BULLETIN               29 MARCH 2009

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 2

CHURCH SERVICES

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
Sunday 29 March
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am for the parishioners and
those who died on HMS Dasher on 27 March 1943
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for past and present members of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society  
Monday 30 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Mary McCluskey
Penance Service in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Beith at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 31 March
Mass at 10.00 am for Keiran Farmer
Penance Service in Saint Brigid's Church, Beith at 7.00 pm
Wednesday 1 April
Mass at 10.00 am for Kenneth McSkimming
Thursday 2 April
Mass at 7.00 pm for Susan McCluskey
Friday 3 April

Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Billy Bond Askey

Saturday 4 April
Mass at 10.00 am for James Mulhearn
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Christopher Forbes

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


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 29 March
11.00 am
11.30 am
1.00 pm

Tea and Coffee after Mass
Tea and Coffee for members of the HMS Dasher Association in the meeting rooms
Saint Vincent de Paul Society Buffet Lunch to which all are welcome

Monday 30 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 31 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 1 April
6.00 to 7.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm
7.00 pm

Karate
Special Religious Education Group (SPRED) and guests
Ignatian Prayer Group

Thursday 2 April
1.30 to 3.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Brownies
Guides
Friday 3 April
2.00 to 11.00 pm

Private Function

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Odina Carrino 1987, Menotti Carrino 1953, Sarah Anderson 2003, Isabella Stuart 2004, Sandy Miller 1979,
   Gus Slimman 1993, James Kelly 1983, Jenny Murphy 1998, Marjorie Robertson, Margaret Shanks 1993,
   Kenneth McSkimming, Jane McFarlane 2006, James Smith 1959, Margaret Murphy, Pope John Paul II 2004,
   Monsignor John OíFarrell 2008, Patrick Tomelty 2004, Harry Quinn 1993, Archie McFarlane,
   Annie Adam 1997, Agnes Ward 2001, Jane Mullen 2003 and Barbara Henderson
   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 £675.00. 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?

PAPAL AND EPISCOPAL CHARITIES COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Papal and Episcopal Charities amounted to £916.52 - many thanks.


SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SIXTY YEARS CELEBRATION
We welcome Bishop John Cunningham who is here to help us celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society working in our parish. 12.00 noon Mass 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. 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 after both Masses and everyone will be welcome.

HMS DASHER ASSOCIATION
Ww welocme the members of the HMS Dasher Association who who are remembering the sinking of HMS Dasher off Ardrossan on 27 March 1943. The service at the Dasher Memorial, opposite the Church, is at 11.00 am and will be led by Canon Matt.

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.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) WEE BOX CAMPAIGN
The Wee Box campaign from 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.

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 30 March at 7.00 pm - Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Beith
  Tuesday 31 March at 7.00 pm - Saint Bridget's Church, Kilbirnie


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 Pauline Taylor at 5.30 pm, Sarah Guthrie at 10.00 am and Angela Body at 12.00 noon.

PARISH ACCOUNTS
Parish accounts for
2008 are available at the stall. Canon Matt is happy to answer any questions. We are running at a loss but that is manageable. Worrying things such as painting, repairs, replacing windows and so on are behind schedule. Heating the Parish Centre costs about £1500 a monthand income does not match expenditure. We might have to look at fees.

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

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.

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.

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.

HOLY WEEK
During Holy Week, 6 to 11 April, the following services will be held in our Church community.
  Ardrossan Churches Group Morning Prayer each day in Park Church at 10.30 am
  Mass in Saint Peterís on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9.00 am
  Passover Supper in Saint Peterís Parish Centre on Monday at 7.00 pm
  Chrism Mass in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on Tuesday at 7.30 pm
  Holy Thursday Mass in Saint Peterís at 7.00 pm
  Good Friday Childrenís Way of the Cross at 12 noon and full Liturgy in Saint Peter's at 3.00 pm
  Easter Vigil Mass in Saint Peterís on Saturday at 8.30 pm - no 5.30 pm Mass that evening
  10.00 am and 12.00 noon Masses in Saint Peter's on Easter Sunday

FIVE DAY TRIP TO HARROGATE
A five day trip to Harrogate, North Yorkshire is planned for 22 to 26 June. It includes two en-route excursions and two in-resort excursions. Departure is from the Church car park at 9.30 am. The cost is £296 per person sharing with a single supplement of £30. A deposit of £25 required. Moira Donnelly has details.

IGNATIAN PRAYER GROUP DAY RETREAT
There will be an Ignatian Prayer Group retreat on Sunday 5 April at Notre Dame Convent, Skelmorlie starting at 10.00 am and finishing at 4.00 pm.

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.

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.