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

                                                        

BULLETIN                                           11 OCTOBER 2020

TWENTY-EIGHTH 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
22:1-14)
Jesus began to speak to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables. "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son's wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. "Tell those who have been invited" he said "that I have my banquet all prepared. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding." But they were not interested. One went off to his farm, another to his business and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He despatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. Then he said to his servants "The wedding is ready but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding." So these servants went out on to the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike and the wedding hall was filled with guests. When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment and said to him "How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?" And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants "Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen."

REFLECTION
The message of this parable is similar to last week - who is welcome in the Kingdom of God? Last week, the image was the vineyard, this week the wedding feast, but the idea is the same - some self-righteous people who think their place is guaranteed will be disappointed and the invitation will be extended to those who are excluded. Jesus turns things upside down - the invited are unworthy, so the unworthy are invited! This is addressed to the 'holier than thou' chief priests and elders but the message resonates to our time. As Pope Francis keeps reminding us, the Church is not a 'club' or a 'clique'. We must ensure that the invitation to the Kingdom of God is universal, that no one is excluded, that every human being knows they are welcome at God's feast. It is not a free pass, though. Once we come into the Kingdom we must live the life of the Kingdom. We must wear the 'wedding garment' of goodness, integrity, faith and justice.

THE LORD'S DAY AT HOME
If you are housebound or self-isolating at this time, please use these prayers to unite yourself with the worship of the Universal Church, and your own parish, this Sunday. If alone, read or say these prayers quietly to yourself. If with another, or in a family, someone should read the Gospel and others respond. It might be suitable to find a special, quiet place at home for your Sunday prayers.

SAINT PETER'S AND SAINT BRIDE'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saint Peter's - All Masses are live-streamed and
                          public unless otherwise stated.
Saint Bride's - All Masses are public
                          unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 10 October  
Our Lady's Day  

 
 
Twenty-eighth
Sunday of the  Year 

Holy Mass at 10.00am for all those who prayed for Jean Conlan while she was in hospital
  Private
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Cathie Sweeney at her anniversary
 
Sunday 11 October  
Twenty-eighth Sunday of the  Year 
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes Holy Mass at 12.15pm for our parishes
Monday 12 October  
  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anne Lafferty who died recently
 
Tuesday 13 October 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Francie Stalker who died recently and Kathleen Dean (Auchinleck) at her anniversary
  Private
 
Wednesday 14 September    
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Ellen Teresa Donnelly
(Falkirk, originally Hurlford) who died recently
Funeral Service at 1.00pm for Katie Millar
  Private
 
Thursday 15 October  
Memorial of Saint Teresa of  
Jesus  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Christina Lawrence's special intention and all Souls in Purgatory
  Private
 
Friday 16 October  
Memorial of Saint Margaret  
Mary Alacoque  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Eileen McNulty (Donegal) who died recently Holy Mass at 12 noon

Saturday 17 October  
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of  
Antioch 
 

 
 Twenty-ninth Sunday of the  Year 

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Collins' special intention
  Private
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Mary McAtee at her anniversary
 

SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 

Saturday 10 October  
Twenty-eighth
Sunday of the  Year 

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 11 October  
Twenty-eighth Sunday of the  Year 
Holy Mass at 10.00am

Holy Mass at 11.30am
Monday 12 October  
   
Tuesday 13 October 
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Wednesday 14 September    
Requiem Mass
  Private
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 15 October  
Memorial of Saint Teresa of  
Jesus  
   
Friday 16 October  
Memorial of Saint Margaret  
Mary Alacoque  
  Requiem Mass
  Private

Saturday 17 October  
 
 Twenty-ninth Sunday of the  Year 

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
John Clarke, Anthony Brennan and Cathie Currie;
Katie Millar, Francie Stalker, Anne Lafferty, Eileen McNulty and Ellen Teresa Donnelly who died recently;
Chrissie Ferguson 2006, Joseph Harvey 1998, Harry Kemp 1972, Shannon McTaggart 1996, Maureen Haddington 2002,
Vincenzo Marchetti 1968, Mary McCarroll 1913, Ena Millar 1987, Mary Paton 2019, John Petrie 1966, Bruce Gallacher 1995,
Robert Ireland 2008, James McKay 1992, Bernard Aspinwall 2013, John McGowan 2002, John McPolin 1944, Hannah Burns 2002, Dan Donnelly 1941, Andrew Howieson and Jim Sullivan 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.

SAINT PETER'S NOTICES

MASS BOOKINGS
To book for Mass, please call the Parish Office on 01294 464063 between 9.00 and 11.00am on Mondays to Fridays. Thank you.

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR KATIE MILLAR
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Katie Millar who died on Saturday 3 October 2020. Her funeral service on Wednesday 14 October at 1.00pm will be followed by her interment at Stevenston High Road Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
The Offertory Collection last weekend amounted to £577.58 and the Maintenance Collection to £190 - many thanks.

CHURCH PIETY STALL
Our stall is now open if you should require to purchase anything, for example, Mass Cards, religious Items and so on. It is important that we only admit one person at a time and a face covering must be worn. Please do not touch the display items. Just ask Betty and she will show you them. Thank you!

LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS
All our Celebrations of Mass and other services are live-streamed, starting five minutes beforehand. You can access them every day by going to our websites. On SaintPeterInChains.net, in the top right corner, click on Live Streaming at Mass Times. On SaintPeterInChains.co.uk, click Services in the red menu bar, select Mass Times then scroll down to Click here to view Mass.


SAINT BRIDE'S NOTICES

NEW WEBSITE
Please have a look our new website at StBridesChurch.co.uk. We would be delighted to have your comments or any suggestions sent to Joe.McAleavy1804@yahoo.com.

PARISH LETTER
A letter was delivered to forty Saint Bride's parishioners. This letter provided information on the latest news from the parish including Mass times and live streaming of Mass. A copy of the letter is available on our website.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last Sunday's Offertory Collection amounted to £139.00 and the Retired Priests' Collection to £80.00 - many thanks. Paul McNulty will be happy to provide Standing Order forms.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The new phone number for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is 07585 656229.

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK
The Light of the World was painted in 1853-54 by the English artist William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). The painting, which measures 125 x 60 centimetre, is currently at Keble College, Oxford in England. The painting is really a painted text, a sermon on canvas. In The Light of the World, the allegory chosen for illustration is that beautiful one in the Revelation - "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him and he with me" (Revelation 3:20). On the head of Christ are two crowns - the earthly crown of his passion as well as his heavenly crown of glory. This crown begins to bud and blossom - a symbol of new life and new beginning. The Robe of Christ is a seamless robe. It symbolises the unbroken unity of the Body of Christ, the Family of the Church today throughout the world. Then there is the lamp carried by Christ. It is the lamp which guides us throughout the journey of our lives. The scene is during the night. There are dangers and obstacles on our path. The light of Christ will guide us and show us the safest and best way. The door of the soul is beautifully rendered. It has been a very long time since it has been opened. The weeds have climbed where they never could have climbed had it been kept open. Stains of rust are over the iron-work. We can see brambles because a place overgrown with brambles is a place to which the gardener doesn't visit. The fruit the trees have borne has fallen to the ground - natural fruit, uncared for and untended. The sadness of the face of Christ is painful in the extreme and the justification of this sadness is that Christ has knocked - and knocked in vain. Look how Christ knocks on the door of our souls. His hand is half-open and he listens intently. He is patient. He will wait for as long as it takes. The door has no handle. It can only be opened from the inside. In other words, only we can open the door of our souls to Christ. It is our choice. Perhaps we might see in this painting the whole meaning of the life of Christ and the whole story of our own neglected souls. The idea of painting the picture came from a sonnet entitled Tomorrow by Lope de Vega from Spain. 'Soul, from thy casement look and thou shalt see how he persists to knock and wait for thee - and oh, how often to that voice of sorrow. "Tomorrow I will open" I replied - and when the morrow came, I answered still "Tomorrow!"'

HAVE YOU RETURNED TO THE EUCHARIST YET?
"The Eucharist is the secret of my day. It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the whole world." This testimony of Pope Saint John Paul II bears witness to what it means to be holy. We find the strength to live out of love for God only by allowing our lives to be immersed in His Eucharistic presence. Do we live as though our lives are completely dependent upon Him in the Eucharist? Do we desire to spend time with Him daily, to unite ourselves with Him at least in spirit when we are not able to receive Him physically? Do we make Mass and Eucharistic adoration a priority in our own lives and challenge others to do so? Whom in your life today could you invite back to the celebration of the Mass? On 10 October, Pope Francis will beatify Carlo Acutis who died of leukaemia in 2006 at the age of fifteen. This teenage saint knew that his own holiness - and the holiness of all people - must flow from the Eucharist. In order to lead others more closely to Our Eucharistic Lord, Carlo created a website highlighting different Eucharistic miracles from around the world. It can still be viewed online today at http://www.miracolieucaristici.org. Regarding the importance of having the Eucharist as the centre of our lives, he said "The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on earth we will have a foretaste of heaven." Let us follow Saint John Paul II's and soon-to-be Blessed Carlo's examples of love for Our Lord in the Eucharist. Let us place Him as the very centre, the very source and summit of our lives. May we take advantage of every opportunity we have to receive Him worthily and devoutly - and may we always seek to lead others to Him, as well.

JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly "I know what the word Bible means!" His father smiled and replied "What do you mean, you know what Bible means? The son replied "I do know!" "Okay," said his father, "what does Bible mean?" "That's easy, Daddy" the young boy replied excitedly, "it stands for Basic Information Before Leaving Earth."

SUNDAY OBLIGATION
Sunday obligation to attend Holy Mass remains suspended for the time being and availability is restricted for those wishing to attend. Some of our parishioners are working during the week and can only attend at the weekend. Therefore, to make Holy Mass available to everyone we would be grateful if you wish to attend Mass and are able to attend on a weekday please do so, leaving seats for those parishioners working during the week. Thank you.

NEXT SUNDAY - WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE MISSION
We celebrate next Sunday a Day of Prayer for the Mission. We will offer Mass as a special Votive Mass for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

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.

STANDING ORDERS - PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT
The parishes have taken quite a 'knock' through lockdown when public Mass was not available for sixteen weeks. This has had a huge impact on our parishes' finances. Could you consider taking out a Standing Order? It would be of great benefit to our parish. Forms are available from the Parish Office and here. Thank you

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.