BULLETIN                                1 FEBRUARY 2009



Saturday 31 January
Feast of Saint John Bosco
Mass at 10.00 am for Ian Falsey
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Retzbach and Cunningham families
Sunday 1 February
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am for the parishioners
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for those whose anniversary is this week
Monday 2 February
Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord - Candlemass
Mass at 10.00 am for Frank Clarke
Mass at 7.00 pm in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats for Catholic Education Week  
Tuesday 3 February
No Mass in Saint Peter's
Canon Matt will be at a wedding in Saint Andrew's, Fife.
Wednesday 4 February
No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass offered elsewhere for Danny Higgins
Thursday 5 February
Feast of Saint Agatha
Mass at 7.00 pm for Winnie Scott
Friday 6 February

Feast of Saint Paul Miki and companions
Mass at 10.00 am for Frank Clarke
Mass at 12.50 pm by Bishop Cunningham in Saint Matthew's Academy,
Saltcoats for Catholic Education Week

Saturday 7 February
Mass at 10.00 am for Sheila Conaghan
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for a special intention - TM


Sunday 1 February
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 2 February
9.30 to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Weight Watchers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  

Tuesday 3 February
11.00 am
1.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Legion of Mary
Thursday Club

Keep Fit
Saint Anne's Guild

Wednesday 4 February
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Special Religious Education Group (SPRED) and guests 

Thursday 5 February
1.30 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Friday 6 February
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
   Avril Cullis (Largs), Andrew McCormick (Saltcoats) and Sarah Burns (Glasgow) who died recently and
   James McDermid 2005, Canon Shaun Crowley 2001, Jessie Flynn, Marie Matthews 2005, Joseph Foran 1994,
   Mary Kelly 2006, Rachel Cairnie 1988, Janet Cunningham 1999, Father Joe Davie SDB 2002,
   Tony Tourish 1993, Rachel Cairnie 1998, Mary C McManus 1973, Margaret Mitchell 2004, Michael Barrett 1972,
   Joseph Brodie 1961, Eileen Busbridge, Patrick McGinn 1999 whose anniversaries occur at this time
   and those who are sick.
   Information for the anniversary list is appreciated.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £733.67. We are grateful for your generous support of the Parish. Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4000 per month.

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?

Last weekend's collection for Aid To The Church In Need amounted to £2164.82 - very well done and many thanks.
This charity seeks to help the poorest members of the Church throughout the

Please remember a short prayer for all who work and study in Saint Peter’s School and Saint Matthew’s Academy as well as our students at university and college. The Deanery Mass for Education Week is in Saint Mary’s Church, Saltcoats on Monday at 7.00 pm. Everyone with a school connection is very welcome.

Next weekend's readers are Pauline Taylor at 5.30 pm, Sarah Guthrie at 10.00 am and Ronnie Cairns at 12.00 noon. A new readers' rota has been sent out. New readers are always welcome. Please talk to Canon Matt about it.

We are short of special ministers of Holy Communion especially for the 12.00 noon Mass. Please give your name to
Canon Matt if you can help.

The Burns Supper will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday 13 February 2009. 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.
Canon Matt, Bill Andrew, Theresa Coulter, George McGrattan, Ciaran Sinclar and Aimee Taylor are among others taking part. There are fewer than ten tickets left. They are on sale at the Parish Office. If you are planning to go, please reserve a ticket on 464063 this week. Patrons are asked to be seated by 7.20 for a prompt start at 7.30 pm. Further details of this and previous Burns Suppers are on Saint Peter's website.

There is a leaflet 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.

Thank you to those who have already filled a Parish Records form in. The list we are using to find you all is from Father Lynch’s time and is pretty much out of date with people moving, changing phone numbers, moving in ans so on. Would you oblige us by filling in a form and placing it in the box? Even if you think that we have your information, we are lacking some basic information such as first names, postcodes and so on. If your phone number is ex-directory, please mark that. All information will be kept confidential. This means that you cannot phone here for someone’s address - data protection does not allow that. Filling in the form is simply a polite request to assist us – you certainly do not have to do it.

50/50 CLUB
There is still time to join the 50/50 Club for another year or for the first time. The annual subscription is £15 or £5 three times a year. All proceeds are split 50/50 between winners and the parish. Myriame Sammons is the promoter and will assist you in renewing membership.

Hospitalité de Notre Dame de Lourdes is the group which organises the pilgrimage to Lourdes every second year. Our group will be going on pilgrimage from 6 to 13 July this year. In order to ensure the pilgrimage is a success, the group is in urgent need of trained nurses and carers to work as part of a medical team caring for the sick pilgrims of our diocese. Male and female helpers for general duties are also required. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Debbie Gillon on 07531 016747. Thank you.

A happy and ‘all clear’ Cathie Donnelly would like to express her thanks and gratitude for all your best wishes and prayers over the past year.

The Chidren's Liturgy is struggling for helpers. Volunteers cannot simply be recruited as they are required - we are subject to a strict regime from Disclosure Scotland. This means all volunteers have to complete the form and then await clearance but we need some more volunteers to ensure that there is a rota and that you are not on too frequently. Please give your name to Annie Watt or
Canon Matt. If your child is due to receive the Sacraments next year, this would be a good time to volunteer! Do it today! Please note that if you have not been 'disclosed' you cannot join the children at their Liturgy. You must simply leave them in the hall. If the children are unwilling to stay with the volunteers on duty you might have to wait till they are older and able to do so. Older brothers and sisters cannot just go with them. We have signed up to a strict policy that only those who have been 'disclosed' can be with the children and there can be no exceptions.

Please add the names and dates of children due to be confirmed and receive First Holy Communion to the list in the porch.

Saint Anne's Guild  resumes on Tuesday at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre. New members are always welcome - just come along on Tuesday.

The Annual General Meeting of
Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité, preceded by Mass with anointing of the sick, will be held on Sunday 15 February at 3.30 pm in Sacred Heart Parish, Girvan. Tea and coffee will be served after Mass. All are welcome.

Sorry that the weekday Mass times this week are disrupted again. There is a morning Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, Saltcoats each day.

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.