BULLETIN                                        18 OCTOBER 2020


Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public Church services and gatherings are limited till further notice.
Father Duncan will live-stream Holy Mass every day and assures you of his prayers for you and your family.

The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said - and they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say "Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way and that you are not afraid of anyone because a man's rank means nothing to you. Tell us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied "You hypocrites! Why do you set this trap for me? Let me see the money you pay the tax with." They handed him a denarius and he said "Whose head is this? Whose name?" "Caesar's" they replied. He then said to them "Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar - and to God what belongs to God."

This is a wonderful moment when Jesus manages to turn the tables on those who are trying to trap him. They think they have the perfect question - if he says Yes he is collaborating with the hated Romans. If he says No they will haul him off to the Roman Governor as a troublemaking dissident. Jesus very cleverly avoids their trap, makes them fall in it themselves and teaches something profound about our dignity and destiny. When he asks for a coin, he knows quite well they will produce a Roman denarius - would the Pharisees feel ashamed at having Roman coins in their pockets? Jesus has already got them on the back foot! Then he reminds them of the teaching of the Law - by asking whose image is on the coin, they will immediately think of Genesis 1:27 - 'So God created humankind in his image'. Jesus almost dismisses the tax question and reminds his listeners - and us = of our dignity as creatures in God's image and likeness and our duty to 'give ourselves back to God'.

If you are housebound or self-isolating at this time, please use these prayers to unite yourself with the worship of the Universal Church, and your own parish, this Sunday. If alone, read or say these prayers quietly to yourself. If with another, or in a family, someone should read the Gospel and others respond. It might be suitable to find a special, quiet place at home for your Sunday prayers.

Saint Peter's - All Masses are live-streamed and
                          public unless otherwise stated.
Saint Bride's - All Masses are public
                          unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 17 October  
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of  

 Twenty-ninth Sunday of the  Year  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Collins' special intention
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Mary McAtee at her anniversary
Sunday 18 October  
Twenty-ninth Sunday of the  Year 
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes Holy Mass at 12.15pm for our parishes
Monday 19 October  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the special intention of Cian and Calum Lawrence
Tuesday 20 October 
Holy Mass at 10.00am in thanksgiving for prayers during Marie Murray's recent stay in hospital
Wednesday 21 October  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Lawrence family as a special intention
Thursday 22 October  
Memorial of Saint Pope John  Paul II  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Harry Roy who died recently
Friday 23 October  
Holy Mass at 10.00am as a special Mass in time of pandemic Holy Mass at 12 noon

Saturday 24 October  
Our Lady's Day  

 Thirtieth Sunday of the  Year 

Holy Mass at 10.00am for all Missionaries
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Kathleen Cairns who died recently


Saturday 17 October  
 Twenty-ninth Sunday of the  Year  

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 18 October  
Twenty-ninth Sunday of the  Year 
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Holy Mass at 11.30am
Monday 19 October  
Tuesday 20 October 
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Wednesday 21 October   
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 22 October  
Memorial of Saint Pope John  Paul II  
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Friday 23 October  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 24 October  
 Thirtieth Sunday of the  Year 

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  

Please remember in your prayers:
John Clarke, Anthony Brennan, Cathie Currie and Margaret Swiercz;
Anne McEwan, Kathleen Cairns and Harry Roy who died recently;
Alistair Aitken 1995, Agnes Anderson 2001, Mary McAtee 2006, Margaret McHugh 2002, Michael McManus 1961, Michael Monaghan 1936, John Dorian 2009, Cameron McCallum 2010, David McHugh 1967, Patrick McQuade 1998, Stephen Patrick Austin 2017, Lawrence Brennan 1981, Andrew Conaghan 2002, Michael Doherty 2005, Margaret Monaghan 1969, Hugh O'Boyle 2000, John Higgins 2001, Hugh McGoogan 2009, Mary Jane McKay 1952, Patrick McNamee 1918, Patrick O'Hare 2001, Tom Adamson 2006, John and Isabella Connor, Mary Ferguson 2015, Cecily Grant 1980, Christine McAteer 1988, Annie McConnachie 2016, Dougald McMurchie, Ellis Nesbit, Monica Ann Taylor née Reilly 2015, Jim Hainey 2019, Celia Hilferty 2001, Peggy McKay 1992 and Kathleen Robinson 2012
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 If members of your family or friends are in need of our prayers, please tell Father Duncan or the parish office.


To book for Mass, please call the Parish Office on 01294 464063 between 9.00 and 11.00am on Mondays to Fridays. Thank you.

The new votive lamps have been placed to the right and the left of Our Lady's mosaic in the Church - sincere thanks to all the parishioners who sent a very welcome donation. A tremendous amount of work has been done in the Church grounds. Hugh has painted the fence - hours and hours of work = and all the metal items around the Church, getting them ready for the winter. The vast repair to the Church perimeter wall is now complete with the railing connections to the brick wall being cemented in. The British Legion have been able to raise the funds to restore the Memorial Stone for HMS Dasher on the Church wall. The letters will be repainted with gold lettering and a plastic protective cover will be attached to the Stone.

The Offertory Collection last weekend amounted to £616.43 - many thanks.

Our stall is now open if you should require to purchase anything, for example, Mass Cards, religious Items and so on. It is important that we only admit one person at a time and a face covering must be worn. Please do not touch the display items. Just ask Betty and she will show you them. Thank you!

