BULLETIN                                                 12 JANUARY 2020


Saturday 11 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Swiercz SI and Esther Tumilty SI
Solemnity of The Baptism of the Lord
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for John Butcher A and Rosemary Sellar RD

Sunday 12 January  

Solemnity of The Baptism of the Lord
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 13 January  

Feast of Saint Kentigern
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kay Sinclair SI, Kate Glover RD and Stephen McCormick RD

Tuesday 14 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Herron RD, Jim Elder RD and Reg Todman RD

Wednesday 15 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Lafferty Family, Isabella McHugh A and Cathy Newall SI

Thursday 16 January  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Gwen Body A, Janet Chapman A, Owen Bogue A and Kathleen Ryan SI

Friday 17 January  

Memorial of Saint Anthony
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Gough Family, the McGarrity family and Seamus Reily and family

Saturday 18 January  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anthony McGarvey A and S Robertson RD
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Joseph Finnegan 6MM


                        Abbreviations - A anniversary, MM month's mind, 6MM six 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 11 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 12 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 13 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 14 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 15 January  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Thursday 16 January  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 17 January  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 18 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 12 January  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 13 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 14 January  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 15 January  

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

Slimming World
Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter Group
Irish Dancing

Thursday 16 January  
Friday 17 January  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

Please remember in your prayers:
Rosemary Sellar, Kate Glover, Stephen McCormick, John Herron, Jim Elder, Reg Todman and S Robertson who died recently;
Hugh Adams 2019, John Aitken 2001, Anne Bowles 2017, John Butcher 2017, Kathleen Brown 2012, Christine Cassidy 1998, Mary Donnelly 2006, Eamon Lennon 2009, Kathleen Tritschler 2006, Roy White 1993, Cecilia McCurdie 2005, James McNamara 1982, Mary Guilfoyle 2005, Ishbel McCarroll 1983, Monica McDonald 1997, David Stirling 2004, Mary Coulter 1978, David Magee 2014, Peter McCarroll 1940, Isabella McHugh 2019, Elizabeth Walsh 2005, David Gallagher 2011, Mary Boyce Gillies 2012, Theresa McDermott 2000, George Agostini 2006, Maureen McKenzie 2014, Janis McSkimming 2010, James Murray 1972, Rena Scullion 2008, Canon Michael Farrington 2009 and Margaret McLaughlan 2005 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 Peter Brawley at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and Catherine Kerr and Catherine Boyd at 10.30am.

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

We welcome to the Family of the Church Farah Guthrie who will be baptised on Saturday 18 January at 11.00am. Congratulations to her parents and Godparents.

Father Duncan would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make the Church festive for the Christmas Season - also sincere thanks to all the parishioners who contributed to the liturgy and music ministry. Thank you and God bless!

With the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord today, the Christmas Season comes to an end. We now begin Ordinary Time. Next week is the First Week of the Year.

The Ardrossan Churches Group have come together to suggest that we all pray the same prayer every day in the intention of Christian Unity. The Prayer Cards will be given out after Masses this weekend. The Week of Prayer begins of Saturday 18 January and finishes with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on Saturday 25 January.

Don't be fooled by the face I wear for I wear a thousand masks - And none of them is me. Don't be fooled, for goodness sake, don't be fooled. I give you the impression that I'm secure, that confidence is my name and coolness is my game and that I need no one - but don't believe me. Beneath dwells the real me in confusion, in aloneness, in fear. That's why I create a mask to hide behind, to shield me from the glance that knows but such a glance is precisely my salvation. That is, if it's followed by acceptance, if it's followed by love. It's the only thing that can liberate me from my own self-built prison walls. I'm afraid that deep down I'm nothing and that I'm just no good and that you will reject me - and so begins the parade of masks. I idly chatter to you. I tell you everything that's really nothing and nothing of what's everything, of what's crying within me. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I'm not saying. I'd really like to be genuine and spontaneous but you've got to help me. You've got to hold out your hand. Each time you're kind and gentle, and encouraging, Each time you try to understand because you really care, my heart begins to grow wings, feeble wings, but wings. With your sensitivity and sympathy, and your power of understanding, you alone can release me from my shallow world of uncertainty. It will not be easy for you. The nearer you approach me, the blinder I may strike back. But I'm told that love is stronger than strong walls and in this lies my only hope. Please try to beat down these walls with firm hands, but gentle hands, for a child is very sensitive. Who am I, you wonder, I am every man you meet, and also every woman that you meet - and I am you, also.

