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                                          11 APRIL 2021

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 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 JOHN (John 20:19-31)
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them "Peace be with you" and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord and he said to them again "'Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so am I sending you." After saying this, he breathed on them and said "Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven. For those whose sins you retain, they are retained." Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said "We have seen the Lord", he answered "Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe." Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed but Jesus came in and stood among them. "Peace be with you" he said. Then he spoke to Thomas "Put your finger here. Look, here are my hands. Give me your hand. Put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe." Thomas replied "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him "You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe." There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing this you may have life through his name.

REFLECTION
Faith is about believing what we cannot see. It is a step into the dark, an act of trust. Think about the ways in which we trust and believe in each other every day. As family and friends, we do not always demand proof but go on trust. Today's celebration invites us to think about how much we trust Jesus - how much we believe in what we cannot prove! The world around us may think this foolish, may demand proof like Saint Thomas did. Let us step into the dark with the risen Lord and let our faith and love and kindness help others to believe.


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 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 10 April  
Second Sunday 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  
Sunday 11 April  
Second Sunday of Easter  
Divine Mercy Sunday  
Holy Mass at 10.30am for our parishes Holy Mass at 12.15pm
Monday 12 April  
Holy Mass 10.00am for Phyllis Poole and Ann McEwan at their anniversaries  
Tuesday 13 April  

Funeral Service at 10.00am for Sally and Frank McKane
  Private

Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 14 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Hilda O'Toole at her anniversary and the special intentions of the Farrell family  
Thursday 15 April 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Cathie Slimman and Peter Callender who both died recently
  Private
 
Friday 16 April 
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Robert Ferguson and Michael McCann who both died recently
Holy Mass at 12 noon

Saturday 17 April  
Third Sunday of Easter  

Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for Pat Logan and James Watt who both died recently and Terry McCabe and Philomena Doherty at their anniversaries
 
   
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 Johns Church, Stevenston
All services are live-streamed and public by booking unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 10 April  
Second Sunday of Easter  
Divine Mercy Sunday 

Vigil Mass at 4.30pm  
Sunday 11 April  
Second of Easter  
Divine Mercy Sunday  
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Holy Mass at 11.30am
Monday 12 April  
   
Tuesday 13 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Wednesday 14 April  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 15 April 
Holy Mass at 10.00am  
Friday 16 April 
  Holy Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 17 April  
ThirdSunday of Easter  

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 and Annie Watt;
Pat Logan, Jim Watt, Cathie Slimman, Sally and Frank McKane, Rebecca Sinclair, Peter Callender, Robert Ferguson, Michael McCann and Lee Dodds who died recently;
David McLaren 2006, Jim Roxburgh 2014, Father Gabriel Kigozi 2011, Helen Theresa Magee 2000, George Monaghan 2004, Phyllis Poole 2015, Father David Barr 2012, Thomas Clarke 2019, Martha Lynas 2009, Jessie Stevens 2000, David Walsh 1962, Janie Clark 2010, James McKibben 2002, Margaret Spencer 1954, Ann McEvoy 1980, John McLaughlin 2020, Kathleen O'Donnell 2011, Francis Joseph Smith 1999, Jean Taylor 2006, Cliff Atkey 2000, Arthur Jenkins 2015, Francis McEvoy junior, Jean Robertson 2009, Mary Ann Walsh 1955, Noelle Collins 2007, Francis Coulter 1976, Marie McCarroll 1982, Rosina McPeake and William McPeake
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
Every person, prompted by the disquiet that dwells within his heart, by way of the sincere search for the meaning of his existence, is able to understand himself fully in Christ. You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest in you. When a human being comes within God's reach, he or she is called to respond. The Christian faith is, first of all, the welcoming of God's love revealed in Jesus Christ, sincere adherence to his person and the free decision to follow him. We believe Jesus when we accept his word and his testimony because he is truthful. We believe in Jesus when we personally welcome him into our lives and journey towards him, clinging to him in love and following in his footsteps along the way, on a dynamic journey that lasts a whole lifetime. To believe is an adherence of the heart, of the mind and of action. The faith of the disciple of Christ is kindled, sustained and transmitted only in the communion of ecclesial faith where the 'I believe' of Baptism is married to the 'we believe' of the whole Church. Every believer joins the community of disciples and makes the Church's faith their own."                    Directory of Catechism 17-23

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.

