BULLETIN                                          20 DECEMBER 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 angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the House of David and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her "Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you."' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean but the angel said to her "Mary, do not be afraid. You have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. He will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end." Mary said to the angel "But how can this come about since I am a virgin?" "The Holy Spirit will come upon you" the angel answered "and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow and so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too - your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month for nothing is impossible to God." "'I am the handmaid of the Lord" said Mary "let what you have said be done to me." And the angel left her.

Sometimes a story is so well known we stop thinking about it - and that can be true of the story of Jesus' birth. From early childhood, we have heard this story and it can become too familiar. It is worth stopping this week, if we can, and reading through it with new eyes to see where we may have missed some of the power of God's love revealed in the coming of Jesus. Today is a perfect example - the story of the Annunciation is so well known! So let's just pause for a moment and listen again. It begins with a visit from an angel. Was that 'disturbing' for Mary? How exactly did the angel appear? Or was it just the words that were 'deeply disturbing' - and if so, why? "Rejoice, so highly favoured!" is hardly a scary sentence! This is Mary's own recollection, shared with Saint Luke, so years later she must still have held on to the memory of that 'disturbing' greeting. It's important to remember this when we get to the other end of the story, when Mary says "Let what you have said be done to me." Sometimes we can assume it was easy for her to say "yes" - but remember how 'deeply disturbing' this all was! It took great faith and great courage for Mary to agree to God's plan and we should never underestimate this. What went through her mind - the promises of the Old Testament, coming true in her womb? How she would tell Joseph, her family and friends? Was there concern for Elizabeth? Spend a moment, if you can, with Mary in this moment - and allow her strength, faith and love of God to guide you in your choices today and throughout this week.

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 19 December  
Our Lady's Day for Advent  

Fourth Sunday of Advent  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Sweeney family (Wexford) and Richard Haswell who died recently

Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for the Kilbane family at an anniversary and Eric and Dorothy Waters who died recently
Sunday 20 December  
Fourth Sunday of Advent  
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes Holy Mass at 12.15pm for our parishes
Monday 21 December  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Gwen Body, Janet Chapman and Owen Bogue at their anniversaries
Tuesday 22 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Mary Finnigan

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 23 December  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Michael Wire and family, Anne Bull as a special intention,
Geraldine and Mickey Collins and Mary and John Finnigan who both died recently
Thursday 24 December  
Christmas Eve 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Madden and Esther Madden, Stephen Weideger and Charles Machetti who both died recently and Ignatius Dougan

Holy Mass at 5.30pm for William Henry and Dan Carroll who both died recently

Mass at 8.30pm offered for John Clarke who died recently and the Boyle family as a special intention
Mass of the Holy Night at 7.00pm
Friday 25 December  
Christmas Day 
Mass of the Nativity of the Lord at 11.00am Mass of the Nativity of the Lord at 9.30am

Saturday 26 December  
Feast of Saint Stephen  

Feast of the Holy Family of  
Jesus, Mary and Joseph 

Holy Mass at 12 noon for George McGeehan who died recently and Jessie Brown at her anniversary

Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Tom McKay and John Dolan at their anniversaries


Saturday 19 December  
Fourth Sunday of Advent  

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 20 December  
Fourth Sunday of Advent  
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Holy Mass at 11.30am
Monday 21 December  
Tuesday 22 December  
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Wednesday 23 December  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 24 December  
Christmas Eve 
Holy Mass at 5.00pm and 7.00pm Holy Mass at 4.30pm and 7.00pm
Friday 25 December  
Christmas Day 
Holy Mass at 9.00am and 11.00am Holy Mass at 9.30am and 11.00am