All our Celebrations of Mass and other services are live-streamed, starting five minutes beforehand. You can access them every day by going to our websites. On, in the top right corner, click on Live Streaming at Mass Times. On, click Services in the red menu bar, select Mass Times then scroll down to Click here to view Mass.


We had a difficult problem with a breakdown with the Church heating. The problem has now been solved and the heating system will be serviced in the next few days. The Crucifix above the altar is in the process of being cleaned and brought to its former glory. This will take another couple of weeks to complete. Beautiful new altar cloths have been made for the altar and the Tree Frontal has been put back along with the new altar cloths.

Please have a look our new website at We would be delighted to have your comments or any suggestions sent to

A copy of a letter recently distributed to parishioners is now available on our website.

Last Sunday's Offertory Collection amounted to £82.00 - many thanks. Paul McNulty will be happy to provide Standing Order forms.

The new phone number for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is 07585 656229.

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented the Church with unprecedented challenges. Since the resumption of public worship, our parishes have been meticulous in controlling infection and ensuring the safety of all those who cross the threshold of a Catholic Church. The Bishops wish to commend the work and cooperation of priests, parishioners and volunteers whose extraordinary efforts have ensured that Catholic churches are among the safest places for people to attend in the midst of this pandemic. We have every confidence that, if parishes continue these high standards, public worship and parish life can carry on and we will continue to attend to the spiritual welfare of the nation. From long experience of plagues and disasters, the Church knows how the want of prayer and faith can do great harm to the spiritual wellbeing of nations and how our public worship - owed to God - can bring His special divine assistance in times of national trouble. Now, more than ever, our Church doors need to be open and consolidating our hard work to date will ensure this blessing for ourselves and for our country.

The feast of All Saints on Sunday 1 and All Souls on Monday 2 November remind us that this is the month of remembrance and we pray for our departed loved ones. Our prayers invoke God to receive our faithful departed into his heavenly Kingdom. If you would like to have your deceased relatives and friends remembered in our Masses during this month, please take a sheet and envelope as you leave church, list their names on this sheet with a donation if possible and hand it in to the office or place in a pink collection bucket. Take a little time to remember and write the names so they should never become forgotten souls.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

Jacob was a cheater! Peter had a temper! David had an affair! Noah got drunk! Jonah ran from God! Paul was a murderer! Gideon was insecure! Miriam was a gossiper! Martha was a worrier! Thomas was a doubter! Sara was impatient! Elijah was moody! Moses stuttered! Zaccheus was short! Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead. Now what's your excuse? Can God use you or not? God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called. It's not ability, it's availability!

It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The rivers and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through. Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water but severe rationing had cut everyone off. If we didn't see some rain soon, we would lose everything. It was on this day that I learned the true lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen with my own eyes. I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband and his brothers when I saw my six-year-old son, Billy, walking toward the woods. He wasn't walking with the usual carefree abandon of a youth but with a serious purpose. I could only see his back. He was obviously walking with a great effort, trying to be as still as possible. Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running out again, toward the house. I couldn't take it any longer and I crept out of the house and followed him on his journey. He was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked, being very careful not to spill the water he held in them - maybe two or three tablespoons were held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as he went into the woods. Branches and thorns slapped his little face but he did not try to avoid them. He had a much higher purpose. As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing sight. Several large deer loomed in front of him. Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to get away. A huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously close - but the buck did not threaten him. He didn't even move as Billy knelt down - and I saw a tiny fawn lying on the ground. Obviously suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion, it lifted its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped in my beautiful boy's hand. When the water was gone, Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree. I followed him back to the house to a tap with which we had shut off the water. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle began to creep out. He knelt there, letting the drip, drip slowly fill up his makeshift 'cup' as the sun beat down on his little back. It took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands. When he stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him. His little eyes just filled with tears. "I'm not wasting" was all he said. As he began his walk, I joined him - with a small pot of water from the kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his job. I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life. As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, other drops - and more drops - and more suddenly joined them. I looked up at the sky. It was as if God, himself, was weeping with pride. Some will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence. Those miracles don't really exist. It was bound to rain sometime - and I can't argue with that. I'm not going to try. All I can say is that the rain that came that day saved our farm - just like the actions of one little boy saved another. Don't tell God how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big your God is!

Three priests from the Three Towns were having lunch in a restaurant. One said "You know, since summer started I've been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at Church. I've tried everything - noise, spray, cats - nothing seems to scare them away. Another said "Yea, me too. I've got hundreds living in my belfry and in the attic. I've even had the place fumigated and they won't go away." The third priest said "I baptised all mine and welcomed them into the Family of the Church - I haven't seen one back since!"

Sunday obligation to attend Holy Mass remains suspended for the time being and availability is restricted for those wishing to attend. Some of our parishioners are working during the week and can only attend at the weekend. Therefore, to make Holy Mass available to everyone we would be grateful if you wish to attend Mass and are able to attend on a weekday please do so, leaving seats for those parishioners working during the week. Thank you.

Next Sunday, there will be a special collection on behalf of Missio Scotland. There will be separate buckets out for this or you can donate online at or text MISSIOSCOT to 70085 to donate £3.

It is now possible to make online donations to Saint Peter's. Details are on the Donations page and this News page. Thanks for your generosity.

The parishes have taken quite a 'knock' through lockdown when public Mass was not available for sixteen weeks. This has had a huge impact on our parishes' finances. Could you consider taking out a Standing Order? It would be of great benefit to our parish. Forms are available from the Parish Office and here. Thank you

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, is the Chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and is assisted by the Priest on call each week.

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.