BULLETIN                                              15 SEPTEMBER 2019

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 14 September  

Feast of the Exultation of the Cross
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those who are in hospital with blessing of house crosses
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Raymond Aves RD

Sunday 15 September  

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

Monday 16 September  

Memorial of Saint Ninian
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Christine Lawrence SI

Tuesday 17 September  

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Mass at 10.00am for Anne (Nancy) Sheehan A

Wednesday 18 September  

Feast of the Dedication of the Cathedral
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary McLellan A and Frances Giblin A

Thursday 19 September  

Mass at 10.00am for Hugh Donohoe A

Friday 20 September  

Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Tae-Gon and Paul Chong Ha-Sang and Companions
Mass at 10.00am for the Sheehan Family SI
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.45am

Saturday 21 September  

Feast of Saint Matthew, apostle
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Bebe Carroll and the Kilbane family A
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Ronnie Cairns 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.


SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saturday 14 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 15 September  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 16 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 17 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 18 September  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 19 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 20 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 21 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 15 September  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 16 September  

9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm
7.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 17 September  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 18 September  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing

Thursday 19 September  
7.00pm
7.00 to 8.30pm
Sacramental Program Parents' Meeting
Safeguarding Training
Friday 20 September  
9.30 to 11.30am
11.00am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
John Cowan who died recently;
Joe Brady junior 1999, Joseph Brady 2006, Elizabeth Cawley 1997, Frances Giblin 2017, John Marshall 2000, Patrick Joseph O'Hare 1955, Thomas White 1995, Mathew Folan 1994, Tom Howieson 2007, Walter Jones 1985, James Lawson 1992, Kathleen MulIin 2012, Hugh Donohoe 2008, George Hall 2007, Alison Lawson née Giebler 2015, Frances McLaughlin 2008, Mary McLellan 2004, Victor and Charlotte Mitchell, Joshua O'Neill 2017, Jim Vernon 2014, Cornelius Burke 1988, Chris Glenn 2011, Eamon Lennon junior, Margaret Finnegan 2010, Patrick Joseph McKay 1989, Sister Pauline CP 1999, Father Alastair Tosh 2007, Brian Loy 2014, Patricia Trainer 2002, Ronnie Cairns 2018, Greta Foran 2002, Emilio Forbes 2011, Mary McKernon 2007 and Catherine McLaughlin 1998 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 RECONCILIATION
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 Julie Coldwell at 5.30pm and Peter Brawley at 10.30am.

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

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Our new session has begun for the pre-fives, Primary 1 and 2 and Primary 3 groups of our Children's Liturgy Programme during 10.30am Mass. All children aged three to Primary 3 are welcome to come through and join us. Next week's helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives and Clara Hyslop and Frances Gemmell for Primaries 1, 2 and 3. Primary 4 involvement starts on 6 October.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY VOLUNTEERS
As we begin the new session of our Children's Liturgy Programme we would like to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers that have given of their time over the past years to help build and run our fantastic programme. We are now looking for new volunteers to step up and help. Please speak to Clara Hyslop, Children's Liturgy Coordinator or Father Duncan if you can help.

FIRST SATURDAY FATIMA DEVOTIONS
First Saturday Fatima Devotions are always on the first Saturday of every month after 10.00am Mass. Everyone is welcome!


SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2019-20
The first meeting for parents who are bringing their children to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be on Thursday 19 September at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. The Presentation Mass will be on Sunday 29 September at 10.30am when the children will receive a crucifix to mark their journey of faith.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I often wondered as a young person what the secret was to being a good parent. Reflecting on my childhood now, I can see clearly that my mother and father taught me with their actions. The secret is to be there. Be there for your children. It is not about quality time - it's about quantity time.

