BULLETIN                             6 MAY 2018


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

Sunday 6 May  

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation
Wedding at 1.00pm of Grant Dawson and Elaine McKelvie

Monday 7 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Isabel and Ennis McHugh and M Donnelly as a special intention

Tuesday 8 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Terence and Marie McDermott as a special intention and Edward Joseph McCaffrey as a special intention

Wednesday 9 May  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Elizabeth Scott
Vigil Mass at 7.00pm for the Ascension of the Lord for Michael Convery and Leonard Harley

Thursday 10 May  

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord - Holiday of Obligation
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Friday 11 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Dougan and the Brady and Hilferty families followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, finishing at 11.00am
Reception of Maureen Kelly into Church at 6.00pm

Saturday 12 May  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Maureen Kelly
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for William Dorrian and Noelle Collins

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 5 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm


Sunday 6 May  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 7 May  
Service at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Tuesday 8 May  
Service at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 9 May  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 7.00pm
Thursday 10 May  
Mass in Saint Anthony's Primary School at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 7.00pm
Holy Mass at 11.00am
Friday 11 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 12 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 6 May  


No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 7 May  

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 8 May  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 9 May  


Irish Dancing

Thursday 10 May  

6.30 to 7.30pm

Pilates by Natalie

Friday 11 May  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers

Please remember in your prayers:
Maureen Kelly, David Cook, Elizabeth Scott and John (Ian) Currie who died recently;
James McEvoy 1964, Helen McGee, Patrick McGuire, Robbie McKechan 2014, Patricia McPadden 2004, Robert Stewart 2002, Jean Agostini 1978, Josephine Brady 1953, Josephine Cunningham 2000, Margaret Long 1999, Margaret O'Neill 2009, Margaret Stevens 2007, Williamina (Wilshie) Boyle 2014, Annie Hilferty 1959, Simon Smyth 2001, Mary Kelly 2013, John McCracken 1949, Thomas McDermott 2017, Joe Moran 2008, Elizabeth Hendry 1987, Frank Nils Matthews 2003, Josephine Mulligan 2008, Angela Murray 1991, Thomas Algeo 2013, Robert Ferguson 2005, Nicholas McIntee 2004, Francis Moran 1999 and Theresa Smith 1997 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 £717.71 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £227.93 - 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 Marade Griffin at 5.30pm and the First Communion children at 10.30am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 3 at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the choir at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives and Jacqueline Waugh for Primaries 1, 2 and 3. Primary 4 children will be making their First Holy Communion.

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

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Maureen Kelly. Her Reception into Church will be on Friday 11 May at 6.00pm and her Requiem Mass on Saturday 12 May at 10.00am, will be followed by her interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Elizabeth Scott. Her Requiem Mass on Wednesday 9 May at 10.00am, will be followed by her interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

There have been and 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 last dates and places are:
    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.

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.

1   Be intentional when you enter the Church. A simple way to recognise the importance of the Mass and the beauty of the Church is to be mindful and intentional when entering the doors of the church. The door presents the key feature of the church's face.
2   Make the sign of the cross. When you enter the Church, the next thing you do is to dip your fingers into the holy water font and make the sign of the cross. It reminds us of the reality of the Trinity.
3   Listen to the readings during Mass. How often have you sat in the pew during Mass and spaced off during the Liturgy of the Word? Next time you go to Mass, find the Sunday readings, either online or in your parish missal. Spend time reading, reflecting, responding, contemplating and acting on the Scripture passages then ask yourself how the Gospel message applies to your life today.
4   Respond during the dismissal. Just as the door of the Church holds a special significance as the entrance point, the dismissal at the end of the liturgy holds a special message of our missionary call as Catholics. The Mass is an incredible prayer in the Catholic faith - but it's also a school. It a 'boot camp' of holiness whose goal is to make perfect men, women, and children - saints. The next time you go to Mass, hear the final words of dismissal for what they truly are - a command to get out into the world and spread the news of Christ and His bride, the Catholic Church.

One day, a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday, she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and "I didn't know others liked me so much" were most of the comments. No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The Church was packed with his friends. One by one, those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. "Were you Mark's maths teacher?" he asked. She nodded "Yes". Then he said "Mark talked about you a lot". After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a lunch. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher. "We want to show you something" his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognise it". Opening the wallet, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. "Thank you so much for doing that" Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it". All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home". Stephen's wife said "Stephen asked me to put his in our wedding album". "I have mine too" Marilyn said. "It's in my diary". Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times" Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued "I think we all saved our lists". That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again. Sometimes, we forget that life will end one day - and we don't know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

At Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Ardrossan, they have weekly husbands' marriage seminars. At the session last week, the priest asked Giuseppe, who said he was approaching his fiftieth wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years. Giuseppe replied to the assembled husbands "Wella, I'va tried to treat her nicea, spenda da money on her but besta of all is, I tooka her to Italy for the twenty-fifth anniversary!" The priest responded "Giuseppe, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your wife for your fiftieth anniversary?" Giuseppe proudly replied "I gonna go pick her up".

In that first moment when you settle into your seat waiting for Mass to begin, who is it that you think of? Who is it that you wish were sitting beside you? After my mother died, it was difficult to come to Church without welling up in tears as I wished she were there. Then one day I asked God to show me that she was with him and I experienced a sense of peace. Now my heart aches for those I care about who have stopped coming to Church. Perhaps they have drifted away or something has turned them away. Whatever the situation, I miss them and wish they were here. If, like me, you still have hope for the people you wish were sitting with you in Church, please pledge to pray for them between the Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. On Ascension Day, we will distribute prayer cards with the Prayer to the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis's mission prayer for May is for the Mission of the Laity. We pray that the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

Bishop Nolan will be visiting our Primary School this Friday 11 May from 11.00am.

The Association of Catholic Head Teachers, Diocese of Galloway, is holding its annual meeting, Mass and meal with Bishop Nolan on Tuesday 22 May 2018 in St Joseph's Church, 15 Hill Street, Kilmarnock, KA3 1HA. As this is a very special year commemorating 100 years of the Education (Scotland) Act, we would like to extend an invitation to all retired head teachers to join us for the full event. The day begins with tea and coffee and light lunch at 12.45pm followed by our guest speaker. Mass is at 4.00pm followed by a meal in the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock at 5.30pm. If you would like to join us for all or part of the day, please contact Ann Tierney on AnnTierney@gallowaydiocese.org.uk or to Kate Dunn on Kate@gallowaydiocese.org.uk no later than Monday 14 May.

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.