TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 2
at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Michael Doherty
Mass at 10.00 am for the congregation
Sunday Mass at 12 noon for Duncan Rhode and Mary Pacewicz
Monday 22 October
Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Jane McKay
at 10.00 am for a special intention - all who are sick
Mass at 10.00 am for Maureen Mulhearn and Bruce McLeod
Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am for Willie Paterson
at 10.00 am for Kirsty Bell
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Russ Otto and Edwin
Mass intention list is just over two weeks ahead. Please notify anniversaries
as early as you can. Thanks.
Any changes to the above times caused, for example,
by a funeral will be notified on the home page of this website.
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
and Coffee after Mass
Monday 22 October
to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
6.30 to 9.00 pm
7.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 8.30 pm
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
to 8.00 pm
to 9.00 pm
Cardio 40 Toning
to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
Please remember in your prayers:
Tom Penman (Galston), Jack Poole (George’s uncle, Kilwinning)
and Mary Pacewicz who died recently;
Michael Doherty 2005, Margaret Monaghan 1969, Hugh
O'Boyle 2000, Andrew Conaghan 2002, John Higgins 2001,
Hugh McGoogan 2009, Mary Jane McKay 1952, Patrick
McNamee 1918, Patrick O'Hare 2001, Tom Adamson 2006,
John and Isabella Connor, Dougald McMurchie, Ellis
Nesbit, Peggy McKay 1992, Terence Burns 1997,
Henry Fitzsimmons 1959, Helen Grober 2008, Tommy
Mulhern 1996, William Paterson 1963, Alice Procter 1995,
Samuel Cambridge 1979, Celia Hilferty 2001, Margaret
Newell 2005 and Douglas Mayberry 2005
whose anniversaries occur at this time and those
who are sick.
If a member of your family or a friend is sick, please let us know and
give us the details. Father Chambers (01563 533587)
is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and Canon Keegans (01292 263488) is
the chaplain to Ayr Hospital. The priest on
call can be contacted through the ward.
If deceased members of your family are not on our anniversary
list, please tell Canon
Matt, the parish office or
SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
The Sacrament of Forgiveness is available at any suitable time as well as
from 4.30 pm before the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings.
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £689.95 - many thanks.
We are grateful for your generous support of the parish and the diocese to
which we pay a monthly levy of £1250.
PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre
amounted to £274.44
- many thanks.
Have you thought of using a Bankers Order? It assists us with the safe handling
of cash. Banker's Orders for the Parish and Centre amount to an average of
£3800 per month. Forms are available.
Gift Aid is a vital source of income. All that is needed is that you pay tax.
You simply declare that you give funds to the Church. We do the rest. Why
not sign a form today? We get back an extra 25p for every £1 you give
the Church in your weekly collection or by way of a donation. There is no
need to cancel or renew it. We simply claim in the income we receive.
Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?
The help you give for Church repairs by dropping in a white envelope from
time to time is invaluable. We are in the process of getting estimates for
the painting of the Church. Recent donations of £120 bring the total
Next weekend's readers are Katrina Pollock at 5.30
pm, Robert Cooper at 10.00 am and Alfie Agostini
at 12 noon.
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm, Group 5 at 10.00
am and Group 6 at 12 noon.
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Maria Hilferty’s team.
Sunday 21 October is Mission Sunday. There will be a special collection for
Missio at all Masses.
Next Sunday's Children's Liturgy helpers are Elaine Shaw and Geraldine Butcher
for the pre-5s, Sharon McLaughlin, Emma Paterson and Maria Paterson for primaries
1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Yvette Thorpe for primary 4.
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
Thursday 1 November is All Saints Day. It is a Holyday of Obligation. Mass
will be celebrated on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.00 pm and Thursday
at 10.00 am.
