BULLETIN              15 DECEMBER 2013

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT IN YEAR 1


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 14 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Esther Martin
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Leo and Elizabeth Walsh

Sunday 15 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation, Margaret and John Hughes and Jim McSorley

Monday 16 December  
Feast of the Immaculate Conception - transferred from 8 December
Mass at 10.00 am for Mass offered for Alice McGrattan and Maria Reid
Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00 pm for Janet Ferris
Tuesday 17 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Janet Ferris
Mass offered elsewhere for the Kilbane family

Wednesday 18 December  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint John's, Stevenston
Mass offered elsewhere for George Hilferty and William and Lilian Paterson

Thursday 19 December  

Mass at 7.00 pm for Christmas intentions

Friday 20 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Christmas intentions

Saturday 21 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for deceased priests and people of our parish.
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

Sunday 15 December  

11.30 am
7.00 pm

Tea and Coffee after Mass
North Ayrshire Schools Choirs and Orchestras Concert

Monday 16 December  
9.30 to 11.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 17 December  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
6.30 to 8.30 pm
5.00 to 7.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40 Toning
Irish Dancing Class

Wednesday 18 December  
6.00 to 8.00 pm

Irish Dancing Class

Thursday 19 December  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Brownies
Guides

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Janet Ferris of our parish, May OíFarrell (Airdrie) and Joseph McKeever who died recently;
Dr Matt Carty 2008, Monsignor Peter Murphy 1999, Mary Magee 1997, Robert McKay 1993, Denis McLaughlin 2008, Harry McNamara 2002, Sally Quigg neé Gilmour 1984, Anne Warden neé McNamara 2012, Kitty Boyle 2007, Chris Casey 2006, Susan Jones 1996, James Kernahan 1998, Frances Kilbane 1978, Roseanne Kirkwood 1991, Mark Shanks 2008, Mary Catherine Wishart 2002, Margaret Bennie, Annie Boyle, John Campbell 1997, John Dolan 2007, Annie Farmer 1984, Rose Leonard, William Martin 1974, George Poole 1991, Alice Grogan 2003, Father Peter Sweeney 2001, May Wilson 2006, Theresa McGuire 1989, Gwen Body 1966, Janet Chapman 2004, Jane Gallagher 2011, Sister Hilda CP 2000, Edward Keogh, John McCourt 2010, Josephine McGeachy 2003 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. Deacon Bill Corbett (01292 521208, 07904 248948, Rev.BillCorbett@btinternet.com) 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.

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.

FINANCES
Bankers Orders the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3800 per month. Every month, we pay off our Parish Centre debt by £3000 and pay a levy of £1450 to the Diocese. We are grateful for your generous support in collections. If you can manage a little more from time to time, it would be a great help. 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. Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?

OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £687.39 - many thanks.


PARISH CENTRE COLLECTION
Last weekend's collection for
the Parish Centre amounted to £285.79 - many thanks.


BUILDING FUND

Donations to the Building Fund amounted to
£136.30 - many thanks.


SACRISTY ROOF
It appears we can go no further with patching the flat roof of the Sacristy. The likely cost of a re-roof is in the region of £15000 and we do not have that in the Building Fund. The work will have to be done. If I re-issue the white envelopes in the near future, will you do whatever you can, please?

GIFT AID
The Inland Revenue now requires us to use a new style of Gift Aid form. These are available at the back of the Church. If you pay tax, please complete the new form and return it to the box provided. This allows us to provide the additional information required on the Gift Aid claim. 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.


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

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

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Saint Peterís School team.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy is celebrated during the Sunday 10.00 am Mass. We have groups for three to five years, primary 1 and 2 and primary 3. All children are welcome.
Next week's helpers are Elaine Shaw and Teresa Louden for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh, Michelle Champion and Maria Paterson for primaries 1 to 3 and Michelle Morton and Emma Paterson for primary 4.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MASSES
Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday this year. The Christmas Masses will be celebrated at
  - 5.30 pm on Tuesday, the first Vigil Mass of Christmas
  - 8.30 pm on Tuesday, the second Vigil Mass of Christmas
  - 11.00 am on Wednesday, the Mass on Christmas Day
The Sunday Masses on 29 December, the Feast of the Holy Family, will be at the usual times - Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm and Sunday Mass at 10.30 am. There is a Vigil Mass to mark the end of the old year at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 31 December. This Mass will be offered for all those who died in 2013. Mass on New Yearís Day, Wednesday 1 January, the Feast of Mary the Mother of God, will be at 11.00 am.

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
The letter from the Scottish Bishops on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is available on our website. Printed or email copies are available on request. The letter contains the web address where historic cases are recorded.

