BULLETIN                                         17 NOVEMBER 2019


Saturday 16 November  

Feast of Saint Margaret
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Theresa Weideger SI
Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Alice McGrattan A

Sunday 17 November  

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

Monday 18 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kenneth McCornish RD and Margaret O'Donnell RD

Tuesday 19 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Elizabeth Lundie RD and Esther O'Hare A

Wednesday 20 November  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Catherine Sweeney

Thursday 21 November  

Memorial of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Michael Spencer RD and Margaret Spencer A

Friday 22 November  

Memorial of Saint Cecilia
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Jane Hutson A and Margaret McCabe in thanksgiving
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.30am

Saturday 23 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Paton RD
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Stephen Munn 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 16 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 17 November  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 18 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 19 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 20 November  
Mass at 9.30am in Saint Anthony's Primary
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 21 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 22 November  
Holy Mass at 7.00pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 23 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 17 November  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 18 November  


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 19 November  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 20 November  

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 21 November  
Friday 22 November  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Catherine Sweeney, Duncan Cook, Michael Spencer, Isobel Morrison, Mary Paton, Kenneth McCornish, Margaret O'Donnell, Elizabeth Lundie, Jimmy Tracey and John Lafferty who died recently;
Francis Brady 1943, George Hilferty 2013, Hugh Madine 1997, Letitia Smith 2001, Setti Cavani 1997, Catherine Keogh 2016, Margaret Lee 1984, Linda Jackson 2009, Alice McGrattan 2013, Stephen Munn 2011, Annie Boyle O'Hare 1967, Alice Tomelty 2000, Susan Hamilton 2009, Father Frank Kiernan 1989, Joseph Smith 2002, Robert Stevenson 1962, Matthew Ssenyondo, father of Father Charles 2015, Andrew Steven 1998, Karen Sharon Byrne 2003, Patrick Gerald Burns 2003, John Carry 1997, Canon George McCafferty 2000, Nora Moore 2012, Janie Matthews 2014, Elizabeth McDougall 1948 and Father John Walsh 2009 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 Patricia Milligan at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am.

Next week's helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Smith for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Maria Paterson-Kidd and Emma Paterson for Primary 4.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Catherine Sweeney who died on 11 November. Her Requiem Mass on Wednesday 20 November at 10.00am will be followed by her interment at Knocknairshill Cemetery, Greenock at 12.15pm. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Pope Francis asked the entire Catholic community worldwide to observe the World Day of the Poor on 17 November. This year's theme is 'The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever'. Pope Francis reminds us that 'the poor are not numbers, but people' to be assisted, accompanied, protected, defended and saved.

I'm a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is all I know. Don't ever confuse the two - your life and your work. You will walk out of here this afternoon with only one thing that no one else has. There will be hundreds of people out there with your same degree. There will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living but you will be the only person alive who has sole custody of your life - your particular life, your entire life. Not just your life at a desk or your life on a bus or in a car or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account but your soul. People don't talk about the soul very much anymore. It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit - but a resume is a cold comfort on a winter night or when you're sad or broke or lonely or when you've gotten back the test results and they're not so good. Here is my resume - I am a good mother to three children. I have tried never to let my profession stand in the way of being a good parent. I no longer consider myself the centre of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean what they say. I am a good friend to my friends and they to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today because I would be a cardboard cutout - but I call them on the phone and I meet them for lunch. I would be rotten, or at best mediocre at my job, if those other things were not true. You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are. So here's what I wanted to tell you today - get a life. Get a real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger salary, the larger house. Do you think you'd care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon or found a lump in your breast? Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the rocks on the shore, a life in which you stop and watch how a hawk circles over the water or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a toy with her thumb and first finger. Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love and who love you - and remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone. Send an e-mail. Write a letter. Get a life in which you are generous - nd realise that life is the best thing ever and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take money you would have spent on beers and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a big brother or sister. All of you want to do well. But if you do not do good too, then doing well will never be enough. It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, our minutes. It is so easy to take for granted the colour of our kids' eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is so easy to exist instead of to live. I learned to live many years ago. I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned that it is not a dress rehearsal and that today is the only guarantee you get. I learned to look at all the good in the world and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and utterly and I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned - by telling them this: Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fuzz on a baby's ear. Read in the backyard with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived.
           From a speech made by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anna Quindlen, at Villanova University, United States

Jock, the painter, often would thin his paint so it would go further so when the Church in Ardrossan decided to do some deferred maintenance, Jock was able to put in the low bid and got the job. As always, he thinned his paint way down with turpentine. One day while he was up on the scaffolding with the job almost finished, he heard a horrendous clap of thunder and the sky opened. The downpour washed the thinned paint off the Church and knocked Jock off his scaffold and on to the lawn among the puddles of thinned and worthless paint. Jock knew this was a warning from the Almighty so he got on his knees and cried "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do? - and from the thunder, a mighty voice: "Repaint! Repaint! - and thin no more!"

