Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public Church services and gatherings are suspended till further notice. will celebrate Holy Mass privately every day and assures you of his prayers for you and your family.
A READING FROM THE PROPHET EZEKIEL - 37:12-14
The Lord says this. I am now going to open your graves. I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And you will know that I am the Lord when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you and you will live and I shall resettle you on your own soil and you will know that I, the Lord, have said and done this. It is the Lord who speaks.
FROM THE LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO THE ROMANS - 8:8-11
People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN - 11:1-45
There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill. It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair. The sisters sent this message to Jesus, 'Lord, the man you love is ill.' On receiving the message Jesus said "This sickness will end not in death but in God's glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified." Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples "Let us go to Judaea." The disciples said "Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews wanted to stone you. Are you going back again?" Jesus replied "Are there not twelve hours in the day? A man can walk in the daytime without stumbling because he has the light of this world to see by but if he walks at night he stumbles, because there is no light to guide him." He said that and then added "Our friend Lazarus is resting. I am going to wake him."
The Gospel continues the story of the raising of Lazarus.
MASS AND PRAYER TEXTS ONLINE
During this challenging time, we are unable to attend Mass. We can go through the Order of Mass on our own at home. Mass is being streamed live from some of the Churches in our Diocese. Please visit GallowayDiocese.org.uk for live stream details and access to other spiritual resources in this time of isolation. Also, Magnificat is honoured to provide complimentary access to our online version to help people pray from home. You can access morning and evening prayers and the full texts for the daily and Sunday Masses on www.Magnificat.com/free.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Please join us at home for the Holy Week services at the same time that they are being celebrated in Church. We can be connected spiritually, although we cannot come together as a Parish Family at this time.
Palm Sunday - 5 April 2020
Palms and a copy of the latest bulletin will be available in the porch of the Parish house. If you can, please come along and collect palms. You do not need to ring the doorbell.
Holy Thursday - 9 April 2020
The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated at 7.00pm. As Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, we pray especially for all those in the front line services who are 'washing the feet' of their brothers and sisters as they support them in so many ways during this crisis.
Good Friday - 10 April 2020
The Good Friday Service will be celebrated at 3.00pm. An extra petition for deliverance from the Coronavirus will be added to the traditional ten petitions. The Crucifix will be placed in front of the altar in the sanctuary in Church. "Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world".
Easter Vigil - 11 April 2020
The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 7.30pm. We pray that the Light of Christ comes into our world. Christ's Resurrection will change everything.
Easter Sunday - 12 April 2020
We wish each other a Blessed and Happy Easter in these difficult times. The Easter Candle will remain lit all day in Church, in the middle of the Sanctuary, for the Parish and for all our families and loved ones.
I know this is heartbreaking. The Catechism affirms that 'the Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church's life' - making this a particularly difficult day in an already difficult time. Whether you live alone or with family, you will still be gathering with Catholics around the world to worship God, keep his day holy, and receive the grace of an act of spiritual communion. A prayer card is available on our parish website. Holy Mass is celebrated in various Churches throughout the Diocese for the foreseeable future, not only on Sundays, but every day of the week, so please join with them each day or as often as you can. Holy Mass is also celebrated every day in Saint Peter's without a congregation. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by Coronavirus. I include you all and all your families and loved ones, every day in the Holy Mass in in my prayers. Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us! Saint Peter, pray for us!
The financial support and upkeep of the Parish is also drastically affected by the present situation. Please try and hand in your Offertory envelopes to the Parish Office when you can or better still, consider taking out a Banker's Order for Saint Peter's as the social isolation will probably impact us for the next months. Banker's Order and Gift Aid Declaration forms are available in the Parish Office and on our website. If you would prefer that we email you or post the forms, please let the Parish Office know. If you require any assistance in completing the forms, please contact George at the Parish Office and he can speak to you by phone. Thank you for all you do and for your solidarity and generosity. In these difficult financial times, there is no obligation to give to the Sunday Collection. If, however, you feel able to, you can donate by text message to an account set up by the Diocese of Galloway. It is not possible to nominate a particular parish so all text-giving donations will be shared among parishes. To donate, text the word SUNDAY to 70085 followed by the number of pounds, from 1 to 20. For example, SUNDAY 5 to 70085 gives £5. This message would cost £5 plus one standard rate message charge. Thank you for all your commitment and support.
FOR THE DAY
Every day, will celebrate Holy Mass privately, focusing on these Thoughts for the Day.
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.
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PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS - MISSION STATEMENT
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.