BULLETIN                                 18 JANUARY 2015



Saturday 17 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for the congregation
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for baby Ross Hainey and his family

Sunday 18 January  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 19 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Michael Leonard and Sadie Rhodes

Tuesday 20 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Sheila Douglas

Wednesday 21 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Joseph Charles Retzbach

Thursday 22 January  

Mass at 7.00 pm for Anna Ferrie and the Hainey family

Friday 23 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Johnny Thompson

Saturday 24 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention and Catherine McAteer
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Willie Forsyth

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 17 January  
7.00 pm Burns Supper
Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm.
Sunday 18 January  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 19 January  
9.30 to 5.30 pm
6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Private Function
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 20 January  
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 21 January  
6.00 to 8.00 pm

Irish Dancing Class

Thursday 22 January  
4.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 23 January  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Sadie Rhodes formerly of our parish, Patricia McMahon (Kilwinning) and Robert Moreland (Newcastle) who died recently;
Canon Michael Farrington 2009, Margaret McLaughlan 2005, Thelma Carrick 2005, Annie Boyle O'Hare 1967, Mary Catherine Teggart 1999, Thomas West 2005, Bessie Brown 1982, Peggy Gray 2010, Addie Hissey 2009, Margaret McMillan 2009, Margaret Jane Brennan 1964, Betty Kelly 2011, John Curran 2013, Annie Monan 1998, James Cunningham 1986, Michael Lynn 2005, James McCormack 1999, Catherine Welsh 2005, Joe Marshall 2013 and John McKay 1957 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 £582.09 - many thanks.

Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £198.85 - 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 Julie Coldwell at 5.30 pm and Tom Reid and Sarah Vallance at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Aidan and Calum at 5.30 pm and Group 2 at 10.30 am.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Loretta McLardy’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 Michelle Noble and Teresa Louden for the pre-fives, Mairi Barr and Krista Ward for primaries 1 and 2, Maria Paterson-Kidd and Sara Lopes for primary 3 and Denise Gilmour and Michelle Morton for primary 4.

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.

Holy Hour with a short introduction and a short concluding prayer will be held to pray for the new Bishop’s ministry in our diocese in Saint John’s Church, Stevenston at 3.00 pm on Sunday 8 February. Come and spend a little time in prayer.

We will mark Catholic Education Week at Sunday Mass on 14 and 15 February. The Education Week Mass will be on Wednesday 11 February at 7.00 pm in
Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats. The Mass will have a particular focus on the Caritas pupils in sixth year.

The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion will be celebrated this year at the 10.30 am Mass on Sundays 3, 10 and 17 May, as we have done for many years. The reason for the three Sundays is so that the children are easily called by name, have enough room for family and friends and are made to feel as special as they are. Twenty-nine children are on our list, including those added recently, so about ten children each Sunday would be comfortable. I will put a list at the stall for you to choose whichever Sunday suits. I am happy to add another Sunday or arrange any other date you may require. I know that family work and travel arrangements can be difficult. Just let me know. There will be a meeting for parents on 19 February at 7.30 pm in the Church.

On 6 January 2015, the 120000th visit was made to Saint Peter’s website which was launched on 13 July 2005. The site has over 2000 web pages, 1200 pictures, 550 bulletins between 1960 and 2013, 19000 links, some audio and video clips and been viewed in 97 countries worldwide. Over 1300 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. 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.

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.

Saint Matthew’s Academy is hosting a Burns Supper to raise funds for HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust on Friday 23 January from 6.45 to 11.00 pm. Our aim is to send four sixth year pupils and two first and second year pupils to Lourdes at Easter with the charity. Please come along and join us for an evening packed full of entertainment! Tickets are priced at £10 per adult, £7.50 concession and £5 for children and can be obtained from the School Office on 01294 606680.

A Summary of the Meeting of the Deanery Priests on 18 November 2014 and a Summary of the Meeting in Saint Matthew's Academy on 30 November 2014 are now posted on Saint Peter's website. If you would like a copy, please ask and I will print one for you. 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. The report is now being discussed by the Priests and we hope to move forward with some of the ideas. The whole purpose of Embracing Change is to move our ideas forward - to get away from a Church where decisions, plans, ideas and so on, are made by one person or a few people - to a Church fully involving everyone who wants to contribute. It calls for a new way of being Church. It might mean giving up old traditions, ways of doing things, even buildings and embracing new ideas about what Jesus is asking of us and where the Spirit is leading us. Pope Francis seems fearless in moving forward, we must be too.

Registration for Saint Peter’s Children’s Centre Nursery for children born between 1 March 2011 and 28 February 2013 will take place the week beginning 26 January on Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 11.30 am and 1.30 to 3.00 pm. Birth certificates should be produced at registration for funding purposes. All children aged three and above are funded through the local authority. If you cannot visit the nursery or the above times don’t suit, please phone Josephine or Lynda on 473030.

50/50 CLUB
Happy New Year 2015 to all 50/50 Club members. Renewal of memberships is now due at £15 for the year. Renewal reminders have been posted out and we would appreciate returns by the end of January if possible. Sign up will be available in the Parish Centre foyer for members and new members on the weekends of 17 and 18 and 24 and 25 January. Please contact the promoter, Mrs Myriame Sammons on 01294 469006 if there is a problem with your returns or any change of address et cetera. There will be an extra Early Bird draw for all members paid in January. Many thanks for you continued support of 50/50 Club.

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. We will soon get a few prints made from it for sale.

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.

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.