BULLETIN         17 FEBRUARY 2013

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 16 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Jimmy Jennings
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for the congregation

Sunday 17 February  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for Marie Muir and Joe Marshall

Monday 18 February  
Mass at 10.00 am for Frank Kelly and Doris Coulter
Tuesday 19 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Patrick Ward

Wednesday 20 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Jimmy Jennings

Thursday 21 February  

Mass at 7.00 pm for John Curran

Friday 22 February  
Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Gary Cahill and Cara Thomas
Saturday 23 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Agnes Marshall

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

Sunday 17 February  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 18 February  
9.30 to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm
Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tuesday 19 February  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40

Wednesday 20 February  
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm
Zumba
Cardio 40 Toning
Thursday 21 February  
4.00 to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing Class
Brownies
Guides

Friday 22 February  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Patrick Kelly 1989, Rose Walker 1985, Ellen Reilly 1954, Nathan Murray-Collier 2005, Jean Wylie, Patrick Quinn 2010,
   Helen Clark 1973, Francis Clark 1953, Kelly Smith 2007, George Monaghan 2004, John Patrick Collins 2012,
   Patsy McDonald 1993, Justine McAllister 2000, Guilia Marchetti 1998, Brian OíReilly 1993, Mary McCluskey 1980,
   Bessie Murphy 2008 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.


LENT
Lent has begun. It is a time of prayer, fasting and sharing.

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.

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 £688.94 - many thanks. We are grateful for your generous support of the parish and the diocese to which we pay a monthly levy of £1250.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the
Catholic Education Service amounted to £294.43 - many thanks.


CHURCH STUDENTS' FUND COLLECTION
Next weekend, we use our second collection for the Church Students' Fund. There are Gift Aid envelopes for you to use.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF)
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is when we have our annual collection for SCIAF.

CHURCH REPAIRS
The help you give for Church repairs by dropping in a white envelope from time to time is invaluable. Recent donations of £30 bring the total to £5514.50. We have a continuing task in keeping the Church wind and watertight.

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?


READERS
Next weekend's readers are Marade Griffin at 5.30 pm and Angela Body at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 2 at 5.30 pm and Group 6 at 10.30 am.

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sadie Gilmourís team.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Next Sunday's Children's Liturgy helpers are Elissa Millar and Elaine Shaw for the pre-5s, Michelle Morton, Michelle Noble and Maria Paterson for primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for primary 4.

SPECIAL INTENTION
I am sure the Holy Father could do with our prayers in his brave decision to do what he sees God is asking him to do. Pray also for those whose task is to elect our next Pope.

SPECIAL RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT GROUP - SPRED
SPRED is a journey in faith and friendship with our parishioners who have learning difficulties. A group meets in Saint Johnís Hall, Stevenston on a Wednesday evening from 7.00 to 9.00 pm. Volunteers are required for the continuing of this beautiful ministry. No experience is necessary as training will be given. Could you consider offering yourself during this Year of Faith? If you would like to know more, please contact Liz Petrie on 467296.

BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE
Please give blood on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February in the Civic Centre, Glasgow Street, Ardrossan at from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The World Day of Prayer service is on Friday 1 March at 2.00 pm in Park Church, Ardrossan. Everybody is welcome. The theme this year, 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me', was chosen by the women of France.

CLOTHING APPEAL IN AID OF CHERNOBYL CHILDREN'S LIFELINE
We will have another group of sixteen children coming from the Ukraine to Ayrshire from 18 February to 18 March and again we are looking for donations of new pyjamas, underwear and socks for boys and girls aged nine to fourteen years. If you have anything to donate or would be interested in finding out more about the charity, please contact Michael or Lisa Lafferty on 01294 461234 or 07813 650411.

NEW HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR CHERNOBYL CHILDREN'S LIFELINE
We are always looking for new host families to help look after the children during their visit to Ayrshire. We desperately need families for our summer visit from mid-July to mid-August 2013. If you think you could help in any way, please or you want some more information, please call Michael Lafferty on 07813 650411. Michael would be more than happy to give a talk on the charity to any interested group. Just get in touch or visit www.ccll.org.uk/ayrshire.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from 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.

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.

CANDLES
There is a nice selection of novena and grave candles 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.

PARISH DIARY 2013
The 2013 Parish Diaries arrived this week! They are available at the stall at no charge.

A SHORT HISTORY OF SAINT BRENDANíS CHURCH, SALTCOATS
The book, A Short History Of Saint Brendan's Church, Saltcoats is now available from the stall at Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats for £10.

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 is A Church Rooted In The Word of God on 21 February, presented by Father Willie McFadden. 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.

LOURDES
This yearís Jumbulance pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 25 April to 4 May. There are places available for both helpers and assisted pilgrims. The Jumbulance is operated by ACROSS and designed to allow even those who would be unable to fly the opportunity to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes. At present, this group is the only one based in our diocese, originating in Hurlford, but is open to all of Galloway Diocese and indeed beyond. If you would like to find out more about taking part this year or for future years, please contact Group Leader Alison Neil on 07749 555955 or amd.neil@virgin.net.

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.

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.


HMS DASHER WEEKEND
The Memorial Service for the seventieth anniversary of the sinking of HMS Dasher off Ardrossan will take place on Sunday 24 March at 11.30 am at the Dasher Memorial opposite the Church. There is also a short service on board the 9.45 am Arran Ferry on Saturday 23 March over the spot where HMS Dasher sank with the loss of 379 of the shipís company. You can simply buy a ticket for the ferry and sail with us.

ARDROSSAN WELFARE COMMITTEE
Janie McGonigle, who died recently, was a stalwart of the Ardrossan Welfare Committee who organise the Christmas Dinners and Summer Bus Runs in the town. Would one or two parishioners like to take up the task? Canon Matt can give details.

SUNDAY TEAS
Would you consider becoming part of a team responsible for the teas and coffees in the Parish Centre after 10.30am Mass? We have recently lost one of our teams due to illness, so if you would like to join a team or you and your family and friends would like to form a team or you would just like more information, please contact the parish office on 464063.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is being called on more and more to help out people who are in real need. The commitment is a tough one. It means house visits and the handling of money, advice, food parcels and so on as well as a weekly meeting for prayer and discussion of tasks with a high degree of confidentiality. It is not for everyone but there are tasks which need doing. Please contact Canon Matt who will put you in touch with the Society

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.