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

                                                        

Meeting people where they are - leading them to where God calls them to be!


BULLETIN                                          28 FEBRUARY 2021

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 2

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 MARK (Mark 9:2-10)
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence, he was transfigured. His clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus "Rabbi" he said "it is wonderful for us to be here so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." He did not know what to say. They were so frightened and a cloud came, covering them in shadow and there came a voice from the cloud "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him." Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.

REFLECTION
Mountains are strange places where remarkable things happen! In the first reading for Mass today, we hear of the sacrifice of Abraham - on a mountain top! (Genesis 22). In that story, which saw a new Covenant established between God and his chosen people, Abraham's son Isaac was spared and escaped sacrifice. Another hill was Calvary, but on that height someone's son did not escape. That was Jesus, revealed today as God's beloved Son in a moment of glory on another mountain top. All this shows us the immensity of God's love - Father, Son and Spirit - willing to embrace the most profound sacrifice. There is so much more in this story - the appearance of Moses and Elijah, standing for the Law and the Prophets - the validation of the sacrifice of Jesus as fulfilment of the Old Testament - the confusion and fear of Saint Peter and his companions but perhaps most important is the promise of the resurrection, when the glory glimpsed today is fully revealed. Our journey of Lent leads to glory - though it may sometimes feel like climbing a mountain! But remember, remarkable things happen on mountains!

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 CHURCH SERVICES
 
All Services are live-streamed and private unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 27 February  
Second Sunday of Lent  

Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Mary Ann Hamilton and Jo Carswell who both died recently
Sunday 28 February  
Second Sunday of Lent  
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes
Monday 1 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Collins at his anniversary and Robert Ferguson who died recently
Tuesday 2 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maria Gillen at her anniversary and Tom Slimmon who died recently

Wednesday 3 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Josephine Atkins who died recently
Thursday 4 March 
Votive Mass of Saint Joseph at 10.00am for Anne Hughes and Jane Michelle Doyle who both died recently
Friday 5 March 
Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Robert Stevenson
   not live-streamed

Saturday 6 March  
Third Sunday of Lent  

Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Anne O'Neill, Kathy McAuliffe and Sadie Gallagher who all died recently

SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
 
All Masses are live-streamed and private unless otherwise stated.
All Masses are live-streamed and private unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 27 February  
Second Sunday of Lent  

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 28 February  
Second Sunday of Lent  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Holy Mass at 11.30am
Monday 1 March  
   
Tuesday 2 March  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Holy Mass at 1.30pm with Saint John's Primary School
Wednesday 3 March  
Holy Mass at 1.30pm with Saint Anthony's Primary School Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 4 March 
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Friday 5 March 
  Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 6 March  
Third Sunday of Lent  

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Jim Boyle and Annie Watt;
Robert Stevenson, Cornelius Welsh, Robert Ferguson, Tom Slimmon, Josephine Atkins, Jane Michelle Doyle, Anne Hughes, Anne O'Neill, Kathy McAuliffe and Sadie Gallagher who died recently;
Ambrose Armstrong 1976, Matilda Brannan 1970, Billy Magee 2002, Joe and Nan McConnell, Canon John Walls 2010, Simon Brannan, Mennotti Carrino, Odina Carrino, Gerry Swan 2020, Paul Gerard Brown 1986, Father Charles Barclay 2001, Bernard Cassidy 1994, Margaret Dolan 1959, Frances Hackett 1997, James McFarlane 1976, Maria Gillen 2001, Rita McDermid 2018, Sister Teresita of Jesus (Valenti), Matthew Johnson 2012, Catherine McCutcheon 2002, Michael Reilly 1995, James Convery 2008, Bishop Joseph McGee 1983 and Father Charles McLaughlin
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

REQUIEM MASS FOR ROBERT STEVENSON
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Robert Stevenson who died on 22 February 2021, aged 83 years. His Requiem Mass on Friday 5 March at 10.00am will be followed by his interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE FOR CORNELIUS WELSH
Please also pray for the Repose of the Soul of Cornelius Welsh who died on 6 January 2021, aged 55 years. His graveside service and interment will be at Ardrossan Cemetery on Friday 5 March at 2.00pm. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

SAINT PETER'S 50/50 CLUB
2020 has proved a very difficult year in the life of our parish and 2021 is still tough on everyone. Since we cannot meet with each other, not even at Church, we cannot have our usual 'Sign-Up' meeting in the Parish Centre. We are grateful to those who responded in renewing their membership by post or letterbox drop to the Promoter, Mrs M Sammons at 30 Seafield Court, Ardrossan, KA22 8NS. We ask members to do the same at your earliest convenience by sending your cheque for £15 in the post made payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club and including your name and address or alternatively cash by letterbox drop to the Promoter at the above address. Please do not send cash in the post. Thank you for your continued support.


