BULLETIN                  23 DECEMBER 2012

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT IN YEAR 3


CANON MATT WISHES EVERYONE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 22 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Janet Chapman and Gwen Body
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for James Lusk and Joyce Feeney

Sunday 23 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 24 December  
No Mass at 10.00 am
First Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Nora Moore and Joyce Feeney
Second Vigil Mass at 8.30 pm for Margaret McAuliffe, Mattie Stevenson and Alex Fitzpatrick
Tuesday 25 December  

Mass of Christmas Day at 11.00 am for Mark Shanks and Janie McGonigle

Wednesday 26 December  

Feast of Saint Stephen
Mass at 10.00 am for John Dolan and Tom McKay

Thursday 27 December  

Feast of Saint John
Mass at 10.00 am for Christmas intentions

Friday 28 December  
Feast of The Holy Innocents
Mass at 10.00 am for Annie Farmer
Baptism after Mass of Aoife Rose McLaughlin
Saturday 29 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Arturo and Cosimo Farro
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Christmas intentions

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 wek.

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Mattie Stevenson, Josephine Kerber, Christine Rooney and Anne Warden neé McNamara (Australia, formerly of
   Ardrossan) who died recently;
   Peggy Hamilton, Patrick McLaughlin 1998, Mereno Berti 2003, Sister Anne Delahunt 2011, Peggy McLaughlan 2006,
   Bessie Delahunt 2006, Tom McKay, Bessie O'Rourke 2005, Jessie Brown 1975, Tom Finn 1993,
   Anne-Marie Jenkins 2005, Sister Mary McCann, Isobel O'Hare Rae 2004, Patrick Quinn 1969, Margaret Shanks 1966,
   Margaret Clarkson 2003, Molly Cosgrove 1994, Catherine McEvoy 2009, Arthur Robertson, Arturo Farro 1994,
   Rose Murphy 2009, Thomas O'Connell 1957, May Shanks 1990, Patrick Cahill 2010, Frances Kilbane 1979 and
   Mary Dorian Stirling 1999 whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
If a member of your family or a friend is sick, please let us know and give us the details. Father Chambers (01563 533587)
is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and Canon Keegans (01292 263488) is the chaplain to Ayr Hospital. The priest on
call can be contacted through the ward.

If deceased members of your family are not on our anniversary list, please tell Canon Matt
, the parish office or contact
WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net.


SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Sunday Mass times in Saint Peter's are 5.30 pm Vigil and 10.30 am. Sunday Mass times in other local parishes can be seen here.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Christmas Mass times are:
    Here - Vigil 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm then 11.00 am on Christmas morning
    Saint Mary's, Saltcoats - Vigil 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm then 10.00 am on Christmas morning
    Saint Johnís, Stevenston - Vigil 6.00 pm and midnight then 10.00 am on Christmas morning

NEW YEAR'S DAY MASS TIMES
There will be a New Year's Day Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm and another on New Year's Day at 11.00 am. The Masses will be offered for the thirty-seven of our parishioners who died this year; for the twenty couples who were married this year and for the fifty-one children and adults who were baptised during the year.

CANON MATT
The Parish Office is closed this week but Canon Matt is in residence. Anything that can keep, should keep. Thanks. Canon Matt hopes to get away for a few days from 8 to 17 January. Father John McLean and Monsignor Dan Hart will supply. Mass times will be in the bulletin but you may have to do without weekday Mass. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - I just need a break!

COMBONI MISSIONARIES CALENDARS
Father John Clark and helpers from the Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers) are here with their calendars.

SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
The Sacrament of Forgiveness is available at any suitable time as well as from 4.30 pm before the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £597.34 - 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 £292.40 - many thanks.

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
Gift Aid is a vital source of income. All that is needed is that you pay tax. You simply declare that you give funds to the Church. We do the rest. Why not sign a form today? We get back an extra 25p for every £1 you give the Church in your weekly collection or by way of a donation. There is no need to cancel or renew it. We simply claim in the income we receive.

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


CHURCH REPAIRS
The help you give for Church repairs by dropping in a white envelope from time to time is invaluable. Recent donations of £35 bring the total to £4644.50. This will offset the painting of the Church but we still have a fair bit more to do.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Celia Andrew at 5.30 pm and Robert Cooper at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 2 at 5.30 pm and Group 5 at 10.30 am.

