BULLETIN                                                                                         23 JUNE 2019


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

Sunday 23 June  

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 24 June  

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Theresa McGarvey RD

Tuesday 25 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for a special intention

Wednesday 26 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for baby Lyall and the Mullen family

Thursday 27 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Thomas Dorby A

Friday 28 June  

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Joseph Finnegan RD

Saturday 29 June  

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those who have drifted away from the Faith
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for restful and safe summer holidays


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 22 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 23 June  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 24 June  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 25 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 26 June  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 27 June  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 28 June  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 29 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 23 June  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 24 June  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 25 June  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 26 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 27 June  
Friday 28 June  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Robert Bennett, Theresa McGarvey and Joseph Finnegan who died recently;
Shiela Kearney, Mamie Scotland, Frank Tracy 2007, Marade Ballantyne 1991, John Flood 2003, Bill Mathieson 2014, Greta Murphy 1973, George Russell 2005, Ben Walsh 1985, Harry Boyle 2006, Fredrick Davis 2015, Michael Fitzpatrick 2006, Elizabeth Paterson, Joseph Sammons 1954, Margaret Burns 2006, Katherine Fish 2002, James Little 1979, Joseph McCormick 1977, Tony Ross 2008, John Byers 1991, Anne Convery 1997, Daniel Harrigan 2012, Frank Lowey 2018, Annie McCabe 2002, Margaret McCann 2000, Sadie Morgan 2012, Mary Nolan O'Hare 1995 and John, Peter, Francis Jim and Paul Breslin 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 Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Patricia Milligan 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 Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

The Children's Liturgy
restarts in September.

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.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Lorelei Mara Róisín McAllister who will be baptised on Sunday. Congratulations to her parents and Godparents.

There are three ways we can catechise our children.
I have been called many things in my life - a good soldier, solid worker, a model employee and even a good husband. Those things are great and admirable, but they fail in comparison to my favourite title, dad. The Lord has blessed my wife and me with four awesome children but with raising children there is much responsibility. At this point you are probably thinking that I am stating the obvious. After all, as parents we have to feed, clothe and provide shelter for our family. These are great responsibilities and should not be minimised but there is an enormous responsibility not on the above list. As parents, we are also called to catechise our children. Let's be honest about something - the Church is losing young people in droves. Why would someone leave the truth? The answer is quite simple actually. They leave because they do not know that it is the truth. A majority of those who leave the Church do so because they have not been taught what the Church believes and their questions have not been answered. There are always exceptions but it comes down to catechesis.
1  Teach your children about the Mass.
The first step in catechiSing children is to take them to Mass. The catechism calls the parents the primary teachers of the faith and this is also reiterated in scripture several times. Children look to us parents as an example and if Church is not important to us, it is very likely it will not be important to them. When you are at Mass, tell your children what is going on. The more children know then more they will become engaged.
2  Pray with your children.
I had the standard objections of 'It is too late' or 'I'm too busy'. Your children want you to pray with them. In doing so, you become an example of what prayer is to them. If it is a priority for you, then the chances are it will be a priority for them. In establishing a strong prayer life they, and us, understand in a better way just how much Christ loves us.
3  Read Sacred Scripture with your children. When I say read scripture, I mean picking up the Bible and reading it. This will show the biblical basis for the Catholic Faith.

In 1263, a German priest, Peter of Prague, stopped at Bolsena while on a pilgrimage to Rome. He is described as being a pious priest but one who found it difficult to believe that Christ was actually present in the consecrated Host. While celebrating Holy Mass above the tomb of Saint Christina, he had barely spoken the words of Consecration when blood started to seep from the consecrated Host and trickle over his hands on to the altar and the corporal. The priest was immediately confused. At first he attempted to hide the blood but then he interrupted the Mass and asked to be taken to the neighbouring city of Orvieto, the city where Pope Urban IV was then residing. The Pope listened to the priest's account and absolved him. He then sent emissaries for an immediate investigation. When all the facts were ascertained, he ordered the Bishop of the diocese to bring to Orvieto the Host and the linen cloth bearing the stains of blood. With archbishops, cardinals and other Church dignitaries in attendance, the Pope met the procession and, amid great pomp, had the relics placed in the cathedral. The linen corporal bearing the spots of blood is still reverently enshrined and exhibited in the Cathedral of Orvieto. It is said that Pope Urban IV was prompted by this miracle to commission Saint Thomas Aquinas to compose the Proper for a Mass and an Office honouring the Holy Eucharist as the Body of Christ. One year after the miracle, in August of 1264, Pope Urban IV introduced the saint's composition and by means of a papal bull instituted the feast of Corpus Christi. After visiting the Cathedral of Orvieto, many pilgrims and tourists journey to Saint Christina's Church in Bolsena to see for themselves the place where the miracle occurred. From the north aisle of the Church, one can enter the Chapel of the Miracle where the stains on the paved floor are said to have been made by the blood from the miraculous Host. The altar of the miracle, which is surmounted by a ninth century canopy, is now situated in the grotto of Saint Christina. A reclining statue of the saint is nearby. In August of 1964, on the seven-hundredth anniversary of the institution of the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Paul VI celebrated Holy Mass at the altar where the holy corporal is kept in its golden shrine in the Cathedral of Orvieto.Twelve years later, the same pontiff visited Bolsena and spoke from there via television to the forty-firstt International Eucharistic Congress, then concluding its activities in Philadelphia. During his address Pope Paul Vl spoke of the Eucharist as being "... a mystery great and inexhaustible."

Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say "Jesus is watching you!" Silence returned to the house so the burglar crept forward again. "Jesus is watching you" the voice boomed again. The burglar stopped dead again. He was frightened. Frantically, he looked all around. In a dark corner, he spotted a bird cage and in the cage was a parrot. He asked the parrot "Was that you who said Jesus is watching me?" "Yes" said the parrot. The burglar breathed a sigh of relief and asked the parrot. "What's your name?" "Clarence" said the bird. "That's a dumb name for a parrot" sneered the burglar. "What idiot named you Clarence?" The parrot said "The same idiot who named the Doberman Jesus."

Congratulations to this month's 50/50 Club winners who each receive £25 - 173 Orla Steele, 214 Theresa Morrison, 262 Jack McCabe and 195 Michael Farro.

Our Rainbows are now on holiday and will return on Monday 26 August from 5.30 to 6.30pm in the Parish Centre. Girls aged five years wishing to join in August, please contact 01294 469006 for further information on how to join on the Girlguiding website.

Our Brownies are now on holiday and will return on Monday 26 August from 6.30 to 8.00 pm in the Parish Centre. Girls aged seven years wishing to join in August, please contact 01294 469006 for further information on how to join on the Girlguiding website.

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!

SPRED invites you to its annual Ladies' Charity Lunch on Sunday 29 September 2019 from 12.30 to 5.30pm in the Kyle Suite, Waterside Inn, West Kilbride. There will be a champagne reception, two-course lunch andcoffee, fashion show, entertainment. charity raffle and auction and a variety of stalls from local small businesses. Tickets cost £35 per head. For ticket enquiries please contact Janette on 01292 738068 or email info@SpredGalloway.org.uk. Transport to and from the event is available on request.

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 £640.67 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £278.20 - thanks very much.
The Organ Fund stands at £3742.95 - 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 Jennifer's and Niamh'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.