BULLETIN                              9 JUNE 2019


Saturday 8 June  

Our Lady's Day for Easter
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those being received soon into the Church
Solemnity of Pentecost
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Julia Paterson A, Alison Dunn A and John Maher A

Sunday 9 June  

Solemnity of Pentecost
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 10 June  

Mary, Mother of the Church
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ian McCormick MM

Tuesday 11 June  

Memorial of Saint Barnabus
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Janet RD

Wednesday 12 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jeanette Logan RD

Thursday 13 June  

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie McGhee RD

Friday 14 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Thomas and Theresa Arkison and Margaret Paterson A

Saturday 15 June  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Father Michael Hutson and Sheilagh Kelly A
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Edward Swiercz A, Agnes Bradley A and Margaret Gribben


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 8 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 9 June  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 10 June  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 11 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 12 June  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 13 June  
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 14 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 15 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 9 June  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 10 June  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 11 June  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 12 June  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing

Thursday 13 June  
7.30pm Private Function
Friday 14 June  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Janet, Jeanette Logan, and Sadie McGhee who died recently;
Sheena Walker 2017, Martin Francis Brown 1998, Elizabeth Dailly, Hilda Reid, John Spencer 2002, Alice Ferrie 2010, John Maher 2002, Helen Taylor 1998, Tom Atkins 2010, Agnes Blake 2008, John Higgins 1973, Sheelagh Kelly 2010, Vincent McBride 2013, Bobby Findlay 2014, Molly Monaghan 2008, Felix Murphy 1997, Catherine Carroll née Rice, Rita Kelly 2014, Sarah Sweeney 1997, Margaret Duffy 2000, Anthony Forbes 2002, Rena Freer 2010, Julia Petrie 1998 and Edward Swiercz 1991 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. If members of your family or friends are in need of our prayers, please tell Father Duncan or the parish office. If they are in hospital, Reverend Bill Corbett on 01292 521208 - assisted each week by the priest on call - is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and can be contacted through the ward. Ayr Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice have an on-call chaplaincy.

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 Peter Brawley 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 the Choir at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am.

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

The Legion of Mary invites you to an afternoon Retreat at Saint Peter's on Saturday 8 June 2019 starting at 12 noon and finishing for 4.00pm. The retreat afternoon includes Rosary and Benediction and an input from Father Duncan on Mary - the greatest disciple of all time. Everyone is very welcome!

Bishop Nolan will celebrate Mass on 24 June at
7.00pm in the grounds of Saint John's Tower in Ayr to mark the Solemnity. The tower is all that remains of Ayr's original parish church, which was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of Ayr. The Church was built in the late twelfth century. The building, however, is not specifically mentioned in documents until 1233. Notable visitors to the Church include Robert the Bruce, who held Parliament at the Church in April 1315, James IV, who made numerous offerings for Masses to be said in Saint John's and possibly Mary Queen of Scots, who is said to have 'supped and slept at Saint John's in Ayr', although this may be a reference to the town rather than the church. Saint John's was Roman Catholic until 1560 when it became a Reformed Church, under an Act of Parliament, after John Knox led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. John Knox is known to have preached in Ayr, having had strong links with Ayrshire. His second wife came from Ochiltree.

Sunday 25 August is a date for your diary. Mass at Saint Ninian's Cave will be celbrated at 4.00pm. We will be organising a coach from our parish and Saint Mary's Church, Largs.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment or just do something nice for no reason. Charles Plumb, a United States Naval Academy graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After seventy-five combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy lands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience. One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!" "How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb. "I packed your parachute" the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said "I guess it worked!" Plumb assured him "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today." Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says "I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform - a white hat, a bib in the back and bell bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said good morning, how are you or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot, and he was just a sailor." Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know. Now, Plumb asks his audience, "Who's packing your parachute?" Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory. He needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. His experience reminds us all to prepare ourselves to weather whatever storms lie ahead. As you go through this week, this month, this year ... recognise people who pack your parachute!

An Arab Sheik was admitted to hospital for heart surgery but prior to the surgery, the doctors needed to store his blood in case the need arises. As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn't be found locally, so, the call went out. Finally, a Scotsman was located who had a similar blood type. The Scot willingly donated his blood for the Arab. After the surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman in appreciation for giving his blood, a new BMW, diamonds and United States dollars. A couple of days later, once again, the Arab had to go through a corrective surgery. His doctor telephoned the Scotsman who was more than happy to donate his blood again. After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman a thank-you card and a box of Quality Street chocolates. The Scotsman was shocked that the Arab did not reciprocate his kind gesture as he had anticipated. He phoned the Arab and asked him "I thought you would be generous again, that you would give me a BMW, diamonds and money but you only gave me a thank-you card and a box of Quality Street." To this the Arab replied "Aye laddie, but I now have Scottish blood in ma veins".

