BULLETIN                   7 DECEMBER 2014



Saturday 6 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Zen Brayley and Lyndsey Thomas
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Mary Timmons

Sunday 7 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for Margaret and John Hughes and the parishioners

Monday 8 December  

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Mass at 10.00 am for Raymond McLaren and the parishioners

Tuesday 9 December  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Canon Matt will attend a meeting with Her Majesty's Inspectors about the school in Largs. They are hoping to build a new school in Largs and incorporate Saint Mary’s Primary School. We have firm views.

Wednesday 10 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Johnny Milligan and Bobby Carry
Requiem Mass at 7.00 pm for Lyndsey Thomas

Thursday 11 December  

Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00 pm for Jim Delahunt
Ardrossan Churches Christmas Service at 7.00 pm in the Evangelical Union Church,
Glasgow Street

Friday 12 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Delahunt

Saturday 13 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Cyril Dorrian, Morvia Logue and Angus Macrae
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for James McGlynn and Kenny Happer

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 7 December  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 8 December  
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 9 December  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
5.00 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40 Toning

Wednesday 10 December  
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 11 December  
4.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 12 December  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Jim Wallace and Jim Delahunt, both of our parish, Kenny Happer (Ipswich), Andrew Gillian, Daniel O’Neill, Mary Toland and William Richardson (Glasgow) who died recently;
Sarah Braniff 1961, Katherine Fearon 1911, Janet Ferris 2013, Ann McCubbin, Robert Shanks 1996, Teresa Dorans 2006, Philip Gargan 2012, Margaret Hughes 2006, James Mathieson 1999, Gerard McCulloch 1990, Anthony McGarvey 1996, John McKay junior 1972, James McSorley 2010, Cassie Millen 2011, May O’Farrell 2013, Father Alec Smith SDB 2008, John Tracy 1999, Agnes Martin 2007, Laurence Poland 2010, Agnes Stevenson 1992, Maria Cunningham 1997, Alex Fitzpatrick 1991, James McGlynn 2004, Catherine McGrattan 1969, Sheila McLaughlin 2010, Harry Quigg 1998, Bruna Conn 2009, Mary Hall 1999, Maria Monaghan 1998, Margaret Newall 1994, Margaret Spencer 1992, Alexander Stewart 1982, James Taylor 2002, Desmond Walsh 2007, Mary Branchfield 2003, Mary Dunn 2002, Sam Ferguson 2008, George Kelly 2011, Norman Lamont 2009, James McIntosh 1998 and Catherine McMahon 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 WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net.

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 £768.32 - many thanks.

Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £273.98 - 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 and on the parish website. 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.

New collection envelopes are now available at the stall. Please let us know if you wish to switch to a standing order. Forms are available.

Next weekend's readers are Marade Griffin at 5.30 pm and Tom Reid at 10.30 am. Beginning in January, we would like to have children from Primary 5 and above and young people from Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats assisting with the Readings at the 10.30 am Mass. If you or your child is interested in doing this, please put the name on the list available at the Stall at the back of the Church and a meeting will be arranged in the coming weeks.

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

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

The Children's Liturgy is celebrated during the 10.30 am Mass each Sunday. All children are welcome. Next week's helpers are Geraldine Butcher and Elese McCormack for the pre-fives, Yvette Thorpe and Elaine Shaw for primaries 1 and 2, Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for primary 3 and Andrena Hughes and Laura Hamilton for primary 4.

Our new Bishop - appointed by Pope Francis on 22 November and in charge from that day, but yet to be ordained a Bishop - is Father William Nolan currently parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, East Kilbride. His ordination will take place on Saturday 14 February in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock at 11.00 am. None of our Churches is big enough. We will try to organise a bus. Bishop John Cunningham retired on 22 November but will stay till Bishop-elect Nolan is ordained.

Caritas is the Leadership and Service programme launched by the Scottish Bishops in response to the invitation of Pope Benedict. It is now fully adopted by Saint Matthew's Academy. Nine of our young parishioners have signed up for the programme. They will make themselves known as the year goes on. Watch for details. The Caritas Group have planned a few activities. Some will help with the Children’s Liturgy, some will read in Church and some will become special ministers of the Eucharist at Sunday Mass. A Fair Trade Group will get moving soon and the group will support the next Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes by organising a coffee morning or some such. There is great enthusiasm for the Caritas Award but also for service to the community. Watch the website for updates.

