BULLETIN                                           19 AUGUST 2018


Saturday 18 August  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for George Burnett RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Gerry Vance RD

Sunday 19 August  

Twentieth Sunday of the Year
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 20 August  

Memorial of Saint Bernard
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Frank and Maria McEvoy A

Tuesday 21 August  

Memorial of Saint Pius X
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anne Carrick RD

Wednesday 22 August  

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mass at 10.00am in thanksgiving for prayers answered

Thursday 23 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ella Cairns A and Jimmy Cairns A

Friday 24 August  

Feast of Sain Bartholemew
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Good and Holy Vocations to the Priesthood and followed by Benediction finishing by 11.00am

Saturday 25 August  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for Greta Davidson RD
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Peter Reilly RD and Bridie Maher A


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 18 August  

The Church is closed for renovation.
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 19 August  

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 20 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 21 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 22 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 23 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 24 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 25 August  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 25 August  
12 noon Private Function
Sunday 19 August  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 20 August  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 21 August  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilition

Wednesday 22 August  



Thursday 23 August  

6.30 to 7.30pm


Friday 24 August  
Saturday 25 August  
10.30am to 12.30pm Coffee and Cakes

Please remember in your prayers:
Marietta Da Prato 1997, Tommy McCann senior 1976, Desmond McGarvey 1986, Robert Watson 2004, William Kelly 2004, Matthew McCabe 2002, Maria McEvoy 2002, Mary McEvoy 1993, Josephine Quadling, Jim Boyle 2017, Jane Leonard 1998, Andrew McCarroll 1996, Dan Murray 1981, Ellen Tourish 1971, Frances Burns 2017, Father William McBurnie 1953, John McLaughlin 2014, Jimmy McVeigh 2007, Felix Quigg 1994, Josie Walsh 2003, Daniel Byers 1994, Ella Cairns, Bridie Maher 2015, Catherine Fitzsimmons 2004, Jim McManus 1997, John Quinn 2015, Catherine Bell Boyle 2004, Annie McCormick 1976 and Giocondo Michelin 1959 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.

We welcome to the Family of the Church Dolly-Mae Rawlinson who will be baptised this Sunday. Congratulations to her parents and Godparents.

We offer our prayers and congratulations to Martain and Mairi Donald who normally live abroad and will be making their First Holy Communion this Sunday.

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 £807.35 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £308.19 - thanks.

Next weekend's readers are Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Peter 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 Andrea Hughes at 10.30am

The Children's Liturgy resumes in September for pre-school, Primary 1 and Primary 2 children and in October for Primary 4.

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things 'in order', she contacted her Parish Priest and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which hymns she wanted sung at the Mass, what readings she would like read and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favourite prayer book and her rosary. Everything was in order and the priest was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing" she said excitedly. "What's that?" came the priest's reply. "This is very important" the woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The priest stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. "That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked. "Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request" said the priest. The woman explained. "In all my years of attending Church socials and Christmas dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say 'Keep your fork'. It was my favourite part because I knew that something better was coming - like velvety chocolate cake or apple pie and custard - something wonderful and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that coffin with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?'. Then I want you to tell them "Keep your fork - the best is yet to come". The priest's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She knew with certainty that something better was coming. At the funeral people were walking by the woman's coffin and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favourite prayer book and rosary and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the priest heard the question "What's with the fork?" - and over and over he smiled. During his message, the priest told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolised to her. The priest told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you - oh so gently - that the best is yet to come.

A few minutes before the Church services started, the congregation were sitting in their pews and talking. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the Church. Everyone started screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon the Church was empty except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew without moving, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God's ultimate enemy was in his presence. So Satan walked up to the man and said "Do you know who I am?" The man replied 'Yep, I sure do." "Aren't you afraid of me?" Satan asked. "Nope, I sure ain't." said the man. "Don't you realise I can kill you with one word?" asked Satan. "Don't doubt it for a minute" returned the old man, in an even tone. "Did you know that I can cause you profound, horrifying agony for all eternity?" persisted Satan. "Yep" was the calm reply. "And you are still not afraid?" asked Satan. "Nope" said the old man. More than a little perturbed, Satan asked "Why aren't you afraid of me?" The man calmly replied I've been married to your sister for forty-eight years."

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

The summer holiday is over and our schools return on Monday 20 August. We wish them a good start and every blessing for the new term!

A Coffee and Cake Morning is the next fundraiser for the Parish Maintenance Fund. It will be held on Saturday 25 August in the Parish Centre from 10.30am till 12 noon. Tickets costing £2 for an adult and £1 for a child will be available this weekend or can be purchased on the day. The usual raffle and sales tables will be available and any donations will be greatly appreciated. All are welcome!

Pope Francis' Prayer for August is for the treasure of families - that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Gordon Stewart will playing the Willis Organ at Mauchline Parish Church on Friday 7 September 2018 at 7.00pm. Admission is by a donation in aid of the Organ Renovation Fund.

The annual pilgrimage to Saint Ninian's Cave in Whithorn will take place on Sunday 26 August. The coach will leave Largs at approximately 11.00am and then from Saint Peter's at 11.30am. If you are interested, please put your name on the list at the back of the Church today. Thank you!

The annual raffle and textile collection for Mary's Meals will run from Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 August at 12 noon. Just a few bin bags filled with textiles could generate enough funds to feed a child for a whole school year - approximately £13.90. We are currently feeding over 1.2 million children in fifteen countries across the world! Please note that we are only able to collect textiles in any condition - for example, clothes, household textiles, shoes, bags et cetera. Thank you for your continuing support of Mary's Meals and we look forward to visiting your parish.                       Mary's Meals

The World Congress of Families begins this Tuesday in Dublin. The theme is The Gospel of Family - joy for the world! Pope Francis will be attending the final celebrations. A prayer leaflet is available at the back of the Church today. Please help yourself.

Celebrate Scotland invites you to the 2018 Catholic Family Conference at Saint Ninian's High School, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. There will be lively worship, good teaching and good company in a vibrant faith-filled atmosphere. The event includes mime and drama and Sunday family Mass. Celebrate Scotland is designed for families of all sizes and ages. It has streams to accommodate all ages of children and youth to help them grow in their faith in a relevant and joy filled way. This year's theme is See, I am doing a new thing. For more details and/or book your place, please access www.CelebrateConference.org or phone Ged Farrell on 07793 370910.

Are you aged 20 to 40? Would you like to develop your presentation skills? Why not come along to our workshop with host and presenter, Greg Summers, who has worked with the likes of Olly Murs, Gary Barlow and John Bishop. The event takes place on Sunday September from 12.45pm to 4.00pm at Blackfriars Function Room, Glasgow. Please email 2040network@gmail.com to buy a £10 ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can't make this one.

Since May, there are new Data Protection Regulations throughout Scotland which affect the parishes, for example, if you are writing in the Petitions Book at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, make sure you do not give too much personal information about someone you are praying for. Another example is if you want to add someone's name to the List of the Sick, if you can, please make sure it is okay with them first. Thank you!

We are very grateful for a family donation to our Parish of £500. Thank you for your support and generosity!

All Rainbows, Brownie and Guides groups restart next Monday, 27 August in the Parish Centre at usual times. At the moment, we have a waiting list to join but please register online or let the Leaders know your details. Thank you.

Congratulations to the August 50/50 Club winners who each win £25 - 150 Margaret Munn, 72 Mary Carrick, 125 Michelle Morton and 51 Kathleen Collins. The Bonus Draw for £100 was won by 206 Andrew McAuliffe. September collections are now due. Please hand to your Collector. Many thanks for your continued support of the 50/50 Club.

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.

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.