BULLETIN                   1 MARCH 2020


Saturday 29 February  

Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Marie Pellegrini RD
First Sunday of Lent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for those suffering from the effects of Coronavirus

Sunday 1 March  

First Sunday of Lent
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 2 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maria Gillen neé Clarke A and Teresa Collins A

Tuesday 3 March  

Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Elizabeth Gribben A and John Ward RD

Wednesday 4 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Cleo O'Carroll (Ireland) RD and Paul Moran A

Thursday 5 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Paul Hamilton MM

Friday 6 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sheena Mooney RD

Saturday 7 March  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Marie Pellegrini MM and Cosimo and Arturo Farro A
Second Sunday of Lent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for those suffering from mental health issues

                        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 29 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 1 March  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 2 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 3 March  
Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 4 March  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 5 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 6 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm
Saturday 7 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 1 March  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 2 March  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 3 March  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 4 March  

8.30 to 11.30am
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm
5.00 to 8.00pm
7.30 to 9.00pm

Slimming World
Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter Group
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 5 March  
Friday 6 March  
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 3.00 to 6.00pm during term time and 8.00am to 6.00pm during school holidays.

Please remember in your prayers:
John Ward, Sheena Mooney, Chris Callaghan and Cleo O'Carroll (Ireland) who died recently;
Paul Gerard Brown 1986, Father Charles Barclay 2001, Bernard Cassidy 1994, Margaret Dolan 1959, Frances Hackett 1997, James McFarlane 1976, Maria Gillen 2001, Rita McDermid 2018, Sister Teresita of Jesus (Valenti), Matthew Johnson 2012, Catherine McCutcheon 2002, Michael Reilly 1995, James Convery 2008, Bishop Joseph McGee 1983, Father Charles McLaughlin, Irene Breen 2019, Hugh McGraa 2002, Isabella McLaughlan 2001, Joe Colvin 1908 and Olga Mastradomenico 2009 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 Peter Brawley at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am.

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

The Stations of the Cross will be visited every Tuesday during Lent at 9.30am before Mass. Our first Stations of the Cross will be offered for healing. The First Letter of Peter tells us 'He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.'

Sunday mornings can be chaotic even for the most cheerful and organised households. There are some Sundays that it is difficult to get the entire family ready to exit the house, let alone prepare for Mass. There are a few things that can be done, if even the night before, to help the Holy Spirit prepare the hearts of our family. Doing even one of these will pass on the importance of the Mass in our lives and maybe create some family bonding.
  1  Read the Mass Readings -
Reading the Mass readings is an excellent way to prepare for Mass. It's sort of a no-brainer, too. Children love stories and the Mass readings provide that along with spiritual nourishment. Not only will they learn the readings but when they hear them in Mass you can see the excitement on their face when something they know is heard.
  2  Pray at home, together
If you are a large family, this may be something that may be done the night before but if possible do it the morning of Mass. Praying as a family doesn't have to be a long endeavour but ask everyone if they have a prayer request or someone that they want to pray for.
  3  Pray on the way
The time spent driving to Mass is the perfect opportunity to focus on what is about to happen. Putting in the work to ensure your family is ready for Mass is part of our vocation as parents. Stay the course, share the faith and be the example that your children need.

His name is John. He has wild hair, wears a t-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of university. He is brilliant - a little bit esoteric and very, very bright. He became a Catholic while attending university as a young man. Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative Catholic Church. They want to develop a Catholic ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day John decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his t-shirt, and wild hair. The Holy Mass has already started and so John starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The Church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. John gets closer and closer to the altar and when he realises there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet in front of the altar. Although perfectly acceptable behaviour at a university meeting, trust me, this had never happened in this church before! By now the people are really uptight and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the priest realises that from way at the back of the Church, a parishioner is slowly making his way toward John. Now this well-known parishioner is in his eighties, has silver-grey hair, a three piece suit and a pocket watch - a religious man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a walking-stick and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, "You can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some university student on the floor?" It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The Church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking "The priest can't even begin the Mass until the parishioner does what he has to do." And now they see this elderly man drop his walking-stick on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to John and intends to pray with him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the priest gains control he says "What I am about to say, you will probably never remember. What you have just seen, you will hopefully never forget."

The story is told of the atheist who accosted a priest. "Do you believe in eternal life?" The priest has no time to reply. "Well it's a load of rubbish!" shouted the atheist. "I believe in science, evolution, survival of the fittest and when we die, that's it! No eternal life, no great judgement, and no God!" The atheist continued his assault against the priest repetitiously and tirelessly. "Eternal life! Eternal life! Ha! It's all pie in the sky when you die. When I die that's it, the end, no eternal life, no nothing. He continues until he reaches his climax "I will be buried six feet under when I die and that's it! Nothing! Finished! When I die I am utterly convinced that that will be the end of me!" "Well thank God for that" replies the priest with a sigh of relief!

From 21 February to 20 May 2020 all donations to the SCIAF Wee Box appeal will be doubled by the United Kingdom Government. You can collect your Wee Box pack at the back of the Church or from the stall.

Aidan McGrath of our parish 's is appearing in West Side Story at the end of May this year at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. We have special prices for tickets. If you would like to go, please let the Parish Office know well in advance. Tickets will cost around £28 each. If a sizeable group would like to go, we could hire a coach. A suggested date would be Friday 29 May at 5.00pm. West Side Story marries stunning choreography to a matchless songbook as it translates Romeo and Juliet to 1950s Manhattan. It's the story of the Jets and the Sharks, two rival gangs who make New York's mean streets even meaner, but it's also passionate, tender and deeply romantic - the greatest love story ever told.

During Lent, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society usually collects toiletries for the Ozanam Centre in Glasgow which supports homeless people. There are collection baskets in the porch. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you!

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.

The Embracing Change Spitituality Group has been dedicated to the rediscovery of the Holy Scriptures and to give us the opportunity to focus on the Word of God, Father Mark Kelly will lead us in talks on the Gospels throughout the year at various parishes across the deanery on several Tuesdays at 7.00pm. The dates and venues are 24 March in Saint Brigid's Church, Kilbirnie, 26 May in Saint Mary's Church, Largs, 25 August in Saint John's Church, Stevenston, 24 November in Saint John Ogilvie's Church, Irvine. Scripture is at the heart of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other. Don't miss this opportunity to come together as a deanery to listen to and reflect on the Scriptures during this year.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £534.97 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £268.17 - 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 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.