BULLETIN                       8 MARCH 2020


Saturday 7 March  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Marie Pellegrini MM and Cosimo and Arturo Farro A
Second Sunday of Lent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for those suffering from mental health issues

Sunday 8 March  

Second Sunday of Lent
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 9 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sam Kenmore RD

Tuesday 10 March  

Feast of Saint John Ogilvie
Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Michael Angelo Reilly A

Wednesday 11 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Helen Brown A

Thursday 12 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Chris Callaghan RD

Friday 13 March 

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sheena Mooney RD

Saturday 14 March  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for those suffering through the effects of addiction
Third Sunday of Lent
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Mick Reilly A and Elizabeth McGee A


                        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 7 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Sunday 8 March  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 9 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Tuesday 10 March  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 11 March  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 12 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 13 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm
Saturday 14 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 8 March  


Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 9 March  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 10 March  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm
7.30 to 9.00pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 11 March  

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 12 March  
Friday 13 March  
9.30 to 11.30am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Scallywags Aftercare is on Monday to Friday from 3.00 to 6.00pm during term time and 8.00am to 6.00pm during school holidays.

Please remember in your prayers:
Sam Kenmore, Chris Callaghan, Gerry Swan and Jenny Evan-Jones who died recently;
Cosimo Farro 1993, Francis Flynn 1990, Hugh McCluskey 1992, Catherine Robertson 2012, Mary To 2014, Luke Gargan 2001, Father Jerry Sheehy SCJ 2012, Frances Stannisforth 2017, Alice Bell 2005, May Bell 2003, John Carroll 2004, John Kyle 2009, Myles McDonald, Monsignor Archibald McSparran 1950, Stephanie Hope Turner 2001, Helen Brown 2013, Peter McGlone 2016, Agnes Scott 1990, Monsignor Edward Traynor 2006, Lilia Agostini 1969, Mary Andrew 1957, Hessie Hyslop 1998, Jean Walker 2001, Aldegonda Brogi 1971 and Susan Morgan 2012 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 Harry Sammons at 5.30pm and Margaret Harvey at 10.30am.

Next weekend's musicians are the Choir at 5.30pm and George McGrattan at 10.30am.

Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Smith for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Frances Gemmell for Primary 4.
There will be a meeting of the Children's Liturgy team on Wednesday 11 March at 7.00pm in the Presbytery. Thank you!

There will be three Lenten Penance Services where we can go to Confession and receive God's mercy and forgiveness. These are on Monday 30 March at 7.00pm in Saint Peter's, Tuesday 31 March at 2.00pm in
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats and Wednesday 1 April at 7.00pm in Saint John’s Church, Stevenston.There is no better way to prepare for Easter.

Seven of our Primary School children will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Thursday 12 March at 6.30pm. Please accompany the children and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The Stations of the Cross will be visited every Tuesday during Lent at 9.30am before Mass. Our first Stations of the Cross will be offered for healing. The First Letter of Peter tells us 'He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.'

Every year, Catholics try to answer the age old question - What should I do for Lent? Well, who better to pick for as your Lenten spiritual director than Pope Francis? He has some great ideas for you!
  1  Get rid of the lazy addiction to evil
"Lent is a 'powerful' season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil that deceives and ensnares us."         General Audience, 5 March 2014
  2  Do something that hurts
"Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt."         Lenten Message, 2014
  3  Don't remain indifferent
"Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation."         Lenten Message, 2015
  4  Pray - Make our hearts like yours!
"During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord, 'Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum' - Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way, we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globaliSation of indifference." - Lenten Message, 2015
  5  Take part in the sacraments "Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ."         Lenten Message, 2015
  6  Prayer
"In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God's boundless love, to taste his tenderness. Lent is a time of prayer, of more intense prayer, more prolonged, more assiduous, more able to take on the needs of the brethren, intercessory prayer, to intercede before God for the many situations of poverty and suffering."         Homily, 5 March 2014
  7  Fasting
"We must be careful not to practice a formal fast or one which in truth 'satisfies' us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him."         Homily, 5 March 2014
"Fasting makes sense if it questions our security..."
  8  Almsgiving
"Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others."         Homily, 5 March 2014
  9  Help the Poor
"In the poor and outcast we see Christ's face. By loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing."         Lenten Message, 2014
  10  Evangelise
"The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness."         Lenten Message, 2014