According to the Vatican's missionary agency Fides, twenty-nine missionaries were killed in the world in the year 2019 - six laymen, two women religious, two men religious, one Permanent Deacon and eighteen priests. In Africa, twelve priests were killed - one religious, one nun, one seminarian and one layman. In America, six priests and one Permanent Deacon, one Religious and four laymen were killed. In Asia, one layman and in Europe one nun were killed. Fides also notes that there is a sort of 'globalization of violence'. 'If in the past, the missionaries killed were largely concentrated in one nation or geographic area, in 2019 the phenomenon seemed more generalised and widespread' - in ten countries of Africa, eight of America one of Asia and one of Europe.

A bishop, a priest and a deacon were lined up and about to be executed for preaching the Gospel in a foreign country. The executioners brought out the bishop first and when the guard shouted "Ready - aim -" the bishop suddenly yelled "Earthquake!" and when everyone looked around, he made a run for it. They brought the priest out next. The guard shouted "Ready - aim -" and suddenly the priest yelled, "Tornado!" and when everyone ducked, he too, ran off. The deacon of course had it all figured out by then. When they brought him out and the guard shouted "Ready - aim -" he deacon suddenly yelled, "Fire!"

We need them in life's early morning, We need them again at its close
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship, we seek them when tasting life's woes
    At the altar each day we behold them and the hands of a king on his throne
    Are not equal to them in their greatness, their dignity stands all alone
        And when we are tempted and wander to pathways of shame and of sin
        It's the hand of a priest that will absolve us - not once, but again and again
            And when we are taking life's partner, other hands may prepare us a feast
            But the hand that will bless and unite us is the beautiful hand of a priest
                God bless them and keep them all holy for the Host which their fingers caress
                When can a poor sinner do better than to ask Him to guide thee and bless
                    When the hour of death comes upon us, may our courage and strength be increased
                    By seeing raised over us in blessing the beautiful hands of a priest

There will be a series of meetings for the Parish Ministry coming soon. Please put the dates in your dairy right away as it is very important that everyone can attend. Meeting for all those involved in the Music Ministry is on Wednesday 5 February; for Eucharistic Ministers on Wednesday 19 February; for Readers on Wednesday 4 March and for those involved in the Children's Liturgy on Wednesday 11 March. All the meetings begin at 7.00pm and take place in the Presbytery. If you would like to get involved in any of our Parish Ministries, please come along to the meeting. Thank you for all your support!

Following the success of the last year's Burns Supperette, another one is planned for Saturday 22 February at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. A Burns Supperette is a mini Burns Supper with fewer speeches, more music and a smaller meal. As always, there will be a light-hearted approach and a bar. Tickets costing £7.50 will be available after the weekend Masses or can be reserved by phoning Fiona Brown on 01294 606424. If you prefer a macaroni pie to a haggis pie, please let Fiona know. More details will follow.

Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to help the homeless at Christmas and throughout the year. Your donations and generous support are much appreciated. Thank you.

Renewal of 50/50 Club Memberships are now due. Membership of £15 will be collected by Promoter, Mrs Sammons over the weekends of 18 and 19 Jan and 25 and 26 January in the foyer of the Parish Centre after 5.30pm and the 10.30am Masses. Cash and cheques are welcome and cheques should be made payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club. New members are welcome. Collectors will come round as usual or simply pay at the Sign-Up table. The special Early Bird Draw of £50 is for members who pay before the end of January. Thanks for your continued support.

Many thanks for the hard work in and around the Church. The Choir loft has seen an extensive clear out and is looking much tidier. Repairs and maintenance have taken place in the Parish Centre. Its doorbell has been fixed, bulbs have been replaced, new sockets have been put in the hallway, the pathway light has been repaired, immersion heater for hot water has been repaired. The under-ceiling lights still not working. This is an ongoing issue as is repair to Church perimeter wall. New locks for the main doors will hopefully within the next ten days. Sincere thanks for all the support and hard work.

Peer Support Practitioner is required for North Ayrshire Prevention, Early Intervention and Recovery Service. Please see the poster at the back of the Church for details and note that the closing date for applications is 21 January. Details can be seen at https://turningpointscotland.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/4/pl/1/opp/1166-Peer-Support-Practitioner-North-Ayrshire-Recovery-Service/en-GB.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £614.78 and the Justice and Peace collection to £359.16 - thanks very much for your support and generosity.

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.

Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Maria'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 Childrenís Liturgy provided for pre-school 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.