BULLETIN                                                                        29 DECEMBER 2019


Saturday 28 December  

Feast of the Holy Innocents
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Arturo and Cosimo Farro A
Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for John Hendry

Sunday 29 December  

Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 30 December  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Teresa McGarvey A, Theresa McGuire A and Kit Kean A

Tuesday 31 December  

Memorial of Saint Sylvester
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Danny Connors SI, Liz Fisher SI and Margaret Bonnar RD

Wednesday 1 January  

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Holy Mass at 12 noon for Helen McGeahin SI and John Lawrence SI

Thursday 2 January  

Memorial of Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Lizzie Paterson A, David Lawrence, Christine Lawrence, Cian and Callum SI

Friday 3 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Spencer A and Stephen Lawrence SI

Saturday 4 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Roseleen Laverty
Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Vera Brady RD


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 28 December  
Nuptual Mass at 1.00pm
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 29 December  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 30 December  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 11.00am
Tuesday 31 December  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 11.00am
Wednesday 1 January  
Holy Mass at 11.00am Holy Mass at 11.00am
Thursday 2 January  
Service of the Word at 11.00am Holy Mass at 11.00am
Friday 3 January  
Holy Mass at 11.00am Service of the Word at 11.00am
Saturday 4 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
There are no Parish Centre events in the coming week.

Please remember in your prayers:
Jim McIntosh, Margaret Bonnar and Vera Brady who died recently;
Patrick Cahill 2010, Kit Keen 2012, Mary Dorian Stirling 1999, Anna Ferrie 2014, John Hendry 2015, May Kelly 2016, Alice Sibbald 2010, Terence Witt 2010, Alfonso Agostini 1955, Brian Connick 2010, Father Joseph Glendinning 1993, Catherine McAteer 2014, Joleen McIndoe 2015, William Twigg 1982, June Doherty 2010, Isabella Dougherty 2010, Charles Patrick Hendry 1967, Father Andrew Karwemera 2002, Lizzie Macnamara, James Murphy 1997, Thomas Bell 2019, Hugh Brown 1980, Susan Burns 1986, Maura Lapsley 2019, May Rollie 2007, Frank Clark 2009, Catherine Marroni 2012, Helen McGinn 2012, John McTiernan 2016, Sister Imelda CP 2000, Sister Marie Celeste CP 2000, Gerry Brown 2010, Tom McAvennie 2011 and Charles Retzbach 2000 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 Julie Coldwell at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson at 10.30am.

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

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Andrena Hughes and Frances Gemmell for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Jacqueline Waugh for Primary 4.

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The Three Kings will be placed in our Nativity. Also chalk will be blessed and distributed for the traditional House Blessing.

One Christmas, we had an interesting experience that I would like to share. Halfway through December, we were doing the regular evening things when there was a knock at the door. We opened it to find a small package with a beautiful ceramic lamb inside. We looked at the calendar and realized that the twelve days of Christmas were beginning! We waited excitedly for the next night's surprise and only then, with the gift of a matching shepherd, did we realise that the lamb was part of a nativity set. Each night we grew more excited to see what piece we would receive. Each was exquisitely beautiful. The children kept trying to catch the givers as we slowing built the scene at the manager and began to focus on Christ's birth. On Christmas Eve, all the pieces were in place, but the Baby Jesus. My twelve-year-old son really wanted to catch our benefactors and began to devise all kinds of ways to trap them. He ate his dinner in the mini-van, watching and waiting, but no one came. Finally we called him in to go through our family's Christmas Eve traditions - but before the children went to bed we checked the front step. There was Baby Jesus! Somehow, something was missing that Christmas Eve. There was a feeling that things weren't complete. The children went to bed and I put out Christmas, but before I went to bed I again checked to see if the Baby Jesus had come -- no, the doorstep was empty. Missing that piece of the set seemed to have an odd effect. At least it changed my focus. I knew there were presents under the tree for me and I was excited to watch the children open their gifts but first on my mind was the feeling of waiting for the ceramic Christ Child. We had opened just about all of the presents when one of the children found one more for me buried deep beneath the branches of the tree. He handed me a small package from a former parishioner. This lady used to come to Church now and again. She had no family and she didn't get many gifts to open so I had always given her a small package - new dish towels, a good book - not much, but something for her to open. I was touched when at Church on the day before Christmas, she had given me this small package, saying it was just a token of her love and appreciation. As I took off the ribbon, I remembered my friendship with her and was filled with gratitude for knowing her and for her kindness in giving me a gift. But as the paper fell away, I began to tremble and cry. There in the small brown box was the Baby Jesus. He had come! I realised on that Christmas Day that Christ will come into our lives in ways that we don't expect. The spirit of Christ comes into our hearts as we serve one another. We had waited and watched for him to come, expecting the dramatic 'knock at the door and scurrying of feet' but he came in a small, simple package that represented service, friendship, gratitude and love. This experience taught me that the beginning of the true spirit of Christmas comes as we open our hearts and actively focus on the Saviour. More than that, I want to open my heart to him all year that I may see him again.

Bill was in New York. He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted "Okay pedestrians". Then he'd allow the traffic to pass. He'd done this several times and Bill still stood on the pavement. After the cop had shouted "Pedestrians" for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said "Is it not about time you let the Catholics across?"

Today, the Church wants to awaken the exemplary spirit which reigned in Nazareth in order that it may reign today in all our families. I think that the spirit of the Holy Family was - above all else - a spirit of love, a spirit of faith and a spirit of sacrifice. First of all - a spirit of love. It is a love which is accepted mutually, it is sustained and it is endured, in spite of all defects and limitations because God Himself has chosen and united his members. Secondly - a spirit of faith. The spirit of love is based on a profound spirit of faith and confidence. In the Holy Family of Nazareth, as in our family, it was necessary to have mutual confidence, to demonstrate faith daily. Joseph had to have blind faith in Mary. He had to believe in her in an extraordinary way. He had to love her very much in order to believe so much in her, and Mary had to believe in Joseph. She had to trust in his pure love, in his respect, in his esteem. Thirdly - a spirit of sacrifice. The spirit of authentic love and the spirit of profound faith carry with them the spirit of sacrifice. For the Holy Family, sacrifices and sufferings began early on. Sacrifices belong to family life. We all know it and we always experience it anew. Therefore, a profound spirit of sacrifice is necessary for each family who is on the way to the ideal of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Margaret Swiercz would like to thank everyone for their support, love and kindness, it is truly appreciated. Holy Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

Esther Coulter will be taking part in the usual New Year's Day Dip across from the Church at 12 noon. Members of the group will be available after each Mass next weekend for sponsorship.

The Youth Ministry Office is inviting young people from across the Diocese to join them for a bite to eat, some Panto Fun and a wee prayer to end the night together. This event is free and taking place at 6.00pm on Sunday 29 December in the Parish Hall of Saint Margaret's Cathedral, John Street, Ayr. For more information, see the poster at the back of the Church, phone 01387 252603 or contact Father Jim at Youth@GallowayDiocese.org.uk.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £661.37 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £244.08 - thanks very much.

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 Chaplain 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.

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 pre-school 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.