BULLETIN                             28 APRIL 2019


Saturday 27 April  

Octave of Easter
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

Sunday 28 April  

Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation
Divine Mercy Holy Hour at 3.00pm

Monday 29 April  

Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kathleen Cairns

Tuesday 30 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rosina and Robert Cooper

Wednesday 1 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Noelle Collins A and Bridget McLellan A
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.00pm for Iris Gribben

Thursday 2 May  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Iris Gribben A

Friday 3 May  

Feast of Saint Philip and Saint James
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Angelina Cocozza RD and Charlie McFarlane A

Saturday 4 May  

Our Lady's Day for Easter
Holy Mass at 10.00am for a personal special intention
Third Sunday of Easter
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for William Dorrian 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 27 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 28 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 29 April  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 30 April  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 1 May  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 2 May  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 3 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 4 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 28 April  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 29 April  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 30 April  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 1 May  

9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm
5.00 to 8.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 2 May  
7.00pm Meeting of Primary 4 parents
Friday 3 May  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 4 May  
11.30am Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Charlie McFarlane, Angelina Cocozza, Thomas Clarke, Iris Gribben and Sue Hazelton who died recently;
Angel Doyle 2006, Edward McNamara 1977, Cecilia McNulty 2008, Aldo Agostini 1974, John Brownlow 2012, Tommy Morgan 1992, Kathleen Walsh 1955, Annie Mathieson Dorian 1974, Elizabeth Scott 2018, Roseann Ward 2017, Simon Charles Cawley 2004, Mary Crossan 1981, Iain Currie 2018, Elizabeth Hendry 1998, Mary McCaul 2014, Joe Arkison 2005, Sheila Folan 2010, Jean Nesbit 1999, Nettie Retzbach 2010, Ian Clarke 2005, Agnes Grogan 1954, Anne Howieson 2011, Sadie Leslie 2013, Pat Breen senior, Bobby Macnamara 1961, Steve McKinnon 2004, Greta Sudlow 2014, James Timmons 1982 and Charlie Townsley 2014 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 Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Margaret Harvey 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 Andrea Hughes at 10.30am.

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

The special Divine Mercy Eucharistic Service will be this 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!

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Thomas Clarke. His Funeral Service will be on Tuesday 30 April at 11.30am at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please also pray for the Repose of the Soul of Iris Gribben who died on 21 April aged 81 years. She will be received into Church on Wednesday 1 May at 5.00pm and her Requiem Mass on Thursday 2 May at 10.00am will be followed by interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Once upon a time, Satan was having a car boot sale. There, standing in little groups were all of his bright, shiny trinkets. Here were tools that make it easy to tear others down for use as stepping stones - and over there were some lenses for magnifying one's own importance, which, if you looked through them the other way, you could also use to belittle others, or even one's self. Against the wall was the usual assortment of gardening implements guaranteed to help your pride grow by leaps and bounds - the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbour, the tools of gossip and backbiting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity. Prices, of course, were steep but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all. "Take it home, use it, and you won't have to pay until later!" old Satan cried as he hawked his wares. Business was brisk. One visitor, as he browsed, noticed two well worn and very plain tools standing in one corner - practically unnoticed. Not being nearly as tempting as the other items, he found it curious that these two tools had price tags higher than any other. When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said, "Well, that's because I use them so much. If they weren't so plain looking, people might see them for what they were." Satan pointed to the two tools, saying "You see, that one's Doubt and that one's Discouragement - and those will work when nothing else will - believe me!"

In Ardrossan, a Protestant man married a Catholic woman at Saint Peter's. After their marriage, he decided to convert to the Catholic Church so he went to the priest and took instructions and was later baptised Catholic. He had one problem however. He couldn't get it into his skull that he was a Catholic man and no longer a Protestant. This became such a problem that he returned to the priest and asked for some advice. The priest told him that if he was to repeat the phrase "I'm a Catholic, not a Protestant" enough times the idea might penetrate. The man left mumbling to himself "I'm a Catholic, not a Protestant. I'm a Catholic, not a Protestant." The next Friday the priest decided to visit the newlyweds. He knocked on the door and was greeted by the wife. When he stepped in, he smelled something that should not be in a Catholic's home on a Friday. He asked the wife where her husband was, and she replied that he was in the kitchen. The priest walked into the kitchen and saw the man pouring thick brown gravy on a thick hunk of roast beef. Aghast, the priest was about to explode when he heard the man mumble, "You're a trout, not a cow. You're a trout, not a cow."

Easter lasts for fifty days until Pentecost - so Happy Easter still! May the triumph of the Resurrection fill you with hope and joy this Easter season and always. Thank you for journeying together through the Lenten desert and into the Easter season. I pray that focusing on the suffering and death of Our Lord Jesus has prepared you to embrace the Good News of his resurrection. Now that Lent is over, you might be wondering, what's next? How do I maintain the spiritual momentum I developed during Lent? I'd like to suggest a few practical tips. First, consider grounding your life more concretely in the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life on Sundays and during the week if you can. Secondly, prepare yourself for Mass by participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation - every Saturday; commit to attending one extra Mass each week; or cultivate a deeper appreciation and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament by setting aside time for Eucharistic Adoration - every Friday at Saint Peter's. Third, make a sincere commitment to daily prayer and never miss listening and talking to God even when you are tired and busy. And finally, reach out to someone and share your faith with them; in this way you support the Parish in proclaiming the Gospel to everyone.

A meeting for he parents of the children preparing for their First Holy Communion will be held on Thursday 2 May at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. This meeting is for parents only please. Please remember the children and families in your prayers at this special time.

We welcome Mia Margaret Morrison and Mirren Lynn Bannatyne into the family of the Church. They will be baptised this coming Saturday. Congratulations to their parents and to all the Godparents.

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.

After 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 travelled with us this year. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.              Esther Coulter

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 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 £969.40 and the and the Maintenance Fund collection to £453.12 - thanks very much. Sincere thanks, too, for the Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land. The Parish raised £338.54. Thank you for your generosity!

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 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 Childrenís 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.