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.
The pope listed thirty key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well." The Holy Father calls this "Safeguard your heart" Christians need to guard and protect their hearts "just as you protect your home ... with a lock. How often do bad thoughts, bad intentions, jealousy, envy enter?" he asked. "Who opened the door? How did those things get in?"
The questions include:
  • Do I only turn to God when I'm in need?
  • Do I take attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
  • Do I begin and end the day with prayer?
  • Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?
  • Do I rebel against God's plan?
  • Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?
  • Am I honest and fair with everyone or do I fuel the 'throwaway culture?'
  • In my marital and family relations, do I uphold morality as taught in the Gospels?
  • Do I honour and respect my parents?
  • Have I refused newly conceived life?
  • Have I snuffed out the gift of life? Have I helped do so?
  • Do I respect the environment?
  • Am I part worldly and part believer?
  • Do I overdo it with eating, drinking, smoking and amusements?
  • Am I overly concerned about my physical well-being, my possessions?
  • How do I use my time?
Am I lazy?
  • Do I want to be served?
  • Do I dream of revenge, hold grudges?
  • Am I meek, humble and a builder of peace?
Catholics should go to confession, the Pope said, because everyone needs forgiveness for their sins, for the ways "we think and act contrary to the Gospel." Confession is meant to be a sincere moment of conversion, an occasion to demonstrate trust in God's willingness to forgive his children and to help them back on the path of following Jesus, Pope Francis wrote.

A Scotsman appeared before Saint Peter at the pearly gates. "Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" Saint Peter asked. "Well, I can think of one thing" the Scotsman offered. "Once, on a trip to Inverness, I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone but they wouldn't listen so I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker and smacked him in his face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring and threw it on the ground. I then yelled "Now, back off, or you are going to get hurt!'" Saint Peter was impressed. He leafed through the great book he held. "When did this happen?" "Just a couple minutes ago ..."

Saint Peter's has a Memorial Plaque for the tragedy of the HMS Dasher on the front wall of the Church. We hope to get it cleaned and renovated using 23.5 carat gold for the letters. A special costing of £117 has been given to us. We are trying to raise this from the Parish and the British Legion. If you are able and would like to make a donation towards the renovation of the Memorial Plaque, please hand it in to Father Duncan or the Parish Office. God bless you!

From 21 February to 20 May 2020 all donations to the SCIAF Wee Box appeal will be doubled by the United Kingdom Government. You can collect your Wee Box pack at the back of the Church or from the stall.

During Lent, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society usually collects toiletries for the Ozanam Centre in Glasgow which supports homeless people. There are collection baskets in the porch. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you!

Once again, the Diocese will be travelling to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Our Lord. This year's pilgrimage takes place from 12 to 19 October and we will stay in Bethlehem and Tiberias. Booking forms are available in the sacristy or from Father David Borland at David.Borland@GallowayDiocese.org.uk.

Across is organsing a pilgrimage to Lourdes by Jumbulance leaving from Kilmarnock on 23 April and returning on 2 May 2020. Everyone on pilgrimage has an essential role to play from the assisted pilgrims to the chaplain, doctor, nurses and lay helpers. The pilgrimage costs £850 per person. This includes travel to and from Lourdes and full board accommodation. Further information and application forms can be obtained by contacting the Group Leader, Alison Neil on 07749 555955, Alison.Neil@hotmail.co.uk, www.across.org.uk or 02035 421800.

Knock Pilgrimages is planning a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on 14 June 2020, costing £699 per person sharing. The single supplement cost is £100. Prices includes a flight from Edinburgh with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, five nights in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner, excursions and lunches on days. The contact is Patricia on 01268 762278, 07740 175557 or KnockPilgrimages@gmail.com Knock Pilgrimages is ATOL Protected.

Please make sure you get the first Embracing Change newsletter today after Mass. It is keeping us up-to-date with developments, news and projects in our deanery.

The Embracing Change Spitituality Group has been dedicated to the rediscovery of the Holy Scriptures and to give us the opportunity to focus on the Word of God, Father Mark Kelly will lead us in talks on the Gospels throughout the year at various parishes across the deanery on several Tuesdays at 7.00pm. The dates and venues are 24 March in Saint Brigid's Church, Kilbirnie, 26 May in Saint Mary's Church, Largs, 25 August in Saint John's Church, Stevenston, 24 November in Saint John Ogilvie's Church, Irvine. Scripture is at the heart of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other. Don't miss this opportunity to come together as a deanery to listen to and reflect on the Scriptures during this year.

Aidan McGrath of our parish 's is appearing in West Side Story at the end of May this year at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. We have special prices for tickets. If you would like to go, please let the Parish Office know well in advance. Tickets will cost around £28 each. If a sizeable group would like to go, we could hire a coach. A suggested date would be Friday 29 May at 5.00pm. West Side Story marries stunning choreography to a matchless songbook as it translates Romeo and Juliet to 1950s Manhattan. It's the story of the Jets and the Sharks, two rival gangs who make New York's mean streets even meaner, but it's also passionate, tender and deeply romantic - the greatest love story ever told.

Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £642.37 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £280.63 - thanks for all 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 Jennifer and Niamh.

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 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.