BULLETIN                                                25 AUGUST 2019


Saturday 24 August  

Feast of Saint Bartholemew, Apostle
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kerry Stirrip RD and James Sinnott RD
Twenty-First Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Bridie Maher A

Sunday 25 August  

Twenty-First Sunday of the Year
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 26 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie and Frank Hamilton A and Ella Cairns

Tuesday 27 August  

Memorial of Saint Monica
Mass at 10.00am for Ellen Lafferty RD and Andrew Murdoch RD

Wednesday 28 August  

Memorial of Saint Augustine
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Eddie McCaffrey RD and Tilly Doherty RD

Thursday 29 August  

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Alec McCann RD

Friday 30 August  

Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Desmond McGarvey A
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.45am

Saturday 31 August  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Gerard Campbell RD
Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for David Shaw MM and John Shaw senior 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 24 August  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 25 August  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 26 August  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 27 August  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 28 August  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 29 August  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 30 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 31 August  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 25 August  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 26 August  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 27 August  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 28 August  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing

Thursday 29 August  
Friday 30 August  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction


Please remember in your prayers:
Ellen Lafferty, Andrew Murdoch, Eddie McCaffrey, Tilly Doherty, Alec McCann, Gerard Campbell and Tony Cairns who died recently;
Catherine Bell Boyle 2004, Annie McCormick 1976, Giocondo Michelin 1959, Connor Collins 1978, Harry Currie 2008, John O'Donnell 2009, Mick Smith 1998, Patricia Sullivan 2006, Elizabeth Hosie 2010, Mary McCann 1987, Monsignor Mike Regan 2015, Samuel Taylor 1969, Frank Coyle 2008, Vincent Cunningham 2015, Joseph Doyle 2005, Nancy Erskine 2006, John Kelly 2004, Michael Pollock 2008, Canon Eugene Dowd 2012, Sister Mary Peter 1999, James McGrattan 1982, John Stewart, James Duffy 2013, James Steele 2010 and Thomas Wright 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 Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Margaret Brawley at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School at 10.30am.

The Children's Liturgy
restarts in September.

The annual pilgrimage to Saint Ninian's Cave takes place today, Sunday. Mass will be celebrated at 4.00pm. The coach leaves the Church grounds at 11.30am sharp.

We are delighted to announce the marriage of Christopher Wales and Lucy Lennon on Saturday 31 August 2019 at 1.30pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

If you are to resist the ever-present pressures to dilute the Christian ideal of holiness that surround you at every level of society and in almost every environment, you need God's help; you need God's strength; you need God's encouragement. Pray and listen to the voice of God in your life.                       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.
                       Mustard Seeds

Once upon a time, Satan was having a garage sale. There, standing in little groups were all of his bright, shiny trinkets. Here were tools that make it easy to tear others down for use as stepping-stones. And over there were some lenses for magnifying one's own importance, which, if you looked through them the other way, you could also use to belittle others or even one's self. Against the wall was the usual assortment of gardening implements guaranteed to help your pride grow by leaps and bounds - the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbour, the tools of gossip and backbiting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity. Prices, of course, were steep - but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all. "Take it home, use it, and you won't have to pay until later!" old Satan cried as he hawked his wares. One visitor, as he browsed, noticed two well worn, nondescript tools standing in one corner. Not being nearly as tempting as the other items, he found it curious that these two tools had price tags higher than any other. When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said, "Well, that's because I use them so much. If they weren't so plain looking, people might see them for what they were." Satan pointed to the two tools, saying, "You see, that one's Doubt and that one's Discouragement - and those will work when nothing else will."