SAINT BRIDE'S NOTICES

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2021
Every year in March, Saint Bride's and West Kilbride Parish Church come together for a worldwide Christian service to pray for the people of a nominated country. This year the chosen country is Vanuatu, a volcanic archipelago of 82 islands in the South Pacific. As we cannot physically meet in our Churches, prayer booklets are available and Betty will distribute some to parishioners who normally take part and the housebound. Booklets can be requested on 01294 829770. The service will be posted on the World Day of Prayer - Scotland website at www.wdpscotland.org.uk and Zoom connections can be obtained by emailing orr.betty@btinternet.com.

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.


BRUISED APPLES
A few years ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. Well, as such things go, one thing led to another. The sales meeting lasted longer than anticipated. Their flights were scheduled to leave out of Chicago's O'Hare Airport and they had to race to the airport. With tickets in hand, they barged through the terminal to catch their flight back home. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding, all but one. He paused, took a deep breath and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his friends to go on without him and told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the floor. He was glad he did. The sixteen-year-old girl at the apple stand was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping or to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them into the baskets and helped set the display up once more. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised. These he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl "Here, please take this $20 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears. He continued on with "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly." As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister". He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued "Are you Jesus?" He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul - 'Are you Jesus?'. Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to his love, life and grace. If we claim to know him, we should live, walk and act as he would. Knowing him is more than simply praying and going to Church. It's actually living his life day by day. You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by the fall. He stopped what he was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid for us in full.

JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
Here are some questions and answers from the Bible.
   • How do you make Holy Water? - You take some regular water and boil the devil out of it.
   • How long did Cain hate his brother? - As long as he was Abel.
   • Why did Noah have to punish and discipline the chickens on the Ark? - They were using fowl language.
   • Why do they say 'Amen' at the end of a prayer instead of 'Awomen'? - Same reason we sing hymns instead of hers.
   • On the Ark, Noah probably got milk from the cows. What did he get from the ducks? - Quackers.
   • Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? - Samson - he brought the house down.
   • Who was the best female finance lady in the Bible? - Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
   • What's the best way to study the Bible? - You Luke into it.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) COLLECTION FOR LENT
Normally, we would be having out the SCIAF boxes for Lent as a practice of our almsgiving. Because of the closed Churches and restrictions, it is practically impossible to get the boxes to everyone. This is what we thought we might do this Lent - the boxes will be available on Wednesday 3 March, from 9.00 until 10.00am at Saint Bride's, in front of the Church door and at Saint Peter's, in the porch of the presbytery. Please make an effort to come along, or ask someone else, and collect some boxes for yourselves and other parishioners. The boxes should be returned by the end of Lent. Thank you for your support!

CATHOLIC PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE - SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT HAS NOW STARTED
The new benefit will give qualifying parents and carers £40 every four weeks for each child under six. The benefit has now started, meaning that Social Security Scotland is now able to do final eligibility checks and start issuing decisions. The first decisions and payments will arrive from late February. Thousands of applications are being processed each week to get money to families as soon as possible. People who applied in advance of Monday 15 February are expected to get a decision and, if eligible, their first payment by no later than the end of April. Payments for those who applied today or earlier will be calculated from today. Parents and carers who have not yet applied and have a child under six are encouraged to apply today to get the maximum amount of money they are entitled to. People who apply after today will have their payment calculated from the day that they apply. People, who supplied their mobile number, will be kept up to date on the progress of their application by text. Social Security Scotland delivers a number of benefits for families. This includes Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment, School Age Payment and Best Start Foods. Applications can be made for Scottish Child Payment and all of these using a single straightforward form. People can apply by visiting Benefits and Grants at www.MyGov.scot or calling 0800 182 2222. Scottish Child Payment is a new benefit and it is in addition to the United Kingdom wide Child Benefit.

SAINT PETER'S 50/50 CLUB
2020 has proved a very difficult year in the life of our parish and 2021 is still tough on everyone. Since we cannot meet with each other, not even at Church, we cannot have our usual 'Sign-Up' meeting in the Parish Centre. We are grateful to those who responded in renewing their membership by post or letterbox drop to the Promoter, Mrs M Sammons at 30 Seafield Court, Ardrossan, KA22 8NS. We ask members to do the same at your earliest convenience by sending your cheque for £15 in the post made payable to Saint Peter's 50/50 Club and including your name and address or alternatively cash by letterbox drop to the Promoter at the above address. Please do not send cash in the post. Thank you for your continued support.

BBC BROADCASTS FOR LENT AND EASTER
Please see below details of forthcoming Masses which will be broadcast on BBC Scotland at 12 noon on the following Sundays:
   • 14 March - Our Holy Redeemer, Stornoway
   • 4 April, Easter Sunday - Saint Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley
The documentary Priest School is available on iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hmvf/priest-school and YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyVwwxOmsdI
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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.

STANDING ORDERS - PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT
The parishes have taken quite a 'knock' through lockdown when public Mass is not available. 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.