BULLETIN               2 JANUARY 2011

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY IN YEAR 1

CANON MATT AND FATHER GABRIEL WISH ALL PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
The signs are not the best but we are Godís beloved children and He will be with us in this new year.

CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 1 January
Feast of Mary, the Mother of God - New Year's Day
Mass at 11.00 am for Isabella Dougherty and Patrick Hendry
No Vigil Mass this evening
Sunday 2 January

Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am for Patricia Lappin
Sunday Mass at 12.00 noon for the parishioners

Monday 3 January
Mass at 10.00 pm for a special intention
Tuesday 4 January

Mass at 10.00 am for Gerry Brown

Wednesday 5 January

Mass at 10.00 am for Patrick Hendry

Thursday 6 January
Mass at 7.00 pm for Gwen Body and Janet Chapman
Friday 7 January

Mass at 10.00 am for Jean Martin

Saturday 8 January
Mass at 10.00 pm for Sheila McLaughlin
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for a special intention

The Mass intention list is just over two weeks ahead. Please notify anniversaries as early as you can. Thanks.
Any changes to the above times caused, for example, by a funeral will be notified on the home page of this website.

PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
The Parish Centre is closed this week.

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Patrick Cahill of our parish whose Requiem Mass will be on 12 January,; Hugh McGraw, Elizabeth Burns (Girvan)
   Bill Close (Girvan), Pat McCann (Saltcoats formerly Ardrossan) and Alice Sibbald who died recently;
   Hugh Brown 1980, Susan Burns 1986, May Rollie 2007, Frank Clark 2009, Sister Imelda CP 2000,
   Sister Marie Celeste CP 2000, Gerry Brown 2010, Charles Retzbach 2000, Patrick Braniff 1991, Isabella Keenan 1939,
   Celia Ralston 2007, Leda Biagioni 2007, James Burns 1955, Patrick Cawley 2001, Canon Peter Fitzpatrick 1952,
   Helen McCluskey 2004, John Cahill 1989, Danny Higgins 2009, Patricia Brennan 2005, Robert Colvin 1998,
   Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Bernard McLaughlan 1984 and Derek Tomelty 2003
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 £559.70 - many thanks. 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
£329.10 - 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 Katrina Pollock at 5.30 pm, Angela Body at 10.00 am and Jim Delahunt at 12 noon.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm, Group 4 at 10.00 and Group 7 at 12 noon.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES AND STANDING ORDER FORMS
We are due to order the new envelopes soon. If you donít have envelopes and would like a set, please let us know. If you are able to start using a standing order, again please let us know. Either way we are running on empty these days and every bit of support is valuable.

SUNDAY TEAS
There are no Sunday teas this weekend. Next Sunday's teas will be served by Annie Thompson's team.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
There will be no Children's Liturgy on 2
January.

THANKS
Canon Matt wishes to express the thanks of everyone in the parish to our servers, musicians, sacristans, money counters, cleaners, readers, Eucharistic Ministers and the whole army of dedicated workers who make this parish run so smoothly to the Glory of God and the service of our parishioners.

CATHOLIC DIARY 2011
Catholic diaries for 2011 are available from the stall.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
The Christmas raffle raised £100. The proceeds will be split between the Special Education Religious Education Group (SPRED) and the Parish Lourdes Group. Many thanks for your support ot the stall and for all your support throughout the year. Our friendly and dedicated staff look forward to your custom during 2011,

GIFTS LEFT AT THE CRIB
Gifts left at the crib will be forwarded to Hillhouse Care in Kilmarnock, successors to The Innocents along with the layettes provided by Saint Peterís School.

BURNS SUPPER
The Burns Supper will take place on Saturday 12 February 2011. Angus Middleton, President of the Robert Burns World Federation in 2006-2007, will deliver The Immortal Memory. Angus is pictured right. Reverend Jim Smith, minister of the Evangelical Union Church, Ardrossan, will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Elizabeth McLardy, North Ayrshire councillor for Dalry and West Kilbride will reply. Other participants are Bill Andrew, Angela Body, Canon Matt, George McGrattan, Michael McCulloch, Ciaran Sinclair and Peter Timmons. The Supper will start at the earlier time of 7.00 pm and patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm. Tickets cost £12.50 and must be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends and vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course. More details can be seen on the Burns Supper page on www.SaintPeterInChains.net.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2011
The parish pilgrimage to Lourdes will be from Monday 4 to Friday 8 July 2011. The costs are £413 for bed and breakfast, £448 for half board and £490 for full board. We need to get and pay for a coach to and from Manchester but there will be direct flights to and from Lourdes. This involves an early start from Ardrossan. Anyone interested in joining the Group or who would like to know more details, please contact Harry Sammons or phone 01294 469006. Booking forms are available now.

PRAYER REQUESTS
We have had a request from the Bishop of Sudan to pray for peace in their country. The people are suffering very badly. Leaflets are available. There is also an urgent request from the Holy Father that we pray for the Church in China. There is renewed repression of the Church.

VISITORS
Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.00 am Mass there is a Childrenís Liturgy provided for preschool children, children in Primaries 1 to 3 and a Sacramental Programme for children in Primary 4. After the 10.00 am Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At all of our weekend Masses, we have a second collection for our Parish Centre debt.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The
Saint Vincent de Paul Society meets weekly, assists with the passkeeping and collecting duties in Church and runs a telephone helpline for those in financial difficulty. We are currently seeking new male and female members. You must be over 18. Please speak to Canon Matt or any of the members.

SAINT ANNE'S GUILD
Saint Anne's Guild meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.00 pm. It is open to all women in the parish and beyond. Speak to any of the members and feel free to join any of the meetings.

LEGION OF MARY
The
Legion of Mary meets weekly and prays for the parish. The members visit the sick and house-bound. The Legion can always do with new male and female members giving as much or as little time as they can afford. Speak to Canon Matt or any of the members.

50/50 CLUB
The 50/50 Club is an important fund raiser for the parish. If you would like to join, please contact the promoter, Myriame Sammons or phone 469006.

MARY'S MEALS, SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND AND THE MISSIONARY SOCIETIES
These charities are always in need of any help you can give them.

THE HOLY FATHERíS VISIT TO SCOTLAND 2010
Requested copies of the Papal Visit DVD have arrived. There should be a few spare copies. The DVD costs £10.99 and is an ideal gift for anyone who wants to remember an historic day for the Catholic community in Scotland.

PAINTING
Some years ago, in the gallery, there was a painting of Saint Peter receiving the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven from Christ. It was removed since it was falling into disrepair. Does anyone remember the painting? Any idea who painted it or where it came from? Please let Canon Matt or George McGrattan know. Alternatively, email WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterInChains.net.

FAMILY HISTORY ENQUIRY
Patrick Donnelly from Ardrossan, the son of John Donnelly and Mary McCann, was married in Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in Fofanny, Kilcoo, Ireland in 1899 to Margaret Rafferty. They may have moved back to Ardrossan. Any idea who they were?

STANECASTLE SCHOOL PETITION
There is a petition to save Stanecastle School at the stall.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
Would you be interested in helping the suffering Church around the world by becoming Aid to the Church in Needís Representative in Saint Peter's parish? To find out more, please contact Aid To The Church In Need in Scotland through Lorraine McMahon on 01698 337470 or lorraine.mcmahon@acnuk.org. Please also visit the website at www.acnuk.org and review the fantastic work done by Aid to the Church in Need.

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.