BULLETIN                                                       7 JULY 2019


Saturday 6 July  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those who suffer from addictions
Fourteenth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for a special intention

Sunday 7 July  

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 8 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Raymond McLaren A

Tuesday 9 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Wendy Young RD

Wednesday 10 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Quinn MacIntyre RD, Berthe Potié RD and Joy Kelly RD

Thursday 11 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Lizzie Paterson A

Friday 12 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for families in trouble

Saturday 13 July  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for all the sick and housebound
Fifteenth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Robert and Angus MacRae 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 6 July  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 7 July  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 8 July  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 9 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 10 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 11 July  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 12 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 13 July  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 7 July  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 8 July  


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 9 July  
9.00 to 11.00am Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wednesday 10 July  
Thursday 11 July  
Friday 12 July  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Wendy Young (Saltcoats), John Quinn MacIntyre, Berthe Potié (France) and Joy Kelly (Australia) who died recently;
George Cameron 1980, Ryan Fleming 2002, Raymond McLaren 2014, Teresa Usher 2006, Joseph Armstrong 1998, Clare Cameron 1985, Mary Chapman 2009, Anthony Da Prato 2016, Father Harry Farrell 1998, Martha Murphy 2001, Donald William Newall 1998, Andrew McVeigh 2000, Alexander Quigg 1999, Catherine Teggart 1998, Mr and Mrs Francis Breslin 1976, Jeannie Brown 1995, Father Donal Burke, Julie Kelley-Holland 2005, Margaret McAteer 1992, Alice McMahon 1981, Agnes Anne Conaghan 2002, Annie O'Kane 2001, Stella Reid 2009 and Margaret Wyllie 2015 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 Marade Griffin 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 George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

The Children's Liturgy
restarts in September.

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.

You tell me of those that are hungry, those that are oppressed and those that are unemployed. Greater than these are the sufferings of those that are lonely and greater still are the sufferings of those that do not know Jesus Christ. Don't throw up your arms in horror at the world's sufferings, but roll up your sleeves and do something to alleviate them.                        Mustard Seeds

On the first day, God created the dog and said "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" So God agreed. On the second day, God created the monkey and said "Entertain people, do tricks and make them laugh. For this I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?" And God agreed. On the third day, God created the cow and said "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years. The cow said "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?" And God agreed again. On the fourth day, God created man and said "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years. But man said "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back? That makes eighty, okay?" "Okay" said God, You asked for it. So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone. Life has now been explained to you.

In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings. This room with its small files was a catalogue system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn't match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching. A file named Friends was next to one marked Friends I Have Betrayed. The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. Books I Have Read, Lies I Have Told, Comfort I have Given, Jokes I Have Laughed At. Some were almost hilarious in their exactness - Things I've Yelled At My Brothers. Others I couldn't laugh at - Things I Have Done In My Anger, Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath At My Parents. I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature. And then I saw it. The title bore People I Have Shared The Gospel With. The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand. And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs so deep that they hurt. No one must ever, ever know of this room. But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him. No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn't bear to watch His response. And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own. He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn't say a word. He just cried with me. Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card. "No!" I shouted, rushing to Him. His name shouldn't be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark and so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His Blood. I don't think I'll ever understand how He did it so quickly but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He placed His hand on my shoulder and said "It is finished." I stood up and He led me out of the room. There were still cards to be written.

• Unanswered Prayer - A young girl at Mass noticed that the priest always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why. "Well" he began, very satisfied that this young parishioner was so observant. "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon." "How come He doesn't answer it?" she asked.
• Did Noah Fish? - A primary school teacher asked "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?" "No" replied Johnny. "How could he with just two worms?"

Would you like to volunteer to help with stewarding, welcoming, hospitality et cetera during the visit of the Relics of Saint Therese of Liseaux ato Saint Margaret's Cathedral in Ayr form 1 to 3 September? If you can, please come to a meeting in Saint Margaret's Hall, Ayr, on Wednesday 31 July at 7.00pm. Would you like to sing in the choir? There will be three practices in the Cathedral for all who are interested at 7.15pm on Thursdays 1, 8 and 29 August. Everyone is welcome.

On Saturday 31 August, young people from all over Scotland will gather in Saint Andrews, Fife on pilgrimage to the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Mass will take place in the ruined Cathedral at 3.00pm after activities from 12 noon in the town. All young people from primary seven upwards are welcome. There will be activities for primary seven to secondary 3 and then for secondary 4 upwards. Transport will be provided from Galloway Diocese. The cost is £5 and please bring a packed lunch. To reserve a place or for more details, please contact Father Stephen McGrattan on Stephen.McGrattan@GallowayDiocese.org.uk.

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.

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.

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 £627.06 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £272.95 - thanks very much.
The Organ Fund stands at £4078.95 - 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 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.