BULLETIN                            16 FEBRUARY 2020


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 for the sick, housebound and those receiving treatment

Sunday 16 February  

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

Monday 17 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Carrick A and James McLaren A

Tuesday 18 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Paul Hamilton RD and John Collins A

Wednesday 19 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jim Mullen RD and Norma Clarke whose anniversary is tomorrow A

Thursday 20 February  

Requiem Mass at 10.30am for Marie Pellegrini

Friday 21 February  

Memorial of Saint Peter Damian
Holy Mass at 10.00am for David Russell (Newcastle) SI and Jean Fenn 6MM

Saturday 22 February  

Funeral Service at 10.00am for Paul Hamilton
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Billy Sheehan 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 15 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 16 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 17 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 18 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 19 February  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 20 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 21 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 22 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 16 February  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 17 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 18 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 19 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 20 February  
Friday 21 February  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 22 February  
7.00pm Burns Supperette
Scallywags Aftercare is on Monday to Friday from 3.00 to 6.00pm during term time and 8.00am to 6.00pm during school holidays.

Please remember in your prayers:
Paul Hamilton, Jim Mullen and Marie Pellegrini who died recently;
John Carrick 2010, Edward McCann 2019, James McLaren 1964, Patrick Kelly 1989, Lucia Valenti 1972, Rose Walker 1985, Jack Conlan 2013, Nathan Murray-Collier 2005, Ellen Reilly 1954, Eileen Watkins 2015, Jean Wylie, Francis Clark 1953, Helen Clark 1973, Hugh McGinn 2013, Kelly Smith 2007, Norma Clarke 2018, John Patrick Collins 2012, Rose Folan 2012, Patrick Haggarty 2017, George Monaghan 2004, Margaret McCarroll 2015, Patsy McDonald 1993, Frank Coulter 2018, Guilia Marchetti 1998, Justine McAllister 2000 and Brian O'Reilly 1993 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 George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Catherine Boyd and Monica Taylor 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 Andrena Hughes and Jacqueline Smith for Primary 4.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Marie Pellegrini who died recently. Her Requiem Mass on Thursday 20 February at 10.30am will be followed by her cremation at the Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium, Dalry. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!
Please also pray for the Repose of the Soul of Paul Hamilton who died recently. His Funeral Service on Saturday 22 February at 10.00am will be followed by his interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

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.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future and nothing could stop him. Over the phone, his mother told him "Mr Belser died last night. The funeral is on Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. "It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry but I honestly thought he died years ago." Jack said "Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it" Mum told him. As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own and most of his relatives had passed away. The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mum stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture. Jack stopped suddenly. "What's wrong, Jack?" his mum asked. "The box is gone." he said. "What box?" Mum asked. "There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most.'" Jack said. It had been about two weeks since Mr Belser died. Returning home from work one day, Jack discovered a note in his mailbox - 'Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days' the note read. Early the next day, Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read but the return address caught his attention. 'Mr Harold Belser' it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside. 'Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life.' A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing as tears filled his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved - 'Jack, Thanks for your time! - Harold Belser.' "The thing he valued most was - my time!" Jack held the watch for a few minutes then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant, asked. "I need some time to spend with my wife." he said. "Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"

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.

Here are some quotes from Tommy Cooper.
• I went to the butcher's the other day and I bet him £50 that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said "No, the steaks are too high."
• Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft and it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.
• A man goes to the doctor with a strawberry growing out of his head. The doctor says "I'll give you some cream to put on it."
• "Doctor, I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home." "That sounds like Tom Jones' syndrome." "Is it common?" "It's not unusual."

All our Parish Eucharistic Ministers will have their annual meeting on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 7.00pm in the Presbytery. Thanks!

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.

50/50 CLUB
Thanks to all members for renewing memberships in January. We have thirty members who have still to renew. We are holding the Prize Draw for January and February till the end of the month to give the outstanding members time to renew. Please hand your returns to the Promoter, Mrs Sammons or the Parish Office as soon as possible. We have space for any new members - just phone 469006 to join. Good luck - you need to be in it to win it.

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!

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.

Across is organsing a pilgrimage to Lourdes by Jumbulance leaving from Kilmarnock on 23 April and returning on 2 May 2020. Everyone on pilgrimage has an essential role to play from the assisted pilgrims to the chaplain, doctor, nurses and lay helpers. The pilgrimage costs £850 per person. This includes travel to and from Lourdes and full board accommodation. Further information and application forms can be obtained by contacting the Group Leader, Alison Neil on 07749 555955, Alison.Neil@hotmail.co.uk, www.across.org.uk or 02035 421800.

Knock Pilgrimages is planning a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on 14 June 2020, costing £699 per person sharing. The single supplement cost is £100. Prices includes a flight from Edinburgh with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, five nights in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner, excursions and lunches on days. The contact is Patricia on 01268 762278, 07740 175557 or KnockPilgrimages@gmail.com Knock Pilgrimages is ATOL Protected.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £636.04 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £215.70 - thanks for all your support and generosity.

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 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.