BULLETIN         22 FEBRUARY 2015

FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT IN YEAR
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CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 21 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Canon Mattís motherís anniversary
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for a special intention

Sunday 22 February  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation
Vigil of the Deceased at 5.00 pm for Winnie McLaughlin

Monday 23 February  

Requiem Mass at 1.00 pm for Winnie McLaughlin

Tuesday 24 February  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats

Wednesday 25 February  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint John's Church, Stevenston

Thursday 26 February  

Mass at 7.00 pm for Margaret McCartney and Mary Duffy

Friday 27 February  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Eileen Watkins

Saturday 28 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Sandra Cornwallis and Canon Mattís mother
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Alice Coyne and Bill Carslow

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 21 February  
7.00 pm Private Function
Sunday 22 February  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 23 February  
9.30 to 5.30 pm
6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Private Function
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 24 February  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Cardio 40 Toning

Wednesday 25 February  
5.45 to 6.45 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm

Irish Dancing Class
Zumba
Cardio 40 Toning

Thursday 26 February  
4.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing
Brownies
Guides

Friday 27 February  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Winnie McLaughlin, Aileen Whiston and Eileen Watkins, all of our parish; Jack McClumpha (Saltcoats), Margaret McCartney (Glasgow), Mary Duffy (Glasgow), Owen Stewart, Alice Coyne (Barrhead) and Bill Carslow who died recently;
Guilia Marchetti 1998, Justine McAllister 2000, Brian O'Reilly 1993, Mary McCluskey 1980, Bessie Murphy 2008, Margaret Mary Adamson 2005, John Bell 2008, Brian Griffin 1980, Father James Coyle 1975, Betty Lowe 2008, Maureen McIlhatton 1993, Annie Montgomery 2012, Canon Michael O'Connor 1966, James Smith 1986, Jim Wilson 2011, Agnes Delahunt 1944, Elizabeth Delahunt 1976, William John Dorian 1935, John Moore 2000, Betty Burns 2006, Frank Clark 1959, Sandra Cornwallis neé Shaw 2014, Ambrose Armstrong 1976, Matilda Brannan 1970, Billy Magee 2002, Joe and Nan McConnell and Canon John Walls 2010 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 £730.45 - many thanks.

MAINTENANCE FUND COLLECTION
Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £262.49 - 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 Angela Body and Ami Paterson at 10.30 am.

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

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Maria Boyleís team.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy is celebrated during the 10.30 am Mass each Sunday. All children are welcome. Next week's helpers are Geraldine Butcher and Anya Breen for the pre-fives, Maria Paterson and George Kidd for primaries 1 and 2, Michelle Morton and Sarah Vallance for primary 3 and Andrena Hughes and Sara Lopes for primary 4.

OUR NEW BISHOP
The video of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop William, which took place on 14 February, is available on the Diocesan website, on www.GallowayDiocese.org.uk. It is hoped that it will be available on DVD soon.
There are over a hundred photos of the Ordination on Saint Peter's website.




THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT
Lent is a time for prayer, penance and almsgiving in the long-standing tradition of our Church. During Lent, we are making the journey to Easter just as everyone of us is making the journey to Heaven.

PRAYER
Donít let a day go by without a few moments for God, come to Mass more regularly and encourage your children to say their night and morning prayers. Try to attend Stations of the Cross on a Friday at 9.40 am when possible.

FASTING
Give up something - smoking, alcohol or food you donít need. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are amazing.

ALMSGIVING
Take a Scottish Catholic International Aid fund (SCIAF) box and constantly give it your spare change. Support a charity at home or abroad and share your time with those who need you.

CANON MATT HOSPITAL
Canon Matt goes into hospital on 2 March for surgery on his ankle. Normal service might be disrupted for a few weeks till the crutches are managed. Father Charles will cover one weekend and Canon McSorley the next. Other help has been offered by the priests of the Deanery.

50/50 CLUB WINNERS
Several 50/50 Club members have still to renew. Please contact the promoter if there is a problem. We have around forty vacant places over the last year. Anyone wishing to join, please contact Mrs Myriame Sammons on 01294 469008. Sincere thanks to all members who paid during January.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
We will mark Catholic Education Week with our Sunday Mass this weekend. 'Sharing the Joy of the Gospel' based on the Encyclical of Pope Francis is the theme for Education Week.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion will be celebrated this year at the 10.30 am Mass on Sundays 3, 10 and 17 May, as we have done for many years. The reason for the three Sundays is so that the children are easily called by name, have enough room for family and friends and are made to feel as special as they are. Twenty-nine children are on our list, including those added recently, so about ten children each Sunday would be comfortable. I will put a list at the stall for you to choose whichever Sunday suits. I am happy to add another Sunday or arrange any other date you may require. I know that family work and travel arrangements can be difficult. Just let me know. The meeting for parents has been postponed till after I have my ankle surgery. I'm sorry about this. I have been told it will be done soon so it might coincide with the meeting! I will re-arrange before Easter.

TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE
There will be a Taize Prayer Service on Wednesday 4 March at 7.30 pm in Saint Andrewís Episcopal Church, South Crescent Road. It is an hour of quiet prayer and music for Lent and thoroughly recommended.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Embracing Change - A change will take place in the Church when a change takes place in me. I must embrace a change within myself, within my spirit. I must embrace Jesus as the centre of my life and allow His Spirit to change me from within. Only then will a change take place in the Church.
A parishioner


HCPT BLINGO NIGHT
A Blingo Night will be held on Friday 27 February at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre to raise funds for HCPT who are taking handicapped children to Lourdes at Easter. This is being organised by Krista Ward, a sixth year pupil at
Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats as part of her Leadership Award. Please come along and embrace the glitz and glamour and if youíre sporting the most bling you can win the Bling King or Queen prize! Entry costs £5 for under 18s and £7.50 per adult which includes full bingo games book, Irish standing bingo ticket, tea or coffee with cake and for the adults a glass of Buckís Fizz on arrival. Tickets are available from the school office on 606689 or from Krista on StMatthews@ea.n-ayrshire.sch.uk.

FAMILY PRIZE BINGO
A Family Bingo supporting Youth for Lourdes will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday 21 March at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £1 and a fun night is promised.

SAINT PETER'S PARENT COUNCIL RACE NIGHT
Saint Peterís Primary School Parent Council is having a Race Night in the Parish Centre on Friday 27 March. Full details will be given later.


EMBRACING CHANGE
A Summary of the Meeting of the Deanery Priests on 18 November 2014 and a Summary of the Meeting in Saint Matthew's Academy on 30 November 2014 are now posted on Saint Peter's website. If you would like a copy, please ask and I will print one for you. 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. The report is now being discussed by the Priests and we hope to move forward with some of the ideas. The whole purpose of Embracing Change is to move our ideas forward - to get away from a Church where decisions, plans, ideas and so on, are made by one person or a few people - to a Church fully involving everyone who wants to contribute. It calls for a new way of being Church. It might mean giving up old traditions, ways of doing things, even buildings and embracing new ideas about what Jesus is asking of us and where the Spirit is leading us. Pope Francis seems fearless in moving forward, we must be too.

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.

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.

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.