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR SALLY AND FRANK McKANE
Please pray for the Repose of the Souls of Sally and Frank McKane. Sally died on Sunday 24 January 2021 aged 74 years and her husband, Frank, died on Thursday 4 February 2021 aged 73 years. Their funeral service, which will be live-streamed on Tuesday 13 April at 10.00am, will be followed by their interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May they 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.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
Saint Peter's collection envelopes are available now. Please collect them from the back of the Church.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
The Offertory Collection on 4 April amounted to £1008.00 and the special collection for the Holy Places and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund to £216.24 - 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.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP
The Offertory Collection on 4 April amounted to £138.00 and the special collection for the Holy Places and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund to £270.00 - 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.

THOUGHTS FOR EASTER
A person resurrecting from the dead does not just appear by chance to anyone. He appears to particular people, for specific reasons. Otherwise, the appearance would be simply like showing off a new suit to the general public. Jesus appeared first of all to Mary of Magdala. She was one of the few people who stood by him as he died of crucifixion - so Jesus rewarded her with his first appearance as a new man. Not because, as some twitter, there was a romantic relationship between them. She called him Teacher not Sweetheart. Jesus then appeared to Pete because he was the chief apostle and because Jesus knew that Peter needed attention. Later, in his difficult job as leader of the Church, Peter would be doubted by insiders and pilloried by outsiders. He had to be assured of the unique support of his Lord. Jesus later appeared to the disciples as a group. This was also a necessary encounter. They had not been totally loyal in their friendship. Jesus also appeared to a couple of disciples who had given up too soon, had left the city and were on their way back to their old lives. Jesus appeared to them first as a stranger in order to gauge their real attitudes, so he would know how to help them. We don't know if Jesus appeared privately to his mother but we can imagine that he did. He had to tell her how much she taught him, how often he thought of her, how the memory of her love kept him going when nothing else could. Jesus appears to everyone in a different way because each person is uniquely different. How does he appear to you?

EASTER BUTTERFLY
As a butterfly soared overhead, one caterpillar said to the other "You'll never get me up in one of those things." Yet for every caterpillar the time comes when the urge to eat and grow subsides and he instinctively begins to form a chrysalis around himself. The chrysalis hardens and you'd think for all the world that the caterpillar is dead - but one spring morning, the life inside the chrysalis begins to writhe, the top cracks open and a beautifully formed butterfly emerges. For hours it will stand stretching and drying its wings, moving them slowly up and down, up and down - and then, before you know it, the butterfly glides aloft, effortlessly riding the currents of the air, alighting on flower after gorgeous flower, as if to show off its vivid colours to the bright blossoms. Somehow, the miracle of the butterfly never loses its fascination for us. Perhaps because the butterfly is a living parable of the promise of resurrection. On Easter morning, the disciples saw Jesus' graveclothes lying on the cold slab still wrapped round and round his body. Only the body was gone, much like an empty chrysalis deserted by a butterfly who has left to soar free. "He is risen as he said" an angel told the incredulous disciples. Later that day, he appeared to the disciples and then, over the course of the next few weeks, to as many as five hundred people at one time. Even Doubting Thomas didn't doubt for long that Jesus was really risen from the dead. What do we Christians say in the face of death? There are many mysteries - but two things we know for sure. Firstly, death is an enemy. Away with the sentimentality that vainly seeks to disguise death's insult! But secondly, and more importantly, Jesus' resurrection from the grave is God's proof to us that death is not the end. The empty tomb and Jesus' Spirit within us testify that Easter morning is God's triumph over death - and ultimately, Jesus promised, God will raise from the dead us who believe in His Son. Why do Christians gather on Easter morning? To show off their fine clothes or give a ritual tip of the hat to religion? God forbid! Rather we gather to celebrate Jesus' victory over death itself - for since he is our Lord and our Saviour, His victory is our victory. In celebrating his resurrection we celebrate our own assurance of ultimate triumph over death. Join us this Easter as we celebrate life - and if you look closely on this Easter morning, you might even see a butterfly alight on the flowers.

JUST FOR A LAUGH ...
A well-worn £5 note and a similarly distressed £20 note arrived at the Bank of Scotland to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation. The £20 note reminisced about its travels all over the city. "I've had a pretty good life" the twenty proclaimed. "I've been to the Glasgow Shopping Mall, the finest restaurants in Ayrshire, performances in the Concert Hall and even a cruise to the Caribbean." "Wow!" said the £5 note. "You've really had an exciting life!" "So tell me" says the twenty "where have you been throughout your lifetime?" The £5 note replies "Oh, I've been to the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church ..." The £20 note interrupts "What's a 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.