BULLETIN                                     22 SEPTEMBER 2013



Saturday 21 September  

Feast of Saint Matthew
Mass at 10.00 am for deceased priests
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm the intentions of Alice McGrattan from the Thursday Club

Sunday 22 September  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation, Jim McLaughlin and Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Monday 23 September  
Mass at 10.00 am for Philip Gargan and Margaret Logan
Tuesday 24 September  

Mass at 10.00 am for James Duffy and Isabella Farrell

Wednesday 25 September  

Mass at 10.00 am for Sister Mary of Saint Joseph

Thursday 26 September  

Mass at 7.00 pm for Margaret Logan and Lynne-Marie Hainey

Friday 27 September  

Mass at 10.00 am for the McDermott and Boyle families

Saturday 28 September  

Mass at 10.00 am for the intentions of our parishioners and May Picozzi
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for all who are celebrating Golden Wedding anniversaries at this time

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.


Saturday 21 September  

7.30 pm
Mary's Meals clothing and textile collection
Private Function
Sunday 22 September  

11.30 am
7.15 pm

Tea and Coffee after Mass
Fit Steps Class

Monday 23 September  
7.00 to 9.00 pm Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tuesday 24 September  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
6.30 to 8.30 pm
5.00 to 7.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40 Toning
Irish Dancing Class

Wednesday 25 September  
6.00 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm

8.00 to 9.00 pm

Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40 Toning

Thursday 26 September  
4.00 to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm

7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing Class

Friday 27 September  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 28 September  
1.00 pm Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
May Picozzi and Thomas OíCanain (Cork, Ireland) who died recently;
   Roseleen Casey 2010, David Dunbar 2005, James Forbes 2011, Jimmy McLaughlin 2007, Rita Michelini 2002,
   Helen Steele 2012, James Tomelty 2011, Margaret Donnelly 1997, George Logue 2011, William McNamara 2001,
   Isabella Farrell 2012, Mary McGraa 2002, Sister Mary of Saint Joseph 1975 pictured right, Bernard Boyce 2012,
   John Mackay 2002, Thomas McGrattan 1917, Daniel Murray 1981, Brian Ghosh 2002, Maureen Johnson 2003,
   John Brodie 2001, Angela Brown 2008, Peggy McKay 1992 and Robert Leo Walsh 1968 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

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.

Bankers Orders the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3800 per month. Every month, we pay off our Parish Centre debt by £3000 and pay a levy of £1450 to the Diocese. We are grateful for your generous support in collections. If you can manage a little more from time to time, it would be a great help. 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. Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £534.81 - many thanks.

Last weekend's collection for
the Retired Priests' Fund amounted to £444.11 - many thanks.

The help you give for Church repairs by dropping in a white envelope from time to time is invaluable. We have a continuing task in keeping the Church wind and watertight. New doors have been installed in the Parish Centre.

The Inland Revenue now requires us to use a new style of Gift Aid form. These are available at the back of the Church. If you pay tax, please complete the new form and return it to the box provided. This allows us to provide the additional information required on the Gift Aid claim. 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.

Next weekend's readers are Marade Griffin at 5.30 pm and Robert Cooper at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are CC at 5.30 pm and Group 3 at 10.30 am.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sadie Gilmourís team.

The Children's Liturgy is celebrated during the Sunday 10.00 am Mass. We have groups for three to five years, primary 1 and 2 and primary 3. All children are welcome. The Sacramental Preparation group for Primary 4 children will begin on Sunday 6 October.
Next week's helpers are Elaine Shaw and Theresa Louden for the pre-fives and Jacqueline Waugh, Michelle Champion and Kimberley Boyd for primaries 1 to 3.

