BULLETIN                                                       28 JULY 2019

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 27 July  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Marie McDermott RD
Seventeenth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Tommy Burns A

Sunday 28 July  

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

Monday 29 July  

Memorial of Saint Martha
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rachel Cheevers RD

Tuesday 30 July  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Frank Kehoe

Wednesday 31 July  

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie Bridie

Thursday 1 August  

Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Edward McCaffray SI

Friday 2 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the sick and housebound
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.45am

Saturday 3 August  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those recently received into the Church
Eighteenth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for those currently in hospital

  

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.


SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saturday 27 July  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 28 July  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 29 July  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 30 July  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 31 July  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 1 August  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 2 August  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 3 August  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 28 July  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 29 July  

7.00pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 30 July  
9.00 to 11.00am Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wednesday 31 July  
   
Thursday 1 August  
   
Friday 2 August  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Elsie Brodie, Sadie Carrino, Beatrice Ketchen and Marie McDermott who died recently;
Elizabeth Byers 2009, Tommy Burns 1982, Eileen Mathieson 2003, John McQuaid 2004, Jordan Walsh 1998, Annie Cavani 2012, Alice Gibbons 1997, Caroline Dunlop 2013, William Johnston 1999, Michael Marshall 2011, Annie Cavani 2012, Joseph Giblin 2016, George Pettigrew 1988, Maureen McCubbin 2008, George Tonner 1931, Phyllis Doherty 2017, Geraldine Leadbeater 2016, Noleen McFadyen née Delahunt 2012, Cathie McLaren 2007, Leslie Aitken 2010, Joseph Barry 2013, Mary Harper 2012, Isabelle Rennie 2004 and Robert Tumilty 1981 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
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.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILLIATION
The Sacrament of Forgiveness is celebrated on Saturdays between 4.45 and 5.15 pm and at other times on request.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Peter Brawley at 10.30am.

MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy
restarts in September.


ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO SAINT NINIAN'S CAVE
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.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
To pray so as to grow and become more like Christ is the challenge of every Christian. God is calling you to turn on the tap of your spiritual life. Not full blast but just to a steady drip. If you put a bucket under a dripping tap, eventually it will fill and once it is full its has to overflow. There is nowhere else for the water to go. The tap is our interior lives. The drops of water are the peace, joy, love and happiness that are the fruits of prayer. The bucket is our heart and soul. Drop by drop, through prayer and the sacraments, we are filled with this peace, joy, love and happiness and once full, we too will overflow. It is then that every place we go, every person we are with, begins to benefit from the overflowing of this peace - joy, love, and happiness that we allow to flow from Christ through our words, actions, and even by our mere presence.                        Mustard Seeds

POPE FRANCIS - GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE
Each community is called to create a 'God-enlightened space in which to experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord'. Sharing the word and celebrating the Eucharist together fosters fraternity and makes us a holy and missionary community. It also gives rise to authentic and shared mystical experiences - the common life, whether in the family, the parish, the religious community or any other, is made up of small everyday things. This was true of the holy community formed by Jesus, Mary and Joseph which reflected in an exemplary way the beauty of the Trinitarian communion. It was also true of the life that Jesus shared with his disciples and with ordinary people. To ponder - do I have a 'God-enlightened space in which to experience the Risen Lord'?
                        Mustard Seeds

THEY DID NOT KNOW WE WERE SEEDS
They tried to bury us but they did not know we were seeds.
                        Mustard Seeds


