BULLETIN                        29 APRIL 2018


Saturday 28 April  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Theresa McGarvey as a special intention
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Elizabeth McGee

Sunday 29 April  

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 30 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Elizabeth Gilmour

Tuesday 1 May  

Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rose Twigg in thanksgiving

Wednesday 2 May  

Memorial of Saint Athanasius
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rita McDermid and Edward McCaffrey

Thursday 3 May  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Lesley Fisher

Friday 4 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, finishing at 11.00am

Saturday 5 May  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary McNally
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Madge Mitchell the special intentions of Margaret and Peter Padden

The Holy 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 28 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

First Communion Mass at 11.00am

Sunday 29 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 30 April  
Service at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Tuesday 1 May  
Service at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 2 May  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 3 May  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 4 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 5 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 28 April  
10.00am to 1.00pm Saint Peter's Primary School Spring Fayre
Sunday 29 April  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 30 April  
9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 8.00pm
6.45 to 8.15pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 1 May  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 2 May  


Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 3 May  
Friday 4 May  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Michael Convery and Lesley Cahill who died recently;
Aldo Agostini 1974, John Brownlow 2012, Tommy Morgan 1992, Kathleen Walsh 1955, Annie Mathieson Dorian 1974, Roseann Ward 2017, Simon Charles Cawley 2004, Mary Crossan 1981, Elizabeth Hendry 1998, Mary McCaul 2014, Joe Arkison 2005, Sheila Folan 2010, Jean Nesbit 1999, Nettie Retzbach 2010, Ian Clarke 2005, Agnes Grogan 1954, Anne Howieson 2011, Sadie Leslie 2013, Bobby Macnamara, Steve McKinnon 2004, Greta Sudlow 2014, James Timmons 1982, Charlie Townsley 2014, Mary Barclay 2009, Kathleen Findlay 1996, William Hilferty 1943, Harry Hissey 1976, Robert Hunter 1956 and John, Irene and Patrick McKelvey whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
If deceased members of your family are not on our anniversary list, please tell Father Duncan
, 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 celebrated on Saturdays between 4.45 and 5.15 pm and at other times on request.

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 is assisted by the priest on call each week.

Bankers Orders for the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3500 per month. 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. A Standing Order would make the handling of money so much easier. Have you signed a Gift Aid form? If you are a taxpayer the Church would get 25p added to every £1 you donate.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £603.12 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £270.84 - 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.

Our parish records are covered by the Data Protection Act and are for parish use only. We cannot give out phone numbers or addresses. Please help us to keep our records up to date using the cards provided.

Next weekend's readers are Julie Coldwell at 5.30pm and Margaret Brawley at 10.30am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 2 at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emily Tarbet for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson-Kidd and George Kidd for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Emma Paterson and Jacqueline Smith for Primary 4.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Kieren Docherty who will be baptised on Sunday at 12 noon. Congratulations to his parents and Godparents.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sharon McLaughlin's team.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Leah McNee and Shayla McNee who will be baptised on Sunday. Congratulations to the parents and the Godparents.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Lesley Cahill who died on 19 April. Her Requiem Mass on Thursday 3 May at 10.00am will be followed by her interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Banns of Marriage We are delighted to announce the Banns of Marriage for Elaine McKelvie and Grant Dawson who will be married on Sunday 6 May. We wish them a love for a lifetime.

There will be Holy Hour services, arranged by the Spirituality Group, in the Churches of Saint Mary's Deanery throughout April and May. These provide an opportunity to listen and to contemplate what God is saying to us. All take place on Sundays at 3.00pm. The dates and places are:
    29 April - Saint Winin's Church, Kilwinning
    6 May - Saint Mary's Church, Largs
    13 May - Saint Mary's Church, Irvine
On Pentecost Sunday, 20 May, people will be asked to meet at
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats and walk to Saint Peter's, Ardrossan for a Service. Details will follow. Please refer any queries on this to Agnes Burt on 01294 833048.

