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                                          4 APRIL 2021

EASTER SUNDAY 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.

HAPPY EASTER
We wish everyone at Saint Bride's and Saint Peter's a very happy and blessed Easter.


EASTER MESSAGE FROM BISHOP NOLAN
The celebration of Easter is a celebration of hope, a celebration of light conquering darkness, a celebration of life triumphing over death, a celebration of the grace of God overcoming human frailty and sin. This year in particular at Easter we have the hope that the lockdown is coming to an end, that the vaccine is defeating the virus and that the fear of being infected by Covid is now fading away. Our lives have all been affected by the experiences of this past year. As we emerge from lockdown, we recognise that we have been changed by the isolation from our families and friends, by the death of loved ones and the inability to mourn them properly and by the financial uncertainty of perhaps losing our job or our source of income. Apart from Covid, of course, there may be other problems we face in life. We just remembered in Holy Week the sufferings of Jesus as he carried his cross. We too have our cross to carry, we too suffer our Calvary - but Jesus, who suffered and died, rose to new life. There is hope even in time of suffering and trial, there is hope even in death. The resurrection Jesus gives us that hope. Just as light overcomes darkness so also the grace of God overcomes all human frailty, failure and sin. No matter what troubles we face in life may our celebration of Easter give us hope.
          +William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway

SAINT PETER'S AND SAINT BRIDE'S CHURCH SERVICES

 
Saint Peter's
All services are live-streamed and public by booking unless otherwise stated.
Saint Bride's Church, West Kilbride
All services are public by booking  unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 3 April  
Easter Sunday  

Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30pm  
Sunday 4 April  
Easter Sunday   
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes Holy Mass at 12.15pm
Monday 5 April  
Holy Mass 10.00am for Joe Howie at his anniversary and Robert Stevenson who died recently  
Tuesday 6 April  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Cathie Slimman
  Private

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 7 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Josephine Atkins and Pat Logan who both died recently  
Thursday 8 April 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Annie and Andrew Murphy and Father Tom McCann at their anniversaries and Matt Donnelly who died recently
  Private
 
Friday 9 April 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for the special intention of Jean McLellan and Margaret Friel and Francis Stalker who both died recently
Holy Mass at 12 noon

Saturday 10 April  
Second of Easter  
Divine Mercy Sunday  

Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for the special intentions of Elizabeth McCrae and Margaret Swiertz and Felix Hamill at his anniversary  
   
Father Duncan is assisted by the retired priest, Father Gerry Hamill.

SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats
All services are live-streamed and public by booking unless otherwise stated.
Saint John’s Church, Stevenston
All services are live-streamed and public by booking unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 3 April  
Easter Sunday  

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 4 April  
Easter Sunday   
Holy Mass at 10.00am and 11.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am and 11.30am
Monday 5 April  
   
Tuesday 6 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Wednesday 7 April  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 8 April 
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Friday 9 April 
  Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 10 April  
Second of Easter  
Divine Mercy Sunday  

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
 
Canon Martin Poland is assisted by Father Benjamin Mkeri and Canon Matt McManus who is retired.


PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Jim Boyle, Annie Watt and Lee Dodds (Ayr);
Pat Logan, Jim Watt, Cathie Slimman, Patsy Forsyth, Robert Stevenson and Josephine Atkins who died recently;
Annie Adam 1997, Mattie Friel 1995, Dominic Gribben 2018, Barbara Henderson, Frank McCaffrey 2012, Jane Mullen 2003, Annie Murphy 1981, Agnes Ward 2001, Margaret Boyd 2004, George Lee 1992, James Wilson 2013, Daniel Thomas Gilmour 2013, Frank Grogan, Michael McNamara 2008, Father Tom McCann 2009, Mary Tinney 2004, Father Jim Boyd SCJ 2002, Patricia Brady 2019, Andrew Coldwell 1994, Father John Collins 2002, Donald Cullinane 2009, Frank Kelly 1994, Michael Mulligan 1982, Billy Smith 2009, David McLaren 2006 and Jim Roxburgh 2014
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.




FEED YOUR SOUL - RENEWING OUR PARISH COMMUNITIES
Feed Your Soul is a week-by-week series of thoughts and inspiration for the adventure of a lifetime! Every Sunday, we can be inspired by a short quote from the new Directory of Catechism. These reflections will feed your soul with a little inspiration, a little hope and a little wisdom. Jesus wants to satisfy your hunger for joy, great relationships, peace, purpose and life to the fullest. The only question left, then, is - Will you let him? Enjoy the first reflection.
All that the Church is, all that the Church does, finds its ultimate foundation in the fact that God wanted to reveal the mystery of his will by communicating himself to human beings. Revelation is an initiative of God's love and is directed towards communion. The novelty of the Christian message does not consist in an idea but in a fact - God has revealed himself He is the complete manifestation of God's mercy and of the call to love that is in the heart of humanity. Entering into communion with him and following him offers fullness and truth upon human life.                     Directory of Catechism 11-16

SAINT PETER'S NOTICES

MASS BOOKINGS
To book for Mass, please phone the Parish Office 01294 464063 on Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 11.30am. Saint Peter's can accommodate fifty people.

REQUIEM MASS FOR CATHIE SLIMMAN
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Cathie Slimman who died on Tuesday 23 March 2021 aged 72 years. Her Requiem Mass on Tuesday 6 April at 10.00am will be followed by her cremation at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Canon Matt has signed up to go on a five-day pilgrimage to Lourdes for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December. Travel restrictions permitting, the flight will be from Edinburgh. Full details are available from www.NorthernStarTravel.com and 0161 773 2115.

