Saturday 18 January  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anthony McGarvey A and S Robertson RD
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Joseph Finnegan 6MM

Sunday 19 January  

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 20 January  

Memorial of Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Marie Ryan (America) SI,
Thia Boyle and Liam SI

Tuesday 21 January  

Memorial of Saint Agnes
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Martin and Theresa Mann SI and Terence McDermott SI
Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00pm for Jimmy McAloon

Wednesday 22 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Jimmy McAloon

Thursday 23 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rotha and William Timpany SI and Bridget Garlick RD and Teresa Collins

Friday 24 January  

Memorial of Saint Frances de Sales
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Una Merrick (Portaferry) RD, Susan McGowan RD and C Newall SI

Saturday 25 January  

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Patsy Smyth (Ireland) RD
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Betty McCallum RD


                        Abbreviations - A anniversary, MM month's mind, 6MM six 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 18 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 19 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 20 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 21 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 22 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 23 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 24 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 25 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 19 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 20 January  

9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 21 January  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 22 January  

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

Slimming World
Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter Group
Irish Dancing

Thursday 23 January  
Friday 24 January  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Scallywags Aftercare is on Monday to Friday from 3.00pm to 6.00pm during term time and 8.00am to 6.00pm during school holidays.

Please remember in your prayers:
Betty McCallum, Patsy Smyth (Ireland), Susan McGowan, Una Merrick (Portaferry), Bridget Garlick, Jimmy McAloon and Billy Hand junior who died recently;
Thelma Carrick 2005, Annie Boyle O'Hare 1967, Celio Staffieri 2017, Mary Catherine Teggart 1999, Thomas West 2005, Bessie Brown 1982, Peggy Gray 2010, Addie Hissey 2009, Margaret McMillan 2009, Margaret Jane Brennan 1964, Betty Kelly 2011, Hugh Taylor 2016, John Curran 2013, Annie Monan 1998, James Cunningham 1986, Michael Lynn 2005, James McCormack 1999, Catherine Welsh 2005, Joe Marshall 2013, John McKay 1957, Bernard Burns 1963, Annie Carson 1995, Avril Cullis 2009, Brookelyn Angel Donnachy 2006, James Jennings 2013, Andrew McCormick 2009 and Alfie Willis 2015 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 Margaret Harvey at 10.30am.

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

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh and Jacqueline Smyth for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson and
Linda Martin for Primary 4.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Jimmy McAloon. He will be received into Church on Tuesday 21 January at 6.00pm. His Requiem Mass on Wednesday 22 January at 10.00am will be followed by his interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

I cannot say OUR if my faith has no room for others and their needs. I cannot say FATHER if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life and trust Him as His child. I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly and material things. I cannot say HALLOWED BE THY NAME if I, who am called by his name, am not holy and don't try to be holy. I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the will and wishes of God in my life. I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I always do everything my way. I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now. I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of the people around me. I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone and refuse to forgive. I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted. I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapons of prayer and the sacraments. I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not give the King of my heart and life the joyful obedience of a loyal subject. I cannot say THINE IS THE POWER if I fear what my neighbours and friends may say or do if I truly follow God's Plan. I cannot say THINE IS THE GLORY if I am seeking my own glory and advantage first. I cannot say FOREVER if I am too anxious about each day's affairs and forget the gift of eternity. I cannot say AMEN unless I can honestly say, "Cost what it may, this is my prayer."

"The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs they also instruct ... They do indeed impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them most effectively disposes the faithful to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity." -Sacrosanctum Concilium, 59. My favourite sacrament is baptism. Words cannot really express the wonderful joy at witnessing the rebirth of a new person in Christ. Through the grace of God dispensed in that beautiful sacrament, one who is "dead in sin" becomes an adopted heir in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes the sacraments are seen as "way stations" in life, events that occur at certain moments in our life story. Although that is true in a sense, it is an incomplete view. The sacraments are where we engage in a relationship with the Trinity. They are more than "mile markers" on the path of life. They form the core of Christian life itself. We are sensible creatures, and our senses are engaged in the sacraments. Our bodies need food to grow and be healthy; so too, do our souls. We need spiritual nourishment for our faith, and we receive this "nutrition" through the sacraments. Through his gift of the sacraments, the Lord allows us to share in his life. Strip away the sacraments, and one is left with an incomplete faith. I think we would appreciate the sacraments more if we spent time contemplating what our faith life would be like without them.

