BULLETIN                        4 JANUARY 2015

THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
IN YEAR 2

CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 3 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Teresa Frances McEvoy
Feast of the Epiphany
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Charles Fisher and Valerie Ryan

Sunday 4 January  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 5 January  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for David Mills

Tuesday 6 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Gerry Brown

Wednesday 7 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Sarah and Patrick Braniff and Sheila Douglas

Thursday 8 January  

Funeral Service for Maria Tomelty at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn at 9.00 am
No Mass in Saint Peter's

Friday 9 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Hugh Henry and Maureen Adamson

Saturday 10 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Delahunt
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

Monday 5 January  
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 6 January  
11.00 am
5.00 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.30 pm

Legion of Mary
Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40 Toning

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
David Mills of our parish, Maria Tomelty of our parish, Catherine McAteer of our parish, Maureen Allan (Blantyre) and Anna Ferrie (Dundee) who died recently;
Gerry Brown 2010, Tom McAvennie 2011, Charles Retzbach 2000, Patrick Braniff 1991, Gary Cahill 2012, Isabella Keenan 1939, Celia Ralston 2007, Leda Biagioni 2007, James Burns 1955, Patrick Cawley 2001, Canon Peter Fitzpatrick 1952, Helen McCluskey 2004, John Cahill 1989, Danny Higgins 2009, Frank Kelly 2013, Patricia Brennan 2005, Robert Colvin 1998, Gerard Fairhurst 2003, Bernard McLaughlan 1984, Derek Tomelty 2003, Joseph Gibbons 1973, Hugh Henry 2008, Jennifer McGregor 2014, Joan McCallum 2001, Rosina McPeake and Terence Murphy 1989 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 for the parish and Parish Centre amount to £3800 per month. Every month, we 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 £609.91 - many thanks.

MAINTENANCE FUND COLLECTION
Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £265.44 - many thanks.


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 and on the parish website. 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.


COLLECTION ENVELOPES
New collection envelopes are now available at the stall. Please let us know if you wish to switch to a standing order. Forms are available.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Margaret Munn at 5.30 pm and Alfie Agostini and Kaya Nunn at 10.30 am. Beginning in January, we would like to have children from Primary 5 and above and young people from Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats assisting with the Readings at the 10.30 am Mass. If you or your child is interested in doing this, please put the name on the list available at the Stall at the back of the Church and a meeting will be arranged in the coming weeks.

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

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

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy resumes on Sunday 11 January 2015.

OUR NEW BISHOP
Our new Bishop is Father William Nolan currently Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, East Kilbride. His ordination will take place on Saturday 14 February 2015 in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock at 11.00 am. None of our Churches is big enough. We will try to organise a bus. We have been asked to give an indication of how many places we might need so there is a list at the Stall. This is not a bus list nor a firm booking list. It is just to have an indication so that places can be reserved.


MARY THE GIRL FROM GALILEE
The painting, Mary the Girl from Galilee, was a gift to the parish in memory of a former parishioner. It was commissioned by an Ardrossan resident and painted by David Reid of Irvine. It is hoped that we can get a few prints made from it for sale.


SANTA'S TOY LORRY
Santa left a toy lorry which was too big for any chimney. We could raffle it for the Scottish Catholic Internatinal Aid Society (SCIAF). Tickets cost 20p and are available at the stall.

BURNS SUPPER
The 2015 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 17 January at 7.00 pm. Patrons are asked to be seated by 6.50 pm for a prompt start. The Immortal Memory will be delivered by Drew Cochrane, for forty years the Editor of the Largs and Millport Weekly News. Brian Kerr, former Head of the Music Service in North Ayrshire Council will propose the Toast to the Lassies and Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire will reply. Other participants are Bill Andrew, Rachel Brown, Michael McCulloch, Pam McGlynn, Aidan and Bethany McGrath, George McGrattan, Ciaran Sinclair and Mamie Stewart. Tickets cost £15.00 and should be booked in advance though the Parish Office on 01294 464063. Patrons can request group seating arrangements to be with friends. The meal will be prepared and served by Michael and Fiona Brown, family and friends. Vegetarian meals are available with notice as an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper main course. There are more details on the Church website on www.SaintPeterInChains.net. Your support is appreciated.


EMBRACING CHANGE
The Embracing Change meeting took place in Saint Matthew's Academy on Sunday 30 November. The idea was to look at themes produced by previous meetings and then move on to some practical ideas we might try to carry out as we look for a way forward. Many ideas were put forward. A full report will follow.

50/50 CLUB
As always, you can join anytime or why not give a friend a membership of the 50/50 Club as a present? Just contact any of our collectors or telephone the Club Promoter, Myriame Sammons on 469006.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 6 to 13 July 2015. Full details are on the poster at the Stall where booking forms are available.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - A LITANY TO ASK GOD'S BLESSING ON THIS NEW YEAR
In January, the month of darkness and frost, be with us, Lord.
In February, the month of rain, wind, and snow, be with us, Lord.
In March, the month of Saint Joseph, of farmers, lambs and new life, be with us, Lord.
In April, the month of Easter, growth and green grass, be with us, Lord.
In May, the month of Mary, of flowers and spring, be with us, Lord.
In June, the month of the Sacred Heart, the longest day and the hope of summer sun, be with us, Lord.
In July, the month of holidays, the dry grass and the summerís warmth, be with us, Lord.
In August, the month of harvest, wheat and corn, be with us, Lord.
In September, the month of fruits, and tasks renewed, be with us, Lord.
In October, the month of the Rosary, of falling leaves, and Halloween, be with us, Lord.
In November, the month of the dead, the souls and the saints, be with us, Lord.
In December, the month of darkness overcome by the light and the birth of our Saviour, be with us, Lord.

If you would like to produce a Thought for the Week, please email it to Office@SaintPeterInChains.net. Thanks.

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 upkeep.


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.