BULLETIN                          24 NOVEMBER 2019

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 23 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Paton RD and Kay Strannigan A
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Stephen Munn A

Sunday 24 November  

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

Monday 25 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jim Hainey MM and George Hilferty A

Tuesday 26 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Robert and Annette Smallridge SI and Isobel Morrison RD

Wednesday 27 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kenneth Donnelly A and Frank Brady A
Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00pm for Peter McCann

Thursday 28 November  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Peter McCann

Friday 29 November  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Curran MM and Jimmy Tracey RD
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.30am

Saturday 30 November  

Solemnity of Saint Andrew
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Lafferty RD
First Sunday of Advent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for John Gribben 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.


SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saturday 23 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
 
Sunday 24 November  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 25 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 26 November  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 27 November  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Funeral Service at 1.15pm
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 28 November  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 29 November  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 30 November  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 24 November  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 25 November  

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 26 November  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Wednesday 27 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 28 November  
   
Friday 29 November  
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:
Catherine Sweeney, Duncan Cook, Isobel Morrison, Jimmy Tracey, John Lafferty and Peter McCann who died recently;
Janie Matthews 2014, Elizabeth McDougall 1948, Father John Walsh 2009, Monsignor Frank Duffy 2000, Mary McNally 2004, Ian Mitchell 2011, Declan Kelly 2016, Mary Higgins 1992, James Brodie 2011, Kenneth Donnelly 2008, Hannah Kirk 1989, John Maxwell 2002, Sarah McNamara 1980, Liz Berti 2018, Shannon Elizabeth Byrne 2000,Sarah Heaney 1955, Jemima McAuliffe 2001, Eddie McNamara 2014, Lilian Paterson 2011, Maria Reid 2013, Peggy Dorian Smith 1991, Martin Vernon 2011, James Allen 2003, Molly Ball née Cahill 2011, Ann Hackett 1998, Andy Stevens 1995, Gribben family, Janie McGonigle 2012 and Mary Bridget Timmons 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 Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Patricia Milligan at 10.30am.

MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School Choir at 10.30am.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Frances Gemmell for the pre-fives, Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Jacqueline Waugh for Primary 4.


REQUIEM MASS FOR PETER McCANN
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Peter McCann. His Reception into Church will be on Wednesday 27 November at 6.00pm. His Requiem Mass on Thursday at 10.00am will be followed by cremation at the Garnock Valley and Clyde Coast Crematorium in Dalry. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER
The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree - disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on dragging me down. And if that weren't enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play. He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement "Look what I found!" In his hand was a flower and what a pitiful sight with its petals all worn - not enough rain or too little light. Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play, I faked a small smile and then shifted away - but instead of retreating he sat next to my side and placed the flower to his nose and declared with surprise "It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful, too. That's why I picked it. Here, it's for you." The weed before me was dying or dead - not vibrant of colours, orange, yellow or red. But I knew I must take it or he might never leave. I reached for the flower and replied "Just what I need." Instead of placing the flower in my hand, he held it mid-air without reason or plan. It was then that I noticed for the very first time that the weed-totting boy could not see - he was blind. I heard my voice quiver. Tears shone like the sun as I thanked him for picking the very best one. "You're welcome" he smiled and then ran off to play, Unaware of the impact he'd had on my day, I sat there and wondered how he managed to see a self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree. How did he know of my self-indulged plight? Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight. Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see the problem was not with the world - the problem was me. And for all of those times I myself had been blind, I vowed to see beauty and appreciate every second that's mine. And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose and breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose and smiled as that young boy, another weed in his hand, about to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

JUST FOR A LAUGH Ö
New Priest Warranty - Manufacturer's Notice
It has come to our attention that the priest you received was shipped with a slight defect - he is not psychic. This defect necessitates certain special procedures to ensure optimum performance of your unit. It is necessary to inform him of any members who are hospitalised. If someone you know is sick or otherwise in need of the priest's prayers, or if you know of someone who should be included in the prayers at Sunday Mass, the priest must be told or he won't know. If you are in need of a pastoral visit or some other service from the priest, you will get best results if you ask him. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. If these special procedures create an undue burden, please feel free to send the unit back and one with full psychic abilities will be shipped as soon as one becomes available.

YOUR ADVENT CAN BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR
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.

ELECT INDIVIDUALS WHO REFLECT OUR CATHOLIC BELIEFS
In a pastoral letter which will be distributed at all five hundred Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend, Scotland's Catholic Bishops will urge parishioners to participate in the 2019 General Election and to 'elect an individual representative who reflects as closely as possible our beliefs'. Scotland's Catholic Bishops warn that 'a creeping intolerance towards religious belief' has become 'a part of life'. Please make sure you get your copy at the end of Holy Mass this weekend.


EDUCATION SUNDAY TODAY
This Sunday we give thanks and pray for the tremendous work and witness of Our Catholic Education System in Scotland. Today, we welcome Stephen Colligan, Head Teacher of Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats who will say a few words after Holy Communion.

HCPT LOURDES GROUP 376 CHRISTMAS FAYRE
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 CHRISTMAS FAYRE
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.

POST OF PART TIME DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
For details on the post of Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, please see the advert on the www.GallowayDiocese.org.uk . A job description and application form are available from the Diocesan Office on 01292 266750 and Administration@GallowayDiocese.org,uk

BUILDING FUND
We have received the very generous amount of £370 to add to our Maintenance Fund. This grand amount was gathered from donations given at a recent birthday party. Thank you.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £536.18 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £608.50 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £7311.13 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

THANKS FROM THE COMBONI SISTERS
The Comboni Sisters thank you for your generosity. The recent sale of calendars raised a total of £340.55.


CHURCHES' HOMELESS ACTION NORTH AYRSHIRE (CHANA)
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.

FOOD BANK COLLECTION
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!

SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION GROUP (SPRED) GALLOWAY
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 are also available. Please see the poster at the back of the Church. SPRED contacts are 01292 738068 and info@spredgalloway.org.uk.

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 Sharon'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.