The kingdom of God is not a concept, a doctrine or a program subject to free interpretation but it is before all else a person with the face and name of Jesus of Nazareth, the image of the invisible God. Unfortunately, it is God Himself who is excluded from the horizon of so many persons and when the discourse on God does not meet with indifference, closure or rejection, it is nevertheless relegated to the subjective realm, reduced to an intimate and private event, marginalised from the public conscience. The heart of the crisis that wounds Europe passes through this abandonment, this lack of openness to the Transcendent. It is a spiritual and moral crisis. Man pretends to have an identity fulfilled simply in himself. In this context, how can we correspond to the responsibility which has been en-trusted to us by the Lord? How can we sow with trust the Word of God, so that every man can find the truth about himself, his own authenticity and hope? Our situation requires a renewed impulse which will point to what is essential of the faith and of Christian life. At a time in which God has become for many the great unknown and Jesus simply a great personality of the past, there will be no new thrust of the missionary action without the renewal of the quality of our faith and our prayer. We will not be able to give adequate answers without a new reception of the gift of Grace. We will not know how to win men over to the Gospel if we ourselves do not first have a profound experience of God. It is always important for us to remember that the first condition to speak about God is to speak with God, to become increasingly men and women of God, nourished by an intense life of prayer and moulded by his Grace. The old and new mission that is before us is that of introducing men and women of our time to the relationship with God, to help them to open their mind and heart to that God who seeks them and wants to be close to them, to lead them to understand that to do his will is not a limitation of liberty, but it is to be truly free, to realise the true good of life.                    Pope Francis

The Harmonia Singers present Summer Song, a concert in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity on Sunday 9 June at 7.00pm at Saint Peter's. There will be a donation programme, raffle and refreshments.

There will be a special Mass for all those who took part in the Maryvale Parish Ministry Course with Bishop Nolan on Tuesday 11 June at 7.00pm at
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats.

Anne McCormick and family would like to thank Father Duncan and Father Stephen for the uplifting Requiem Mass for Ian. Thanks also to all who attended the Mass or at the graveside. We are very grateful for all the cards, Mass cards and flowers. Holy Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

Are you discerning a vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood? Are you wanting to know more about how to apply for the Priesthood in Scotland? Priests for Scotland is holding an information day on Saturday 15 June from 10.00 am to 3.00pm. To book a place, please contact your Vocations Director, Father Martin Chambers at Martin.Chambers@gallowaydiocese.org.uk or email the National Vocations Office at office@pfs.org.uk.

A new initiative at Saint Peter's is to try and get our young adults together for a regular meeting and service in the parish. Maureen and Anne McGuire will be supporting the initiative. The first, informal get-together will be on the parish Feast Day, Sunday 30 June after Holy Mass. Spread the word!

If you have still to return your Gift Aid form, please use the pre-paid envelope provided or hand it in to the Parish Office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Envelopes for the Diocesan Lourdes Fund Annual Membership are available on the pews. Please take one and return it to the box at the back of the Church next weekend. Thank you.

50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to the 50/50 Club May winners - 179 Margaret McAuliffe, 57 Aidan Hughes, 136 Elizabeth Petrie and 196 Kevin Meina who each win £25. Please bring any outstanding payments up to date before the June draw. Many thanks to all members for their continued support. New members are welcome at any time. Just contact the 50/50 Club promoter, Myriame Sammons on 469006.

Parents please note there will be no meeting of Saint Peter's Rainbows and Brownies this Monday due to the school holiday. We return next Monday at usual times. Thank you.

A big thank you to all our parishioners who handed in their SCIAF Wee Boxes. The amount raised so far is £1467.70.

Saint Peter's has a very fine organ, called a Walker Organ. It desperately needs a complete refurbishment and repair. At the moment, it is not working. The costs are extensive and will include an entire month of work. The estimate is around £9000. If any parishioner would like to make a special contribution to the Church organ, please add it to the second collection at the weekend Masses or hand it in to
Father Duncan or the Parish Office, marked Organ Collection. Thank you in anticipation for all your support and generosity.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £706.20 and the Xavieran Fathers Appeal collection to £1112.38 - thanks very much.
The Organ Fund stands at £1125.00 which includes a grant of £250.00 - thank you!

Ami Paterson and Lucy Skene have organised a Sponsored Cycle around Millport on 18 July to raise funds for the refurbishment of our Church organ. Sponsor Sheets are available this weekend. Please support this great initiative from our young people.

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.

Tea and coffee will
be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre.

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.