BULLETIN                                           18 AUGUST 2019


Saturday 17 August  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Gaile RD and Beatrice Ketchen (RD)
Twentieth Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for James McGrattan A

Sunday 18 August  

Twentieth Sunday of the Year
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 19 August  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Bridget McMahon RD and Joe Regan RD

Tuesday 20 August  

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot
Mass at 10.00am for Jim Boyle A and Matthew McCabe A

Wednesday 21 August  

Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Elsie Brodie RD and Mary Madden A

Thursday 22 August  

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Swiercz SI and Kathleen Dean RD

Friday 23 August  

Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Eddie McCaffrey SI and Christina Lawrence MM
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10.45am

Saturday 24 August  

Feast of Saint Bartholemew, Apostle
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kerry Stirrip RD and James Sinnott RD
Twenty-First Sunday of the Year
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Bridie Maher 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 17 August  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 18 August  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 19 August  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 20 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 21 August  
  Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 22 August  
Memorial Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 23 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 24 August  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 18 August  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 19 August  

Tuesday 20 August  
9.00 to 11.00am Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wednesday 21 August  
1.00 to 3.00pm Knit and Natter
Thursday 22 August  
Friday 23 August  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Agnes Gaile, Beatrice Ketchen, Bridget McMahon, Joe Regan, Elsie Brodie, Kathleen Dean, Kerry Stirrip and James Sinnott who died recently;
Roberta Breslin 2011, Frank Campbell 2007, Arthur Eamonn Murphy 2014, Stephanie Smith 1999, Elizabeth Taylor 1951, 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 and John Quinn 2015 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 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 Robert Cooper 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
restarts in September.

Sunday 25 August is a date for your diary. Mass at Saint Ninian's Cave will be celbrated at 4.00pm. We will be organising a coach from our parish and Saint Mary's Church, Largs.

We welcome into the Family of the Church Poppy Elizabeth McGath who will be baptised on Sunday at 12 noon. Congratulations to her parents and Godparents.

When I was little, if I was travelling on a train with my father, he would hold on to my ticket and would only give it to me just as I was about to go through the barrier. Similarly, God will unfold his plans little by little and often supply your needs only a moment before you require them.                       Mustard Seeds

Holiness consists in a habitual openness to the transcendent, expressed in prayer and adoration. The saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. They find an exclusive concern with this world to be narrow and stifling and, amid their own concerns and commitments, they long for God, losing themselves in praise and contemplation of the Lord. I do not believe in holiness without prayer, even though that prayer need not be lengthy or involve intense emotions. Saint John of the Cross tells us "Endeavour to remain always in the presence of God, either real, imaginative, or unitive, insofar as is permitted by your works". In the end, our desire for God will surely find expression in our daily lives. Try to be continuous in prayer, and in the midst of bodily exercises do not leave it. Whether you eat, drink, talk with others, or do anything, always go to God and attach your heart to him.
                       Mustard Seeds

Becoming Catholic is a process of falling in love. The person we're falling in love with, over and over again, more and more deeply, is Jesus Christ. To become Catholic, you have to open your heart to the love Jesus has for you and return that love as best you can. It involves four things - A conversion of mind and heart, an understanding of what the Church teaches, a loving heart and a true desire to be received into full communion. Please speak to
Father Duncan.

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. "Mum and Dad, I'm coming home but I've got a favour to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring with me." "Sure" they replied "we'd love to meet him." "There's something you should know", the son continued, "He was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go and I want him to come live with us." "I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live." "No, Mum and Dad, I want him to live with us." "Son" said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own." At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognised him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know - their son had only one arm and one leg. The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around but sometimes we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful or smart as we are. Thankfully, there's someone who won't treat us that way - someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever-family, regardless of how messed up we are. Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us. There's a miracle called Friendship that dwells in the heart. You don't know how it happens or when it gets started. But you know the special lift it always brings and you realise that Friendship Is God's most precious gift! Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.

Have you read Life's Little Mysteries? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billon stars but check when you say the paint is wet? Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? If the temperature is zero outside today and its going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be? Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer? Why is it than people say they 'slept like a baby'when babies wake up every two hours?