Instead of local Christmas cards this year, would you be interested in taking
a 'greetings square' in a supplement to the Sunday Bulletin? A sample is available
at the stall. In exchange for a donation to Church funds, we could publish
your greetings to friends in the parish. We could take about sixty and would
publish it for two weeks before Christmas. Envelopes for your message and
a donation are available at the stall.
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
letter below explains why we need to make changes to the Mass times in each
of the local parishes. For us, the partnership with Saltcoats, Stevenston,
and Kilwinning is the most obvious arrangement. The Mass times have to reflect
a smaller number of priests and a drop in Mass attendance on a regular basis,
while safeguarding each individual parish. Times require to enable one priest
to cover for another. We have tried to keep the changes to a minimum but they
are necessary and they may cause you a bit of inconvenience at first. Please
try to adapt and please do your best to celebrate Mass in your own parish
if possible. Revised Mass times in each parish will be announced next weekend.
FOR LOURDES 2013
John's Parish, Stevenston Saint Peter's
Parish, Ardrossan Saint Mary's Parish,
Saltcoats Saint Winin's Parish, Kilwinning
Matt McManus Father
Graeme Bell Father
Cunningham has asked each Deanery to look very closely at how we
can best serve the needs of our people in the coming years with
regard to Sunday Mass. We have a smaller number of priests, priests
getting older, only one student preparing for priesthood, fewer
people attending Mass regularly, higher heating, lighting and maintenance
costs - and very little prospect of turning these facts around in
the near future. As your priests, we know that we need to rationalise
the number of Masses and be willing to assist one another so that
we will be able to celebrate Mass with you without any change to
the normal programme as far as possible. Other
parts of the Diocese are already making changes. For example, Saint
Margaret's Parish in Irvine will close and the parish will amalgamate
with Saint Mary's; Saint Peter's Parish in Dalbeattie, the oldest
parish in our diocese, is now without a resident priest and will
be linked with Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Gatehouse of Fleet
- one priest where there were three; the parishes in Kilmarnock
have reduced the number of Masses. There are other examples. We
have been working on a plan to try to ensure the future Mass arrangements
in Kilwinning, Stevenston Saltcoats, and Ardrossan. Our plan is
to enable the Sunday Mass programme to be uninterrupted by illness
of a priest, retiral or holidays. We should no longer count on help
from retired priests or priests from elsewhere - this help is still
available, we are grateful for it, but it does not offer a long-term
solution. The real solution lies in our own hands by
cutting the number of Masses to what we can realistically offer
to accommodate the numbers at Mass
asking each of
the priests to offer Mass in a neighbouring parish from time to
time and that will mean
changing some Mass times to enable us to
travel. We will keep change to a minimum.
all of us praying
that some our number will offer themselves for Priesthood and for
encouraging each other while we re-adjust to the realities of the
Criticism is understandable but not very
helpful. Not everyone, priests or people, will be happy with
the new arrangements but there are few
alternatives open to us.
have a few details to work on but the new Mass times will be announced
next weekend and the changes will take place on the First Sunday
of Advent, 2 December. It is important to us that you understand
why we must make change now and not wait till change is forced on
us. We could leave things as they are - but it would not be for
long. It is better to think ahead and make our plans now. As far
as humanly possible Funerals, Weddings, Confirmations, First Communions
and so on will always be celebrated in your own parish by your own
priest, and your Sunday Mass should be celebrated in your own parish
with your own parish priest but with changes to the Mass times you
might wish or need to make a change and attend Mass in a neighbouring
parish from time to time. Please be assured that all of this comes
after much thought and prayer - none of us likes change.
May God bless you all.
Application forms for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in July 2013 are
now available. For more information, please see the poster in the porch or
contact the Parish Office.
Cardinal O’Brien called on all Catholics to 'wear a cross with pride' these
days. We have a few lapel crosses available at the stall.