Saturday 26 December  
Feast of the Holy Family of  
Jesus, Mary and Joseph 

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  

Please remember in your prayers: John Dolan
Anthony Brennan, Jim Boyle, Bernard and Margaret McIlvennie and Robert Montgomery;
Mary Finnigan, Joseph McKeraghan, Francis Fitzpatrick, Harry McKechan. Stephen Weideger, Charles Machetti, George McGeehan
Eric and Dorothy Waters, Willie Henry, Dan Carroll (Canada), John Clarke and Matt Donnelly who died recently;
Theresa McGuire 1989, Anne-Marie McMail 2018, Gwen Body 1966, Janet Chapman 2004, Charles Fisher 2014, Jane Gallagher 2011, Sister Hilda CP 2000, Edward Keogh 2007, John McCourt 2010, Josephine McGeachy 2003, Ellen Barrett 1984, Ted Boyle 1975, Tom Braniff 2003, Gerry Coogans 2015, Doris Coulter 2012, Jenny McAree 2003, Andrew McAteer 1983, Anne McGowan 2019, David Mills 2014, Jean Orr 2008, Peggy Hamilton, Patrick McLaughlin 1998, Father George Thompson 2016, Theresa Tumilty 2016, Mereno Berti 2003, Jack Collins, Sister Anne Delahunt 2011, Peggy McLaughlan 2006, Samuel McMail 2016, Bessie Delahunt 2006, Tom McKay, Bessie O'Rourke 2005, George Scott 1973, Jessie Brown 1975, Tom Finn 1993, Anne-Marie Jenkins 2005, Sister Mary McCann, Isobel O'Hare Rae 2004, Patrick Quinn 1969, Margaret Shanks 1966
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. Booking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass will be available from Wednesday 16 December.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Mary Finnigan who died on Thursday 3 December 2020 aged seventy-one years. Her Requiem Mass on Tuesday 22 December at 10.00am will be followed by her interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please also pray for the Repose of the Soul of Joseph McKeraghan who died on 21 November 2020 aged fifty-nine years. His funeral service will be on Wednesday 23 December at 3.30pm held at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please also pray for the Repose of the Soul of Francis Fitzpatrick who died on 8 December 2020 aged seventy-one years. His funeral service will be on Wednesday 23 December at 12 noon at the Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium, Dalry. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

We are delighted to announce the wedding ceremony of Andrew Gorman and Katie Davidson on Christmas Eve at 1.00pm. We wish them both a love for a lifetime!

The Offertory collection last weekend amounted to £740.26 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £200.00 - many thanks. 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.

CHANA would like to thank those who donated to the Christmas appeal for those who are in need. Thank you.

Are you weighed down by debt? CAP can help. See the posters at the back of the Church or phone 0800 328 0006.

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.


Our sincere thanks to our anonymous and generous benefactor for a donation. It is greatly appreciated.

Our hall has been given a new look with a lovely coat of paint. Please take a look - you will be impressed.

For the safety of everyone and to prevent spread of the Covid-19, please do not attend Church over Christmas if you have any unusual symptoms for example. headache, cold or flu-like symptoms. Of course, if you have any of the three classic symptoms of coronavirus - high temperature, persistent cough, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell - please self-isolate immediately and book a test. Thank you for your cooperation with all the public health measures in place.

Pope Francis announced a Year of Saint Joseph in honour of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the saint's proclamation as patron of the universal Church. The year begins on 8 December 2020 and concludes on 8 December 2021. The decree said that Pope Francis had established a Year of Saint Joseph so that 'every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfilment of God's will'. 'Each of us can discover in Joseph -- the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence -- an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble' he wrote. 'Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. In his relationship to Jesus, Joseph was the earthly shadow of the heavenly Father. He watched over him and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way. Our world today needs fathers. It has no use for tyrants who would domineer others as a means of compensating for their own needs. It rejects those who confuse authority with authoritarianism, service with servility, discussion with oppression, charity with a welfare mentality, power with destruction. I would also like to tell you something very personal' he said. 'I have great love for Saint Joseph because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have an image of Saint Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church! Yes! We know that he can do that. So when I have a problem, a difficulty, I write a little note and I put it underneath Saint Joseph so that he can dream about it! In other words I tell him - pray for this problem!'

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.

A teacher from a primary school asked her students to write an essay about family time and what they would like God to do for them. In the evening, while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional. Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special - make me into a television. I want to take its place and live like the TV in my house, have my own special place and have my family around me. I want to be taken seriously when I talk. I want to be the centre of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions. I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives when it is not working. I want to have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired and I want my mum to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me. I want my brothers to fight to be with me. I want to feel that the family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me. Last but not least, make it that I can make them all happy and entertain them. Lord, I don't ask you for much. I just want to live like every TV! After reading it, her husband said "Who are his parents? Poor child." She looked up at him and said "We are his parents. Our son wrote that"!

It was nearing the holiday season in Rumania, time for our orphans to hear for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, they went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger. Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children many things to build their own manger. The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about six years old and had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the boy why there were two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately - until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said "And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him - but I told him I couldn't because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus "If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?" - and Jesus told me "If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me." So I got into the manger and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him - for always." As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon him, someone who would stay with him - for always. I've learned that it's not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

Ducking into confession with a turkey in his arms, Brian said "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I stole this turkey to feed my family. Would you take it and settle my guilt?" "Certainly not" said the priest. "As penance, you must return it to the one from whom you stole it." "I tried" Brian sobbed "but he refused. Oh, Father, what should I do?" "If what you say is true, then it is all right for you to keep it for your family." Thanking the priest, Brian hurried off. When confession was over, the priest returned to his residence. When he walked into the kitchen, he found that someone had stolen his turkey.

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.

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.

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