BULLETIN                   22 MARCH 2009

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 2

CHURCH SERVICES

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
 
Sunday 22 March
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am for the parishioners
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for Canon McGinness, James Mulhearn and Myles and Patrick McDonald
Monday 23 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Mary McCluskey
Penance Service in Saint John's Church, Stevenston at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 24 March
Mass at 10.00 am by Father Gabriel for Isabella Connor
Wednesday 25 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Rose Walker
Thursday 26 March
Mass at at 7.00 pm for May and Bill Shanks
Friday 27 March

Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Agnes McLaren
Penance Service in Saint Bride's Church, West Kilbride at 7.00 pm  

Saturday 28 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Don Little
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Hannah and Tom Reid

The Mass intention list is just over two weeks ahead. Please notify anniversaries as early as you can. Thanks.


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Saturday 21 March
7.00 pm

Private Function

Sunday 22 March
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 23 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 24 March
11.00 am
1.00 to 3.00 pm
2.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Legion of Mary
Thursday Club

Ignatian Prayer Group
Keep Fit
Saint Anne's Guild

Wednesday 25 March
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Karate
Special Religious Education Group (SPRED) and guests  

Thursday 26 March
1.30 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Brownies
Guides
Friday 27 March
9.30 to 11.30 am
7.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Private Function

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Peter Robertson (formerly of Ardrossan) and Billy Bond Askey who died recently;
   Myles McDonald, Patrick McDonald, Hugh Conway 1976, Sister Immanuel CP 2002, Agnes McLaren 1994,
   Patrick McDermott 1973, Isabella Connor 1959, James and Ellen McCarroll 1977, Brenda Simons 2008,
   Don Foley, Anna Bates 1997, Moira Rafferty, Terry McCabe 2005, Rebecca Walsh 2008, Devlin McIndoe 1992
   and Allister Nesbit 2000 whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
   Information for the anniversary list is appreciated.

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY

OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £708.84. 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 £345.52 - many thanks.


SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) COLLECTION
There will be a special collection at all Masses this weekend for SCIAF.
The proceeds of the Wee Boxes which will be collected after Lent also go directly to help in the poorest parts of the world. The Wee Box campaign 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.

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 23 March at 7.00 pm - Saint John's, Stevenston
  Friday 27 March at 7.00 pm - Saint Bride's, West Kilbride


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.

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 Father Stephen McGrattan 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.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Margaret Brogan at 5.30 pm, Michael Clarke at 10.00 am and Jim Delahunt 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.

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.

LEGION OF MARY
The Legion of Mary Accies Ceremony will be held at the
Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Largs on Sunday 29 March 2009 at 3.00 pm. All auxiliary members welcome.

HCPT GROUP 207
Esther Coulter would like to thank all those who contributed in any way to the success of the recent Race Night. The final total was £3283. This money will fund the fares of the children travelling to Lourdes with us at Easter. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

MAGGIEíS CANCER CENTRES
A folk concert will take place at Saint Maryís Church Hall, Saltcoats on Friday 24 April from 8.00 pm to midnight. The artistes are the Von Crapp Singers, Brendan Dunne, George and Michael, Charlie Martin and Ellen and Greg. Tickets costing £5 and £4 concession include supper and can be bought from Julie Breen, Marade Griffin, Meg Henning, Ellen Quirke, Katie Hornby or Jo Hunter.

KITS FOR KIDS
Tass Thistle Under-10 Football Club would greatly appreciate the tokens from the Daily Record collected over the next ten weeks. Please drop them in the box at the stall. Thanks.

NEW FRONT DOORS
The doors of the Church have been renewed at a cost of just under £4000. We tried to patch and repair the old doors but the weather damage was too much.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
Collection envelopes are available at the stall for the new tax year.

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.