OF SAINT PETER IN CHAINS, ARDROSSAN • A Family of
Parishes • SAINT BRIDE'S CHURCH, WEST KILBRIDE
BULLETIN 28 JUNE 2020
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public Church services and gatherings are suspended till further notice. will live stream Holy Mass every day and assures you of his prayers for you and your family. Saint Peter's is open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11.30am to 12.30pm and Saint Bride's on Wednesdays from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Today we celebrate a special feast day - the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Saint Paul. The feast is actually tomorrow, but holy days are moved to Sunday when they fall on Saturday or Monday. Peter and Paul were very different in character and history but were drawn together in service of Jesus and his Gospel. Both ended their lives in the city of Rome. They are nicknamed 'princes of the Apostles' because each in his own way was a leader and influence in the Church in its beginnings.
FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (16:13-19)
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples - "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" and they said "Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But you" he said "who do you say I am?" Then Simon Peter spoke up "You are the Christ," he said "the Son of the living God." Jesus replied "Simon, son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you - you are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven."
Today Jesus makes a pun! He renames Simon as Peter. Petros in Greek and Kepha in Aramaic means Rock - or perhaps even Rocky! The point is that Jesus wants Simon Peter to be the 'rock' or foundation of the Church. But it may seem that Peter was a somewhat wobbly foundation. Remember how he denied knowing Jesus three times on Maundy Thursday? Saint Paul too is an unusual leader for the early Church. He had started out persecuting Christians, arresting and imprisoning them! Jesus chooses real, fragile people. The weaknesses of Peter and Paul become their strengths, as they allow the grace of God, rather than anything of their own, to work within them. We may sometimes feel we are not cut out to be saints. Let us remember this feast day and the trust Jesus shows in ordinary human beings, with all their faults, to do His work in the family of the Church.
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This week's Mass intentions are:
Sunday 28 June, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul - our Parishes
Monday 29 June - our Parishes and Mrs Gallacher of Kilmarnock
Tuesday 30 June - our Parishes and Lianne Lieser's special intention
Wednesday 1 July - our Parishes and Margaret Taylor who died recently
Thursday 2 July - our Parishes and Joe Martin who died recently
Friday 3 July, the Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle - our Parishes and a special birthday intention (BM)
Saturday 4 July - our Parishes and in thanksgiving from Betty Craig
A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF THE MASS - PART 4
The Mass has four parts altogether - the Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. The two main parts of the Mass are the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. These two are so closely connected that they form one single act of worship. Let's look this week at the Introductory Rites. The purpose of the Introductory Rites is to ensure that we come together as one to establish communion and dispose ourselves to listen properly to God's Word and celebrate the Eucharist worthily. The Mass begins with an Entrance Hymn. This song has the purpose to unify those present so that we can offer true worship to the Father. The priest then venerates the Altar with a kiss. The Altar symbolises Christ. On special days, the priest may incense the Altar as another gesture of respect. In our Christian tradition, the ascending smoke of the incense symbolises the prayer of our hearts rising up to God. We then make the Sign of the Cross, proclaiming that we belong to Christ and that he is our way to the Father. The Penitential Act is our opportunity to recognise our sinfulness before God and praise God for is mercy. The Gloria is a most ancient hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glories and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The Opening Prayer of the priest - the Collect - brings together the prayers of the congregation and presents them to God. The Collect completes the Introductory Rites. Our behaviour at Mass is contagious. We can impact those around us in a positive or negative way. The prayerful and warm celebration of Mass attracts people, while one carried out in a cold and impassive manner is a sure turn-off and drives people away. When we gather to celebrate the Mass, we must be ready to cooperate with God's grace. A good practice suggestion is ti show hospitality in Church, aware that the warmth you show to another may be very important to a visitor or to someone who is hurting and feeling alone.
YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE
An old fable that has been passed down for generations tells about an elderly man was who was travelling with a boy and a donkey. As they walked through a village, the man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding so to please them he climbed up on the animal's back. When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal's back and continued on his way. In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road. We smile, but this story makes a good point - we can't please everybody and if we try, we end up carrying a heavy burden. Well-meaning people may offer us advice and much of it is valuable but when we try to do everything other people want us to do, we can easily become frustrated and confused. That's why we need to remember that the one we must please above all others is Christ - and we do that by obeying God's word. Have you carried any donkey's lately? You don't have to if you're trying to please Jesus.
POWER OF GOD'S GRACE
Christ chose Saint Peter to be the first Pope, to be 'the rock' upon which he would build his Church - but this is the same Peter who denied our Lord three times the night Jesus was arrested, before the rooster crowed. He betrayed his Lord, Saviour and friend when being questioned by a mere servant girl. That's hardly the kind of dependability you would expect from a rock. It is said that Peter wept for this sin at least once every day for the rest of his life until the tears wore two pale tracks down the skin of his face. Christ chose Saint Paul to be the Church's first and greatest missionary - and yet, Paul started out as the leader of a violent persecution designed to crush the infant Church soon after Christ's ascension. But Christ chose him to announce the Gospel all over the ancient world, planting Christian communities in dozens of cities for almost thirty years. And he didn't choose Paul because he was such a great public speaker and charismatic leader. He was short, bow-legged, skinny and had a weak and whiney voice. The Bible tells us that his critics despised him because 'His bodily presence is weak and his speech of no account' (2 Corinthians 10:10). How did these two men, so flawed, so human, become the two unshakable pillars of the Catholic Church? What transformed them into saints, martyrs and history-makers? The answer is God's grace - the same grace that has kept the Church alive and growing for twenty centuries, the same grace we all received at baptism. On today's Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, God wants to remind us that our success and fulfillment as Christians depends more on his grace than our efforts. What a relief!
PRAYER DURING A PANDEMIC
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. Amen. Cameron Bellm
JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
A passenger in a taxi tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the taxi, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the kerb and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments, everything was silent in the taxi then the driver said "Please don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me." The passenger, who was also frightened, apologised and said he didn't realise that a tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much. The driver replied "I'm sorry. It's really not your fault at all. Today is my first day driving a taxi. I have been driving a hearse for the last twenty-five years!
For those of the older generation who do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them the 'thumbs up' and tell them I like them - and it works just like Facebook. I already have four people following me - two police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist.
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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.
NEW PARISH WEBSITE
Please have a look at our new parish website which is now up and running. There are lots of resources for prayer and information, latest news and also the weekly bulletin. The history section is being expanded step by step and has really interesting video clips and photos from past events at Saint Peter's. Have a look at SaintPeterInChains.co.uk. The older website at is www.SaintPeterInChains.net and Saint Bride's website is at StBridesChurch.co.uk.
If you would like to receive the weekly Bulletin and updates by email, please get in touch with the parish office and send us your email address. If you know of someone who would like to be included on the mailing list, please let us know - thanks.
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.