FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD IN YEAR 2
Saturday 3 January
Sunday 4 January
Mass at 10.00 am for the parishioners|
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for the parishioners and Les Retzbach
Monday 5 January
|Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention|
Tuesday 6 January
|Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Anges and James Whitelaw|
Wednesday 7 January
|Mass at 10.00 am for Mark Shanks|
Thursday 8 January
|Mass at 7.00 pm for Elisabeth Kleebauer|
Friday 9 January
Mass at 10.00 am for Hugh Henry
Saturday 10 January
at 10.00 am for Mark Shanks|
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for a special intention
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 28 December
Please remember in your prayers:
Eugene del Greco (Saltcoats) who died recently and
Charles Retzbach 2000, Patrick Braniff 1991, Isabella Keenan 1939, Celia Ralston 2007,
Patrick Cawley 2001, Helen McCluskey 2004, James Burns 1955, Leda Biagioni 2007,
Canon Peter Fitzpatrick 1952, John Cahill 1989, Bernard McLaughlan 1984, Robert Colvin 1998,
Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Derek Tomelty 2003, Patricia Brennan 2005, Joseph Gibbons 1973,
Hugh Henry 2008, Rosina McPeake and Joan McCallum 2001
whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Canon Matt wishes all parishioners a happy new year.
The Christmas collection amounted to £1456.23 - thanks very much.
Last weekend's collection amounted to £699.17. We are grateful for your generous support of the Parish. Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4000 per month.
BANKER'S ORDERS, GIFT AID AND WILLS
Have you thought of using a Bankers Order? It assists us with the safe handling of cash. Have you signed a Gift Aid Form? If you pay tax, then every £1 you give to the Parish is worth £1.28 to us. Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?
PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £336.63 - many thanks.
Next weekend's readers are Celia Andrew at 5.30 pm, Sarah Guthrie at 10.00 am and Ronnie Cairns at 12.00 noon.
The Burns Supper will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday 13 February 2009. Tickets are on sale at the Parish Office. Ex-Provost Drew Duncan OBE will propose The Immortal Memory, Kenny Gibson MSP will propose the Toast to the Lassies and the reply will be given by Reverend Dorothy Granger of Barony Saint John's Church. Further details of this and previous Burns Suppers are on Saint Peter's website.
We offer our congratulations to Jim Donnelly who received a Papal Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI marking sixty years service to Saint Peter's as a choir member and cantor. The Papal Blessing was presented to Jim at the end of the 8.30 pm Christmas Mass. We also congratulate Matt and Moira Donnelly and Maria and George Hilferty on the occasion of their Golden Weddings. Matt and Moira's wedding was on Boxing Day while George and Maria were married on 11 January.
We give special thanks to Evelyne and Alfie for the beautiful flower arrangements in the Church; to our servers for their happy and willing assistance during Christmas and throughout the year; to the Readers and Eucharistic Ministers for their ministries in Church and to the housebound; to the musicians, cantors and choir members for their ministry; to the Children's Liturgy leaders and helpers; to the Sunday morning tea, coffee and cake providers for their cheerful service and to so many other who help in so many ways. Our parish is blessed in having such an army of volunteers. May God bless all of you in the new year.
There is a leaflet coming soon which indicates the events we will try to organise and have room for suggestions. The Parish Centre is well used for private functions but there are few Parish functions and we need to remedy that if we are to make the Centre viable. You support it well with the second collection, so how about using it a bit more? We need the support.
LEGION OF MARY
The Legion of Mary meets in the Parish Centre on Tuesday mornings at 11.00 am. If you have time for prayer and to visit the sick and housebound then the Legion would like to welcome you as a member. What about coming along to the meeting and observing? You will be very welcome.
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society meets in the Parish Centre on Monday evenings at 7.00 pm. New members - men and women - are always welcome. The Society exists for the sanctification of its members and for the relief of the poor, assisting where there is need. You would be welcome at a meeting so that you can get an idea of the prayer and work of the Society.
FATHER MOTRONI TALKS
On Mondays 12, 19 and 26 January 2009, Father Stephen Motroni will give talks on Saint Paul in Saint Mary's Church Hall in Irvine from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. All are welcome as are donations to support Smithstone House Sacred Heart Fathers in Kilwinning.
A new Children's Liturgy rota has been sent to all helpers. Please remember to arrange cover if you are unable to attend. Please note that only volunteers with Disclosure from Saint Peter's are allowed to assist with the Children's Liturgy. Parents and grandparents are invited to bring the children but you cannot remain when other children are present if you have not filled in a Disclosure form. Sorry - we have to follow the regulations.
Canon Matt will be away from Monday 12 till Friday 16 January. Father Gabriel will offer the morning Masses but there will be no Mass on the evening of Thursday 15. The Parish Office will be staffed as usual.
WORK ON THE CHURCH
We are still struggling to pay for the new carpet and we may need to replace the front doors of the Church. The two sets of side doors were replaced by insurance claims after storm damage but the main doors are warped by the weather and no longer fit for purpose. It may be possible to refurbish rather than replace the doors. The Church is a Grade A listed building so work on the doors will have to be specialised and we will have to take account of the rain and wind the doors are subjected to. I will try to get a price and then get back to you. The Church is worthy of its new carpet and the same goes for the doors. Watch this space. The envelopes were a great help in paying for the carpet but we have gone as far as we can with them now. You can still make a donation and if you pay tax and put your name and address on an envelope, we get Gift Aid on the donation. Thanks to all those who contributed to the current total of £5585.76.
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.