BULLETIN                                            24 JUNE 2018


Saturday 23 June  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Jim McKnight RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm in thanksgiving for a special intention

Sunday 24 June  

Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 25 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Elsie Dorby SI and Thomas Dorby A

Tuesday 26 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Joseph Sammons A and a special intention

Wednesday 27 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Father John Maendeleo's twenty-fifth anniversary of priesthood

Thursday 28 June  

Vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Vigil Mass at 7.00pm for Maria Manfredini RD

Friday 29 June  

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul - Parish Feast Day and a Holiday of Obligation
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jim Freer RD

Saturday 30 June  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Neil Herbert RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Owen Maguire


Abbreviations - A anniversary, RD recently deceased, SI special intention

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 23 June  

The Church is closed for renovation.
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 24 June  

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 25 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 26 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 27 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 28 June  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 29 June  
Holy Mass at 11.00am
Saturday 30 June  

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Saturday 23 June  
10.30am to 12.30pm Cream Tea
Sunday 24 June  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 25 June  
8.00 to 1.00pm

Private Function
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 26 June  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Wednesday 27 June  

Thursday 28 June  

6.30 to 7.30pm

Yoga - post natal

Please remember in your prayers:
Joseph Rafferty (Kilwinning), Margaret Burns (Stevenston) and Jim Moffat (Saltcoats) who died recently;
Mamie Scotland, Frank Tracy 2007, Marade Ballantyne 1991, John Flood 2003, Bill Mathieson 2014, Greta Murphy 1973, George Russell 2005, Ben Walsh 1985, Harry Boyle 2006, Fredrick Davis 2015, Michael Fitzpatrick 2006, Elizabeth Paterson, Joseph Sammons 1954, Margaret Burns 2006, Katherine Fish 2002, James Little 1979, Joseph McCormick 1977, Tony Ross 2008, John Byers 1991, Anne Convery 1997, Daniel Harrigan 2012, Annie McCabe 2002, Margaret McCann 2000, Sadie Morgan 2012, Mary Nolan O'Hare 1995, John, Peter, Francis Jim and Paul Breslin, James Conaghan 1999, Margaret Donnelly 1953, Angela Holloway née Friel 2012, William Magee 1997, Peter McEvoy 1967, Rose McKenzie 1998 and Helen Taylor 1998 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 5.30pm Vigil and 10.30am. 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 £693.00 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £302.50 - 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.

Next weekend's readers are Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Alfie Agostini at 10.30am.

Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 4 at 10.30am.

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

The Children's Liturgy resumes in September.

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

We offer this image below for your inspiration. Look at the lines the artist used to draw this picture of Christ. The longer you look at this picture, the more you see. There are many scenes from Christ's life depicted here. Have you ever seen anything like this? The world-famous artist is Joe Castillo. Joe became involved with art at an early age. By five he was passionately painting and drawing daily. By eight his father was teaching him to hand letter brush script. Then, at fourteen, he attended an artist's chalk talk at a Christian youth camp in Mexico. He was so moved by the drawing and the powerful message that he accepted Christ that night. For the next forty years his love of art and his passion for God would inspire and guide his life through many interesting twists and turns. Evidently, the original image was an earlier illustration. It is more detailed now.

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human - it was physically impossible. The little girl said "When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah". The teacher asked "What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl replied "Then you ask him."

I have in my hands two boxes
Which God gave me to hold
He said "Put all your sorrows in the black
And all your joys in the gold."
     I heeded His words and in the two boxes
     Both my joys and sorrows I stored
     But though the gold became heavier each day
     The black was as light as before
With curiosity, I opened the black
I wanted to find out why
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole
Which my sorrows had fallen out by
     I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud,
     "I wonder where my sorrows could be."
     He smiled a gentle smile at me.
     "My child, they're all here with me."
I asked"God, why give me the boxes,
Why the gold, and the black with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings
The black is for you to let go."

We welcome Sisters Ursula and Sister Mari Monique who will be living and working with us in the Three Towns. The Sisters belong to the Congregation of Saint Paul of Chatres and come from South Korea and Thailand. They are looking forward to getting to know everyone and working here in the three parishes. We welcome them and ask for God's richest blessing on their ministry and apostolate. You can welcome and meet the Sisters at Saint Mary's Parish Hall, Saltcoats on Sunday 24 June from 2.00pm until around 4.00pm. If you can please go along and say "hello". Thanks!

Our Parish Feast Day is coming soon on Friday 29 June, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Holiday of Obligation. We could celebrate our saint on the following weekend, 30 June and 1 July. A special custom for the celebration of Saint Peter is the Lammas Bread. This comes from the words Loaf-Mass Bread. Special breads or scones are baked and brought to the altar at the Offertory, blessed and distributed at the end of Mass. Fiona has agreed to make the Lammas Bread for the Church and primary school Masses.

Michael McCulloch and Father Duncan are broadcasting the Thought For The Day on 3TFM Community Radio from 25 June for five days. It is a two-minute spot every day at 9.10am. 3TFM broadcasts to the towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, and Stevenston on 103.1FM, twenty-four hours a day and online to the world on www.3tfm.org.uk. Listen to us on your phone, tablet and computer. You can't miss it!

The first meeting about the proposed Lunch Club for those who are homeless, living in hostels or supported accommodation and those at risk of homelessness was successful. A follow up meeting will be held on Friday 29 June in the Kirkgate Hall, Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats at 11.00am. The aim is to start in September. We are therefore looking to have a good number of volunteers to help prepare soup and sandwiches, to serve and to 'just be there'. Please come along if you are interested in helping in any way. For more information, phone CHANA on 07585 665751.

The Maryvale Ministry Course is going very well with our 'students' filling in a questionnaire and evaluation. There seems to be a general very positive response and contentment with the course. We also had a special day for all our Eucharistic Ministers with around ninety participants on 2 June. The evaluation was very positive indeed and we will definitely offer a similar day next year.

Are you aged between 20 and 40? Would you like to meet some fellow young Catholics? We are going to Laser Station at Soar, Braehead on 14 July at 7.15pm. Ticket sales close on 29 June. To buy a £12 ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can't make this one, please email 2040network@gmail.com.

To help parents contribute to the developments in Catholic schools, there will be a Gathering of Catholic Parents on Saturday 18 August 2018 from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Saint Charles' Parish Hall, 5 Union Street, Paisley. Places are free but booking is essential. To book please contact parents@sces.uk.com.

Popstars the Musical will be held in Saint Matthew's Academy on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June at 7.00pm. Tickets for this fantastic production cost £6 and £4 and can be bought on the door or in advance from the school office on 01294 606680. We would welcome all your support.

A lady's watch has been found and is in the Parish Office. Please contact the office for more information.

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.