BULLETIN                                                    22 OCTOBER 2006



Saturday 21 October
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm  
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Michael Doherty
Sunday 22 October
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon   
Monday 23 October
Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Jane McKay
Vigil of the Deceased for Mary McAtee at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 24 October
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Mary McAtee
Wednesday 25 October
Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention (JW)
Thursday 26 October
Mass at 7.00 pm for William Paterson
Friday 27 October
Mass at 10.00 am for Sanny, Ena and Alex Millar  
Saturday 28 October
Mass at 10.00 am for Dougald McMurchie


Sunday 22 October
10.00 am
10.00 am
11.00 am

Children's Liturgy
Sacramental Preparation
Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 23 October
8.00 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
2.00 to 3.00 pm
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Parents and Toddlers
Cardiac Rehabilition
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Weight Watchers

Tuesday 24 October

8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
1.00 to 3.00 pm
2.00 pm
7.00 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Thursday Club
Saint Anne's Guild
Keep Fit

Wednesday 25 October

8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
5.00 to 6.00 pm
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.00 pm

Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Street Dance for 13 to 18 year olds 
Burakudo Karate Club
Special Religious Development (SPRED)  
Thursday 26 October
8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.00 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
2.00 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
6.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Italian Class
Girl Guides
Friday 27 October
8.00 to 5.30 pm
9.00 to 11.30 am
9.30 to 11.30 am
12.30 to 3.00 pm
8.00 pm
Wrap-around Care for 3 to 5 year olds
Parents and Toddlers
Fancy Dress Party

Please remember in your prayers:
   Gerry Rimicans and Mary McAtee who died recently;
   Mary Jane McKay 1952, Patrick O'Hare 2001, John Higgins 2001,
   Ellis Nesbit, John and Isabella Connor, Dougald McMurchie,
   Peggy McKay 1992, Terence Burns 1997, Henry Fitzsimmons 1959,
   William Paterson 1963, Alice Procter 1995, Tommy Mulhern 1996,
   Margaret Newell 2005 and Douglas Mayberry 2005
hose anniversaries occur at this time;
   and those who are sick.

Last weekend's collection amounted to £705.68 - many thanks.
Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4000 per month. Each month £4000 is repaid to the Diocese for the building loan and levy.

Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £309.27 - many thanks.

Paying your collection by monthly or quarterly banker's order makes money handling much safer. Banker's Order forms are available in the porch.

Today is Mission Sunday. The second collection at all Masses will be for the Missions.

During the month of October, before morning Mass, the Rosary will be led by the Thursday Club.

The first Fund Raising Supper for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel will take place in the Presbytery on Friday 27 October. There will be an Italian Theme. The numbers are limited to twenty persons and the cost is £25 per head. Tickets are available from the Parish Office. Donations of £500 and £100 from two parishioners have been received with thanks. The total is now £1000.

The Fiftieth Anniversary Ceilidh of Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité will take place on Friday 3 November at 7.30 pm in the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock. Tickets cost £10 and include a buffet.

The British Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes will have a reunion on Saturday 4 November. There will be Mass in Saint Joseph's Church, Kilmarnock at 11.30 am and a Dinner Dance at 7.00 pm in the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock. Tickets cost £35.

There will be a concert in aid of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in Saint Winin's Church Hall, Kilwinning on Saturday 4 November from 7.30 to 11.30 pm. There will be a light supper and bar. Tickets cost £5 and £4 for concessions.

Spanish classes are coming to the Parish Centre soon.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from 2 to 9 July 2007 and will be led by Bishop John Cunningham. The all inclusive cost for a three star hotel is approximately £625. The Diocesan Branch of the Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes is appealing for volunteer helpers to assist with the care of the sick pilgrims. Professional medical helpers - currently registered doctors and nurses - and non-medical helpers, male and female over 16 years of age, able bodied and in good health, are required. If anyone is interested in assisting with caring for the sick pilgrims on the pilgrimage please contact Myriame or Harry Sammons.

Visitors to Saint Peter's website may have noticed that it contains every bulletin for the past eighteen months and at least one for each year from 1960 to 1995. It would be good to include the missing years. If you have an old bulletin, perhaps kept as a souvenir of a family event, it could be used to 'fill the gap'. If you can lend a bulletin issued between 1996 and 2004, please contact
WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net. Bulletins will be returned promptly.

Various events are being planned to celebrate the life of the school including an exhibition/photographic display. Do you have any photographs of pupils, events, staff or the school building? Please send them for the attention of Mr Peter Timmons at Saint Andrew's Academy or hand them into the school office. Please label the photos and add name and address of owner for safe return.

The next Parish Social is An Evening of Fun and Scottish Folk Music on Saturday 25 November at 8 pm. The main entertainer will be Stephen Quigg, a former parishioner. As well as being a member of one of Scotland's foremost folk groups, The McCalmans, Stephen is an accomplished and popular solo singer. Michael McCulloch and George McGrattan will also sing as a duo. There will be a bar, food, a quiz, laughter and time for blethering. Tickets, costing £4, are available from Kate or Donna.

There will be a Music Ministry Evening on Thursday 9 November at Smithstone House, Kilwinning from 6.45 to 9.00 pm. The first part of the evening will be a discussion on 'Practicalities of Parish Music' led by Bishop Taylor, followed by a session on music for Advent. The cost is £5. Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending, contact Michael McCulloch.

