BULLETIN       21 APRIL 2019



Saturday 20 April  

Holy Saturday
Solemn Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30am for Agnes Madine RD

Sunday 21 April  

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 22 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Duncan Lyon A and John O'Rourke A

Tuesday 23 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Gerard Paul Boyle RD

Wednesday 24 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Betty McFarlane RD and Kathleen Dean RD

Thursday 25 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Delahurst A

Friday 26 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Andy Dorgan A and Charles and Margaret Spencer A

Saturday 27 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jim Boyle and John and Bridget McCracken
Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for John Maher A and Maureen Kelly 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.

Saturday 20 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 21 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 22 April  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 23 April  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 24 April  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 25 April  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 26 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 27 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 21 April  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 22 April  
Tuesday 23 April  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 24 April  

1.00 to 3.00pm
5.00 to 8.00pm

Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing

Thursday 26 April  
Friday 27 April  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Gerard Paul Boyle, Betty McFarlane, Kathleen Dean, Patricia Brady and Thomas Clarke who died recently;
Francis Docherty 2015, Philomena Doherty 2001, Richard Hunter 2010, Duncan Lyon 2103, Charles John McMillan 2015, Ida Narducci 2008, Adam Whiston 1968, Father Peter Dolan 2013, Margaret Grear 1994, Bridget McLellan 1995, John O'Rourke 1993, James Welsh 19970, Sarah Coulter 1972, Andrew Dougan 2008, Agnes McKay 1969, John Murphy, Thomas Nellany 2001, Mary Robertson 1988, Rose Twigg 2014, Charlotte Bell 2009, David Cook 2018, John Maher 2010, Agnes McCann 1970, Joseph Stevens 1993, Patrick Doherty 2005, Mark Hughes 2012, Kathleen McEvoy 2016, Canon Alex McGarry 2013, Father John Murphy 1978, Lilian Pattinson 2005, Jack Ferguson, Frank Robertson 1989, Joseph Clarke 2016, Patricia McVeigh 2013 and Philomena O'Hare 2009 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 Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Margaret Brawley at 10.30am.

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

Next weekend's musicians are the choir at 5.30pm and George McGrattan at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Andrena Hughes for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for Primary 4.

Please put the date in your dairy of the special Divine Mercy Eucharistic Service next Sunday - the Divine Mercy Sunday - at 3.00pm. This is the first time we have hosted the Service at Saint Peter's. Everyone is very welcome to take part!

Congratulations and every best wish to Jaqui Macdonald and Rebecca Macdonald who will be baptised and received into full communion with Church this Sunday at 2.00pm. We wish them both and their families and friends a day of grace and joy!

We welcome into the Family of the Church Lewis Craig McAvoy who will be baptised this coming Saturday. We also welcome Isla Teresa Besensek who will be baptised this coming Sunday. Congratulations to all the parents and Godparents.

Our sincere best wishes and congratulations go to Faith Dalgaty and Thomas Clift who will be married on Saturday 27 April at 1.00pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

First off, I want to wish everyone a very blessed and a most wonderful Easter, so - Happy Easter! Finally it is Easter! I love Easter! As we celebrate this special day and season, we are reminded that we need to be an Easter people! That is, people who know that Jesus is alive, and He is not dead and because He lives, so shall we live forever! We need to tell our faces this! Saint Augustine said we need to be an 'Alleluia People'from the top of our heads to the bottom of our toes. We do so much during the Lenten Season to do Penance. We now need to do something that will make us grow in this most important season of Easter. What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Share with others the joy of knowing Jesus Christ, pray, celebrate the sacraments regularly, love my neighbour as myself, use the gifts that you have been given wisely, and forgive as you have been forgiven. Cardinal John Henry Newman once said that "God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another". Easter is the time to consider in ourselves - when did Jesus rise in my heart? Was it when I looked for him, just like Mary Magdalene in the garden? Was it when I waited for him, just like the disciples at the Lake of Tiberias? Was it when he walked at my side, just like the two apostles on their way to the village of Emmaus? Was it when I knelt down and adored him, just like the apostle Thomas, who said to him "My Lord and my God"? Was it when I went on my way to my Damascus, just like Paul, who heard the voice of the Lord - why do you persecute me? Or was it when the Saviour turned to me and asked, as he asked Peter "Do you love me"? When did Jesus rise in my heart? When we start to answer this question, Christ's resurrection takes place inner own lives. Please accept my sincere thanks for all your loyalty and commitment and also for all your generosity and support of our parish family. Please be assured that you are in my daily prayers and I ask you to remember me in your daily prayers as well. I count on them! God bless you and your families! Happy Easter!               Father Duncan

An American photographer on holiday was inside Westminster Abbey taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read '£10000 per call'. The American, being intrigued, asked a minister who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The minister replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £10000, you could talk to God. The American thanked the minister and went along his way. Next stop was in Lincoln. There, at the cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in London and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £10000 he could talk to God. "Okay, thank you" said the American. He then travelled to York, Durham and Liverpool and In every Cathedral he saw the same golden telephone with the same £10000 per call sign under it. The American, upon leaving the north of England decided to travel to Scotland to see if the Scots had the same phone. He arrived in Ardrossan and again, as he entered Saint Peter's, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read '50 pence per call'. The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. "Father, I've travelled all over England and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to heaven but in England the price was £10000 per call. Why is it only 50 pence here?". The priest smiled and answered "You're in Scotland now, son - it's a local call!".

50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to April's winners who get four prizes of £25 and the April bonus draw of £100 - 262 Jack McCabe, 246 - Catherine Kerr, 155 Patsy Docherty and 250 James Watt. The bonus draw winner was 2 Harry Sammons. The annual cheque to the parish, normally given in April has been handed to the parish as mentioned in last week's bulletin. We thank all members for their continued support over many years and Happy Easter to all. New members are welcome and forms to join can be collected from the Promoter or call M Sammons on 469006.

As we start our Easter week in Lourdes we would like to thank everyone who supported all our fundraising events throughout the year. Ten adults from the three towns, who require additional support are travelling with us this year. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.               Esther Coulter

Father Duncan will be on Emergency Call-out for the local hospitals from Monday 22 until Thursday 25 April. Please keep those in hospital in your thoughts and prayers.

The next meeting of our Formation for Ministry Group will be on Wednesday 24 April at 7.00pm in the Presbytery.

Parents are reminded that there will be no Rainbows and Brownies meetings until Monday 13 May due to the Monday holidays. We wish everyone a Happy Easter and thanks for your continued support.               Rainbow and Brownie Leaders

The Knit and Knatter group meets every Wednesday in the Parish Centre from 1.00 to 3.00pm and starts again on 24 April. Happy Easter!

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! If anyone would like to be involved in our new website, please have a word with Father Duncan or George McGrattan. Thank you!

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!

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 £757.73 and the and the Maintenance Fund collection to £317.85 - thanks very much.

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!

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 10.30am 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.