OF SAINT PETER IN CHAINS, ARDROSSAN • A Family of
Parishes • SAINT BRIDE'S CHURCH, WEST KILBRIDE
Meeting people where they are - leading them to where God calls them to be!
BULLETIN 10 JANUARY 2021
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public Church services and gatherings are limited till further notice. will live-stream Holy Mass every day and assures you of his prayers for you and your family.
A READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (Mark 1:7-11)
In the course of his preaching, John the Baptist said "Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit." It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him - and a voice came from heaven "You are my Son, the Beloved. My favour rests on you."
This is a powerful reading, describing a moment when God's plan is revealed in the most dramatic way - 'the heavens are torn apart' - the Spirit is revealed as a dove and the Father's voice thunders from the opened heavens! Our own baptism was probably less dramatic! And yet, it was the same divine power poured from heaven to touch you. The Spirit of God descended and the voice of the Father spoke in that moment to say of you "You are my daughter, my son, the beloved." How do we live up to the gift God has given us in baptism?
All Masses are live-streamed and private unless otherwise stated.
|Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for John and Ann Taggart, the McDermott family as a special intention, Kathleen Fraser who died recently and Patrick and Sarah Braniff at their anniversaries|
Sunday 10 January
Feast of the Baptism of the
|Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes|
Monday 11 January
|Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maretta Main, Peter Devine who died recently and Andrew, Fiona, Euan, Emma and Alese Upton|
Tuesday 12 January
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Butcher at his anniversary, Pauline MacMillan's intentions and Winifred Lawrence intentions
Wednesday 13 January
Feast of Saint Kentigern
|Holy Mass at 10.00am for the McEvoy family, the Murphy family, Pauline MacMillans inentions and Matt Donnelly who died recently|
Thursday 14 January
|Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ann O'Brien, Martin and Liz McGarvey and Lucille and Ronald Moarkersweird|
Friday 15 January
|Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Templeton family, the McHugh Family, Ann McEwan who died recently and Lewis McLaughlin of Stevenston who died recently|
|Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for the Gough family, Mary McSpurran who died recently, John and Ann Taggart and Patrick and Sarah Braniff at their anniversaries|
SAINT PETER'S NOTICES
MASS FOR MARY McSPURREN
SAINT BRIDE'S NOTICES
FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
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.
Don't be fooled by the face I wear for I wear a thousand masks and none of them is me. Don't be fooled, for goodness sake, don't be fooled. I give you the impression that I'm secure, that confidence is my name and coolness is my game and that I need no one - but don't believe me. Beneath dwells the real me in confusion, in aloneness, in fear. That's why I create a mask to hide behind, to shield me from the glance that knows but such a glance is precisely my salvation. That is, if it's followed by acceptance, if it's followed by love. It's the only thing that can liberate me from my own self-built prison walls. I'm afraid that deep down I'm nothing and that I'm just no good and that you will reject me - and so begins the parade of masks. I idly chatter to you. I tell you everything that's really nothing and nothing of what's everything, of what's crying within me. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I'm not saying. I'd really like to be genuine and spontaneous and me = but you've got to help me. You've got to hold out your hand. Each time you're kind and gentle and encouraging, each time you try to understand because you really care, my heart begins to grow wings, feeble wings, but wings. With your sensitivity and sympathy and your power of understanding, you alone can release me from my shallow world of uncertainty. It will not be easy for you. The nearer you approach me, the blinder I may strike back - but I'm told that love is stronger than strong walls and in this lies my only hope. Please try to beat down these walls with firm hands, but gentle hands, for a child is very sensitive. Who am I, you wonder. I am every man you meet and every woman that you meet - and I am you, also.
JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
The parish priest asked the children at school "If I sold my house and my car, had a big car-boot-sale and gave all my money to the Church, would I get into heaven?" "No!" the children all answered. "If I cleaned the Church every day, mowed the lawn and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?" Again, the answer was "No!" "Well," he continued, "then how can I get to heaven?" In the back of the room, a five-year-old boy shouted "You've got to be dead!"
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.
STANDING ORDERS - PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT
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, 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.