50/50 CLUB
Sincere thanks goes to all our members who have renewed their memberships for this year. However, we still have thirty memberships waiting to make payment. As we hope to make the Prize Draws for January, February and March as soon as possible, can the members who are still isolating at home please make payment by post to the Promoter or telephone Mrs Sammons on 01294 469006 to make arrangements for collection. We still have room for any new members who would like to join. Your continued support is appreciated. Winners' names will be included in the bulletin in April and will receive prizes by post.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
The Offertory Collection on 28 March amounted to £965.91 - many thanks.


SAINT BRIDE'S NOTICES

MASS BOOKINGS
To book for Mass, please phone Phyllis Howie on 01294 822320 or 07843 602745 between 7.00 and 9.00pm.

100 CLUB WINNERS
The two winners for our 100 Club are Violet Montgomery - £26.50 in January and Seamus Gallanagh - £26.50 in February.

RECONCILIATION, CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Any children who still should receive the Sacraments of First Confession, Confirmation and First Holy Communion, please get in touch with Father Duncan as soon as you can so that they don't miss out this year. Thanks!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
The Offertory Collection on 28 March amounted to £676.00 - many thanks.

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.

FEED MY SHEEP
The fishing boat is bobbing gently on the lake, a hundred yards offshore. Occasionally, a wave slaps against its side though the lake is surprisingly still this morning. They labour all night to earn a living - but not this night. This night they haven't netted a single fish. On shore, the sleepy village of Capernaum is beginning to stir. On its rocky beach, the fishermen can see the glow of a small fire. Occasionally a breeze brings them the aroma of fish cooking. Peter's stomach remembers its hunger and his mouth can almost taste the savoury fish. Who's tending the fire? It's a man. Peter can see that much. He looks familiar but Peter can't place him. Now the man brings up his hands and cups them about his mouth. A moment later his voice reaches the boat "Boys" he shouts. "Put your nets out on the right side of the boat and you'll find some fish" "Every landlubber thinks he's an expert fisherman!" fumes Peter - but they are ready to put out the net again. Why not the right side this time? What do they have to lose? All of a sudden, the stillness of morning is broken by the writhing of trapped fish and a tremendous tug on the net that, for a moment, threatens to capsise the boat. The men are instantly alert and position themselves to pull in the thrashing net. They must have caught a whole school of fish - on the right side of the boat! Peter looks up from his exertion to the man on the shore. John, too, is straining to see him. "It's the Lord!" shouts John. "It's Jesus!" The others are struggling with the net, but Peter doesn't care. He grabs his clothes, dives into the lake and swims with powerful strokes until the water is shallow enough for him to run splashing the rest of the way. Dripping, he drops to his knees before Jesus - the risen Lord, the man he has spent three years following, emulating, serving. Jesus calls to the men - disciples with whom he has shared many meals - "Come, have some breakfast!" Jesus, the great feeder of men is feeding them again this morning. Now Jesus calls him aside. "Do you love me Peter?" With pain, Peter remembers how three times he had vehemently denied Jesus just before his crucifixion. He can hardly look Jesus in the eye. He mumbles, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." "Peter, feed my sheep," says Jesus. Three times, Jesus asked Peter to reaffirm his love - once for each time Peter had denied him. Three times Jesus reaffirms Peter's call to ministry. Jesus not only forgives Peter, he restores him fully to his confidence. Jesus is talking about spiritual food - teaching, praying, leading, exhorting, serving. Jesus is asking for Peter's love but with that love, obedience too. "Yes, I love you, Jesus," says Peter clearly, lifting his eyes to meet the Master's. "Then feed my sheep." says the great feeder of men. "Peter, I need you to feed my sheep for me." "Yes, Lord, of course I will." whispers Peter as his eyes flood with tears. "You can count on me."

JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
Some Tommy Cooper jokes
   • Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft. It sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.
   • A man goes to the doctor with a strawberry growing out of his head. The doc says "I'll give you some cream to put on it."
   • A man takes his rottweiler to the vet. "My dog is cross-eyed. Is there anything you can do for him?" "Well" said the vet "let's have a look at him." So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says "I'm going to have to put him down." "What? Because he's cross-eyed?" "No, because he's really heavy."


ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR HOLY PLACES
Our annual collection for the Holy Places will take place on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April. If you would like to contribute, please place your donation in the collection bucket as you leave the Church.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING FOR PARISH VOLUNTEERS
Looking ahead to when we may be able to resume normal worship and return to parish ministries, it will be necessary for all parish volunteers to complete their second safeguarding induction training session, if they require a Protecting Vulnerable Groups certificate to carry out their ministries. The diocesan trainers strongly recommend that as many volunteers as possible attend this training session online, from the comfort and safety of their own homes, during this current lockdown. To book a place in an online session at a convenient time for you, please visit www.GallowayDiocese.org.uk/safeguarding-calendar, which will be regularly updated with available dates and times. If you are unsure whether you need to attend, please contact your Parish Safeguarding Coordinator. Many volunteers have already attended either in-person immediately before the pandemic, or online during it. Thank you for your commitment to your parishes.

SUPPORT OUR PARISHES THIS LENT
Our Parish Communities of Saint Bride's and Saint Peter's work tirelessly to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a culture bent on pushing God to the margins. During this penitential season, we strip ourselves of worldly attachments and rededicate ourselves to repentance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving. To that end, we ask that you prayerfully consider making a Standing Order to aid our critical mission. We give a sincere word of thanks to all our parishioners who have done so in the last couple of weeks. It is already making a big difference. As a Catholic charity, we rely on your support to sustain our ministry. Each year, our efforts help many people to come to a closer knowledge of Jesus Christ and to deepen their relationship with him in the Church. Please consider a regular Standing Order so that we can continue to proclaim Christ in the culture in new and engaging ways. Forms are available from the Parish Office and here. Thank you.

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.

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.