BULLETIN                                         22 SEPTEMBER 2019

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 21 September  

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

Sunday 22 September  

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

Monday 23 September  

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina - Padre Pio
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maureen Taylor MM

Tuesday 24 September  

Mass at 10.00am for Irene Caffrey RD
Funeral Service at 1.00pm for John Cowan

Wednesday 25 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Collins A

Thursday 26 September  

Mass at 10.00am for Joe Brady senior A and Joe Brady senior A

Friday 27 September  

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul
Mass at 10.00am for David Farrell A, Tony Fraser A and Mary O'Connor
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.45am

Saturday 28 September  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those who are in hospital
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for the sick and housebound

  

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 21 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 22 September  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 23 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 24 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 25 September  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 26 September  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 27 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 28 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 22 September  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 23 September  

7.00pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 24 September  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cadriac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 25 September  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter Group
Irish Dancing

Thursday 26 September  
   
Friday 27 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 and Irene Caffrey who died recently;
Roseleen Casey 2010, Isa Donald 2016, David Dunbar 2005, James Forbes 2011, Bob Harriman 2014, Billy McCann 2017, Jimmy McLaughlin 2007, Rita Michelini 2002, Father Gerald Muir 2015 pictured near right, Helen Steele 2012, James Tomelty 2011, Margaret Donnelly 1997, George Logue 2011, William McNamara 2001, Patrick Breen 2015, Alice Docherty 2017, Isabella Farrell 2012, Mary McGraa 2002, Colin James Boyle 2017, Jamie Clarke 2015, Margaret Gallacher 2016, Bert Gilmour 2017, Tom McGhee 2011, Sister Mary of Saint Joseph 1975 pictured far right, Bernard Boyce 2012, Dominic Burke 1988, Malcolm MacDonald 1999, John Mackay 2002, Thomas McGrattan 1917, Daniel Murray 1981, Brian Ghosh 2002, Maureen Johnson 2003, Brownlie Smyth 2014, John Brodie 2001, Angela Brown 2008, Peggy McKay 1992 and Robert Leo Walsh 1968
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 Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Margaret Harvey at 10.30am.

MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and George McGrattan 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 Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives and Maria Paterson-Kidd and Emma Paterson 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!


FUNERAL SERVICE FOR JOHN COWAN
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of John Cowan who died recently. His funeral service will be on Tuesday 24 September at 1.00pm. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Isn't it time you gave yourself to God completely, once and for all?

THERMOMETER OR THERMOSTAT?
Have you heard the phrase "Don't be a thermometer - be a thermostat"? A thermometer reads the temperature of the room and responds to it. A thermostat sets the temperature. Are you setting the spiritual temperature of the room? Or do you find yourself constantly responding to how your kids are acting - and are you letting that determine the kind of parent you will be? Are you basing the kind of spouse you are today on your husband or wife's mood? Are you responsive to the virtue - or lack thereof - in your workplace and letting that determine how you interact with the people around you? As we look ahead to the new school year, God is sending each of us out to serve in our homes and our communities. As Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus ... [He] emptied himself, taking the form of a slave" (2:5-7). Walk into a room and be a blessing. Think about how you can increase the joy in every situation. Be responsive to God, instead of those around you and start thinking about how you can be a joy and a blessing to your family, friends, and co-workers.


AN INTERVIEW WITH GOD
I dreamed I had an interview with God "So, you would like to interview me?" GOD asked. "If you have time," I said. GOD smiled. "My time is eternity - what questions do you have in mind for me?" "What surprises you the most about humankind?" GOD answered "That they get bored with childhood, that they rush to grow up and then long to be children again." "That they lose their health to make money - and then lose their money to restore their health." "That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future." "That they live as if they would never die, and die as though they had never lived." GOD's hand took mine - and we were silent for a while. And then I asked "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?" GOD replied "To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved." "To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others." "To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness." "To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them." "To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least." "To learn that there are people who love them dearly but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings." "To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently." "To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another but they must also forgive themselves." "Thank you for your time" I said humbly. "Is there anything else you would like your children to know?" GOD smiled, and said "Just know that I am here - always."

JUST FOR A LAUGH Ö
A man suffered a serious heart attack and had an open-heart bypass surgery. He awakened from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at a Catholic hospital. As he was recovering, a nun asked him questions regarding how he was going to pay for his treatment. She asked if he had health insurance. He replied, in a raspy voice "No health insurance." The nun asked if he had money in the bank. He replied "No money in the bank." The nun asked "Do you have a relative who could help you?" He said "I only have a spinster sister - who is a nun." The nun became agitated and announced loudly "Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God." The patient replied "Then send the bill to my brother-in-law."


50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to this month's winners who each receive £25 - 240 Martin Anderson, 74 Michelle Millar, 221 Fiona Robertson and 233 Clare Anderson. The bonus draw £100 winner was 119 Rosemary Smith. Well done and good luck to all in October draw. New members are welcome. Just contact the Promoter on 469006 or the Parish Office on 464063.

IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
Great work has been done in the choir loft to organise the microphone cables and make them safer. The doors leading to the Parish Centre from the Church have been adjusted and now close without banging. The Architect's Report and detailed drawings of the Church have been submitted for tender and we hope that the financing will be successful. Many, many thanks for all the hard work, time and effort.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £640.12 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £251.33 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £6892.95 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

SECOND COLLECTION
Our second collection this weekend is the for Retired Priests' Fund. Please give generously if you can. Thank you!

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.