BULLETIN                                 2 FEBRUARY 2020


Saturday 1 February  

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Patsy Smyth (Ireland) RD
The Presentation of the Lord
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Betty McCallum RD

Sunday 2 February  

The Presentation of the Lord
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 3 February  

Memorial of Saint Blaise - Blessing of Throats
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Ann Haxman RD and Ronnie McInally RD

Tuesday 4 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Tom Gorman (South Africa) RD) and Thomas Craig RD
Celebration of Confirmation at 7.00pm

Wednesday 5 February  

Memorial of Saint Agatha
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Tony Campbell RD, Ann Hughes SI and Ann Bilby (Bearsden) RD

Thursday 6 February  

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions
Holy Mass at 10.00am for James Meechan A and Christina Lawrence SI

Friday 7 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Winifred Lawrence SI and Christine Lawrence SI

Saturday 8 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the McInally Family SI
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Roseann Welsh 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 1 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 2 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 3 February  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 4 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 5 February  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 6 February  
Requiem Mass at 11.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 7 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 8 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 2 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 3 February  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 4 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Confirmation Evening

Wednesday 5 February  

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
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 6 February  
Friday 7 February  
11.00am 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:
Margaret Ann Haxman, Ronnie McInally, Tom Gorman (South Africa), Thomas Craig, Tony Campbell and Ann Bilby (Bearsden) who died recently;
Rachel Cairnie 1988, Canon Shaun Crowley 2001, Joseph Foran 1994, Jessie Flynn, Rena Heneaghan 1976, Mary Kelly 2006, Marie Matthews 2005, Emily McLaughlin 2014, Ronnie Sliwinski 2016, Sadie Burns 2009, Rachel Cairnie 1998, Janet Cunningham 1999, Father Joe Davie SDB 2002, Sister Margaret of Jesus (Theresa Campbell) 2016, Tony Tourish 1993, Mary C McManus 1973, Margaret Mitchell 2004, Mae Murray 2018, Michael Barrett 1972, Archie McLaren 2009, Peter Mitchell 1973, Joseph Brodie 1961, Eileen Busbridge 1978, Lilli McCulloch 2011, Catherine McIlroy 2009, James Meechan 2019, Marjory O'Connell 1986, Sarah Cunningham 1977, Patrick McGinn 1999 and Pamela McIntosh 1999 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 Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson at 10.30am.

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

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

We welcome to the Family of the Church Molly-Rose Anne Munn who will be baptised this Sunday at 12.00 noon. Congratulations to the parents and Godparents.

Twenty-two of our Primary School children will be receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the hands of Bishop Nolan on Tuesday 4 February at 7.00pm. We wish them a day of grace, joy and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Today 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.

The Diocesan World Day of Prayer for the Sick Mass will be held on Sunday 9 February at 4.00pm in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr. The Hospitalité looks forward to welcoming you. If you wish to be anointed, please make yourself known to a member of the Hospitalité team on the day. Mass will be followed by refreshments in the hall and the Galloway Lourdes Hospitalite annual general meeting.

I saw him in our Church for the first time on Wednesday. He was in his mid-70s, with thinning silver hair and a neat brown suit. Many times in the past I had invited him to come to Church. Several other friends had talked to him about God and the Sacraments and had tried to share our faith with him. He was a well-respected, honest man with so many characteristics a Catholic should have but he had never accepted Christ, nor entered the doors of the Church. "Have you ever been to Mass in your life?" I had asked him a few years ago. We had just finished a pleasant day of visiting and talking. He hesitated. Then with a bitter smile he told me of his childhood experience some sixty years ago. He was one of many children in a large impoverished family. His parents had struggled to provide food, with little left for housing and clothing. When he was about ten, some neighbours invited him to come to Mass. He had never heard such songs and stories before! He had never heard anyone read from the Bible! After Mass was over, one of the parishioners took him aside and said, "Son, please don't come again dressed as you are now. We want to look our best when we come into God's house." He stood in his ragged, unpatched overalls. Then looking at his worn-out shoes, he answered softly, "No, missus, I won't-ever." "And I never did," he said, abruptly ending our conversation. There must have been other factors to have hardened him so, but this experience formed a significant part of the bitterness in his heart. I 'm sure that parishioner meant well. But did she really understand the love of Christ? What if she had put her arms around the dirty, ragged little boy and said "Son, I am so glad you are here and I hope you will come back every chance you get to hear more about Jesus and pray with us." I reflected on the awesome responsibility a parishioner, a teacher, a priest or a parent has to welcome little ones in His name. How far-reaching her influence was! I prayed that I might be ever open to the tenderness of a child's heart, and that I might never fail to see beyond the appearance and behaviour of a child to the eternal possibilities within. However, I did see him in the Church for the first time on Wednesday last. As I looked at that immaculately dressed old gentleman lying in his coffin before the altar, I thought of the little boy of long ago. I could almost hear him say "No, missus, I won't-ever." And I wept for him and for me also.

Rend your hearts, not your garments. Return to the Lord your God - (Joel 2:13). How many times have you let Lent become about you? It's about what you are giving up... What you are doing for the Lord - but the truth is, more than anything else, God wants our hearts. The purpose of a Lenten penance is to open our hearts to a deeper relationship with God. But how often does your Lenten penance fall short of that? This Lent, I invite you to go deeper. I invite you to 'rend your hearts, not your garments'. Pope Francis gave the Church an Apostolic Exhortation - Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel. It is the Holy Father's programmatic document. Together, we'll explore the heart of the Christian mystery - Christ's redemption of the world through his death on the Cross and how we are all called to bring that message to the people around us today. Over the course of Lent, my hope is for a transformation of our relationships, a more vibrant relationship with God, a more generous self-gift with others and a more open receptivity to God's will in our lives. Lent is coming. It's only a few weeks away. Get prepared with the Joy of the Gospel.

• Lot's Wife - The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt when little Jason interrupted "My Mummy looked back once while she was driving" he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!"
• Did Noah Fish? - A Sunday school teacher asked "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?" "No" replied Johnny. "How could he, with just two worms."
• The Lord is my Shepherd - A teacher decided to have her young class memorise one of the most quoted passages in the Bible, Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation at Mass, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly "The Lord is my Shepherd and that's all I need to know."
• Unanswered Prayer - A parishioner's five-year-old daughter noticed that the Parish Priest always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked her mum why. "Well" she began, proud that her daughter was so observant. "He asking the Lord to help him preach a good sermon." "How come God doesn't answer it?" she asked.

Father Duncan will be on the hospital emergency on-call this coming week. Please keep all the sick and those in hospital in your prayers.

Every year, for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Pope writes a personal letter to those who are sick, in hospital or housebound. An excerpt of the letter is available from this weekend. Could all our Eucharistic Ministers and visitors, please make sure they get copies for the people they visit and bring Holy Communion? Thanks!

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 Meeting for all those involved in the Music Ministry will be on Wednesday 5 February at 7.00pm in the Presbytery. If you would like to get involved in the Music Ministry, please come along to this meeting.

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.

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.

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 £572.25 and the Gambia Project collection to £642.68 - thanks very much.

We have received confirmation from Aidan Curivan that the total raised from the bucket collection was a fantastic £750! The Gambian Project send their thanks for your continued support.

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 Jennifer and Niamh.

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 Children’s 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.