BULLETIN                           26 MAY 2019


Saturday 25 May  

Our Lady's Day for Easter
Holy Mass at 10.00am for William Sheehan senior A and Robert and Margaret A
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for for Grace Berndt RD

Sunday 26 May  

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 27 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Frank and Sadie Hamilton A and Derek Findlay (Glasgow) RD

Tuesday 28 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Thomas and Hugh McEvoy A, deceased members of the Little family A and Michael Collins A

Wednesday 29 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kenneth Breen A

Thursday 30 May  

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord - Holiday of Obligation
Holy Mass at 10.00am and 7.00pm for Father Christopher Mroczek and for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives

Friday 31 May  

Feast of the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Winifred Rourke RD

Saturday 1 June  

Memorial of Saint Justin
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Natalie Hults A
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for all those who are in hospital


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 25 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 26 May  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 27 May  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 28 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 29 May  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Vigil Mass at 7.00pm
Thursday 30 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 11.00am
Friday 31 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 1 June  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 26 May  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 27 May  

9.30 to 11.30am

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 28 May  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 29 May  

9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm
5.00 to 8.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing

Thursday 30 May  
Friday 31 May  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Derek Findlay (Glasgow), Winifred Rourke and Dennis Kelly who died recently;
Bobby Flood 2018, Joseph Higgins 2006, Robert and Margaret Monan 1977, Lily Peppard 2004, Georgina Akins 1962, Mary Lynn Beattie 1998, Bernard Little 1999, Sarah Ramsay 2000, Desmond Langan 2005, Jim Little 1945, Andrew McCarroll 1967, Hugh McEvoy 2016, William McNeil 2007, William Stewart 2006, Kenny Breen 2018, Gerald Kelly 2014, Des Madine 1982, Brian Towie 2013, Cameron Walsh 1987, Joseph Bale 2011, Simon Brannan, James Kyle 1992, Sadie Grant 2001, Anthony Lundie 2010, Maria Manfredini 2018, Isabella McCarroll 1968, Anne-Marie McLaughlin 2017, Kathleen Conway 1989, Bessie Grant (McCourt) 2002, Dora Grogan 2010, Canon Nicholas Murphy 1992 and Pat Walker 1999 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. If members of your family or friends are in need of our prayers, please tell Father Duncan or the parish office. If they are in hospital, Reverend Bill Corbett on 01292 521208 - assisted each week by the priest on call - is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and can be contacted through the ward. Ayr Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice have an on-call chaplaincy.

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 Solemnity of the Ascension this year will be on Thursday 30 May. Ascension Day is a Holyday of Obligation. Holy Mass will be at 10.00am and 7.00pm. The nine days from Ascension to Pentecost is a special time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit on Friday 31 May.

The Sacrament of Forgiveness is celebrated on Saturdays between 4.45 and 5.15 pm and at other times on request.

Next weekend's readers are Marade Griffin at 5.30pm and Ami Paterson 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 Choir at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Andrena Hughes for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Emma Paterson for Primary 4.

We welcome Bishop Nolan this weekend to Saint Peter's for his regular Pastoral Visit. We welcome our Bishop and his message to us.

A member of the Parish Church who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the Parish Priest decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The Parish Priest found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his Parish Priest's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The Parish Priest made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the Parish Priest took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and 'dead as a doornail'. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the Parish Priest was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the Parish Priest reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so much for your visit Father, and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in Church next Sunday."

Two ninety-year-old men, Mike and Joe, have been friends all of their lives. When it's clear that Joe is dying, Mike visits him every day. One day Mike says "Joe, we both loved rugby all our lives and we played rugby on Saturdays together for so many years. Please do me one favour - when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's rugby there." Joe looks up at Mike from his death bed, "Mike, you've been my best friend for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favour for you." Shortly after that, Joe passes on. At midnight a couple of nights later, Mike is awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, "Mike, Mike." "Who is it?" asks Mike sitting up suddenly. "Who is it?" "Mike, it's me, Joe. I have some really good news and a little bad news." "Tell me the good news first," says Mike. "The good news," Joe says "is that there is rugby in heaven. Better yet, all of our old friends who died before us are here, too. Better even than that, we're all young again. Better still, it's always springtime and it never rains or snows - and, best of all, we can play rugby all we want and we never get tired." "That's fantastic" says Mike. "It's beyond my wildest dreams! So, what's the bad news?" "You're in the team for this Saturday."