SUNDAY TEAS
There will be no Sunday teas this weekend and the next two weekends.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy restarts on 13 January.

SAINT PETER'S CD OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC
A compact disc of Christmas Music by the children of Saint Peterís Primary School Choir is on sale at the stall for £5.00. Proceeds go to the school with a donation to the Church.

STALL
Christmas cards, Christmas candles and other small gifts are available from the stall.


BURNS SUPPER


Some tickets are still available for the Burns Supper which will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 26 January 2013 at 7.00 pm. Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm. The Chief Executive Officer of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Tony Finn, will deliver The Immortal Memory. The Reverend Sandy Montgomerie of Saint Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church, Ardrossan will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Anne Clarke formerly of North Ayrshire Council will reply. Other participants are
Canon Matt, Bill Andrew, Michael McCulloch, George McGrattan, Stephen Quigg and Ciaran Sinclair. Tickets cost £12.50 and should be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends. Vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is form Monday 8 July to Monday 15 July 2013, flying from Prestwick. All inclusive prices are from £679 per person sharing. Full details are available from Joe Walsh Tours on 0141 530 5060 or info@JoeWalshTours.ie.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We acknowledge £100 from the Saint Vincent de Paul Society for the use of a meeting room through the year; £100 from a parishioner; and £20 and £5 for the Building Fund.

LAPEL CROSSES
Cardinal OíBrien called on all Catholics to 'wear a cross with pride' these days. We have a few lapel crosses available at the stall.

PAPAL BLESSINGS
Papal Blessings for a wedding, wedding anniversary or a special birthday can be ordered at the stall. The price of the parchment and postage has gone up drastically. We now have to ask £40 for the Blessing. Please leave plenty of time.

YEAR OF FAITH
An adult education course for the Year of Faith will be held in Saint Brideís, West Kilbride on some Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. The next session on 24 January 2013 is A Modern Church in a Modern World by Dr Theodora Hawksley. A leaflet is available. Pope Benedict has called on all Catholics to celebrate a Year of Faith from October 2012 to October 2013. It is a time to renew our faith by prayer, by studying our faith and by renewed charity. It is something we can all do both privately and publically. Our country has lost its faith and its way. We each must play our part in renewing faith in Godís goodness and His word. The Year of Faith Diary is available at the stall. It runs from October 2012 to October 2013 and will be useful. It costs £2.95. To mark the Year of Faith, the Bishops of Scotland have set up a special website and social media feeds to help us learn about all that is happening at local, national and international level and to assist us to grow in faith during this time of grace. The address is www.YearOfFaithScotland.com In addition, special services will be provided via Facebook and Twitter, offering news, points for reflection and ideas on how to mark the Year of Faith. Please consider following www.facebook.com/yearoffaithscotland and www.twitter.com/scotyearoffaith.

SCOTTISH CHURCHES STARTER PACKS
Starter Packs is an initiative of the Scottish Churches organised locally by Women's Aid. When people are allocated a house, they very often donít have the basic necessities and many tenancies fail as a result. This initiative tries to provide a starter pack. There is a leaflet explaining our part in it.

AN EVENING WITH HENRIK LARSSON
Canon Matt has two £100 tickets for a Dinner and Evening with Henrik Larsson in the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow on Saturday 5 January 2013. The tickets are being raffled as a pair. There are only sixty chances at £10 for Church funds. There is a sheet at the stall with only six tickets left.

50/50 CLUB
Many thanks to all our members who have supported the Club over many years. Our Sign-Up Sunday is on 20 January 2013 when members have the opportunity to renew their membership and we welcome any new members who wish to join at this time by contacting the Promoter, Myriame Sammons on 469006.

VISITORS
Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Mass outwith holidays, 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 10.30 am Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both of our weekend Masses, we have a second collection for our Parish Centre debt.

ADVERTISER SUPPORT
Our advertisers would welcome your support. We are grateful for their continuing sponsorship. We are grateful for the support of Mr and Mrs Sohal, Nisa Stores, Glasgow Street for the weekly donation of tea, coffee and milk for the Sunday teas.

THANKS
Grateful thanks to Saint Clare for favours received. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified and loved today and every day throughout the world, Amen. DJ

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.