CHURCH OF SAINT PETER IN CHAINS, ARDROSSAN  •  A Family of Parishes  •  SAINT BRIDE'S CHURCH, WEST KILBRIDE

                                                        

BULLETIN                                                  2 AUGUST 2020

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 1

SERVICES AND GATHERINGS
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public Church services and gatherings are limited till further notice.
Father Duncan will live-stream Holy Mass every day and assures you of his prayers for you and your family.

A READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (Matthew 14:13-21)
When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist's death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd and he took pity on them and healed their sick. When evening came, the disciples went to him and said "This is a lonely place and the time has slipped by so send the people away and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food." Jesus replied "There is no need for them to go. Give them something to eat yourselves." But they answered "All we have with us is five loaves and two fish." "'Bring them here to me"' he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing - and breaking the loaves, handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted and they collected the scraps remaining - twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.

REFLECTION
Every miracle is a message. Jesus does not just teach by means of parables or discourses but by his actions. Every miracle he works is proclaiming something about the Kingdom of Heaven, just as the parables we have been listening to recently. In the Kingdom of Heaven no one goes hungry. Whatever their face or nationality, there is as much as everyone wants with baskets to spare. As we contemplate this miracle - performed once, long ago, for one group in one place - we must think about the message of the miracle. Jesus proclaims there will be an end to hunger - but how will this happen? Only if we who believe are willing to 'be the miracle' in our own day and age, to work for an end to hunger, to usher in the Kingdom of God in all its glorious perfection!

SAINT PETER'S AND SAINT BRIDE'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saint Peter's
Saint Bride's
Saturday 1 August  
Memorial of Saint Alphonsus  
Liguori
  
Eighteenth Sunday of the  
Year
 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Henry McKinney of Paisley who died recently
  Live-streamed
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm
  Public and live-streamed
 
Sunday 2 August  
Eighteenth Sunday of the Year 
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes
  Public and live-streamed
Holy Mass at 12.15pm for our parishes
  Public
Monday 3 August  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Michael McGill who died recently and Cecilia and Brian McNulty at their anniversaries
  Public and live-streamed
 
Tuesday 4 August  
Memorial of Saint John Mary  Vianney, priest  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Isabella Welsh and Ellen Neilson at their anniversaries
  Live-streamed
 
Wednesday 5 August  
Memorial of Saint Martha  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Anne Higgins
  Not live-streamed
  Attendance at a funeral is limited to twenty
  people so priority is given to family
  members.
Private prayer from 11.30am to 12.30pm
Thursday 6 August  
Feast of the Transfiguration 
of the Lord 
 
 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ellen Lafferty at her anniversary and Stephen Lawrence's special intention
  Live-streamed
 
Friday 7 August  
Memorial of Saint Ignatius  
of Loyola  
Special Mass at 10.00am in time of pandemic for Michael McSorley and Linda Joyce who both died recently
  Public and live-streamed
Holy Mass at 12 noon
  Public
Saturday 8 August  
Memorial of Saint Dominic,  
Priest
  
Ninet
eenth Sunday of the  
Year
 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the special intentions of Elizabeth McCrae's and Karen Gough
  Live-streamed
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for the Lawrence family's special intention
  Public and live-streamed
 

SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saturday 1 August  
Memorial of Saint Alphonsus  
Liguori
  
Eighteenth Sunday of the  
Year
 
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
  Public and live-streamed
 
Sunday 2 August  
Eighteenth Sunday of the Year 
Holy Mass at 10.00am
  Public and live-streamed
Holy Mass at 11.30am
  Public and live-streamed
Monday 3 August  
   
Tuesday 4 August  
Memorial of Saint John Mary  Vianney, priest  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
  Public and live-streamed

 
Wednesday 5 August  
Memorial of Saint Martha  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
  Public and live-streamed
Thursday 6 August  
Feast of the Transfiguration 
of the Lord 
 
   
Friday 7 August  
Memorial of Saint Ignatius  
of Loyola  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
  Public and live-streamed
Saturday 8 August  
Memorial of Saint Dominic,  
Priest
  
Ninet
eenth Sunday of the  
Year
 



Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
  Public and live-streamed
 

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Michael McGill, Michael McSorley and Linda Joyce who died recently;
Phyllis Doherty 2017, Geraldine Leadbeater 2016, Noleen McFadyen née Delahunt 2012, Cathie McLaren 2007, Leslie Aitken 2010, Joseph Barry 2013, Mary Harper 2012, Isabelle Rennie 2004, Robert Tumilty 1981, Mara Cheshire 2007, Brian Collins, Agnes Gorman 2016, Laurence Hamilton 1998, Ann Kennedy 2010, Margaret McGuinness 2004, William Tumilty 1980, Isabella Welsh (Brownlie) 2008, Helen Clarke 2016, Lawrence Tumilty 1993, Sean Paul Marshall 2013, Patricia Barry 2015, Sadie Hamilton 2007, Father Jack Kerr 2001, Ellen Lafferty 2019, Desmond McGarvey 1996, Giovanni Michelini 2015, Patrick Joseph O'Boyle 2009, Lauretta Salotti 1981, Alison Cook 1999, Frances Flynn 1990, James Gorman 1997, William McGillvary 2001, Margaret Pacewicz 2006, Henrietta Smith 2009, Kitty Woods 2013, Bill Barton 2008 and Tina O'Pray 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.

