BULLETIN                                          21 OCTOBER 2012




Saturday 20 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Michael Doherty

Sunday 21 October  

Sunday 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
Tuesday 23 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention - all who are sick

Wednesday 24 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for Maureen Mulhearn and Bruce McLeod

Thursday 25 October  

No Mass in Saint Peter's

Friday 26 October  
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Willie Paterson
Saturday 27 October  

Mass at 10.00 am for Kirsty Bell
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Russ Otto and
Edwin Curtis

The 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.


Sunday 21 October  

11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 22 October  
9.30 to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm
Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tuesday 23 October  
11.00 am
6.30 to 9.00 pm
7.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Legion of Mary
Saint Anne's Guild
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Cardio 40

Wednesday 24 October  
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm
Cardio 40 Toning
Thursday 25 October  
4.00 to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing Class

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 contact

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.

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 to £4064.50.

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.

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.

The 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.
  Saint John's Parish, Stevenston      Saint Peter's Parish, Ardrossan      Saint Mary's Parish, Saltcoats      Saint Winin's Parish, Kilwinning
  Bishop 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 the Diaconate.
   - supporting and encouraging each other while we re-adjust to the realities of the twenty-first century.
     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.
We still 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.
Canon Martin Poland      Canon Matt McManus      Father Graeme Bell      Father Gerry Magee

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 and www.twitter.com/scotyearoffaith.

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 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.

50/50 CLUB
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.

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 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 464733.

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 of time.

New Missals containing the new Rite are now available at the stall £7.99 or £9.99.

Mass Books in Polish are available from the stall. Sunday Readings in most European languages can be printed from the parish website.

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.

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 funds. Thanks.

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 teas.

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.