We would like to thank
Father Duncan, Canon Matt, our parish family, our families and friends for all their support. Our Sponsored Cycle around the Isle of Cumbrae was a successful day and we really enjoyed ourselves. We have raised an amazing total of £570 for the refurbishment of the organ. We hope to do another event like this in the future! Thanks again for your support!                                      Ami Paterson and Lucy Skene

SCIAF is moving its office to 7 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2PR from Monday 26 August. The phone number and email address will remain the same so you can contact us on 0141 354 5555 or SCIAF@SCIAF.org.uk We look forward to welcoming you to our new office very soon.

Michelle Morton, who has worked in the Parish Office at Saint Peter's for more than ten years will be moving on to a new job after achieving her degree recently. I would like to sincerely thank Michelle for all her work and dedication over the years and wish her a great start in this new chapter. We are looking now for a new Parish Secretary that can help and support in the Office for a few hours a week. Computer skills are essential. Please speak directly to Father Duncan. Thanks!

The next meeting of the Formation for Ministry Group will be on Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 7.00pm in the Presbytery.

The second module for all parish volunteers is now ready and our trainers will arrange suitable dates for our Deanery Parishes in September. Information and dates will be posted as soon as possible to those involved.
                                      Parish Safeguarding Coordinators Myriame Sammons and George Poole

There will be an Open Meeting hosted by the Independent Review Group (IRG) on Saturday 14 September from 11.00 at Saint Matthew's Parish Church Hall, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7SH. This forms part of the work that the IRG is taking forward to support the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the McLellan Commission. This will be an opportunity for members of parish communities from across the diocese to meet with members of the IRG and the Diocesan Safeguarding team to discuss their understanding and experience of Safeguarding within the Catholic Church. If you are hoping to attend, please alert the Diocesan Office on 01292 266750. Tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches will be provided.

Margaret would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been a great support to her in the last few weeks in hospital - for visits, cards, prayers and for Masses offered. Your support and help have been a great source of strength and comfort. Thank you!

A Musical Evening will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday 6 September from 7.30 to 10.00pm. Tickets cost £5 will be on sale this weekend from any member of our Parish Lourdes Group. See poster in porch for details. All are welcome.

On Saturday 31 August, young people from all over Scotland will gather in Saint Andrews, Fife on pilgrimage to the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Mass will take place in the ruined Cathedral at 3.00pm after activities from 12 noon in the town. All young people from primary seven upwards are welcome. There will be activities for primary seven to secondary 3 and then for secondary 4 upwards. Transport will be provided from Galloway Diocese. The cost is £5 and please bring a packed lunch. To reserve a place or for more details, please contact Father Stephen McGrattan on Stephen.McGrattan@GallowayDiocese.org.uk.

Saint Peter's Rainbows and Brownies groups will start the new session on Monday 26 August - the Rainbows from 5.30 to 6.30pm and Brownies from 6.30 to 8.00pm. Anyone starting for the first time should enrol on Facebook @ardrossan-st.peter'srainbowsandbrownies or telephone Myriame Sammons on 469006.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £837.95 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £274.32 - thanks very much. The Organ Fund stands at £5128.95 - many thanks for all your support and generosity!

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.

The updated new Gift Aid Forms have been sent to parishioners that will require them. Please send them back as soon as you can in the stamped-addressed envelope provided. Thank you so much for your support and help.

The Mary's Meals collection last weekend raised £204.64 in raffle tickets and donations. Mary's Meals took away 287 bags of old clothes - sincere thanks for all the tremendous support and generosity. The money value of three bags of clothes feeds a child for an entire year!

A few months ago, we filled a further 121 backpacks, making a total of 2443 since we started approximately ten years ago. In the next few weeks, we are planning to fill at least a hundred more. We have most of the items we need but we're short of dessert spoons, toothpaste and jotters. If you can donate any of these items, please deposit them in the basket in the Church porch. Thanks in anticipation.

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 haplain to Crosshouse Hospital and is assisted by the priest on call each week.

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

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 10.30am 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.