BULLETIN                2 DECEMBER 2012




Saturday 1 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for John Craig and Hilda Cambridge
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for John Maher

Sunday 2 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 3 December  
Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier
Mass at 10.00 am for John Craig and a birthday
Tuesday 4 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Cathy Murray

Wednesday 5 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for William and Ina McPeake

Thursday 6 December  

Memorial of Saint Nicolas
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Janie McGonigle
No evening Mass

Friday 7 December  
Mass at 10.00 am for Ellen Lafferty
Saturday 8 December  

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - not a holiday of obligation
Mass at 10.00 am for Barney Coby and Nora Moore
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Mary Harper

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 2 December  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 3 December  
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 4 December  
11.00 am
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Legion of Mary
Cardio 40

Wednesday 5 December  
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm
Cardio 40 Toning
Thursday 6 December  
4.00 to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing Class

Friday 7 December  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
   John McNamara 1997, Elizabeth Theresa Walsh 1970, Brian O'Hare 2009, Tom Reid 2006, Monica Tipping 2010,
   John Welsh 2009, Mary Martin 1983, Isabella McGoogan 1998, Gordon Alexander Smith 1997, John Hughes 2010,
   Margaret Shanks 1994, Rose Smith 1999, Anne Thompson 1986, Susan Connor 2009, Thomas Connor 2006,
   Jean Graham, Alexander Merrick 2001, May Shanks 1990, Rose Smith 1999, Sarah Braniff 1961, Ann McCubbin,
   Robert Shanks 1996, Teresa Dorans 2006, Margaret Hughes 2006, James Mathieson 1999, Gerard McCulloch 1990,
   Anthony McGarvey 1996, John McKay junior 1972, James McSorley 2010, Cassie Millen 2011,
   Father Alec Smith SDB 2008 and John Tracy 1999 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

From this weekend, the Sunday Mass times in Saint Peter's are 5.30 pm Vigil and 10.30 am. Sunday Mass times in other local parishes can be seen here.

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 £737.02 - 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 £306.79 - 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. Recent donations of £30 bring the total to £4459.50. This will offset the painting of the Church but we still have a fair bit more to do.

Next weekend's readers are Elsie Brodie at 5.30 pm and Robert Cooper at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 5 at 10.30 am.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Maria Hilferty’s team.

Very many thanks to all our volunteer helpers. Next Sunday's Children's Liturgy helpers are Elaine Shaw and Geraldine Butcher for the pre-5s, Sharon McLaughlin, Emma Paterson and Yvette Thorpe for primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for primary 4.


The Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 26 January 2013 at 7.00 pm and patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm. The Chief Executive Officer of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Tony Finn, will deliver The Immortal Memory. The Reverend Sandy Montgomerie of Saint Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church, Ardrossan will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Anne Clarke formerly of North Ayrshire Council will reply. Other participants are
Canon Matt, Bill Andrew, Michael McCulloch, George McGrattan and Ciaran Sinclair. Tickets cost £12.50 and should be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends. Vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course.

Thanks to all who attended the Cemetery Mass last Sunday. A black golf umbrella was left after the Mass and can be collected from the Parish Office.

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.

Advent Penance Service will be hed in
   - Saint John's, Stevenston on Tuesday 18 December at 7.00 pm

   - Saint Mary's, Saltcoats on Wednesday 19 December at 2.00 pm
   - Saint Peter's, Ardrossan on Thursday 20 December at 7.00 pm

Please make every effort ot celebrate the Sacrament of Forgiveness before Christmas.

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.

An adult education course for the Year of Faith will be held in Saint Bride’s, West Kilbride on some Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. The opening session on 6 December deals with The Council in its Historical Context by Bernard Aspinwall. The next session on 24 January 2013 is A Modern Church in a Modern World by Dr Theodora Hawksley. A leaflet is available. 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 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.

50/50 CLUB
Myriame Sammons is the one to see if you would like to join. It is an essential source of income for the parish. Thanks to all who support it so faithfully.

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.

Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Mass outwith holidays, 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 10.30 am Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both 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.