BULLETIN                           15 FEBRUARY 2015



Saturday 14 February  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Ordination of Biship-elect Nolan in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Agnes Morrison

Sunday 15 February  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 16 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Margaret Noble

Tuesday 17 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Raymond McLaren

Wednesday 18 February  

Ash Wednesday - A day for fasting and doing without meat
Mass at 10.00 am for Michael Leonard
Mass at 7.00 am for a special intention

Thursday 19 February  

Mass at 7.00 pm for John Collins

Friday 20 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for birthday wishes

Saturday 21 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Canon Matt’s mother’s anniversary
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for a special intention

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 15 February  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 16 February  
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 17 February  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40 Toning

Wednesday 18 February  
5.45 to 6.45 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm

Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40 Toning

Thursday 19 February  
4.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm


Friday 20 February  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 21 February  
7.00 pm Private Function

Please remember in your prayers:
Margaret Noble (sister of Cathie Currie), Ella Robertson, John O’Hare (Saltcoats) and Rita Dalton (Irvine) who died recently;
Patricketta Maxwell 2004, Canon Tom McGread, Catherine Morrison 1977, John Carrick 2010, James McLaren 1964, Patrick Kelly 1989, Lucia Valenti 1972, Rose Walker 1985, Jack Conlan 2013, Nathan Murray-Collier 2005, Ellen Reilly 1954, Jean Wylie, Francis Clark 1953, Helen Clark 1973, Hugh McGinn 2013, Kelly Smith 2007, John Patrick Collins 2012, Rose Folan 2012, George Monaghan 2004 and Patsy McDonald 1993 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 £678.07 - many thanks.

Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £286.56 - 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 Alfie Agostini at 10.30 am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Aidan and Calum at 5.30 pm and Group 5 at 10.30 am.

Next Sunday's teas will be served by Maria Boyle’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 Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh and Michelle Champion for primaries 1 and 2, Elaine Shaw and Maria Paterson for primary 3 and Denise Gilmour and Laura Hamilton for primary 4.

Bishop William Nolan was been ordained yesterday, Saturday, as our new Bishop. With all of us he faces a time of change and uncertainty - fewer people attending Mass, more and more people in need of 'the Joy of the Gospel' fewer resources for the upkeep of too many Church buildings, fewer priests. Yet we have so much to be thankful for - the gift of Jesus Himself - always with us, always calling us forward in hope. May Bishop Nolan have a fruitful and happy ministry among us. Keep him in your prayers.

Congratulations to this month's 50/50 Club winners who each win £25 - 262 Jack McCabe, 228 Sheila Boyle, 35 Mae Cavani and 259 Alison Erskine. The Early Bird draw for £50 winner was 200 James Watt. Several members have still to renew. Please contact the promoter if there is a problem. We have around forty vacant places over the last year. Anyone wishing to join, please contact Mrs Myriame Sammons on 01294 469008. Sincere thanks to all members who paid during January.

We will mark Catholic Education Week with our Sunday Mass this weekend. 'Sharing the Joy of the Gospel' based on the Encyclical of Pope Francis is the theme for Education Week.

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. The meeting for parents has been postponed till after I have my ankle surgery. I'm sorry about this. I have been told it will be done soon so it might coincide with the meeting! I will re-arrange before Easter.

The Blood Transusion Service will be at the Civic centre, Glasgow on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The times are on the poster in the porch.

There will be a Taize Prayer Service on Wednesday 4 March at 7.30 pm in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, South Crescent Road. It is an hour of quiet prayer and music for Lent and thoroughly recommended.

If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.
A parishioner
Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, ca-pable of filling life with new splendour and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties.
Pope Francis
This quote is used in the Catholic Education Service for Catholic Education Week.

A Race Night for HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust will be held on Friday 13 February 2015 in the Civic Centre, Ardrossan with the first race at 8.00 pm. For tickets, please phone Esther Coulter on 01294 464692. All are welcome.

A Blingo Night will be held on Friday 27 February at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre to raise funds for HCPT who are taking handicapped children to Lourdes at Easter. This is being organised by Krista Ward, a sixth year pupil at
Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats as part of her Leadership Award. Please come along and embrace the glitz and glamour and if you’re sporting the most bling you can win the Bling King or Queen prize! Entry costs £5 for under 18s and £7.50 per adult which includes full bingo games book, Irish standing bingo ticket, tea or coffee with cake and for the adults a glass of Buck’s Fizz on arrival. Tickets are available from the school office on 606689 or from Krista on StMatthews@ea.n-ayrshire.sch.uk.

The White Mass for Catholic Health Care Workers and others involved in the pastoral care of the sick will be celebrat-ed in Saint Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow, on Sunday 15 February at 12 noon. Refreshments will be available in the Eyre Hall after the Mass. Everyone is welcome to this Mass.

A Family Bingo supporting Youth for Lourdes will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday 21 March at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £1 and a fun night is promised.

Saint Peter’s Primary School Parent Council is having a Race Night in the Parish Centre on Friday 27 March. Full details will be given later.

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.

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.