What does your Advent usually look like? Busy? Hectic? Noisy? Of course it does. This is the story for so many of us come December. With all the busIness leading up to Christmas, all too often we miss out on Advent. We find ourselves on 26 December no different than we were on 24 December. Christmas came, Christ came - and that amazing reality that changed the world didn't change us. But what if this coming Advent could be different? What if instead of losing track of Advent, we walked through it, day by day with someone? What if that someone knew Christ? What if that someone - was his father on earth, Joseph? How would that change things? Instead of Christmas being a day on our calendar, suddenly it would be something completely different. Suddenly Advent would no longer be a time when we weren't exactly sure what to do but rather would be a time of joyful anticipation of the coming of a child, a person of the Lord. This Advent, why don't we journey through Advent with Joseph and make it a bit special this year? We can experience an Advent that is more peaceful, more joyful, and more meaningful than ever before.

   My life is but a weaving between my God and me
   I do not choose the colours, He worketh steadily
   Oft-times He weaveth sorrow and I in foolish pride
   Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside
   Not till the loom is silent and shuttles cease to fly
   Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why
   The dark threads are as needful in the skilful weaver's hand
   As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned
           With thanks to Maria Hilferty

Next Sunday is Education Sunday. We will welcome Stephen Colligan, Head Teacher of Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats, who will say a few words after Holy Communion.

Father Duncan will be attending the emergency on-call for local hospitals from Sunday 17 November until Sunday 24 November . Please keep all the sick and those waiting operations in your thoughts and prayers.

The HCPT Lourdes Group' Christmas Fayre will be on Saturday 30 November in the Parish Centre from 10.30am to 1.00pm. There will be various stalls, tombola, home baking, children's choir and tea room. Entry is free. The contacts are Esther and Josephine Coulter.

Saint Peter's Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fayre on Thursday 5 December between 3.30 and 5.30pm. If you wish to have a stall, they are priced at £15 each. Please contact the school for further information on 01294 462554.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £675.15 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £255.77 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £7301.13 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

The Comboni Sisters thank you for your generosity. The recent sale of calendars raised a total of £340.55.

CHANA would like to provide Christmas presents for those in the hostels and supported accommodation this year. We are appealing for gift sets of toiletries, new pyjamas, hats and gloves, mostly for men. Please use the CHANA box provided or hand them in to the Ardrossan Hostel in Princes Street. Thanks once again for your continued generosity.

Can you help by giving two hours of your time for a collection at Tesco in Saltcoats or Irvine on Thursday, Friday or Saturday 21 to 23 November? If you can, please phone Danny on 07979 542319. Thank you!

SPRED Galloway invites you to its Saint Andrew's Night Ceilidh and Disco in Saint Paul's Church Hall, Ayr on Saturday 30 November from 7.30 to 11.00pm. A light supper will be provided and please bring your own bottle. Tickets cost £10.00 and family tickets also available. Please see the poster at the back of the Church. SPRED contacts are 01292 738068 and info@spredgalloway.org.uk.

If you are looking for lodgings in Saltcoats, please enter postcode KA21 5PP on the app SpareRoom for photos and details or see notice at back of Church. Alternatively, call 07426 381455 for details.

If you have excellent communication and facilitation skills and experience of working and communicating with young people between the ages of seven and twenty-five, we would love to hear from you. You will be responsible for the promotion, development, support for and co-ordination of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Scotland's youth work. The salary for a thirty hour week is £21840 to £24960 depending on experience. For further information about the Society and its work and to view the job description and personal specification, please visit www.ssvpscotland.com. To apply, email your curriculum vitae and cover letter with examples how your skills and experiences fit the person specification for this role to officemanager@ssvpscotland.com. The closing date is 17 November. Interviews will be held on Monday 2 December 2019.

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.