POPE FRANCIS WRITES
Let us not forget that Jesus asked his disciples to pay attention to details. The little detail that wine was running out at a party. The little detail that one sheep was missing. The little detail of noticing the widow who offered her two small coins. The little detail of having spare oil for the lamps, should the bridegroom delay. The little detail of asking the disciples how many loaves of bread they had. The little detail of having a fire burning and a fish cooking as he waited for the disciples at daybreak. A community that cherishes the little details of love, whose members care for one another and create an open and evangelising environment, is a place where the Risen Lord is present, sanctifying it in accordance with the Father's plan.

PRAYERS FOR THE PARISH FAMILY
Loving Father, I invite you into my life today and make myself available to you. Help me to become the best version of myself by seeking your will and by being a living example of your love in the world. Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change so I can carry out the mission you have imagined for my life and experience the joy you desire for me. Inspire me to live the Catholic faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging. Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish. Give me courage when I am afraid, hope when I am discouraged and clarity in times of decision. Lead your Church to become all you imagined it would be for the people of our times. Amen.


THE NECKLACE
The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. "Oh mummy, please, mummy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?" Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face. "£10. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself." As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pence. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbour and asked Mrs McJames if she could pull out the weeds for £2. On her birthday, grandma did give her £5 and slowly she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed-up and grown up. She wore them everywhere; school, Church, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a shower. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green. Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh, daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The one you gave me. She's my very favourite." "That's okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss. About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy, you know I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll, the brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful." "That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss. A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. "What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?" Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, daddy, this is for you." With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached out with one hand to take the cheap necklace and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure. So it is, with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures. Isn't God good? Are you holding on to things that God wants you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary habits and activities that you have become so attached to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe this one thing - God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.

JUST FOR A LAUGH Ö
After the Baptism of his baby brother in Church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of 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 Catholic home but I want to stay with all of you."


THANKS FROM THE LOURDES GROUP
The Lourdes Group would like to thank all for their support last Friday evening at the Musical Evening which raised £1000. Without your support, this would not happen. To the Von Crapp Singers, Aidan and Bethany, all those who donated the many prizes, bought tickets and those who attended on the night and the hard-working team at 'front of house, sincere thanks!

ARDROSSAN CHURCHES GROUP MEETING
The next meeting of the Ardrossan Churches Group will be on Tuesday 17 September at 7.30pm at Saint Andrew's Hall.

LAUDATO SI CONFERENCE
Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to a Day of Reflection on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si - Care for our Common Home on Saturday 21 September 2019 at 10.00am at Blythswood Hall, Renfield Saint Stephen's Church, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow. Coffee will be served during registration from 10.00am. The cost is £10 and lunch will be provided.

FOODBANK COLLECTION
A Foodbank Collection wil take place at Sainsbury's in Saltcoats on Saturday 14 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Can you help by giving two hours? If so, please phone 07979 542319.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE (SCES) PARENTS' GATHERING
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.


SAFEGUARDING TRAINING - MODULE 2
Training Module 2 for volunteers is now ready and a suitable date for our Parish is Thursday 19 September at 7.00pm and will be held in the Parish Centre. Alternative dates are available in other parishes in our deanery. Please check the notice board in the Church porch for alternative dates.

CONVERSATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDING
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.

THANK YOU
The Special Religious Education (SPRED) Galloway would like to that the people of Saint Peter's for the warm welcome and generous donations totalling £509.62. Thank you.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £564.87 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £250.08 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £6842.95 - 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.

MARY'S MEALS BACKPACK APPEAL
We were overwhelmed by your generosity to our last appeal. We have recently sent 150 filled backpacks to Malawi, making a running total of 2593. If you wish to contribute to this on-going charity, please put any items you wish to donate into the basket in the Church porch. As a reminder, here is a list of the items needed - backpacks, jotters, coloured pencils, pencil cases, rubbers, sharpeners, rulers, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, tennis balls, cotton shorts, T-shirts, skirts, dresses and flip-flops all for use by children aged five to twelve years.                         Mary's Meals

SAVE THE DATE - GUNS OR PEOPLE
The guest speaker at Guns or People on Sunday 6 October at 3.00pm in
Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston will be the Reverend Kathy Galloway of the Iona Community.

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 haplain 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 Maria Boyle'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.