BULLETIN                        28 DECEMBER 2014




Saturday 27 December  

Feast of Saint John
Mass at 10.00 am for Christmas intentions
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Tom McKay and John Dolan

Sunday 28 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the parishioners and the wedding anniversary of John and Margaret Johnston

Monday 29 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Sheila Douglas

Tuesday 30 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for the McSkimming family, Doris Coulter, Andrew McAteer and Kit Kean

Wednesday 31 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Maureen Adamson
Mass to end the Year at 5.30 pm for all those who died in 2014 and Theresa McGuire

Thursday 1 January  

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Mass to begin the Year at 11.00 am all who were baptised, celebrated Confirmation and First Communion and were married in 2014

Friday 2 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Bert and Gwen Body, Denis Wilson and Janet and Owen Bogue

Saturday 3 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Teresa Frances McEvoy
Feast of the Epiphany
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Charles Fisher and Valerie Ryan

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 29 December  
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 30 December  
11.00 am
5.00 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.30 pm

Legion of Mary
Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40 Toning

Please remember in your prayers:
David Mills of our parish, Bobby Edwards (Glasgow), Valerie Ryan (England) and Charles Fisher (Chester) who died recently;
Arturo Farro 1994, Catherine McCulloch 2012, Rose Murphy 2009, Thomas O'Connell 1957, May Shanks 1990, Patrick Cahill 2010, Mary Dorian Stirling 1999, Alice Sibbald 2010, Terence Witt 2010, Alfonso Agostini 1955, Brian Connick 2010, Father Joseph Glendinning 1993, June Doherty 2010, Isabella Dougherty 2010, Father Andrew Karwemera 2002, Lizzie Macnamara, James Murphy 1997, Hugh Brown 1980, Susan Burns 1986, May Rollie 2007, Frank Clark 2009, Catherine Marroni 2012, Helen McGinn 2012, Sister Imelda CP 2000 and Sister Marie Celeste CP 2000 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 £592.20 - many thanks.

Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £293.66 - 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 Harry Sammons at 5.30 pm and Robert Cooper 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 4 at 10.30 am.

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

The Children's Liturgy will resume on Sunday 11 January 2015.

Our new 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 2015 in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock at 11.00 am. None of our Churches is big enough. We will try to organise a bus. We have been asked to give an indication of how many places we might need so there is a list at the Stall. This is not a bus list nor a firm booking list. It is just to have an indication so that places can be reserved.

The painting, Mary the Girl from Galilee, was a gift to the parish in memory of a former parishioner. It was commissioned by an Ardrossan resident and painted by David Reid of Irvine. It is hoped that we can get a few prints made from it for sale.

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.

50/50 CLUB
As always, you can join anytime or why not give a friend a membership of the 50/50 Club as a present? Just contact any of our collectors or telephone the Club Promoter, Myriame Sammons on 469006.

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.

O God, you were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, grant that we may imitate them in practising the virtues of family life.
Mass of the Holy Family
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
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.