett 1997, James McFarlane 1976, Maria Gillen 2001 and Rita McDermid 2018 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
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.

SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
The Sacrament of Forgiveness is celebrated on Saturdays between 4.45 and 5.15 pm and at other times on request.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Marade Griffin at 5.30pm and Alfie Agostini at 10.30am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 2 at 10.30am.


MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians are the choir at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School at 10.30am.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh and Geraldine Butcher for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Claire Sweenie and
Linda Martin for Primary 4.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
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!

THANK YOU FOR CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION
Sincere thanks to everyone who planned and lead our recent Confirmation with Bishop Nolan through singing, liturgy and refreshments. Thank you for all the hard work and effort!

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2018-2019
There will be a meeting for parents of the children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation in March on Thursday 28 February at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. This meeting is just for the parents. Please keep the children and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

JOY IS REALLY IMPORTANT
I'm not sure where I first heard the suggestion that Christians need to think about the word 'joy' as an acronym - Jesus first, others second, yourself last. This explanation hit so close to home that, to this day, the catchy phrase continues to keep me focused on what really matters. There is also more and more evidence to back up the claim that putting God and others first does lead to a happier and more joyful life. Plenty of studies show that going beyond one's self leads to a feeling of purpose and, yes, to being even healthier physically and psychologically, because getting out of one's comfort zone and attending to someone else's concerns or problems keeps us moving and thinking. But it's much more than that. One recent study of religious people around the world goes so far as to say that being faithful leads to a happier, more joyful life and helps keep people involved in making a difference for those around them. In other words, faithful folks make the world a better place, despite what the religious naysayers claim. The Pew Research Centre recently conducted surveys in nearly twenty-six counties to learn more about the connection between measuring happiness, health and civic engagement in correlation to their religious activity. People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups the research found. Who knew that?



LENT IS COMING SOON
Do you use the Lenten season to bring yourself closer to Jesus? The season of Lent is an urgent call to conversion. With Lent beginning on 6 March, we can reflect on the words of Pope Francis, who reminds us that 'Christians are asked to return to God 'with all their hearts' (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord.' We have plenty of opportunities at Saint Peter's to help you 'grow in friendship with the Lord' throughout the Lenten season from Stations of the Cross to guides to Confession, Adoration, Rosary and reflections for the season. By making a Lenten Resolution, we have the chance to deepen your relationship with Christ and experience a conversion of heart this Lent. Our Lord waits for you to approach him during this penitential season. Will you accept his invitation?


THE DEATH OF COMMON SENSE
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair and maybe it was my fault. Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies such as don't spend more than you can earn and reliable strategies like adults are in charge not children. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of an eight-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition. Common sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common sense was preceded in death by His parents, truth and trust, his wife, discretion, his daughter, responsibility, his son, reason. He is survived by his four stepbrothers - I know my rights, I want my rights, I want it now and I'm a victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.

JUST FOR A LAUGH…
A priest was accustomed to ending his sermons with a question and answer time. He wanted to make sure he had not left an important question unanswered with his congregation. One Sunday, a bright-eyed young lady sat on the front row listening eagerly to every word he spoke. When he asked if there were any questions, her hand shot up like a roman candle. "How did Jonah survive three days and three nights in the belly of the whale?" she asked. The priest responded "I don't know. But, when I get to heaven I will ask him." She responded "But, suppose he's not in heaven?" The priest then replied "In that case, you ask him."


IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
You might not have noticed yet but the lights that light up the tower window from inside have been repaired and replaced. The window looks very special in the dark and can be seen all around Ardrossan Bay.

MEETING OF ARDROSSAN CHURCHES GROUP
The Ardrossan Churches Group will meet on Tuesday 26 February at 7.30pm at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES
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!

MUSIC FOR SUNDAY MASS
We are looking for parishioners who are able and willing to operate the recorded music on the Digital Piano in the choir loft in Church on Sunday mornings. You would go on a rota and be asked, more or less, every three weeks. Training will be given. We would really appreciate any help you could give. Senior pupils would also be welcome. Please speak to Father Duncan or get in touch with the Parish Office on 464063. Thank you!

OUR CLEANERS NEED SOME HELP
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.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
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.

FINANCES
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.

COLLECTIONS
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £709.64 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £250.97 - thanks.

SUNDAY TEAS
Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sadie's, Marie's and Phyllis's team.

GIFT AID
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.

VISITORS
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.


ADVERTISER SUPPORT
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.

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS - MISSION STATEMENT
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.