BULLETIN                                  3 FEBRUARY 2019


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

Sunday 3 February  

Fourth Sunday of Year 3
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 4 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Gowrie RD

Tuesday 5 February  

Memorial of Saint Agatha, Martyr
Holy Mass at 10.00am for David Hume RD

Wednesday 6 February  

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Lilli McCulloch A and Kathleen Auchinleck RD

Thursday 7 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jean Gunnell RD

Friday 8 February  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jimmy Crichton MM

Saturday 9 February  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Fifth Sunday of Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for couples getting married soon


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 2 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 3 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 4 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 5 February  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 6 February  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 7 February  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 8 February  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 9 February  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 3 February  


No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 4 February  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 5 February  
9.00 to 11.00am

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 6 February  
9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Natter
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 7 February  


Friday 8 February  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Jimmy Crichton, Maura Lapsley, Isabella McHugh, Kathleen McSkimming, John Gowrie, David Hume, Katheen Auchinleck and Jean Gunnell who died recently;
Sadie Burns 2009, Rachel Cairnie 1998, Janet Cunningham 1999, Father Joe Davie SDB 2002, Sister Margaret of Jesus (Theresa Campbell) 2016, Tony Tourish 1993, Mary C McManus 1973, Margaret Mitchell 2004, Mae Murray 2018, Michael Barrett 1972, Archie McLaren 2009, Peter Mitchell 1973, Joseph Brodie 1961, Eileen Busbridge 1978, Lilli McCulloch 2011, Catherine McIlroy 2009, Marjory O'Connell 1986, Sarah Cunningham 1977, Patrick McGinn 1999, Pamela McIntosh 1999, James Akins 1980, Baby Sophie Kerr 2008, Canon Sam McGinness 2009 and Cesare Scott 2002 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.

Why don't you come and meet the Lord Jesus by confessing your sins and receive the Lord's forgiveness and peace. Leaflets are available in Church for adults and children to help prepare and get the most out of this special sacrament. Let us open our hearts to the love and mercy Christ so generously gives. Confession is a gift of grace. It's up to you! He is waiting - every Saturday from 4.45 until 5.15pm.

Next weekend's readers are Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Robert Cooper at 10.30am.

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

Next weekend's musician is George McGrattan at 5.30pm.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson-Kidd and Jacqueline Waugh for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Frances Gemmell for Primary 4.

We are delighted to announce the Marriage of Louise McIvor and Ian Nicolson on Friday 8 February 2019 at 12.30pm. We wish them both a love for a lifetime.

I used to think of God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like a distant ruler. I recognised His picture when I saw it but I didn't really know Him. But later on, when I met Jesus, it seemed as though life was rather like being on a bicycle but it was a tandem bike and I noticed that Jesus was in the back helping me pedal. I didn't know just when it was He suggested we change but life has not been the same since I took the back-seat to Jesus, my Lord. He makes life exciting. When I had control, I thought I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains and through rocky places and at break-through speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it often looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" I was worried and anxious and asked "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into adventure. And when I'd say "I'm scared", He'd lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, my Lord's and mine. And we were off again. He said "Give the gifts away. They're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found in giving I received and still our burden was light. I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it, but He knows all the 'bike secrets', knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ. And when I'm sure I just can't do any more, He just smiles and says "Pedal."

Some Tommy Cooper Jokes
• I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him £50 that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said "No, the steaks are too high."
• My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.
• A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted 'Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!' The doctor replied, 'I know you can't, I've cut your arms off'.
• Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft and it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

Following the implementation of 'In God's Image', Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland in May 2018, a process of independently scrutinising the impact on the leadership culture and safeguarding practice at a Diocesan level was also established. This year, our Diocese has been chosen and will be reviewed by an external audit team from the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Children in Scotland from 19 to 21 February. The audit will include the opportunity for anyone who has disclosed abuse, shared concerns of unsafe people or practice or asked for help to keep safe for any reason to speak to the audit team. The audit team wants to hear how people in Diocesan roles have responded. They are interested also to hear from survivors of non-recent Church-related abuse, their families and friends, about the response they have received or what may have prevented them from coming forward in the past. Should you wish to meet members of the audit team and receive the formal consent documentation you can contact the Diocesan Office, 8 Corsehill Road, Ayr KA7 2ST. The telephone number is 01292 266750 and the email address of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Safeguarding@GallowayDiocese.org.uk. You can now make contact directly with the audit team, via the email address should this be preferable to a request being made via the Diocese. Please make this information known in the parishes. Direct Contact email address for the Audit Team is LearningTogether@scie.org.uk.

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 and a bar. 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. There are more details on www.SaintPeterInChains.net. 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. Thanks.

Drop In in the Kirkgate in Saltcoats is looking for a hairdresser to help on a Friday from 12.30 till 2.00pm. Our clients are homeless or on the margins. We don't need you to commit to every Friday. If you can help, please phone Anne McGuire on 07585 665751. Thank you!

50/50 CLUB 2019
Thank you to the members who have already renewed their annual memberships and we invite any members still to renew their membership of £15 to do so as soon as possible. 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 and see the Promoter who will also be happy to enrol any new members who wish to join. Please make any cheques for £15 payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club. 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

SPRED Galloway is holding a black tie ball on Saturday 9 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 00.30am in the Dumfries Arms Hotel, Cumnock. There will be a drinks reception followed by three course dinner, coffee and petit fours and live music and dancing from 9.00pm. There will be a fabulous charity auction and Raffle with prizes including a two-night stay in the Scottish Borders, signed Scotland rugby shirt and so much more. To purchase tickets, which cost £35 each, or for further information, please contact Helena or Janette on 01292 738068 or email info@SpredGalloway.org.uk.

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 £553.73 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £251.41 - thanks.

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

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.