BULLETIN                              26 JANUARY 2020


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

Sunday 26 January  

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

Monday 27 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Father Leo Muldoon A and John Meechan RD

Tuesday 28 January  

Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John and Catherine Cahill A and Ruby Felix 100 years

Wednesday 29 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rena Sharkey RD and Bernard Walsh RD

Thursday 30 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for May Hamilton (Paisley) RD and Billy Hand junior RD

Friday 31 January  

Memorial of Saint John Bosco
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jimmy McAloon RD and John Long RD

Saturday 1 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Emily and Jimmy McLaughlin A
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Peggy McKechan and Michael Doherty senior A


                        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 25 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 26 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 27 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 28 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 29 January  
Funeral Service at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 30 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 31 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 1 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 26 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 27 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 28 January  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 29 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 30 January  
Friday 31 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:
John Meechan, Jimmy McAloon, Billy Hand junior, Rena Sharkey, Bernard Walsh, May Hamilton (Paisley) and John Long who died recently;
Barbara Scott 2010, Willie Forsyth 2012, John McKay senior 1957, Patricia Murphy 1988, Joseph Retzbach 1940, Ian Michael Falsey 2004, Agnes Marshall 2012, Father Leo Muldoon, John Ryan 2001, Susanna Brodie 1963, Iain Clarke 2012, Joseph Lynn 1997, John McKay and Marie Coyle sister of Father Joe Boland 2017 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 Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Patricia Milligan at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School Choir
at 10.30am.

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

This coming Sunday, 2 February, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - also known as Candlemas - when we bless the candles for use in the Church. If you would like candles from home
blessed, please bring them along for the Feast Day Mass and place them in front of the altar.

A grandmother recently went to dinner at a restaurant with her son and two grandchildren. They were sitting at the table waiting for their food when the five-year-old asked "Grandma, what was your Mummy like? "She was a very wonderful lady, Clare" said Grandmother. "Your Daddy knew her, too." The five-year-old looked at her Dad and said, "Did you, Dad?" Dad responded "Yes I did, Clare. She was very nice." "What was your Dad like, Grandma?" said Clare. Grandmother responded "He was nice, too, but I didn't know him very well because he died when I was only ten years old." Clare's Dad chimed in "Isn't it great that Grandma's Mum did such a good job taking care of Grandma even though her Dad wasn't with them?" Clare didn't say anymore right then. The next day, Sunday, Clare was just talking with her Dad. She said "Dad, will people be able to see each other in heaven?" Her Dad said "Sure they will, Clare". Then she asked "Dad, I guess, since you're older than me, you'll die first." Her Dad responded "Yes, I guess I will, Clare." She said "I'll sure miss you, Dad." By this time, Dad is having trouble keeping the tears from his eyes. After a moment of silence, Clare said "Dad, will you please tell Jesus I love Him when you get there?" Dad responded with tears flowing down his face "Sure, Clare, I'll be glad to tell Him." A wonderful story of a child's search for the deeper meaning and mystery of death.

 • Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
 • Don't wait for six strong men to take you to Church.
 • Forbidden fruits create many jams.
 • God doesn't call the qualified - he qualifies the called.
 • God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
 • He who angers you, controls you!
 • If God is your co-pilot - swap seats!
 • Prayer - don't give God instructions, just report for duty!
 • The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.
 • We don't change the message, the message changes us.
 • You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.
 • The best mathematical equation I have ever seen - 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.
 • Don't keep the faith - spread it around!

The religious freedom charity Open Doors released its 2020 World Watch List of the worst countries for Christian persecution on Wednesday. The annual report ranks the countries where Christians suffer the most extreme levels of oppression due to their faith, including false imprisonment and captivity, forced Church closures and a range of violent attacks and killings. Here are the top 10. 1 North Korea, 2 Afghanistan, 3 Somalia, 4 Libya, 5 Pakistan, 6 Eritrea, 7 Sudan, 8 Yemen, 9 Iran and 10 India. North Korea remains the most dangerous place to live as a Christian and has been at the top of the World Watch List since its records began in 2002. Here, Christians are considered enemies of the state for acknowledging a higher authority than the country's leader Kim Jong Un and must keep their faith completely secret in order to avoid captivity. Up to 70000 are imprisoned in labour camps and subjected to torture and slavery simply for choosing to follow Jesus. Open Doors estimates that 260 million Christians experience high or extreme levels of persecution in the top fifty countries, up from 245 million in 2019.

The Confused Samaritan
A man was beaten up by robbers on a road to London. He lay there, half dead and in bad shape. A priest came along, saw him and passed by on the other side. Next, a monk came by but also walked quickly on the other side. Finally, a social worker came along, looked at the man and said "Whoever did this needs help!

Confirmation gifts and cards are for sale in the Parish Shop - Have A Look! There are new items iincluding Easter and Easter Mass Cards, Mothers' Day and Saint Patrick's Day cards and gifts for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. For something specific at any time, please speak to Betty Craig.

Our next Formation for Ministry meeting will be on Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 7.00pm in the Presbytery. We will consider the planning and arrangements for the next Oasis Day.

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 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!

A Rachel's Vineyard retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion will be held north of Glasgow from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 February. This confidential, supportive retreat is powerful for anyone who has been affected by their own or someone else's abortion experience. For information, please contact Sister Andrea on 07816 942824 or email Rachel via the enquiry form on the website www.RachelsVineyard.org.uk.

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. Father Duncan will welcome and thank the guests. Ciaran Sinclair will sing after piping in the haggis which will be addressed by Bill Andrew. Bill will also recite some poems. Kandy Bar haggis pies topped with tatties and neeps, followed by trifle, will be served. Bethany McGrath will play the piano for herself and brother Aidan before singing some songs. She will then accompany her friend, fiddler Ruby Whittaker. The event will be chaired by George McGrattan who will deliver a short Immortal Memory and sing with Michael McCulloch. 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.

50/50 CLUB
Renewal of memberships for 50/50 Club will be collected in the foyer of Parish-Centre after Vigil and Morning Masses. New members are welcome. The Early Bird Draw for those who have paid the £15 annual membership will take place next weekend. Payment may be made by cash or cheque payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club. The promoter is Myriame Sammons on 469006. Many thanks for your continued support of the 50/50 Club.

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.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £570.99 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £249.05 - thanks very much.

There will be a special collection next weekend as The Project Gambia team will be visiting our parish this weekend 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 Sharon's team.

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.