BULLETIN                               27 JANUARY 2019


Saturday 26 January  

Our Lady's Day
Requiem Mass at 9.00am for Maura Lapsley
Third Sunday of Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Kathleen Moran SI

Sunday 27 January  

Third Sunday of Year 3
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation
Vigil of the Deceased for Kathleen McSkimming at 5.00pm

Monday 28 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Kathleen McSkimming

Tuesday 29 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Nan and Geoff Miller RD, Father Leo Muldoon A, George Smith RD and Henry Giblin RD

Wednesday 30 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ina del Greco RD and a family special intention
Vigil of the Deceased for Isabella McHugh at 5.00pm

Thursday 31 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Isabella McHugh

Friday 1 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Peggy McKechan A, Francis McLaughlin RD and a family special intention

Saturday 2 February  

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Thomas Bell (MM) and Maura Lapsley (MM)
Fourth Sunday of Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Jim and Emily McLaughlin A


Abbreviations - A anniversary, MM month's mind, 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 26 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 27 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 28 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 29 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 30 January  
  Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 31 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 1 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Saturday 2 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 27 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 28 January  

9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 29 January  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 30 January  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Natter

Thursday 31 January  


Friday 1 February  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Isabella McHugh, Kathleen McSkimming, Hugh Adams, David Hume (Stevenston), George Smith, Henry Giblin, Ina del Greco (Saltcoats) and Francis McLaughlin who died recently;
Willie Forsyth 2012, John McKay senior 1957, Patricia Murphy 1988, Joseph Retzbach 1940, Ian Michael Falsey 2004, Agnes Marshall 2012, John Ryan 2001, Susanna Brodie 1963, Iain Clarke 2012, Marie Coyle sister of Father Joe Boland 2017, Joseph Lynn 1997, John McKay, Ellen McCarroll 1980, James McDermid 2005, Peggy McKechan 2018, Rachel Cairnie 1988, Canon Shaun Crowley 2001, Joseph Foran 1994, Jessie Flynn, Rena Heneaghan 1976, Mary Kelly 2006, Marie Matthews 2005, Emily McLaughlin 2014 and Ronnie Sliwinski 2016 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.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Kathleen McSkimming. Her reception into Church will be on Sunday 27 January at 5.00pm. Her Requiem Mass will be Monday 28 January at 10.00am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Isabella McHugh. Her reception into Church will be on Wednesday 30 January at 5.00pm. Her Requiem Mass will be Thursday 31 January at 10.00am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

Next weekend's readers are Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Patricia Milligan 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 the choir at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School choir at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Andrena Hughes and Frances Gemmell for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for Primary 4.

This is the true story behind the famous poem. Margaret's boyfriend Paul proposed. While happy, she was hesitant. She and her boyfriend seemed so different. They decided to take a little walk along the beach to discuss marriage and its importance. When they reached the far end of the beach and were about to begin their return journey, Margaret glanced down and noticed that their footprints had washed out to the sea. Turning to Paul she said " Well, if our married life is to be like this, we don't stand much of a chance." Paul replied "When things are tough for me, you will help me - and when things are tough for you, I'll help you." They continued walking until Margaret glanced down again and saw that only one set of footprints had washed out to sea. Again, Margaret suggested that their life together didn't appear to have much of a future. This time Paul responded by gently lifting her up in his arms and carrying her along the beach. Finally, he set her down and said "Margaret, I want to impress upon you that when life is so bad that we can't seem to help each other, God will carry us." Then, pointing to the single set of footprints the two of them had just created, Paul added "If you just looked at the set of tracks we just made, you couldn't tell that I carried you - but I did." Margaret found his words and the thoughts behind them very beautiful. That night, she couldn't sleep so she got up and wrote these words - One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life. This really bothered him, and he questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed You most You would leave me." The Lord replied "My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." This beautiful piece, printed time and time again, has a love story all its own. She called the piece Footprints. Today, Footprints is one of the most widely distributed inspirational pieces in existence. It can be found on plaques, cards and jewellery. Its power lies in its message - the message of the greatest love of all. And yes, they did marry. Love is an eternal source. Let the Good Lord carry you!

