BULLETIN                     7 APRIL 2019

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 6 April  

Our Lady's Day for Lent
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Joseph Ward RD
Fifth Sunday of Lent - Laudate Sunday
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Dominic Gribben A

Sunday 7 April  

Fifth Sunday of Lent - Laudate Sunday
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 8 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Bradbury RD

Tuesday 9 April  

Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sister Mary Margareta SI

Wednesday 10 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Marie Ashley RD

Thursday 11 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Annette McCulloch RD

Friday 12 April  

Votive Mass of the Most Precious Blood of Christ
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Valerie Bickers SI

Saturday 13 April  

Our Lady's Day for Lent
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anne and Andrew Murphy
Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Christopher McManus A

  

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 6 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 7 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 8 April  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 9 April  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 10 April  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 11 April  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 12 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 13 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 7 April  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 8 April  
   
Tuesday 9 April  
   
Wednesday 10 April  

1.00 to 3.00pm

Knit and Knatter

Thursday 11 April  
   
Friday 12 April  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Margaret Bradbury, Marie Ashley, Annette McCulloch (Blackpool), Jim Lynn, Kathleen Dean and Liz Hughes who died recently;
Father Tom McCann 2009, Mary Tinney 2004, Father Jim Boyd SCJ 2002, Andrew Coldwell 1994, Father John Collins 2002, Donald Cullinane 2009, Frank Kelly 1994, Michael Mulligan 1982, Billy Smith 2009, David McLaren 2006, Jim Roxburgh 2014, Father Gabriel Kigozi 2011, Helen Theresa Magee 2000, George Monaghan 2004, Phyllis Poole 2015, Father David Barr 2012, Martha Lynas 2009, Jessie Stevens 2000, David Walsh 1962 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 Ami Paterson 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 George McGrattan at 10.30am.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives, Claire Sweenie for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Frances Gemmell 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!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT
The Stations of the Cross are a fourteen-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The fourteen devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the 'pilgrim' moves from station to station. As last year, we will pray the Stations every Tuesday of Lent before Mass at 9.30am.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Please remember that we have adoration after Mass every Friday followed by a simple Benediction at 10.45am and finishing with refreshments in the Snug after Benediction. It is a great resolution for Lent to spend some quality time with Christ in the miracle of the Eucharist.


PENANCE SERVICE IN THE THREE TOWNS
There are three Penance Services this week in preparation for Easter on
  - Monday 8 April at 7.00pm in Saint Peter's Church
  - Tuesday 9 April at 2.00pm in
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats
  - Wednesday, 10 April at 7.00pm at Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston.
This is our opportunity to confess our sins before Easter and receive God's mercy and healing.


PROGRAMME FOR THE HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
Please make sure you get the Card with the times of Masses and Services during the Holy Week and Easter before you leave Church today. You are welcome to take a Card for neighbours and family members to invite them to the Greatest Week of our Faith.

POTATO CRISPS
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato crisps and a six-pack of lemonade and started his journey. When he had gone about three streets, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his lemonade when he noticed that the old man looked hungry so he offered him some crisps. He gratefully accepted them and smiled at him. His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again so he offered him a lemonade. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling but they never said a word. As twilight approached, the boy realised how tired he was and he got up to leave but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added "You know what? He's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!" Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked "Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied "I ate potato crisps in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added "You know, he's much younger than I expected." Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally! Have lunch with God - and bring crisps.

IN THREE DECADES, 1000 MISSIONARIES SLAIN
According to a report published on Wednesday by the Rome-based Fides news agency, at least 1000 missionaries were killed in the period from 1980 to the present day. This number is below the true total, Fides said, as it only refers to confirmed cases. The Rwanda conflict in 1994 caused at least 248 victims among missionary workers. Fides also mentioned improvements in the mass media, with news being spread from even isolated places, as another reason for the higher total. In the period 2001-11 there were 255 recorded deaths among missionaries. In the most recent year, there were twenty-six missionaries killed - eighteen priests, four women religious, and four lay people.


COV
ERING OF CHURCH STATUES THIS SATURDAY
This weekend, we will cover the crosses and images in the Church as we approach the Holy Week. Crosses remained covered until the end of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday. Statues remained covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The crosses and images are covered so that we can see them with 'new eyes' in the light of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. It also signals a deeper level of entering into the Passion of the Lord.

KNIT AND KNATTER
The Knit and Knatter group meets every Wednesday in the Parish Centre from 1.00 to 3.00pm except on 24 April.

NEW PARISH WEBSITE
The new website for Saint Peter's is almost ready for launching. A lot of hard work has been put into getting it read - so watch this space! It is coming very soon!

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!

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 £650.26 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £276.45 - thanks.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) LENTEN APPEAL 2019
The retiring collection this weekend is for the work and apostolate of SCIAF. Please give generously if you can. Thank you!

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL COLLECTION THIS LENT
The
Saint Vincent de Paul Society usually collects toiletries for homeless people at the Ozanam Centre, Glasgow, during Lent. There is a box in the porch. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you!

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
Please collect your new Offertory envelopes at Betty's stall today. If you would like to use the envelopes for your contributions to the Parish, please speak to Margaret or George. Thanks!

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