BULLETIN                 3 MARCH 2013

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 2 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Canon Tom McGread
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Annette Denis

Sunday 3 March  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 4 March  
Mass at 10.00 am for Janie McGonigle and Billy Cassidy
Tuesday 5 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Betsy Gribben and Netta Donnelly

Wednesday 6 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Hugh McGinn

Thursday 7 March  

Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict Mass at 7.00 pm for Gus Slimman

Friday 8 March  
Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Cathie Robertson
Saturday 9 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Cosimo and Arturo Farro
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Marie Anderson

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

Saturday 2 March  
10.30 am Girl Guide Senior Section Coffee Morning
Sunday 3 March  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 4 March  
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 5 March  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40 Toning

Wednesday 6 March  
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm

8.00 to 9.00 pm
Zumba
Ignatian Prayer Group
Cardio 40 Toning
Thursday 7 March  
4.00 to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing Class
Brownies
Guides

Friday 8 March  
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Hugh Meiehoffer who died recently;
   Marie Anderson, Jim Wilson 2011, Matthew Johnson 2012, Catherine McCutcheon 2002, Michael Reilly 1995,
   James Convery 2008, Bishop Joseph McGee 1983, Father Charles McLaughlin, Hugh McGraa 2002,
   Isabella McLaughlan 2001, Joe Colvin 1908, Olga Mastradomenico 2009, Cosimo Farro 1993, Francis Flynn 1990,
   Hugh McCluskey 1992, Catherine Robertson 2012, Luke Gargan 2001 and Father Jerry Sheehy SCJ 2012
   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
We are in the holy season of Lent. 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 £636.81 - many thanks. We are grateful for your generous support of the parish and the diocese to which we pay a monthly levy of £1250.

CHURCH STUDENTS' FUND COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for the
Church Students' Fund amounted to £418.20 - many thanks.


SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF)
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is when we have our annual collection for SCIAF. Also, please use the 'wee box' during Lent.

CHURCH REPAIRS
The help you give for Church repairs by dropping in a white envelope from time to time is invaluable. Recent donations of £10 bring the total to £5564.50. 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 Elsie Brodie at 5.30 pm and Tom Reid at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 2 at 5.30 pm and Group 4 at 10.30 am.

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Annie Thompsonís team.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Next Sunday's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher and Elaine Shaw for the pre-5s, Claire Sweenie, Yvette Thorpe and Emma Paterson for primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson and Michelle Noble for primary 4.

THE POPE
Please pray for our retired Pope Emeritus, Benedict. Pray also for those whose task is to elect our next Pope.

MASS FOR THE ELECTION OF A NEW POPE
Mass will be celebrated in Saint Margaretís Cathedral, Ayr on Thursday 7 March at 7.30 pm, to give thanks for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Cardinals as they meet to elect a new Pope. All are welcome.

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES
Penance services will be held as shown below.
Tuesday 12 March 
7.00 pm Saint John's Church, Stevenston
Wednesday 13 March 
2.00 pm

Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats

Thursday 14 March 
7.00 pm Saint Peter's Church, Ardrossan
As we prepare for Easter, Lent is the right time to celebrate the Sacrament of Forgiveness. The Sacrament is an essential part of our lives as Catholics. Please make a real effort at the times listed above.

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.

PRINTER CARTRIDGES
Thank you to all those who kindly donated their used printer cartridges over the past few months. We have managed to raise £42 for Saint Peterís Building Fund. If you would like to donate a used printer cartridge, the collection box is located at the stall. Thank you very much.

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.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL LENTEN APPEAL FOR TOILETRIES
During the weeks of Lent the
Saint Vincent de Paul Society is once again asking the parishioners of Saint Peterís to donate both male and female toiletries for use in the Ozanam Centre in Glasgow. The Ozanam Centre assists the homeless, both male and female, so any donations of either male of female toiletries would be very gratefully received. A box will be placed in the Church porch for any donations and we hope that we can rely on your usual very generous support. Thank you.

GRAND SAINT PATRICKíS NIGHT
A Saint Patrick's Night with buffet in aid of Galloway Lourdes Hospitalité will be held on Friday 15 March from 7.30 pm to 12 midnight in Saint Josephís Church Hall, Kilmarnock. Tickets cost £10.00 and £5 for concessions. Children can come free.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.