A priest and a bus driver both died and went to Heaven at the same time. They get to the pearly gates where Pope Sain Peter greets them. He motions to the priest and they both hop in a jeep and go out the back door. There are about fifty acres of rolling hills with a little cottage on the knoll. Saint Peter turns to the priest and says "This will be yours for eternity - a perfect little cottage, right next to lovely pond, a lush little garden and a library full of books." The priest says "Thank you so much. This I shall enjoy!" Saint Peter drops off the priest, goes back to the pearly gates and motions to the bus driver. They hop in a stretch limo and go out the front door. There are about five hundred acres of land with mountains and lakes and rivers. There is a huge two hundred room castle on one of the mountains and a wishing well that makes wishes come true. Saint Peter says "This will be yours for eternity. You can live in that castle with servants to wait on you hand and foot and you can have everything you want." The bus driver looks and Saint Peter and says "Well, now, don't think I'm not grateful but why am I getting so much more than the priest?" Saint Peter just laughs and says "You brought more souls to Heaven! When the priest preached, everyone fell asleep. When you drove your bus, people prayed like mad!"

An unusual event took place last Saturday as a family asked for a dedicated bench to be blessed in memory of Gerard Peter Giffney who lived in Ardrossan and died in 2016. His family came over for a visit from Australia and had a plaque made and placed on the bench. You can see it opposite the small car pack at the roundabout between Ardrossan and Saltcoats.

The annual SCES Parents' Gathering will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 at Saint Francis Xavier's Primary School, Merchiston Avenue, Falkirk from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

Michelle Morton, who has worked in the Parish Office at Saint Peter's for more than ten years will be moving on to a new job after achieving her degree recently. I would like to sincerely thank Michelle for all her work and dedication over the years and wish her a great start in this new chapter. We are looking now for a new Parish Secretary that can help and support in the Office for a few hours a week. Computer skills are essential. Please speak directly to Father Duncan. Thanks

The second module for all parish volunteers is now ready and our trainers will arrange suitable dates for our Deanery Parishes in September. Information and dates will be posted as soon as possible to those involved.
                                      Parish Safeguarding Coordinators Myriame Sammons and George Poole

There will be an Open Meeting hosted by the Independent Review Group (IRG) on Saturday 14 September from 11.00 at Saint Matthew's Parish Church Hall, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7SH. This forms part of the work that the IRG is taking forward to support the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the McLellan Commission. This will be an opportunity for members of parish communities from across the diocese to meet with members of the IRG and the Diocesan Safeguarding team to discuss their understanding and experience of Safeguarding within the Catholic Church. If you are hoping to attend, please alert the Diocesan Office on 01292 266750. Tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches will be provided.

The annual collection in the parish over the last few weeks raised the total of £360. This is greatly appreciated and we ask your continued prayers and support of the Diocesan Hospitalite. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

A Musical Evening will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday 6 September from 7.30 to 10.00pm. Tickets cost £5 will be on sale this weekend from any member of our Parish Lourdes Group. See poster in porch for details. All are welcome.

Saint Peter's Rainbows and Brownies groups will start the new session on Monday 26 August - the Rainbows from 5.30 to 6.30pm and Brownies from 6.30 to 8.00pm. Anyone starting for the first time should enrol on Facebook @ardrossan-st.peter'srainbowsandbrownies or telephone Myriame Sammons on 469006.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £646.64 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £265.94 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £6,786.95 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

Our second collection at Mass this weekend is for SPRED. SPRED offers people with learning disabilities Friendship, a personal friend who takes time to share life and faith; Spiritual Nuture in a small community of faith; a Sense of Belonging to a parish community where opportunities are created for active belonging. Please give as generously as you can! Thank you!

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.

The 50/50 Club winners for August, who each receive £25, are Theresa Small 162, Denis Atkins 212 , Nan Donohoe 78 and George Poole 182 - congratulations. Anyone wishing to join the 50/50 Club, please contact the promotor, Myriame Sammons on 469006. Thanks to our members for their continued support.

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.

A few months ago, we filled a further 121 backpacks, making a total of 2443 since we started approximately ten years ago. In the next few weeks, we are planning to fill at least a hundred more. We have most of the items we need but we're short of dessert spoons, toothpaste and jotters. If you can donate any of these items, please deposit them in the basket in the Church porch. Thanks in anticipation.

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 haplain to Crosshouse Hospital and is assisted by the priest on call each week.

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.

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.