THE RAGMAN
Before the dawn one Friday morning, I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes and he was calling in a clear voice "Rags! Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!" "Now, this is a wonder" I thought to myself for the man stood six-feet-four and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence. Could he find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city? I followed him - and I wasn't disappointed. Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing and shedding a thousand tears. Her heart was breaking. The Ragman stopped his cart. "Give me your rag" he said so gently "and I'll give you another." He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up and he laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined. Then, as he began to pull his cart again, the Ragman did a strange thing. He put her stained handkerchief to his own face and then he began to weep, to sob as grievously as she had done, his shoulders shaking. Yet she was left without a tear. In a little while, when the sky showed grey behind the rooftops and I could see the shredded curtains hanging out black windows, the Ragman came upon a girl whose head was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes were empty. Blood soaked her bandage. A single line of blood ran down her cheek. Now the tall Ragman looked upon this child with pity and he drew a lovely yellow bonnet from his cart. "Give me your rag" he said, tracing his own line on her cheek "and I'll give you mine." The child could only gaze at him while he loosened the bandage, removed it and tied it to his own head. The bonnet he set on hers - and I gasped at what I saw for with the bandage went the wound! Against his brow it ran a darker, more substantial blood - his own! "Rags! Rags! I take old rags!" cried the sobbing, bleeding, strong, intelligent Ragman. After that he found a drunk, lying unconscious beneath an army blanket an old man, hunched, wizened and sick. He took that blanket and wrapped it round himself but for the drunk he left new clothes. And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman. I needed to see where he was going in such haste, perhaps to know what drove him so. He climbed a hill. Then he sighed. He lay down. He pillowed his head on a handkerchief. He covered his bones with an army blanket. And he died. I sobbed myself to sleep. I can come to love that Ragman. I did not know that I slept through Friday night and Saturday and its night too. But then, on Sunday morning, I was wakened by a violence. Light - pure, hard, demanding light - slammed against my sour face and I blinked, and I looked and I saw the last and the first wonder of all. There was the Ragman - no sign of sorrow nor of age and all the rags that he had gathered shined for cleanliness. Well, then, I lowered my head and trembling for all that I had seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman. I told him my name with shame for I was a sorry figure next to him. Then I took off all my clothes in that place and I said to him with dear yearning in my voice "Dress me." He dressed me. My Lord, he put new rags on me, and I am a wonder beside him. The Ragman, the Ragman, the Christ!

JUST FOR A LAUGH Ö
A couple decided to go to Spain to get some sun during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon twenty years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Ardrossan and flew to Barcelona on Thursday with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realising his error, sent the email. Meanwhile, somewhere in Saltcoats, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He had died following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read To: My Loving Wife, Subject: I've Arrived Date, 16 October 2008 - I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. PS It's really hot down here!

IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
I am very grateful to our parishioners who have been working hard in our Church repairs and maintenance. The complete perimeter fence, including the railings, path lights, gates and bollards have been repainted and a new set of shelves has been put up in the Parish Office. Sincere thanks for all the commitment and generosity!

EPILEPSY SCOTLAND
Andrena Hughes is doing a Wing Walk in Yorkshire on Sunday 4 August to raise awareness and money for Epilepsy Scotland. If anyone is able and happy to donate to her Just Giving page, it would be greatly appreciated. Basically, Andrena will be on top of the wings of a small bi-plane, possibly a Tiger Moth, and be airborne for ten minutes. Considering she does not like being inside an aeroplane with her seat belt firmly in place, we have no idea how she will cope sitting outside on top. She has been advised to 'prepare herself for steep inclines and low fly pasts. If anyone wishes to donate, and is not happy using online Just Giving we are happy to take cash donations and they can be added manually. Many thanks in advance!

VISIT OF THE RELICS OF SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX
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.

YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO SAINT ANDREWS
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.

SPECIAL RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT (SPRED) GALLOWAY CHARITY LUNCH
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.

REFURBISHMENT OF THE CHURCH ORGAN
Saint Peterís has a very fine organ, called a Walker Organ. It desperately needs a complete refurbishment and repair. The costs are extensive and will include work in the entire month of July. The estimate is around £9000. The work began at the beginning of July by the organ engineer Michael McDonald and will probably continue to the end of the month. Thank you in anticipation for all your support and generosity!



SPONSORED CYCLE RUN
Congratulations to Ami and Lucy who complete their sponsored cycle run on Millport last Thursday. They cycled eleven miles in support of our Organ Fund and will raise around £400 for the cause. Well done and thank you for a very special initiative! Thanks also to all those who have sponsored them!


PARISH STEWARDSHIP
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £648.82 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £251.41 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £5068.41 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

FINANCES
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.


GIFT AID
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.

MARYíS MEALS OLD CLOTHES COLLECTION
Last year, Saint Peterís sent an enormous amount of old clothes to the Maryís Meal charity. It was a fantastic response to a very worthy cause dear to everyoneís heart. The collection this year will be the weekend of 10 and 11 August 2019. Please bring old clothes in black bags to the Parish Centre as soon as you can and we will gather them there for the collection on Sunday 11 August. Letís hope and pray that we get such a tremendous response as last year!


HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
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.

SUNDAY TEAS
Tea and coffee will
be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sadie's, Marie's and Phyllis's team.

VISITORS
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.


ADVERTISER SUPPORT
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.

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS - MISSION STATEMENT
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.