BULLETIN                                              20 OCTOBER 2019


Saturday 19 October  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for a young man suffering from depression SI
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for healing in a family SI

Sunday 20 October  

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

Monday 21 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for a mother's peace of mind SI
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.00pm for Mary Paton

Tuesday 22 October  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Mary Paton

Wednesday 23 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kathy Aitchison RD and George McKinnon (Irvine) RD

Thursday 24 October  

Mass at 10.00am for Johnny Fisher RD and Margaret Reid RD

Friday 25 October  

Mass at 10.00am for a Golden Wedding SI
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.45am

Saturday 26 October  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Bobby Gaston RD
Thirtieth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for William Paterson 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 19 October  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 20 October  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 21 October  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 22 October  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 23 October  
  Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 24 October  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 25 October  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 26 October  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 20 October  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 21 October  


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 22 October  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 23 October  

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 24 October  
Friday 25 October  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Mary Bruce Paton, Kathy Aitchison, Johnny Fisher, Margaret Reid, George McKinnon (Irvine), Bobby Gaston (Stevenston) who died recently;
John Dorian 2009, Cameron McCallum 2010, David McHugh 1967, Patrick McQuade 1998,Stephen Patrick Austin 2017, Lawrence Brennan 1981, Andrew Conaghan 2002, Michael Doherty 2005, Margaret Monaghan 1969, Hugh O'Boyle 2000, John Higgins 2001, Hugh McGoogan 2009, Mary Jane McKay 1952, Patrick McNamee 1918, Patrick O'Hare 2001, Tom Adamson 2006, John and Isabella Connor, Mary Ferguson 2015, Cecily Grant 1980, Christine McAteer 1988, Annie McConnachie 2016, Dougald McMurchie, Ellis Nesbit, Monica Ann Taylor née Reilly 2015, Peggy McKay 1992, Kathleen Robinson 2012, Terence Burns 1997, Henry Fitzsimmons 1959, Helen Grober 2008, Morvia Logue 2014, Tommy Mulhern 1996, William Paterson 1963 and Alice Procter 1995 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 Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and Catherine Boyd and Monica Taylor at 10.30am.

Next week's helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson-Kidd for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith & Emma Paterson for Primary 4. If any parents would like to volunteer to join the catechists, please speak to Clara or Father Duncan. Thank you.

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

We welcome to the Family of the Church Alfie Gordon McKernon who will be baptised this Sunday. Congratulations to his parents and Godparents.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Mary Paton. She will be received into Church on Monday 21 October at 5.30pm and her Requiem Mass on Tuesday 22 at 10am
will be followed by her interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Prayer is the path to inner peace. The rosary is a powerful tool to find inner peace in today's noisy, busy world. Prayer is powerful. In the rosary, we ponder the life of Jesus through the eyes of his Mother. The rosary will be prayed every morning in Church before Mass at 9.35am. Come along and enter into the experience.

Contemplation of the face of Jesus, died and risen, restores our humanity, even when it has been broken by the troubles of this life or marred by sin. We must not domesticate the power of the face of Christ. Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord's presence, calmly spend time with him, bask in his gaze? Do you let his fire inflame your heart? Unless you let him warm you more and more with his love and tenderness, you will not catch fire. How will you then be able to set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness? If, gazing on the face of Christ, you feel unable to let yourself be healed and transformed, then enter into the Lord's heart, into his wounds, for that is the abode of divine mercy. I ask that we never regard prayerful silence as a form of escape and rejection of the world around us. The Russian pilgrim, who prayed constantly, says that such prayer did not separate him from what was happening all around him. "Everybody was kind to me. it was as though everyone loved me. Not only did I feel happiness and consolation in my own soul but the whole outside world also seemed to me full of charm and delight".

It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The rivers and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through. Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But severe rationing had cut everyone off. If we didn't see some rain soon we would lose everything. It was on this day that I learned the true lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen with my own eyes. I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband and his brothers when I saw my six-year-old son, Billy, walking toward the woods. He wasn't walking with the usual carefree abandon of a youth but with a serious purpose. I could only see his back. He was obviously walking with a great effort - trying to be as still as possible. Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running out again, toward the house. I couldn't take it any longer and I crept out of the house and followed him on his journey. He was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked, being very careful not to spill the water he held in them - maybe two or three tablespoons were held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as he went into the woods. Branches and thorns slapped his little face but he did not try to avoid them. He had a much higher purpose. As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing sight. Several large deer loomed in front of him. Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to get away. A huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously close. But the buck did not threaten him. He didn't even move as Billy knelt down. And I saw a tiny fawn lying on the ground, obviously suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion, lift its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped in my beautiful boy's hand. When the water was gone, Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree. I followed him back to the house to a tap with which we had shut off the water. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle began to creep out. He knelt there, letting the drip, drip slowly fill up his makeshift 'cup' as the sun beat down on his little back. It took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands. When he stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him. His little eyes just filled with tears. "I'm not wasting" was all he said. As he began his walk, I joined him - with a small pot of water from the kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his job. I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life. As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, other drops - and more drops - and more suddenly joined them. I looked up at the sky. It was as if God, himself, was weeping with pride. Some will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence. Those miracles don't really exist - that it was bound to rain sometime. And I can't argue with that. I'm not going to try. All I can say is that the rain that came that day saved our farm - just like the actions of one little boy saved another. Don't tell GOD how Big your storm is. Tell the storm how Big your God is!

Three priests from Ayrshire were having lunch in a restaurant. One said "You know, since summer started I've been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church. I've tried everything - noise, spray, cats - but nothing seems to scare them away. Another said "Yea, me too. I've got hundreds living in my belfry and in the attic. I've even had the place fumigated, and they won't go away." The third priest said "I baptised all mine and welcomed them into the Family of the Church. I haven't seen one back since!"

The feasts of All Saints on 1 November and All Souls on 2 November remind us that this is the month of remembrance and we pray for our departed loved ones. Our prayers invoke God to receive our faithful departed into his heavenly Kingdom. If you would like to have your deceased relatives and friends remembered in our Masses during this month, please list their names on the special sheet at the back of Church with a donation if possible and hand it back. Take a little time to remember and write the names so they should never become forgotten souls.

There is a special collection this weekend for on behalf of Missio Scotland. Please give as generously as you can.

The month of October is dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary. Simple Rosaries that were blessed on the Feast Day of the Rosary are available in front of the altar in Church today. Please take one along, pray with it and then pass it on to someone who needs our prayers or support.

The Ignatian Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.

SPUC's Scottish Conference will be held on Saturday 26 October from 10.00am till 4.00pm at 200 St Vincent Street. Glasgow. For further details or to book, please phone SPUC on 0141 221 2094.

The Comboni Sisters will be paying us their annual visit to sell their Calendars on the weekend of 2 and 3 November.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £620.25 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £238.71 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £6992.95 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

Would you be able to help with collections for the Foodbank for two hours? The dates are 22 and 23 October from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Morrison's in Stevenston. Please phone 07979 542319 if you can help. Thank you!

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, Marie and Phyllis.

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.

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.