BULLETIN               3 JANUARY 2010

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY IN YEAR 3

CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 2 January
No Mass at 10.00 am
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Alex Fitzpatrick
Sunday 3 January
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am for Susan Connor
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for the Parishioners
Monday 4 January
Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil for the Deceased at 6.00 pm for Catherine McEvoy
Tuesday 5 January

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Catherine McEvoy

Wednesday 6 January
Mass at 10.00 am for Agnes Slaven
Thursday 7 January
Mass at 7.00 pm for Danny Connaghan
Friday 8 January

Mass at 10.00 am for Norman Lamont

Saturday 9 January
Mass at 10.00 am for Hugh Henry
Confession on request from 4.30 to 5.15 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm in thanksgiving

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


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 3 January
11.00 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Tuesday 5 January
7.00 to 8.00 pm

Keep Fit

Wednesday 6 January
6.00 to 7.00 pm

Karate

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Catherine McEvoy of our parish, Betty McCabe (Largs), Rose Murphy (Stevenston), Father Patrick Burns
   (Comboni Missionary who served with the Verona Fathers in Ardrossan) who died recently;
   Sister Imelda Cross and Passion 2000, Sister Marie Celeste Cross and Passion 2000, Frank Clark 2009,
   Charles Retzbach 2000, Patrick Braniff 1991, Isabella Keenan 1939, Celia Ralston 2007, Patrick Cawley 2001
   Helen McCluskey 2004, James Burns 1955, Leda Biagioni 2007, Canon Peter Fitzpatrick 1952, John Cahill 1989,
   Danny Higgins 2009, Bernard McLaughlan 1984, Robert Colvin 1998, Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Derek Tomelty 2003,
   Patricia Brennan 2005, Joseph Gibbons 1973 and Hugh Henry 2008 whose anniversaries occur at this time
   and those who are sick.
   Information for the anniversary list is appreciated.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
May 2010 bring all of us Godís blessing and keep us safe.


OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £511.85 and the Christmas Mass collections totalled £1443.95. We are grateful for your generous support of the Parish and the Diocese to which we pay a monthly levy of £1250.

PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the Parish Centre amounted to £224.49 - many thanks.
Each month we pay off our Parish Centre debt by £3000.

BANKER'S ORDERS
Have you thought of using a Bankers Order? It assists us with the safe handling of cash. Banker's Orders for the Parish and Centre amount to an average of £3800 per month. Forms are available.

GIFT AID
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. Forms are available.

WILLS
Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?


READERS
Next weekend's readers are Katriona Pollock at 5.30 pm, Annie Watt at 10.00 am and Harry Sammons at 12 noon.

THANKS
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to ensure that the Christmas Services ran so smoothly - to George, PJ and to the sacristans and servers, to the Musicians, to Evelyne for the flowers, the Readers and Ministers of Holy Communion and to all who are so generous to the Parish and its Priest.

HOLY COMMUNION
If you are at Mass find it difficult to get down for Communion, please come to the front or you could ask whoever is with you to ask for a sacred host to bring to you in your seat.

BURNS SUPPER
The Burns Supper will be held in the Parish Centre on
Saturday 23 January 2010. Patrons are asked to be seated by 7.20 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start. Ciaran Sinclair will pipe in the top table guests and the haggis, Bill Andrew will address the haggis, Bill Nolan, past president of Irvine Burns Club will propose The Immortal Memory, Eric Allan, head teacher of Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats will propose the Toast to the Lassies and the reply will be given by Mary-Rose Martin, head teacher of Ardrossan Academy. Catering will be done by the Parish Centre team. More information on this and previous Burns Suppers are on Saint Peter's website. Tickets costing £10 are on sale at the Parish Office on 464063.

CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL
If you or a family member is going into Crosshouse Hospital and wishes a visit from the hospital Chaplain, please let us know. The Chaplain is Father Martin Chambers and his telephone number is 01563 533587. If you or a family member is housebound, please let us know. Unless told, we donít know about it.

HELP FOR THE SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
Thank you for all your kind donations to our shoebox parcel appeal. We have more gifts than we can handle at the moment. We will restart the appeal in the new year.

BEING CATHOLIC WEBSITE
The Catholic Church in Scotland has a new website advertising meetings and courses which you might find interesting. The address is
www.BeingCatholic.org.

STAMPS FOR SAINT PATRICKíS MISSIONARY SOCIETY
Father John McLaughlin has written to thank us for the stamps we send. The Missions still get help from used stamps. There is a box by the stall door. Thanks.

SUNDAY TEAS
Is there a group of friends who would like to form a new Sunday Teas team? Please speak to us about it.


WORLD'S LARGEST BIBLE
The entire text of the Bible incorporated into an image of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam will be on display in the Parish Centre over a weekend. The date will be notified.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
If you are a parent or guardian of a child preparing to take the sacraments this year, would you consider volunteering with the sacramental preparation group that your child attends at 10.00 am Mass? If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office on 464063 or Annie Watt.

HILLHOUSE CARE
Hillhouse Care is the new name for The Innocents in Kilmarnock and continues to care for children in need as before. They always welcome children's clothing in good condition. Contacts are 01563 523362 and
HillhouseCare@gmail.com.

ITíS THE EUCHARIST, THANK GOD
It's The Eucharist, Thank God is the title of a new book by Bishop Taylor. It is on sale from Decani Books, Oak House, 70 High Street, Brandon, IP27 0AU for £8.50. It is Bishop Taylorís reflection on the Mass and Liturgy together with some personal reflections.

POPE BENEDICT
Pope Unhurt After Being Knocked Down - Vatican City, 24 December 2009

Pope Benedict XVI is unhurt after he was knocked down tonight as he entered Saint Peter's Basilica to celebrate the Christmas Vigil Mass, reports a Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that an 'apparently unbalanced'woman jumped the barriers and ran toward the Pope and knocked him to the ground as he walked down the main aisle toward the altar. The woman also collided with Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, who also fell to the ground. The Holy Father, 82, got back on his feet quickly. When seeing that the Pontiff recovered, the thousands who had gathered in the Basilica for Mass cheered. Cardinal Etchegaray, who is the former president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was taken to the hospital for a check-up. The woman was seized by bodyguards and was arrested by the police and taken in for questioning. The Christmas Vigil Mass was celebrated for the first time in recent memory at 10.00 pm, instead of at midnight, in an effort to make Christmas 'a little less tiring for the Pope.'

CANON MATT
Canon Matt will be away from home from Monday 11 to Friday 15 January. Father Jim Hayes (463461), Father Martin Poland (463225) and
Father Gabriel will cover.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE AT THE STALL:
Betty raised £114.50 through the Christmas raffle. It is shared by the Special Religioue Education Group (SPRED), HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust and the Lourdes Group. Many thanks for your support

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.