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Psalms 117
What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalms 119
Which chapter is in the centre of the Bible? Psalms 118
     There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118. Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118. Add these numbers up and you get 1188.
What is the centre verse in the Bible? Psalms 118:8
Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives? The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the centre of His will, just send them to the centre of His Word! Psalm 118:8 reads: 'It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.' Now isn't that odd how this worked out - or was God in the centre of it? When things get tough, always remember - faith doesn't get you around trouble, it gets you through it!

Ten Things You Will Never Hear in Church
     1  Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front seats!
     2  I was so enthralled, I never noticed, Father, that your sermon went twenty-five minutes over time.
     3  Personally I find going to Mass much more enjoyable than watching football.
     4  I've decided to give our parish the £40 a month that I pay regularly for Sky TV.
     5  I volunteer to be a permanent helper for our Sunday children's liturgy.
     6  Forget the official clergy allowance. Let's pay our priest so he can live like we do.
     7  I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!
     8  Since we're all here, let's start the Mass early.
     9  Father Duncan, we'd like to send you to this new Bible Seminar in the Bahamas for two weeks.
   10  Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like supporting our fundraising in the parish!

I am very grateful to George McGrattan for updating our parish anniversary list. There is a printed version at the Tabernacle and at the back of Church at the stall. This is a list of parishioners and friends of parishioners who have passed through death and are remembered in our prayers. May they rest in peace. Please have a look and make sure your loved ones are recorded. Please pass on any amendments to the Parish Office and they will be included in the next update.

Club Cuori presents a Burns Pascolli Supper on 8 February 2020 at 7.00 for 7.30pm. A four-course supper with a vegetarian option will be served. Music will be provided by Paolo and Angela. Tickets cost £20 each and are available from the Parish Office.

There will be a Parents' Meeting to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 23 January at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. The meeting is very important for all families celebrating Confirmation this year with Bishop Nolan.

There will be a series of meetings for the Parish Ministry coming soon. Please put the dates in your dairy right away as it is very important that everyone can attend. Meeting for all those involved in the Music Ministry is on Wednesday 5 February; for Eucharistic Ministers on Wednesday 19 February; for Readers on Wednesday 4 March and for those involved in the Children's Liturgy on Wednesday 11 March. All the meetings begin at 7.00pm and take place in the Presbytery. If you would like to get involved in any of our Parish Ministries, please come along to the meeting. Thank you for all your support!

Following the success of the last year's Burns Supperette, another one is planned for Saturday 22 February at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. A Burns Supperette is a mini Burns Supper with fewer speeches, more music and a smaller meal. As always, there will be a light-hearted approach and a bar. Tickets costing £7.50 will be available after the weekend Masses or can be reserved by phoning Fiona Brown on 01294 606424. If you prefer a macaroni pie to a haggis pie, please let Fiona know. More details will follow.

Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to help the homeless at Christmas and throughout the year. Your donations and generous support are much appreciated. Thank you.

Renewal of 50/50 Club Memberships are now due. Membership of £15 will be collected by Promoter, Mrs Sammons over the weekends of 18 and 19 Jan and 25 and 26 January in the foyer of the Parish Centre after 5.30pm and the 10.30am Masses. Cash and cheques are welcome and cheques should be made payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club. New members are welcome. Collectors will come round as usual or simply pay at the Sign-Up table. The special Early Bird Draw of £50 is for members who pay before the end of January. Thanks for your continued support.

Once again, the Diocese will be travelling to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Our Lord. This year's pilgrimage takes place from 12 to 19 October and we will stay in Bethlehem and Tiberias. Booking forms are available in the sacristy or from Father David Borland at David.Borland@GallowayDiocese.org.uk.

Work has started to repair the Church perimeter wall. Thirteen feet of the wall was damaged due to a car crash in August last year.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £614.78 and the Justice and Peace collection to £359.16 - thanks very much for your support and generosity.

There will be a special collection next weekend as The Project Gambia team will be visiting our parish on 25 and 26 January to speak about their work with deaf children in the Gambia. They will be greatly appreciative of any support received, both prayerful and financial.

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 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 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
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