SERVICES AND GATHERINGS
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 ISAIAH - 50:4-7
The Lord has given me a disciple's tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied, he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint. I know I shall not be ashamed.
FROM THE LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS - 2:6-11
His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are - and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of the Father.
READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - 21:1-11
When they were near Jerusalem and had come in sight of Bethphage, on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them "Go into the village facing you and you will immediately find a tethered donkey and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you are to say "The Master needs them and will send them back directly." This took place to fulfil the prophecy - Say to the daughter of Zion. Look, your king comes to you. He is humble, he rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. So the disciples went out and did as Jesus had told them. They brought the donkey and the colt, then they laid their cloaks on their backs and he sat on them. Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in his path. The crowds who went in front him and those who followed were all shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heavens!" And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil. "Who is this?" people asked and the crowds answered "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
Three funeral services have been arranged at gravesides in Ardrossan Cemetery. All are for close family only. On Tuesday 7 April, there will be services for Seamus Reilly senior at 10.00am and Pauline Grear at 2.00pm. John McLaughlin of Kilwinning and formerly of Ardrossan will be interred on Friday 17 April at 1.00pm. The arrangements for John Mullen, son of Betty Craig, will be posted when they are known. May they all rest in peace.
HOW TO CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK IN YOUR DOMESTIC CHURCH
In the weeks leading up to Holy Week and Easter, the Catholic Church encourages us to persevere in our Lenten penances so that we can 'come safely to the paschal festivities'. But what if paschal festivities look different this year than ever before? For all of us, Holy Week and Easter will come and go in the liturgical calendar with no public Masses, gatherings, or traditional celebrations. Many of us are in lockdown or quarantine situations, combatting the reality of Coronavirus. But that doesnít mean we canít participate in the beauty of Holy Week and Easter, though! If youíre looking for practical and easy ways to enter into Holy Week and the joy of Easter from the domestic church of your own home, here are a few ideas!
Enter into the daily Liturgy of the Word
Whether you gather to pray with a live-stream Mass or enter into a prayer service at home, continue to make Sunday a day of worship. Beginning with Palm Sunday, you can enter into liturgical living by covering up the crosses, crucifixes, statues and sacred art throughout your home. This practice heightens our senses, alerting us of the coming beauty of Holy Week and the joyful celebration of Easter. Crosses and crucifixes are uncovered on Good Friday, while all other sacred art and statues remain covered until the Easter Vigil.
Pray for catechumens and candidates
Easter Vigil is normally a time where catechumens and candidates come home to the Catholic Church. But with many dioceses throughout the world canceling public Easter Masses, those preparing to enter into the Church are surrounded by the unknown. You can remember them specifically in your prayers in the weeks leading up to Holy Week. If you know the names of catechumens and candidates from your parish, remember to pray for them by name!
Shout Hosanna! It may feel a little silly to shout Hosanna, especially given the current state of the world. But donít worry about what the person who shares an apartment wall will think. Enter into the liturgy unabashed. If you still have your palm from last year, put in in a place youíll see it throughout the day. Newly blessed palms will be available in the porch of the presbytery.
The readings for Holy Thursday remind us of the beauty of the Eucharist and the priesthood. Even if you canít receive the Eucharist, you can make a spiritual act of communion. Make time to thank God for the gift of the Eucharist and look forward with hope to the next time you can receive him sacramentally. Wash each otherís feet. When Christ washed the feet of the twelve, it served as a reminder to them - and us - to serve others in our daily life. Do you live alone? Saint Basil wrote 'Whose feet do you wash? Whom do you care for? To whom do you make yourself inferior and last of all since you live alone?' If youíre at home by yourself during Holy Thursday, serve others around you in some way. Call your neighbours to see if theyíre doing okay. Check in with family who also live alone.
Read the readings of the day, including the passion narrative, and pray for those traditionally remembered in the solemn intercessions, like those who do not believe in Christ and those who are in moments of tribulation. Because of the pandemic, the Church will add an extra petition for those who are sick and for medical staff. Venerate the Cross. If you covered up the crucifixes and crosses in your home in preparation for Holy Week, uncover them and show reverence to the cross, whether by genuflecting or kissing the cross. Let this Good Friday be a day of silence and remembrance of Christís sacrifice on the cross. Pray the Stations of the Cross - a beautiful prayer to remember each step of Christís walk to Calvary. You can pray these with your family at 3.00pm, honoured in a special way as the time when Christ breathed his last.
The readings for the Easter Vigil contain seven readings, an epistle and the Gospel. If youíre in lockdown mode, what better way to spend your time on Easter Vigil than by tracing salvation history throughout Scripture. Light a candle in your home.
The readings for Easter Sunday are full of hope and rejoicing Ė both things we all need more of right now. Whether you tune into a live-streaming Mass or you sit quietly in prayer, make time today for worship. Sing Alleluia! We havenít been able to say this word for forty days, so shout it from the rooftops and wish your neighbours a joyful Easter!
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.
Some parishioners have received an email, purportedly from Father Duncan, asking for money. This is a scam. Please do not give funds to the sender. Legitimate ways to donate to the Church are by text-giving to the Diocese of Galloway, Banker's Order or sending a donation, ideally by cheque, to the Church's postal address, 1 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, KA22 8DU. Any method not mentioned on this website is fraudulent.
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Every day, will celebrate Holy Mass privately, focusing on these Thoughts for the Day.
A message from Father Duncan on Sunday 5 April 2020
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.