BULLETIN               15 MARCH 2009

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 2

CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 14 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Andrew Coyle
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Dino Marcori and Guiseppi Lo-Iacano 
Sunday 15 March
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am for the parishioners
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for Canon Farrington
Monday 16 March
Mass at 9.00 am for Martin Murray
Canon Matt will be in school all day hearing confessions
Penance Service in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 17 March
Feast of Saint Patrick
Mass at 10.00 am by Father Gabriel
Canon Matt will be at a friend's funeral
Penance Service in Saint Brendan's Church, Saltcoats at 7.00 pm
Wednesday 18 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Derick Whitehead
Penance Service in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats at 2.00 pm
Thursday 19 March
Feast of Saint Joseph
Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Penance Service in Saint Peter's Church at 7.00 pm
Friday 20 March

Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Patricia Robertson

Saturday 21 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Frank Clarke
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Lottie Clarke


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Saturday 14 March
7.00 pm

Private Function

Sunday 15 March
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 16 March
9.30 to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Weight Watchers
Saint Vincent de Paul Society  

Tuesday 17 March
11.00 am
1.00 to 3.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Legion of Mary
Thursday Club

Keep Fit
Saint Anne's Guild

Wednesday 18 March
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Karate
Special Religious Education Group (SPRED) - leaders only   

Thursday 19 March
1.30 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Brownies
Guides
Friday 20 March
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   John Kyle of our parish, Olga Mastradomenico (Dumfries), Derick Whitehead, Dawn Little (Birmingham) who died recently;
   Canon Charles Matthews 1996, Catherine Stewart 2004, Grace Jamieson 2005, Victor Donald 1985,
   Susan Heaney 1956, Martha Pentleton 2004, James Mulhearn 1982, John Gurney 2004, Keith Baldwin 2006,
   Kate Smith 1972, William Shanks 1952, William Shanks 1987, Maureen Conway 1999, Mary Reid 2002,
   Maria Monaghan 2004, Sam Bannon 2006 and Susan Reid 2007 whose anniversaries occur at this time
   and those who are sick.
   Information for the anniversary list is appreciated.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £719.99. We are grateful for your generous support of the Parish. Banker's Orders amount to an average of £4000 per month.

BANKER'S ORDERS, GIFT AID AND WILLS
Have you thought of using a Bankers Order? It assists us with the safe handling of cash. Have you signed a Gift Aid Form? If you pay tax, then every £1 you give to the Parish is worth £1.28 to us. Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?

PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £319.23 - many thanks.


SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) COLLECTION
There will be a special collection at all Masses next weekend for SCIAF.


THE WEE BOX
The Wee Box campaign from the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) urges us to fast - as did the Holy Father - and share whatever we save on luxuries with those who donít even have enough to eat. Pick up a Wee Box at the stall and take one for the youngsters at home.

LENT
The holy season of Lent, our journey to Easter, continues. During Lent, we should do penance, making time for prayer, penance and sharing. Children are good at 'giving up something for Lent' but it would be good for all of us - so would a Saturday morning Mass or a Thursday evening Mass during Lent. During Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be celebrated on a Friday morning before Mass at 9.40 am. Towards the end of Lent, the parishes in the Three Towns will have a time set aside for a Service of Forgiveness. It would be good to start thinking about it now.

PENANCE SERVICES FOR LENT
Easter confession used to be so much part of our lives - and it still should be. Our Lenten penance and fasting ought to be leading us to receiving Sacramental forgiveness for our sins so make every effort to get to a Penance Service. The times are:
  Monday 16 March at 7.00 pm - Saint Mary's, Saltcoats
  Tuesday 17 March at 7.00 pm - Saint Brendan's, Saltcoats
  Wednesday 18 March at 2.00 pm - Saint Mary's, Saltcoats
  Thursday 19 March at 7.00 pm - Saint Peter's, Ardrossan
  Monday 23 March at 7.00 pm - Saint John's, Stevenston
  Friday 27 March at 7.00 pm - Saint Bride's, West Kilbride


PARISH RECORDS
Thank you to those who have already filled in a Parish Records form in. Even if you think that we have your information, we are lacking some basic information, for example, first names, postcodes and so on. If your phone number is ex-directory, please mark that. All information will be kept confidential. This means that you cannot phone here for someoneís address. Data protection law does not allow that. If you live alone, a contact phone number for a family member would be useful.

SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
On 29 March 2009, Saint Peterís Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society  will celebrate sixty years working in the parish. 12.00 noon Mass on that day will be celebrated by the Right Reverend Bishop John Cunningham and will be followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre to which everyone will be welcome. Bishop Cunningham will also celebrate the 10.00 am Mass on that day. Following Mass, he will present prizes to the winners of the Primary Art Competition which is being sponsored by the Conference. Tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Centre at this event and again everyone will be welcome.

TOILETRIES FOR THE OZANAM DAY CENTRE
The Ozanam Day Centre in Glasgow is run by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society  to assist homeless men and women. We have been asked to assist in the collection of toiletries during Lent so these might be distributed as a very practical way of assisting the great many people who use the Centre. Saint Peterís parishioners have donated generously to this appeal in previous years and it is hoped that you will do so once again. The Conference thanks you in anticipation of your kind assistance. A box for donations of all kinds of toiletries will be available in the Church porch during Lent.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Elsie Brodie at 5.30 pm, Angela Body at 10.00 am and Alfie Agostini at 12.00 noon.

CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL
You can contact Reverend Deacon Gordon Tustin on 07515 698 180 to notify him if you or a family member is going into Crosshouse. The hospital is unable do it. A message will be passed on. If you or a family member is housebound, please let us know. Unless told, we donít know about it.

HOSPITALITÉ DE NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES
Hospitalité de Notre Dame de Lourdes is the group which organises the pilgrimage to Lourdes every second year. Our group will be going on pilgrimage from 6 to 13 July this year. In order to ensure the pilgrimage is a success, the group is in urgent need of trained nurses and carers to work as part of a medical team caring for the sick pilgrims of our diocese. Male and female helpers for general duties are also required. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Debbie Gillon on 07531 016747. Thank you.
We have the booking details for ordinary pilgrims.

SAINT PETERíS CHILDRENíS CENTRE
A few afternoon places are available in the nursery starting in August 2009 for children who have reached their third birthday. For more information and to register phone Josephine.

SMITHSTONE HOUSE EVENTS
Smithstone House is offering a Lenten series on Mondays commencing on 2 March from 7.00 to 9.00 pm based on the Year of Paul. This is a very useful Lenten exercise.

SCOTTISH CEILIDH FOR MALAWI
There will be a Scottish Ceilidh for Malawi in Saint Matthewís Academy, Saltcoats on Friday 27 March. Tickets which include a buffet supper and a welcoming drink cost £10. Please contact Mrs Hughes at the school on 606680 to book your tickets. This is a very popular event so donít delay.

CLUB COURI CARDOSINI
Club Couri Cardosini are celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary in the South Beach Hotel, Troon on 20 March. A four course meal will be provided as well as music by Paolo and Angela. Tickets are available from Mr Castelli on 01292 316988 or 01292 315470.

VINCENTIAN VOLUNTEERS
The Vincentian Volunteeers provide a positive opportunity for young people to have a challenging experience in serving vulnerable people and living in a community with other like-minded volunteers. Accommodation and living expenses are provided. Volunteer year is from September 2009 until July 2010. If you would like to know more, please contact Sister Barbara Quilty DC
on 0161 226 9561 or 0161 209 9156. The email address is BarbaraQuilty@hotmail.co.uk. The websiste address is www.VincentianVolunteers.org.

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.