BULLETIN                      16 JUNE 2019


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

Sunday 16 June  

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 17 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Dolan and Tom McKay A and Michael Leonard A

Tuesday 18 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am in thanksgiving

Wednesday 19 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Hannah Munn RD

Thursday 20 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Bridget Graham RD

Friday 21 June  

Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Owen McGuire A

Saturday 22 June  

Memorial of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More
Holy Mass at 10.00am in thanksgiving to parishioners, family and friends of Ian McCormick
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Sam Morrison RD


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 15 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 16 June  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 17 June  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 18 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 19 June  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 20 June  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 21 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 22 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 16 June  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 17 June  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 18 June  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 19 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 20 June  
Friday 21 June  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Friday 22 June  
12 noon to 3.45pm Eucharistic Ministers' Oasis Day

Please remember in your prayers:
Hannah Munn, Bridget Graham, Theresa McGarvey and Sam Morrison who died recently;
David Brodie 1994, Agnes Hunter 1956, Sheila Reilly 1987, Carol Stewart 2005, Agnes Cochrane 1998, Mary Theresa Dolan 1999, Bernard Kilbane 1986, Michael Leonard 2000, Father Tom Leverage 1996, Cardinal Thomas Winning 2001, Sheila Kennedy 1996, Samuel McGonigle 1997, Andrew McPadden 2002, Una Delahunt Rice 2005, Margaret Forbes 2006, Billy Harvey 2004, John Malloy 2002, Father Alan Wilson 2012, Margaret Boyd 2005, Gertrude Cunningham 2008, Mary Bridget Magee 1988, James Lane 1995, Catherine Robertson 2015, Susan Watson 2002, Rosie Benson 1995, Agnes Delahunt 1936, Margaret Donnelly 1953, Mary Leishman 1997 and Ronald McKay 2008 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 Julie Coldwell at 5.30pm and Margaret Harvey 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 10.30pm.

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.

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.

Our Parish Feast Day this year will be on the weekend of 29 and 30 June. We ask the Good Lord to bless all our parishioners in a special way and we pray for all our deceased parishioners. Fiona will bake the traditional Lammas Bread that is blessed and distributed on the Feast of Saint Peter.

The shamrock, a kind of clover, is a leguminous herb that grows in marshy places. Saint Patrick, the missionary patron saint of Ireland, used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. The story goes that one day his friends asked Patrick to explain the mystery of the Trinity. He looked at the ground and saw shamrocks growing amid the grass at his feet. He picked one up one of its trifoliate leaves and asked if it were one leaf or three. Patrick's friends couldn't answer - the shamrock leaf looked like one, but it clearly had three parts. Patrick explained to them "The mystery of the Holy Trinity - one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - is like this but more complex and unintelligible." Saint Cyril, the teacher of the Slavs, tried to explain the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity using sun as an example. He said "God the Father is that blazing sun. God the Son is its light and God the Holy Spirit is its heat - but there is only one sun. So, there are three Persons in Holy Trinity, but God is One and indivisible." St. John Maria Vianney used to explain Holy Trinity using roses on the altar. "The rose has colour, fragrance and shape. But these are expressions of one reality, namely, the single rose. There is also a very old and much-repeated story about Saint Augustine, one of the intellectual giants of the Church. He was walking by the seashore one day, attempting to conceive of an intelligible explanation for the mystery of the Trinity. As he walked along, he saw a small boy on the beach, pouring seawater from a shell into a small hole in the sand. "What are you doing, my child?" asked Augustine. "I am trying to empty the sea into this hole" the boy answered with an innocent smile. "But that is impossible, my dear child" said Augustine. The boy stood up, looked straight into the eyes of Augustine and replied "What you are trying to do - comprehend the immensity of God - is even more impossible." Then he vanished. The child was an angel sent by God to teach Augustine a lesson. Later, Augustine wrote "You see the Trinity if you see love." According to him, the Father is the lover, the Son is the loved one and the Holy Spirit is the personification of the very act of loving. This means that we can understand something of the mystery of the Holy Trinity more readily with the heart than with our feeble mind. Evagrius of Pontus, a Greek monk of the 4th century who came from what is now Turkey in Asia and later lived out his vocation in Egypt, said"God cannot be grasped by the mind. If God could be grasped, God would not be God."

• After the Baptism of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied "That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home and I want to stay with you."
• A primary school teacher asked her class "What was Jesus' Mother's name?" One child answered, "Mary." The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' stepfather's name was?" A little boy said "Verge." Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?" The boy said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge 'n' Mary.

Our annual day for Eucharistic Ministers in our Deanery is coming soon on Saturday 22 June 2019 from 12 noon until 3.45pm. Refreshemtns will be served. The themes will include the Parish being 'grounded in the Eucharist' and 'rediscovering the sense of the Sacred'. Leaflets for Eucharistic Ministers are available in the sacristy. Please inform
Father Duncan that you will be there for catering and organisational purposes. Thanks!

Happy Fathers' Day t
o those who are fathers with children of their own, to those who are fathers as they step into the role for children not their own such as stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brother and foster dads, to those who are grieving the loss of a father, navigating a tense relationship with their father or living life with an absentee father, to those who want to be fathers but is not their reality in their lives yet and all our spiritual fathers. No matter where you are in the journey of fatherhood, you are seen, loved and valued especially by God, who is father to all. Today we honour those fathers who have shown us something of God's love and remember that our father in heaven loves us.

The Vatican questions gender ideology in a new document for parents and educators. It's called Male And Female He Created Them. Toward A Path Of Dialogue On The Question Of Gender Theory In Education. It insists you cannot leave male or female identity in the hands of subjectivity. The document says that presenting 'a society without sexual differences' is unrealistic and has no biological basis. It also warns that 'the utopia of the neuter' destroys the concept of family. In a mother-father family children 'learn how to recognise the value and beauty of the differences between the two sexes' leading to his or her understanding of his or her own identity. The text calls on Catholic educators and universities to be well-prepared in this field. Likewise, it launches a call for governmental reflection. It says that a democratic state cannot reduce the range of educational to a single school of thought which is concerned on one hand with the fundamentals of human nature and on the other with natural rights of parents to freely choose any education that agrees with the dignity of the human person.

The last Knit and Knatter meeting before stopping for the summer will be in the Lauriston Hotel, Ardrossan, on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 12.30pm for 1.00pm. We will start back again on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 1.00pm. We hope you all have a lovely summer!

Rena Fitzpatrick is very grateful for all the Mass cards, prayers, flowers and cards received after her stay in hospital. Holy Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

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!

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 £611.91 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £268.85 - thanks very much.
The Organ Fund stands at £1600.00 - thank you!

The updated new Gift Aid Forms have been sent to parishioners that will require them. Please send them back as soon as you can in the stamped-addressed envelope provided. Thank you so much for your support and help.

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 by Sharon McLaughlin's team.

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.