• A mother was teaching her three-year-old daughter the Our Father prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she repeated it after her mother. One night she said she was ready to do it on her own. The mother listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end - "Lead us not into temptation" she prayed "but deliver us some email, Amen".
• A young woman brought her fiancée home to meet her parents. After dinner, her father asked the young man into his study for a chat. "So, what are your plans?" the father said. "I'm a theology scholar" the young man replied. "Admirable" the father said "but what will you do to provide a nice home for my daughter?" "I will study and God will provide" the young man explained. "And how will you afford to raise children?" The father asked. "God will provide" said the young man. The men left the study and the mother asked her husband "How did it go?" "Very well. I like him. He has no money or employment plans" the father said. "But on the other hand, he thinks I'm God."

The Catholic Church in Scotland is now inviting enquiries from those considering applying for seminary. For more information, please contact your Diocesan Vocations Director, Father Martin Chambers on Martin.Chambers@GallowayDiocese.org.uk or Priests for Scotland on Office@pfs.org.uk.

Please put this date in your diary and come along to the talk given by David Wells in Church on Sunday 10 February at 3.00pm. David is coming from England and is a very well-known and talented speaker in the Church. He will be speaking about Evangelisation so let's make it a good turn-out and give him a good welcome. A 'sign-up' sheet is at the back of Church. Please put your name for catering purposes and a leaflet about David Wells will be handed out after Mass. Thank you!

The Diocesan World Day of Prayer for the Sick Mass will be held on Sunday 10 February at 4.00pm in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr. The Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité looks forward to welcoming you. If you wish to be anointed, please make yourself known to a member of the Hospitalité team on the day. Mass will be followed by refreshments in the hall and the Hospitalité annual general meeting.

Instead of the traditional Burns Supper, this year we are having a
Burns Supperette in the Parish Centre on Saturday 9 February at 7.00pm. This is a mini Burns Supper with fewer speeches and more music. As always, there will be a light-hearted approach. Father Duncan will welcome and thank the guests. Ciaran Sinclair will sing after piping in the haggis pie which will be addressed by Bill Andrew. Kandy Bar haggis pies with tattie and neeps, followed by trifle, will be served. A vegetarian option is available on request. Fiona McLachlan will accompany the singing of Aidan McGrath, Laura McGee, Patrick McLaughlin and Anya Tolland. The event will be chaired by George McGrattan who will deliver a short Immortal Memory and sing with Michael McCulloch. Tickets cost £7.50 and can be reserved by phoning the Parish Office on 464063. We would like to know the number to be catered for as soon as possible.

Club Cuore Cardosini presents a Burns Pascoli Supper on Saturday 26 January 2019 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18 and can be bought from the Parish Office on 464063. There will be music from Paulo and Angela and all proceeds will be divided between the Ayrshire Hospice and Misericordia di Gallicono, victims of the Amatrice earthquake. All are welcome.

Saint Matthew's Academy will be hosting a Quiz Night on Friday 1 February in Saint Mary's Parish Hall, Saltcoats to raise funds to enable us to welcome a group of pupils and teachers from our partnership school, Saint Peter's in Malawi. This promises to be a fun-filled night with games, raffle and a bar. Tickets cost £5 for an adult and £3 for a concession and include a snack. They will be available for purchase from Saint Matthew's Academy office or on the night. Doors open at 7.00pm. Come and support your local school, test your knowledge and win some exciting prizes! We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs McMail and family would like to thank everyone for all their support, sympathy, kindness, cards, Mass cards and all tributes given to Anne-Marie. It is all very much appreciated. The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all.

50/50 CLUB 2019
As another year starts, we invite all members to renew their annual membership of £15. Please make cheque for £15 payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club. This can be collected by your usual Collector or simply by coming to the Parish Centre foyer after the Saturday or Sunday Masses this weekend, 19 and 20 January and next weekend, 26 and 27 January where the Promoter will be happy to enrol any new members who wish to join. There will be an Early Bird Draw for those who have paid membership before February 2019. The Club adheres to he Data Protection Act and does not pass on any information whatsoever. We only use the addresses to post out the winning cheques to our lucky winners. We thank you for your continued support of our Parish and wish good luck to our members.
          Myriame Sammons, Promoter of 50/50 Club, telephone 469006

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 £692.55 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £321.51 - thanks.

There will be no tea and coffee served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday.

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.

Grateful thanks to Saint Clare for favours received. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified and loved today and every day throughout the world, Amen. DJ

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.