BULLETIN                                           12 JANUARY 2014



Saturday 11 January  

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

Sunday 12 January  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 13 January  
Mass at 9.00 am for Thomas Boyle
Tuesday 14 January  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's, Saltcoats
Mass offered elsewhere for Janet Jones and Jim Lindsay

Wednesday 15 January  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint John's, Stevenston
Mass offered elsewhere for Billy Mullen

Thursday 16 January  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's, Saltcoats
Mass offered elsewhere for a special intention

Friday 17 January  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's, Saltcoats
Mass offered elsewhere for Christmas intentions

Saturday 17 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Christmas intentions
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Theresa McGuire

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 12 January  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 January  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 17 January  
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Romana Craig (Stevenston) who died recently;
Mario Marchetti 2013, John Aitken 2001, Kathleen Brown 2012, Christine Cassidy 1998, Mary Donnelly 2006, Eamon Lennon 2009, Kathleen Tritschler 2006, Roy White 1993, Cecilia McCurdie 2005, James McNamara 1982, Mary Guilfoyle 2005, Ishbel McCarroll 1983, Monica McDonald 1997, David Stirling 2004, Mary Coulter 1978, Peter McCarroll 1940, Elizabeth Walsh 2005, David Gallagher 2011, Mary Boyce Gillies 2012, Theresa McDermott 2000, George Agostini 2006, Janis McSkimming 2010, James Murray 1972, Rena Scullion 2008, Canon Michael Farrington 2009 and Margaret McLaughlan 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. 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 for 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 £641.32 - many thanks.

Last weekend's collection for
the Parish Centre amounted to £265.74 - many thanks

The second collection this weekend is for Justice and Peace.

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 Pauline Taylor at 5.30 pm and Margaret Harvey at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are CC at 5.30 pm and Group 4 at 10.30 am.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sharon McLaughlin'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 Elaine Shaw and Teresa Louden for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh and Michelle Champion for primaries 1 and 2, Michelle Morton and Maria Paterson for primary 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Michelle Millar for primary 4.

Canon Matt
is not available from Monday to Friday of this week. The Parish Office (464063) is open from 9.00am to 5.00 pm each day as usual. Father Bell, Saltcoats (463461) and Canon Poland, Stevenston (463225) are both available.

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.

Members and new members have the opportunity to renew their membership for 2014 at a cost of £15 on the next two Sundays - 19 and 26 January in the Parish Centre foyer after all Masses of the weekend. Collectors are out and about collecting from their members now. If we have missed anyone, please hand in on Sign-Up Sundays. There will be an early-bird draw for those who have paid before the end of January. We take this opportunity to thank all members for their continuing support of the Club and the parish, and especially our collectors who continue over many years. Our first draw for 2014 will be in February to give all members the time to pay their membership. Please consider joining and tell your friends. Everyone is very welcome to share in the prizes. Contact the Club Promoter, Myriame Sammons on 01294 469006.

A sixth-year pupil at St Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats, Rosalind Sharp, has arranged an Instrumental Evening in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The concert will be held in Saint Matthew's Auditorium on Wednesday 22 January 2014 at 7.00 pm. Tickets are available from the school office (01294 606680) and are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

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.

Children who attain the age of five years between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015 should be registered for primary school. Arrangements for Registration at Saint Peter's Primary School will be by appointment during the following times.
   Wednesday 15 January - 11.10 to 11.50 am and 2.00 to 2.35 pm
   Thursday 16 January - 9.30 to 10.00 am, 11.10 to 11.50 am and 1.45 to 2.35 pm
   Friday 17 January - 9.30 to 10.00 am, 11.10 to 11.50 am and 1.45 to 2.35 pm
Please call in person or by telephone (01294 462551) to arrange an appointment. Birth certificate, baptismal certificate where appropriate and proof of residence should be presented at the time of registration. We look forward to meeting you next week.

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.

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.