VATICAN CONSULTATION ON THE FAMILY
An extensive consultation document on the family has been issued. There is the original document - it makes heavy reading and is in quite difficult language - or a simplified version. You can have either or both. Printed copies are available. Both documents can be downloaded from the parish website.

DIOCESAN CONSULTATION
Like the other Dioceses in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, we must continue to face up to the declining number of people attending Mass and to the increasing costs of maintaining, heating and caring for our buildings as well as the decreasing number of priests. Bishop John has issued a Consultation Paper for us to consider over the Christmas period. In January we will have a Three Towns meeting to consider a way forward. The Consultation Paper is available now.

NORTH AYRSHIRE SCHOOLS CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRAS CONCERT
The annual Christmas Concert by
North Ayrshire Schools Choirs and Orchestras will be held on Sunday evening at 7.00 pm. Tickets can be bought at the Parish Centre door for £5 or £3 concession. Be early, it could be busy.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD
Would you like to send Christmas Greetings to other parishioners? You can do it through the Parish Christmas Card in exchange for a donation to the Sacristy Roof. There is a 'sign up sheet' in the stall. The Card will be available to everyone on the Sunday before Christmas.

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND VISITS TO SAINT PETERíS WEBSITE
On 25 November 2013, the one hundred thousandth visit was made to Saint Peterís website which was launched on 13 July 2005. The site has over 1750 web pages, 1100 pictures, 490 bulletins between 1960 and 2013, 14000 links, some audio and video clips and been viewed in 81 countries worldwide. Over 1200 of our deceased relatives and friends are remembered in our Anniversary List and some are featured in our Memoriam Cards page. The site contains many articles on past and present spiritual and community life in Saint Peter's with pages dedicated to our recent seventy-fifth anniversary.
Canon Matt and the website author are very grateful to those who have accessed the site, lent photographs, passed on stories, identified errors, made suggestions and expressed compliments. The aims of the site are to make parishioners and others aware of current events and record our history. If you can help with this project, please speak to Canon Matt or contact WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net.

PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE GROUPS (PVG)
Could all volunteers let the Parish Office know when you receive your Protection of Vulnerable Groups paperwork in the post? Thanks.

PRIESTS FOR SCOTLAND
Are you called to be 'A herald's voice in the desert' preparing the way of the Lord in the hearts of His people? If you are considering a vocation to the priesthood, call you Diocesan Director of Priestly Vocations, or email Father Andrew McKenzie at Priests for Scotland on AMcKenzie@pfs.org.uk or see www.PriestsForScotland.org.uk.

PENANCE SERVICE
Did you miss the Parish Penance Service? Quite a few did. There will be other opportunities for confession at
   - Saint Maryís, Irvine on Tuesday 17 December at 7.00 pm
   - Saint Maryís, Largs on Friday 20 December at 7.00 pm   - Friday, Dec 20th St Maryís. Largs at 7.00 pm.
   - Saint Johnís, Stevenston on Saturday 21 December between 12 noon and 2.00 pm
   - Saint Peter's, Ardrossan on Saturday 21 December between 4.00 pm and 5.15 pm


BURNS SUPPER 2014
Our annual Burns Supper will be on 1 February 2014. Full details will follow soon. Tickets are always in demand.

SAINT MATTHEWíS ACADEMY WEBSITE
Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats has a new website under construction at www.SaintMatthewsAcademy.com You might find it interesting.

SERVICE OF CAROLS AND READINGS FOR ADVENT
There will be a service of Carols and Readings for Advent, accompanied by Galloway Voices Choir, in Saint Margaretís Cathedral, Ayr on Wednesday 18 December at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.

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.


PILGRIMAGE TO ROME 2014
There will be a pilgrimage to Rome from 20 to 27 May 2014. The accommodation is ten minutes walk from Saint Peterís Basilica. Flights and transport to and from Kilwinning, half board and all sightseeing costs are included in the price of £850. Please register interest with Maureen Berry on 01294 557658 or macberry@live.co.uk who will supply all details.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2014
Father David Borland is arranging a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 13 to 20 October 2014. Booking forms are available. Interest has been high and places are limited. Transport will be arranged for the flight from Manchester. Contact Father Borland at DavidBorland@lineone.net or phone him 01387 254281 for more information. We have the booking forms available at the stall.

LOURDES JUMBULANCE PILGRIMAGE 2014
Our local Galloway group will be travelling to Lourdes on pilgrimage from Thursday 24 April to Saturday 3 May. There are places available for sick pilgrims - 'VIPs', helpers, relatives and nurses, all to travel in the specially adapted coach suitable even for those unable to fly. For more information or to make a booking please contact the Group Leader Alison Neil on 07749 555 955 or by e-mail on amd.neil@virgin.net.

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.