BULLETIN                      5 JANUARY 2014


Canon Matt wishes all parishioners and friends a happy new year.


Saturday 4 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Gerry Brown
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Eamon Lennon senior, Eamon Lennon junior and June Doherty

Sunday 5 January  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 6 January  
Mass at 10.00 am for Anthony McGarvey
Tuesday 7 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Annie Farmer, Mrs Anderson and Jim Lindsay whose cremation is at 2.00 pm today

Wednesday 8 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for May O’Farrell and Hugh Henry

Thursday 9 January  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Installation of Bishop Stephen Robson in Saint Andrew's Cathedral, Dundee

Friday 10 January  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's, Saltcoats

Saturday 11 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Sarah and Patrick Branniff
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Doris and Mary Coulter

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.


Monday 6 January  
9.30 to 11.30 pm
6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 7 January  
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 8 January  
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 9 January  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 10 January  
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Jim Lindsay (Kilwinning), Father George Rogers (Edinburgh) and Father Joe Brannigan (parish priest Lanark) who died recently;
Patrick Braniff 1991, Isabella Keenan 1939, Celia Ralston 2007, Gary Cahill 2013, Patrick Cawley 2001, Helen McCluskey 2004, James Burns 1955, Leda Biagioni 2007; Canon Peter Fitzpatrick 1952, Isabel Foran 2013, John Cahill 1989, Danny Higgins 2009, Francis Kelly 2013, Bernard McLaughlan 1984, Robert Colvin 1998, Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Derek Tomelty 2003, Patricia Brennan 2005, Joseph Gibbons 1973, Hugh Henry 2008, Rosina McPeake, Joan McCallum 2001, Maude Cullinane 1960 and Terence Murphy 1989 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. Deacon Bill Corbett (01292 521208, 07904 248948, Rev.BillCorbett@btinternet.com) 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 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 £609.82 - many thanks.

Last weekend's collection for
the Parish Centre amounted to £255.70 - many thanks.

Last weekend's collection for
the Parish Centre amounted to £1174.37 - many thanks.


Donations to the Building Fund amounted to
£170 - many thanks.

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 Katrina Pollock at 5.30 pm and Tom Reid at 10.30 am.

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

There are no Sunday teas this weekend. Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sadie's 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. Next week's helpers are Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for the pre-fives, Marie O’Brien and Maria Paterson for primaries 1 and 2, Yvette Thorpe and Kimberley Boyd for primary 3 and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for primary 4.

Please keep in your prayers Bishop Stephen Robson who will be installed as Bishop of Dunkeld Diocese - Dundee, Perth and surrounding area - on Thursday evening.

The 2014 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 1 February at 7.00 pm. Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm. The Immortal Memory will be delivered by Michael Diamond (shown below left), past President of Irvine Burns Club. John Hunter, North Ayrshire Councillor for Ardrossan and Arran will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Katy Clark (shown below right), Member of Parliament for North Ayrshire and Arran will reply. Other participants include Bill Andrew, Rachel Brown, Michael McCulloch, George McGrattan and Ciaran Sinclair. Tickets cost £12.50 and they should be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends. The meal will be prepared and served by Michael and Fiona Brown, family and friends. Vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course. If you are looking for tickets, please order them this week. More than half the tickets are already sold.

Like the other Dioceses in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, we must continue to face up to the declining number of people attending Mass and to the increasing costs of maintaining, heating and caring for our buildings as well as the decreasing number of priests. Bishop John has issued a Consultation Paper for us to consider over the Christmas period. In January we will have a Three Towns meeting to consider a way forward. The Consultation Paper is available now.

On 25 November 2013, the one hundred thousandth visit was made to Saint Peter’s website which was launched on 13 July 2005. The site has over 1750 web pages, 1100 pictures, 490 bulletins between 1960 and 2013, 14000 links, some audio and video clips and been viewed in 81 countries worldwide. Over 1200 of our deceased relatives and friends are remembered in our Anniversary List and some are featured in our Memoriam Cards page. The site contains many articles on past and present spiritual and community life in Saint Peter's with pages dedicated to our recent seventy-fifth anniversary.
Canon Matt and the website author are very grateful to those who have accessed the site, lent photographs, passed on stories, identified errors, made suggestions and expressed compliments. The aims of the site are to make parishioners and others aware of current events and record our history. If you can help with this project, please speak to Canon Matt or contact WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net.

We did not escape some damage to roof tiles and so on in the recent storms. Work will begin as soon as it is possible.

Could all volunteers let the Parish Office know when you receive your Protection of Vulnerable Groups paperwork in the post? Thanks.

Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats has a new website under construction at www.SaintMatthewsAcademy.com You might find it interesting.

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.

Our local Galloway group will be travelling to Lourdes on pilgrimage from Thursday 24 April to Saturday 3 May. There are places available for sick pilgrims - 'VIPs', helpers, relatives and nurses, all to travel in the specially adapted coach suitable even for those unable to fly. For more information or to make a booking please contact the Group Leader Alison Neil on 07749 555955 or by e-mail on amd.neil@virgin.net.

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.