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics and just getting out and about. It's also the month of Mary. For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honour Mary, Mother of God. The ways Mary is honoured in May is as varied as the people who honour her, such as daily recitation of the Rosary or erecting a special May altar with a statue or picture of Mary. Additionally, it's a long-standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary during May - known as May Crowning. We can and should be doing the same in our homes. If you haven't already, I encourage you to erect a prayer corner in your home be it fancy or simple. The main point is that it's a place designated for God, and more specifically, for spending time with him. For May, give Mary a special spot in your prayer corner. It can be a statue or picture, but place there some representation of our Blessed Mother. Then, crown Mary. You can give her an actual or spiritual crown and you can make it a subtle gesture or ornate ceremony of your own device. The meaning is far more important than the action. Do it because Mary is Mother - your mother, my mother, everyone's mother - and because she cares for all of us day in and day out without fail, interceding for us in even the tiniest matters. For that, she deserves an entire month in her honour.

Our Lady requested that people prayed and meditated on the mysteries of the rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament with the intention of making reparations for sins committed. The Fatima group invite you to join them after 10.00am Mass on the first Saturday of the month, that is, 4 May, to keep Our Lady company as we meditate and pray for peace.

Please remember our First Communion children in your prayers. First Holy Communion will be on Sunday 13 May at the 10.30am Mass. We pray that all our children have a day of grace and joy.

It will take just thirty-seven seconds to read this and change your thinking. Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service and where they had been on holiday. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene. One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Days, weeks and months passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you".
Epilogue - There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy. Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.

A priest and a bus driver both died and went to Heaven at the same time. They get to the pearly gates where Pope Saint Peter greets them. He motions to the priest and they both hop in a jeep and go out the back door. There are about fifty acres of rolling hills with a little cottage on the knoll. Saint Peter turns to the priest and says "This will be yours for eternity. A perfect little cottage, right next to lovely pond, a lush little garden, and a library full of books." The priest says, "Thank you so much. This I shall enjoy!" Saint Peter drops off the priest, goes back to the pearly gates and motions to the bus driver. They hop in a Rolls Royce and go out the front door. There are about five hundred acres of land, with mountains and lakes and rivers. There is a huge two hundred room castle on one of the mountains and a wishing well that makes wishes come true. Saint Peter says "This will be yours for eternity. You can live in that castle with servants to wait on you hand and foot and you can have everything you want." The bus driver looks and Saint Peter and says "Well, now, don't think I'm not grateful, but why am I getting so much more than the priest?" Saint Peter just laughs and says "You brought more souls to Heaven! When the priest preached, everyone fell asleep. When you drove your bus, people prayed!"

There will be a Sunday brunch after Mass on Sunday 20 May from 11.30am to 1.00pm in the Parish Centre. There will be soup, rolls and sausage and bacon along with scones and cakes. All are welcome.

There is a coach going to Carfin from Kilwinning on Sunday 20 May 2018 and a few seats are still available. If you are interested, please phone Gerry on 01294 556680.

Millions of people walk for hours every day in search of food and water. Others flee across continents to get to safety. The steps you take can help share their journey. Whether you're old or young, running or walking, with SCIAF's 6k Family Fun Run, you can raise money and show solidarity with people in need around the world. Your entry fee will go towards our work helping people in poverty across twenty-seven countries. With plenty of music, stalls and games this will be a perfect summer's day out for the whole family. Whether you run, jog or take a stroll around the course. we hope to see you at the starting line on Saturday 2 June 2018 at Strathclyde Country Park. The fun starts at 10.00am and the run at 11.00am. The entry fee for adults is £10 and for children £5. You can sign up at www.sciaf.org.uk/sciaf-6k-fun-run or call Teresa on 0141 354 5555.

West Coast Furniture Bank is based in the former ICI Nylon Plant in Stevenston. It is a non-profit making, voluntary and independent group. Its objective is to help people going through a difficult time. It is looking for volunteers to help in various capacities. If you are interested or you would like more information, please phone 07480 144223.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the weekly cleaning of the Church. If you would like to help, please contact Myriame Sammons on 469006 or the Parish Office on 464063.

Are you visiting us for Holy Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Holy 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 Holy Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both of our weekend Holy Masses, we have a second collection for Church maintenance.

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.