Envelopes for the Diocesan Lourdes Fund Annual Membership are available on the pews. Please take one and return it to the box at the back of the Church next weekend. Thank you.

50/50 CLUB
Congratulations to the 50/50 Club May winners - 179 Margaret McAuliffe, 57 Aidan Hughes, 136 Elizabeth Petrie and 196 Kevin Meina who each win £25. Please bring any outstanding payments up to date before the June draw. Many thanks to all members for their continued support. New members are welcome at any time. Just contact the 50/50 Club promoter, Myriame Sammons on 469006.

Parents please note there will be no meeting of Saint Peter's Rainbows and Brownies this Monday due to the school holiday. We return next Monday at usual times. Thank you.

A big thank you to all our parishioners who handed in their SCIAF Wee Boxes. The amount raised so far is £1467.70.

Saint Peter's has a very fine organ, called a Walker Organ. It desperately needs a complete refurbishment and repair. At the moment, it is not working. The costs are extensive and will include an entire month of work. The estimate is around £9000. If any parishioner would like to make a special contribution to the Church organ, please add it to the second collection at the weekend Masses or hand it in to Father Duncan or the Parish Office, marked Organ Collection. Thank you in anticipation for all your support and generosity.

I'm very grateful for work and repairs being done recently. The perimeter wall fence has been repainted along with the back garden fencing and doors and benches. New door hooks have been placed at the front Church door, loose tiles have been repaired at the Parish Centre and a new Tabernacle Key chain has been organised. Thank you for all the hard work!

To comply with the recent changes to Data Protection Act, Saint Peter's has two new email addresses. If you are contacting the Parish Office, please use Ardrossan@GallowayDiocese.org.uk. If you wish to contact Father Duncan personally, then use Duncan.McVicar@GallowayDiocese.org.uk - thanks!

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 £583.70 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £282.95 - thanks very much.
On Good Friday this year, we have a special collection for the Holy Places. The amount raised was £338.54. Sincere thanks for all the support and generosity.

Next weekend, we welcome the Xaverian Fathers who will be making an appeal for their ministry and missionary work. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you!

How many times have we been challenged over the years by someone who has left the Church or harbours distrust for anything Catholic? A common misconception that they are quick to express is that the Church simply must sell all the religious art at the Vatican and other major basilicas around the planet to help the poor. What's the purpose, they'll argue, for all the grandeur? If the Church were really concerned about our troubled world, then surely this type of effort would go a long way in sending a Christian message of charity and more importantly, they'll claim, to make a real difference. They forget, refuse to acknowledge or are unaware of all the good the Church does through various Catholic organisations, religious orders, missions, and volunteer agencies, working diligently and quietly in every corner of the earth to address many crucial humanitarian needs. They also have yet to understand, whether consciously or subconsciously, how beauty in its many forms touches the soul and reveals the glory of God. I was glued to the news coverage of the devastating fire at the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris during Holy Week. In addition to the heroic efforts of the fire chaplain and others who risked safety to save precious relics, as well as the people on the street praying the Hail Mary or spontaneously singing Ave Maria, I was moved by the comments from the people on the street about what Notre Dame meant to them. A statement from an American woman was particularly powerful. She called in on her mobile phone to share her feelings, choking back the tears as she was telling the news anchor on live network television that visiting the Cathedral has caused her to think about becoming Catholic. She explained that, although she never considered herself to be all that religious, her many visits to Notre Dame made it impossible for her not to be transcended and to wonder how such a place could be built with human hands. The magnificence of the cathedral was just so overwhelming that she was eager to acknowledge very publicly that it brought her to another place. Despite the strongly secularised culture of France and Europe - with so many cynics, critics and fallen-away Catholics - nearly a billion pounds was raised in fewer than two days. Is it possible that this tragedy is turning into a triumph of sorts? That those who may have criticised the majesty of such sacred places in the past are now realising how such grandeur and beauty touches our hearts, minds and souls? As Saint Paul tells us in Romans, 'all things work for good' (Rom 8:28). For whatever reason, God allowed this to happen - not to mention it happened during the holiest of weeks - giving us another chance to rise up again and recognise God in beauty.

Tea and coffee will
be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sharon McLaughlin'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.

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

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 Childrenís Liturgy provided for preschool children, children in Primaries 1 to 3 and a Sacramental Programme for children in Primary 4. After the 10.30am 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.