Pope Benedict has called on all Catholics to celebrate a Year of Faith from
October 2012 to October 2013. It is a time to renew our faith by prayer, by
studying our faith and by renewed charity. It is something we can all do both
privately and publically. Our country has lost its faith and its way. We each
must play our part in renewing faith in God’s goodness and His word. The Year
of Faith National Opening Mass will be held in Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral,
Motherwell at 3.00 pm on Sunday 4 November. The Year of Faith Diary is available
at the stall. It runs from October 2012 to October 2013 and will be useful.
It costs £2.95. To mark the Year of Faith, the Bishops of Scotland have
set up a special website and social media feeds to help us learn about all that
is happening at local, national and international level and to assist us to
grow in faith during this time of grace. The address is www.YearOfFaithScotland.com
In addition, special services will be provided via Facebook and Twitter, offering
news, points for reflection and ideas on how to mark the Year of Faith. Please
consider following www.facebook.com/yearoffaithscotland
SCOTTISH CHURCHES STARTER PACKS
Starter Packs is an initiative of the Scottish Churches organised locally by
Women's Aid. When people are allocated a house, they very often don’t have the
basic necessities and many tenancies fail as a result. This initiative tries
to provide a starter pack. There is a leaflet explaining our part in it.
There will be a Remembrance Day Service in the Evangelical Union Church, Ardrossan
at 1.00 pm.
The annual Mass in the Cemetery for the parishioners of Ardrossan and Saltcoats
will be held on Sunday 18 November at 2.00 pm.
SAINT MARY'S LOURDES GROUP
Saint Mary’s Lourdes Group is hosting a Sunday Roast Lunch in Saint Mary’s Church
Hall, Saltcoats at 1.00 pm - after 12 o’clock Mass on Sunday 21 October. Tickets
cost £5 with all proceeds going the Saint Mary’s Lourdes Group. For more
information or tickets, please contact Jean on 467165 or Sadie on 602442 as
soon as possible so that the number to be catered for is known. All are welcome.
We thank the 50/50 Club members for
their continued support of the 50/50 Club and the parish of Saint Peter in Chains.
If you would like the chance
to win a prize and help the parish at the same time then join the 50/50 Club
and contact the Promoter M Sammons on 01294 469006 now.
There will be an Italian Night with Paolo and Angela on Saturday 17 November.
Tickets costing £12.50 ae available from the Parish Office.
BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE
You can donate blood at Ardrossan Civic Centre on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31
October between 2.30 and 3.45 pm and 5.15 and 7.30 pm.
ARDROSSAN CASTLE HERITAGE SOCIETY
Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society is holding a Fundraising
Dance with buffet and disco in the Laurieston Hotel on Friday 26 October from
7.30 pm to 12.30 am. Tickets, costing £10, are available by telephoning
Papal Blessings for a wedding, wedding anniversary or a special birthday can
be ordered at the stall. The price of the parchment and postage has gone up
drastically. We now have to ask £40 for the Blessing. Please leave plenty
New Missals containing the new Rite are now available at the stall £7.99
LARGE PRINT MASS BOOKS
Mass Books in Polish are available from the stall. Sunday Readings in most
European languages can be printed from the parish website.
NOVENA CANDLES AND GRAVE CANDLES
There is a nice selection of Novena and Grave Candles available at the stall.
Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During
the 10.00 am Mass there is a Children’s Liturgy provided for preschool children,
children in Primaries 1 to 3 and a Sacramental Programme for children in Primary
4. After the 10.00 am Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the
Parish Centre. At all of our weekend Masses, we have a second collection for
our Parish Centre debt.
USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES AND OLD MOBILE PHONES
There is now a large green box in the foyer of the Parish Centre and a small
box at the stall where you can place all old printer cartridges and mobile
phones for us to recycle. Through recycling these we can raise some much needed
Our advertisers would welcome your support. We are grateful for their continuing
sponsorship. We are grateful for the support of Mr and Mrs Sohal, Nisa Stores,
Glasgow Street for the weekly donation of tea, coffee and milk for the Sunday
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.