Our Church was opened on 2 October 1938 which means it will be seventy-five years open this October. On Wednesday 2 October, the daily Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon - the date and time of the first Mass in 1938. Everyone who can manage is welcome. There will be a cuppa in the Parish Centre after Mass. There will be a celebration Mass at 5.30 pm on Saturday 5 October and a buffet supper after Mass with time to chat. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society will lay on transport for Mass and supper for those who need it. Please give names to the parish office or to any member of the Society. You will find an invitation on your seat. Here are a few facts from our history. Archbishop Donald Mackintosh - ours was a parish of Glasgow Archdiocese - presided at the opening High Mass at the principal celebrant of was Father Archibald McSparran. He was assisted by Father James McCarroll and Father Robert McCliment. Fittingly, all three priests were natives of Ardrossan. Father Fredrick Pirrie preached at Mass. The first children to be Baptised in the newly-opened Saint Peterís were Thomas Peter McCann (Tommy) and Henry Joseph Sammons (Harry) on 13 November 1938. The first Marriages were of Thomas Bernard Smyth and Elizabeth Veronica Marshall on the day after the official opening and James Neilson and Jane Holmes Adam on 26 November 1938. For several months after the Church opened, Funerals continued to be conducted from Saint Maryís, Saltcoats, the Mother Parish. The first Funeral in Saint Peterís was that of Robert Hastings on 30 December 1938. The seating for about 800 is constructed of American white oak by Thomas Stewart Limited. A contemporary report says 'specially designed for comfort in kneeling'. I feel they forgot about sitting. The photograph below of a procession in the Church Grounds was taken in June 1945 or 1946. Does anyone know who the priest in the surplice and soutane is?

I am aware of several couples in the parish celebrating their Golden Wedding this year. My cousin Matt and his wife, Mary from California were married in the summer of 1963 and are coming to stay for a few days next weekend. I would be delighted to bless the Golden Couples at Mass next Saturday evening. Can you please phone the office on 464063 so that I donít miss anyone?

The plight of the Syrian refugees is terrible to see on television and in reports from the Aid Agencies. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) has sent envelopes you can use to make a donation. We will send them on and there are other ways to help. Pope Francis and the Bishops have asked us all to pray for the situation in Syria.

The team from Mary's Meals will be here on the weekend of 21 and 22 September to collect used clothing and textiles. They cannot take anything else. Have a wardrobe clear-out to support this important charity.

Thank you for the backpacks donated to Mary's Meals. Last week we filled a further 33 backpacks to send to Malawi, making a total of 983 to date. As this is an ongoing project, we are looking for more backpacks, tee-shirts, shorts, skirts, summer dresses, flip-flops and sandals to fit children
aged five to twelve. All donated items, which can be new or in good condition, should be left in the box in the Church porch.

The Annual Mass for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Blessing of the Sick will take place in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on Thursday 26 September at 7.00 pm.

Congratulations to our winners who each receive £25.
August - 119 Rosemary Smith, 136 Elizabeth Petrie, 180 Ronnie Cairns, 3 Michael Sammons
September - 39 Annie Calvert, 200 James Watt, 14 David Atkins, 268 Margaret Gribben
Our next draw will be at the end of October. New members are very welcome at any time. Our thanks to our members for their continuing support of the Parish 50/50 Club. Contact the Promoter, Myriame Sammons on 469006 if you wish to join.

Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Mass outwith holidays, there is a Childrenís 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 will be a pilgrimage to Rome from 20 to 27 May 2014. The accommodation is ten minutes walk from Saint Peterís Basilica. Flights and transport to and from Kilwinning, half board and all sightseeing costs are included in the price of £850. Please register interest with Maureen Berry on 01294 557658 or macberry@live.co.uk who will supply all details.

Father David Borland is exploring the possibility of arranging another Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early October 2014. At the moment, he is simply asking for people interested in taking part in such a Pilgrimage to express their interest by contacting him in one of the ways outlined on the poster. No commitment is required at this time.

Saint Peter's Children's Centre has nursery spaces available for children who are three years and above and children whose third birthday is before 28 February 2014. These spaces are funded by North Ayrshire Council. For more information, please contact Josephine
Coulter on 473030.

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.