BULLETIN               24 MARCH 2013

PALM SUNDAY IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 23 March  

No Mass in Saint Peter's - sorry
HMS Dasher service on Arran Ferry leaving at 9.45 am
Vigil Mass and Blessing of Palms at 5.30 pm for Agnes McLaren and the Golden Wedding of Michael and Catherine Sweeney

Sunday 24 March  

Sunday of the Passion
Sunday Mass and Blessing of Palms at 10.30 am for the congregation
HMS Dasher memorial service at 11.30 at the Dasher Memorial across from the Church with tea an coffee in the Parish Centre afterwards

Monday 25 March  
Monday of Holy Week
Mass at 9.00 am for a special intention
Holy Week Service at 10.00 am in Park Church, Ardrossan
Passover Celebration at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre
Tuesday 26 March  

Tuesday of Holy Week
Mass at 9.00 am for Lilian Bolland
Holy Week Service at 10.00 am in Park Church, Ardrossan

Wednesday 27 March  

Wednesday of Holy Week
Mass at 9.00 am for Jane Monan
Holy Week Service at 10.00 am in Park Church, Ardrossan

Thursday 28 March  

Wednesday of Holy Week
Holy Week Service at 10.00 am in Park Church, Ardrossan

Stations of the Cross for children at 11.00 am
Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00 pm for Keiran Farmer followed by an hour of exposition
Night Prayer at 9.00 pm

Friday 29 March  

Good Friday - day of fasting
Stations of the Cross for children at 12 noon
Liturgy of the Passion at 3.00 pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.00 pm

Saturday 30 March  

Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30 pm for Helen Brown

Sunday 31 March  

Easter Sunday
Dawn Service at 8.00 am on the Cannon Hill
Easter Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

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 24 March  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 25 March  
7.00 pm Passover Celebration
Tuesday 26 March  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
6.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40 Toning

Wednesday 27 March  
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm
Zumba
Cardio 40 Toning
Thursday 28 March  
4.00 to 8.15 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing Class
Brownies
Guides

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
   Michael Reilly of our parish who died recently;
   Isabella Connor 1959, James and Ellen McCarroll 1977, Brenda Simons 2008, Don Foley, Felix Gallagher 2010,
   Anna Bates 1997, Terry McCabe 2005, Moira Rafferty, Rebecca Walsh 2008, The Crew of HMS Dasher 1943,
   Gerald McGhee 2008, Devlin McIndoe 1992, Allister Nesbit 2000, Menotti Carrino 1953, Odina Carrino 1987 and
   Monsignor Stephen Kennedy 2009 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.


THIS IS HOLY WEEK
It is a time of prayer, fasting and sharing. Holy Week is very special to us as Catholics. The morning Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is at 9.00 am. The Ardrossan Churches Group hold a fifteen minute service in the Park Church, Ardrossan from Monday to Friday at 10.00 am. The Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper is at 7.00 pm; the Liturgy of the Passion on Good Friday is at 3.00 pm and the Easter Vigil Mass is at 8.30pm . There is a short Dawn Service at 8.00 am on the Cannon Hill followed by breakfast. The Easter Sunday Mass is at the usual time of 10.30 am.

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 £566.05 - 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
£272.13 - many thanks.


CHURCH REPAIRS
The help you give for Church repairs by dropping in a white envelope from time to time is invaluable. The fund stands at £5604.50. 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 Margaret Munn at 8.30 pm and Alfie Agostini at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 3 at 10.30 am.

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

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Next Sunday's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher and Emma Paterson for the pre-5s, Michelle Morton, Kimberley Boyd and Maria Paterson for primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Anita Shanks for primary 4.

GOLDEN WEDDING - MICHAEL AND CATHERINE SWEENEY
Our prayers and congratulations to Michael and Catherine Sweeney on their Golden Wedding.

PASSOVER SUPPER
If you have not attended before, this would be a good year to start. Members from all the Churches in Ardrossan take part in the celebration on Monday at 7.00 pm.


CANON MATT
Canon Matt will be away from Sunday to Thursday of Easter Week. The parish office will be open from Tuesday as usual.

50/50 CLUB WINNERS
Congratulations to January and February 50/50 Club winners who each win £25.
January - 17 Susan Breen, 112 Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, 1 Myriame Sammons and 136 Elizabeth Petrie.
February - 78 Nan Donohoe, 261 Rose Bowers, 169 Mamie Stewart and 136 Eoghan Hughes.
We are still waiting for twenty-five members to renew their fees of £15 which could reduce the bonus prize in April. For those of you who have just forgotten to pay, please hand in your membership to Promoter as soon as possible. Many thanks to all our members for their continued support of the parish and good luck.


1ST ARDROSSAN RAINBOWS
There will be no meeting of the 1st Ardrossan Brownies in the Parish Centre this week. We meet at Premier Softplay in Saltcoats from 4.00 to 6.00 pm. For the next two weeks we are on holiday and return on Monday 15 April. We have a few places available for girls between five and seven years to join us right away. Please contact the Leader of the Group, Mrs Sammons on 469006 to make arrangements.

5TH ARDROSSAN BROWNIES
There will be no meetings of the 5th Ardrossan Brownies for the next three weeks. We restart after the Easter break on Monday 15 April.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
The new sets of collections envelopes are now available at the stall.

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.

PARISH LOURDES GROUP
The Parish Lourdes Group has received a note of thanks from the Grotto authorities for the donation given to assist with the rebuilding of the Baths following the disastrous floods.

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.

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.

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.

KITS FOR KIDS 2013
Tass Thistle Colts have been selected to take part in the Daily Record and Sunday Mail Kits for Kids. Some of our younger parishioners are involved. The team has to collect a target of 5000 tokens over the ten week promotion duration. The tokens appear every day in the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Please drop the tokens off at the stall. Kits for Kids 2013 is in association with Lloyds TSB Scotland. Last year, it gave away kit and training gear to 400 teams all over the country all thanks to the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Lloyds TSB Scotland has been supporting the great initiative for three years, as well as being sponsors of Scottish Schools Football Association. Their support includes girls' and boys' competitions across the country and the Scottish Schools International squads. Kits for Kids will give 400 teams the chance to get free gear for the whole squad. Weíve got kit for both seven-a-side team and eleven-a-side teams.

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.