SAINT PETER'S NEWS

REQUIEM MASS FOR AGNES ANNE HIGGINS
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Anne Higgins who died recently, aged eighty-five years. Her Requiem Mass on Wednesday 5 August at 10.00am will be followed by her interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
We are grateful for all the work going on at the parish at the moment: The Church's live streaming is now up and running, the big television screens in the Parish Centre have now been connected to the cameras in Church. Wifi has been installed in the Centre. The statue of Our Lady has been moved into the Sanctuary area and a small spotlight has been connected. The pictures of Saint Peter, the Diocesan Cross and the Celtic Cross have been rehung in new positions. A small camera has been installed in the Sanctuary and the metal gate between the Church and the Presbytery has been repaired with new hinges and a new lock.


SAINT BRIDE'S NEWS

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR VERONICA CORMIE
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Veronica Cormie, aged eighty-four years, who died on 20 July . Her funeral service will be at the Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium in Dalry on Monday 3 August at 2.00pm. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
We are grateful for all the work going on in the parish at the moment. A leak was repaired in the presbytery where some pipes and a radiator will be replaced next week. Lilian McPake has adapted a beautiful altar cloth to fit the altar and we have ordered some fabric to make a spare altar cloth.

DONATIONS TO THE PARISH
The Parish Diocesan Quota has given a grant of £400 to Saint Bride's because of the lack of parish income in the past sixteen weeks. We have also received an anonymous donation of £200 with a request for prayers.

VOLUNTEERS
We are obliged to provide two stewards for each Mass. If you can help out at any of our services, please get in touch on HowiePhyllis@yahoo.co.uk or 01294 822320. Thank you.

100 CLUB
Subscriptions are now due and still only £12 for the year! Please put your payment in an envelope, marked 100 Club, together with your name and put it into the collection box, as you leave the Church. Thank you
.

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Next Sunday is the celebration of Our Lady's Assumption into Heaven, transferred from Saturday 15 August.

THE STORY OF THE PRAYING HANDS
Many of us would have seen the picture of the 'Praying Hands' but would almost certainly not have heard the moving story behind this popular picture. Here is the story. Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighbourhood. Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of the elder children, Albrecht and Albert, had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy. After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the Academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the Academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by labouring in the mines. They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning after Church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg. Albert went down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his brother whose work at the Academy was almost an immediate sensation. Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works. When the young artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a long and memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honoured position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfil his ambition. His closing words were "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you." All heads turned in eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat, tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head from side to side while he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No, no, no, no." Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved and then, holding his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look - look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother, for me it is too late." More than four hundred and fifty years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits, pen and silver-point sketches, watercolours, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hang in every great museum in the world, but the odds are great that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works. More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction hanging in your home or office. One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply Hands but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love The Praying Hands. The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look. Let it be your reminder, that no one - no one - ever makes it alone!

A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF THE MASS - PART 9
After praying together the Lord's Prayer, we come to the Rite of Peace. In this prayer, the priest addresses Jesus, recalling his words at the Last Supper - "Peace I leave you, my peace, I give you" (John 14:27). The peace Jesus offers is deeper than then peace that comes when the internal circumstances of our lives are going well, for example, good health, financial security and good relationships. As we know, all these blessings can go away overnight. The peace Jesus offers comes from a strong relationship with him and can sustain us even when the external circumstances of our lives are not good. This is the peace we offer to those around us at this part of the Mass. The gesture acknowledges that Christ who we receive in the Sacrament is already present in our neighbour and expresses our sincere desire to forgive all hurts and to be at peace with all people.


PRAYER DURING A PANDEMIC
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. Amen.                                 Cameron Bellm


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What the Church needs is youth. Youthfulness is not about being young. It is about allowing courage to rule over fear. It's about enthusiasm. When the enthusiasm fades then pessimism begins to set in and people become old. As Christians our hope sustains our enthusiasm and our youth.

JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
  • At what time of day was Adam created? - just a little before Eve.
  • Who was the fastest runner in the race? - Adam. He was first in the human race.
  • Does God love everyone? - Yes, but he prefers 'fruits of the spirit' to 'religious nuts!'
  • Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible? - Moses. He broke all ten commandments at once.
  • How do groups of angels greet each other? - Halo, halo, halo!
  • What did Adam say the day before Christmas? - It's Christmas, Eve!
  • How does Moses make his coffee? - Hebrews it, obviously.

HELP THE SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) STOP THE CORONAVIRUS POVERTY PANDEMIC IN AFRICA
Coronavirus is about to hit Africa but it's the poverty the virus will unleash that will kill the world's poorest people. Every one of us felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic when it hit Scotland. It caused pain and suffering - but it also provoked a wave of compassion and care for our neighbours and key workers. As the deadly virus sweeps across sub-Saharan Africa, please show that same care for families living in the world's poorest places as they face a new battle for survival. If you are able to, please support families during this extraordinary poverty pandemic as they recovery from the shockwaves unleashed by the coronavirus. SCIAF has launched a poverty pandemic appeal which you can give to by visiting www.sciaf.org.uk or calling 0141 354 5555. Thank you.

WEEKLY BULLETIN
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT
It is now possible to make online donations to Saint Peter's. Details are on the Donations page and this News page. Thanks for your generosity.

NEW PARISH WEBSITE
Please have a look at our new parish website which is now up and running. There are lots of resources for prayer and information, latest news and also the weekly bulletin. The history section is being expanded step by step and has really interesting video clips and photos from past events at Saint Peter's. Have a look at SaintPeterInChains.co.uk. The older website at is www.SaintPeterInChains.net and Saint Bride's website is at StBridesChurch.co.uk.

WEEKLY BULLETIN
If you would like to receive the weekly Bulletin and updates by email, please get in touch with the parish office and send us your email address. If you know of someone who would like to be included on the mailing list, please let us know - thanks.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
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.

ADVERTISER SUPPORT
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.

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS - MISSION STATEMENT
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.