BULLETIN                              9 FEBRUARY 2020


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

Sunday 9 February  

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

Monday 10 February  

Memorial of Saint Scholastica
Holy Mass at 10.00am for George McCracken (Utah) RD and the Lawrence Family SI

Tuesday 11 February  

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie Cunningham A and Peter and Margaret Mitchell A

Wednesday 12 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie McAloon A and Jimmy McAloon MM

Thursday 13 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Billy Hand junior RD and Ian Clancy (Dublin) RD

Friday 14 February  

Feast of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Roberto Moretti RD

Saturday 15 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Pat Maxwell A
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm


                        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 8 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 9 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 10 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 11 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 12 February  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 13 February  
Requiem Mass at 11.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 14 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 15 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 9 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 10 February  


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 11 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 12 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

Thursday 13 February  
Friday 14 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:
George McCracken (Utah), Billy Hand junior., Roberto Moretti, Paul Hamilton and Ian Clancy (Dublin) who died recently;
James Akins 1980, Baby Sophie Kerr 2008, Canon Sam McGinness 2009, Cesare Scott 2002, Maude Cullinane 1960, Jim Burns 2011, Catherine Cahill 1977, Sadie Cunningham 2019, Mary Delahunt 2008, John and Margaret Fitzsimmons 1985, Father G J Giblin SCJ 2001, Margaret Osprey 2018, Allan Carrick 2011, Ann Jane Fitzsimmons, Sadie McAloon 2011, Eliza Jane McKay, Oonagh McVeigh 2011, Canon Robert McCliment 1967, John McIlhatton 1954, Chrissie Welsh 2006, Aileen Whiston 2015, Mary Hall 1989, Patricketta Maxwell 2004, Canon Tom McGread, Winnie McLaughlin 2015 and Catherine Morrison 1977 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 Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Margaret Brawley 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 Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Frances Gemmell for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson-Kidd
and Emma Paterson for Primary 4.

Sixty Primary School Children received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the hands of
Bishop Nolan on Tuesday 4 February at 7.00pm in Saint Peter's. We wish them a life of grace, joy and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

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.

The Forty Days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020. Ashes will be distributed at the 10.00am and 7.00pm Masses. Every Catholic should receive Ashes to mark this special time of grace.

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin penny left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly and then asked, How much do I owe you?" You don't owe me anything" she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said "Then I thank you from my heart." As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognised her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words "Paid in full with one glass of milk" - signed Dr Howard Kelly. Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed "Thank you, God, that your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands." Like many top doctors of his day, Dr Kelly, who lived from 1858 to 1943, charged enormous fees. However, Audrey Davis wrote that he often treated people for free. For every patient Dr Kelly charged for his services, he treated three for free. There's a saying which goes - Bread cast on the water comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place - and, after all, isn't that what life is all about?

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.

After a very long and boring sermon, the parishioners filed out of the Church saying nothing to the priest. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. "Father, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!" The priest was thrilled. "No-one has ever said anything like that about my homilies before. Tell me why." "Well, it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!"

Esther Coulter would like to thank everyone who supported her New Year Day dip. The amount raised from the Church was £388. Our next fundraiser is a Race Night in the Civic Centre on Friday 21 February at 7.30pm. Tickets including supper cost £3 and are available from Esther or Josephine Coulter on 602179 or the Toddler Group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

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.

Every year, for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Pope Francis 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!

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 £538.71 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £236.60 - 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 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 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.