As in past years, there will be a Christmas Card for parishioners to send greetings to friends and fellow-parishioners. All we ask is that you 'sign-up' at the Stall with your name and greetings and give a donation to the Church Maintenance Fund and to cover printing costs.

Memoriam Candles are now available at the Stall. There is also a lovely selection to Christmas cards, calendars and gifts. The Stall is open before and after each Mass.

If you are happy for me to have your email address, would you send us an email to Office@SaintPeterInChains.net? Just say hello and who you are. Postal address and phone would be useful as well. All our data is protected by the Data Protection Act and will not be divulged to anyone else.

Thank you to all those who helped and supported this successful event.

The Stevenston Musical Society Annual Concert will be held in our Church on Sunday 7 December at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost in £6 for adults and £2 for children will be available at the door or from members. Please enter the Church from the Parish Centre door.

The Ardrossan Churches Christmas Carol Service will be held in the Evangelical Union Church in Glasgow Street on Thursday 11 December at 7.00 pm.

North Ayrshire Schools Choirs Annual Christmas Concert will take place on Sunday 14 December at 7.00 pm in our Church. Please enter by the Parish Centre door where tickets will be available.

Our Advent Penance Service will be held on Thursday 18 December at 7.00 pm. There will also be Penance Services in
Saint Mary's, Saltcoats on Wednesday 17 at 2.00 pm and Saint John's, Stevenston at 7.00 pm, Saint Mary's, Largs on Friday 19 at 7.00 pm and Saint Winin's, Kilwinning on Sunday 21 at 6.00 pm.

The first Vigil Mass of Christmas will be on Wednesday 24 December at 5.30 pm and the second Vigil Mass will be at 8.30 pm. The Mass of Christmas Day will be celebrated at 11.00 am on Thursday 25 December.

There will be a Mass for young people of the diocese aged 14 and over on Tuesday 30 December at 1.00 pm in Saint John’s Church, Cumnock followed by a Christmas lunch in the hall. The cost is £5. Please give your name to Father Stephen McGrattan on info@rccumnock.org.uk for catering purposes.

The 2015 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 17 January at 7.00 pm. Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm for a prompt start. The Immortal Memory will be delivered by Drew Cochrane, for forty years the Editor of the Largs and Millport Weekly News. Brian Kerr, former Head of the Music Service in North Ayrshire Council will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire will reply. Other participants are Bill Andrew, Rachel Brown, Michael McCulloch, Pam McGlynn, Aidan and Bethany McGrath, George McGrattan, Ciaran Sinclair and Mamie Stewart. Tickets cost £15.00 and 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. There are more details on the Church website on www.SaintPeterInChains.net. Your support is appreciated.

The Embracing Change meeting took place in Saint Matthew's Academy on Sunday 30 November. The idea was to look at themes produced by previous meetings and then move on to some practical ideas we might try to carry out as we look for a way forward. Many ideas were put forward. A full report will follow.

This diocesan group is now recruiting young people in the current fourth year of secondary school to 23 years of age to join it. The YfL Group assists sick and frail participants on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes with their mobility, helping them to take part as fully as they can in the week long pilgrimage. The dates are 5 to 15 July 2015. The full cost is £630 which includes all food, travel, accommodation and insurance. The first meeting will take place in Saint John's Hall, Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1JU on Sunday 5 October from 3.00 pm till 6.00 pm. Application forms are available in the Church porch or through the YfL office on 01387 252603, teamyfl@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook Youth for Lourdes (Galloway).

Our local Across Group is looking for sick or limited mobility pilgrims and any helpers who wish to travel to Lourdes next year from 23 April to 2 May by the specially adapted coach with fully medical support and staffing. Please contact the group leader Alison Neil on 07749 555955 or amd.neil@outlook.com for more details or to book a place.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 6 to 13 July 2015. Full details are on the poster at the Stall where booking forms are available.

If you would like to produce a Thought for the Week, please email it to Office@SaintPeterInChains.net. Thanks.

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 upkeep.

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
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