Envelopes are available at the stall for ordinary and family members of the Association of the Propagation of the Faith.

November Lists are available at the stall.

The annual Mass for the Bereaved will be celebrated on Wednesday 15 November at 7.00 pm. Saint Anne's Guild will provide tea and coffee in the Parish Centre afterwards.

The annual Mass for the Deceased will be celebrated in Ardrossan Cemetery on Sunday 19 November at 2.00 pm.

There will be a Mass Attendance Census all Masses on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to John Dolan, who on behalf of the parishioners of Saint Peter's, gave me such an unexpected and generous vote of thanks at the Vigil Mass last Saturday and for the beautiful panoramic photograph which I will have framed when I get to America. I would also like to thank all those who gave me cards, gifts and offered me good wishes, the choir and the Music Ministry for what they have done over the years and I hope that the music will continue to grow. I will miss you all very much.


Love - the Soul of Mission

Until October last year, had anyone asked me what that phrase meant I would have confidently launched into a theological explanation and probably have been very satisfied with myself. However, last year, some teenagers in India unknowingly opened my eyes and thoughts to what the Holy Father has so beautifully explained in his Mission Sunday letter.

While visiting orphanages and homes in India that are supported by the Pontifical Mission Societies, the young people invariably welcomed us with a display of cultural dancing. Watching the children in one audience I noticed a young girl whose eyes betrayed a deep inner sadness. She sat with the others neither smiling nor moving to the rhythm as did her friends.

One of the dancers eventually reached out and taking her hand led her into their circle. With great reluctance she joined their play and at the end the briefest smile sprang to her lips and momentarily her eyes sparkled.

This young lady, I later learned, had been rescued from a house of ill repute by a group of sisters. She had been subjected to humiliation that I need not detail here but which had darkened the very spark of life in her soul. The good sisters counselled and encouraged her with little success.

At that moment, (blessed for me), I saw in vivid reality, the message of the letter to the Hebrews. One like her, the other dancer, offered a hand and without words imparted the message, - Yes I know what you are suffering, but its all right now, you can play with us, you are free, you are safe - you are loved.

The sisters who run the institution head experienced in their lives God's love for them. With an inspiring courage they stretched that love to the children whom they rescued and they in turn could impart God's infinite love to their peers.

The service of which the Lord Jesus speaks in the Gospel today, enables us to know that we are loved and this we in turn bring to our brothers and sisters through our Church's mission.

Once again I have been permitted to see the depths of God's love translated in a practical way to the most vulnerable of His children.

I offer you this simple, yet profound, experience as a reminder of what you do each Mission Sunday when you contribute so generously to this collection. You give witness to our sure knowledge of God's love for us that was made visible in Jesus our Supreme High Priest.

The letter to the Hebrews offers true hope to those beset by their limitations and frailty. Each Mission Sunday we Scots offer that same encouragement by our support of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Last year in Scotland we raised £357,834 through the second collection at Mass. Yet again you contributed more than ever before. From all its sources, on your behalf MISSIO Scotland was able to send US$786,826 to assist the church in continuing the Lord's ministry of service.

As well as helping local bishops in their service for the relief of those in need and of building churches (8 built this year), schools and hospitals you assisted in projects as diverse as:
- a centre for the handicapped in Burundi
- an orphanage in Chile
- schools in Syria
- assistance to the prison ministry in the Philippines
- a health and social centre in the Philippines
- children's homes in Somalia and Ecuador
- a family centre in Nigeria
- clean water projects in Nigeria
- scholarships for disadvantaged children
- seminaries in Nigeria and India

In total you assisted communities within 28 dioceses stretching from one side of the world to the other.

Once more you have helped restore to the poor their human dignity; you have worked together with local communities empowering them to direct their own future and allowed them to experience the Lord by your response to their need.

Each time I meet those who have been assisted by MISSIO, I remind them that it is the people of Scotland who made this possible. Now on their behalf, I have the opportunity to express their and my own very inadequate "Thank you".

I dare say that it will take many years and many hands to finally heal the heart of the young lady whom I met in India, but for as long as is necessary our Church will be there to offer her and many like her the help and support that they need.

Please remember the Mission of the Church in your daily prayer and be as generous as possible to this year's Mission Sunday Collection. In your name, MISSIO Scotland will continue to share your faith and your love as Christ is shared with us. He, after all, is the very soul of Mission.


Father Pat McGuire SMA
National Director for the Propagation of the Faith.

  The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something  
to do, something to love and something to hope for.

  Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.  

  You only live once but if you live if right, once is enough.  

The readings for this weekend's Masses are shown below in English. They are available in eleven other languages
including French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish by clicking on this link.

First Reading           Isaiah 53:10-11
The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering. If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life and through him what the Lord wishes will be done. His souls anguish over he shall see the light and be content. By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself.

Second Reading           Hebrew 4:14-16
Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help.

Gospel           Mark 10:35-45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. "Master," they said to him, "we want you to do us a favour." He said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory." "You do not know what you are asking" Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?" They replied, "We can." Jesus said to them, "The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted." When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.".