BULLETIN         14 FEBRUARY 2016


FIRST SUNDAY
OF LENT IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 13 February  

Holy Martyrs of Japan
Mass at 10.00 am for Aileen Whiston
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Mary C McManus - my Mother

Sunday 14 February  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 15 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention

Tuesday 16 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for John Carrick and James McLaren

Wednesday 17 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Tommy Gillen

Thursday 18 February  

Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00 pm
Mass at 6.30 pm for Raymond McLaren

Friday 19 February  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am

Saturday 20 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for birthday wishes and John Collins
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Maureen McNeil

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.


SAINT MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
 
Saturday 13 February  
Sunday Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Sunday 14 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 15 February  
Service at 10.00 am

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 16 February  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 17 February  
 

Mass at 10.00 am

Thursday 18 February  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Friday 19 February  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 20 February  
Sunday Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

 

PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 14 February  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 15 February  
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 16 February  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
5.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Legion of Mary
Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40

Wednesday 17 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 18 February  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Brownies
Guides

Friday 19 February  
9.30 to 11.30 pm

Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Tommy Gillen (Bishopbriggs) and Maureen McNeill who died recently;
Mary Hall 1989, Patricketta Maxwell 2004, Canon Tom McGread, Winnie McLaughlin 2015, Catherine Morrison 1977, John Carrick 2010, James McLaren 1964, Patrick Kelly 1989, Lucia Valenti 1972, Rose Walker 1985, Jack Conlan 2013, Nathan Murray-Collier 2005, Ellen Reilly 1954, Eileen Watkins 2015, Jean Wylie, Francis Clark 1953, Helen Clark 1973, Hugh McGinn 2013, Kelly Smith 2007, John Patrick Collins 2012, Rose Folan 2012 and George Monaghan 2004 whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
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.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
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 is assisted by the priest on call each week. Canon Pat Keegans (01292 263488) is the chaplain to Ayr Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice.

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. A Standing Order would make the handling of money so much easier. Have you signed a Gift Aid form? If you are a taxpayer the Church would get 25p added to every £1 you donate.

COLLECTIONS
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £624.15 and the the Maintenance Fund collection to £236.17 - 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.


PARISH RECORDS
Our parish records are covered by the Data Protection Act and are for parish use only. We cannot give out phone numbers or addresses. Please help us to keep our records up to date using the cards provided.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Ronnie Cairns at 5.30 pm and Angela Body and Ami Paterson at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 4 at 10.30 am.

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 Erin McLaughlin for the pre-fives, Claire Sweenie, Linda Martin and Morgan Roy for primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Michelle Morton and Shannon Simmonds for primary 4.

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sadie Gilmour's team.
Would you consider making a team or joining a team that organises the teas and coffees after Sunday 10.30 am Mass? If so, please leave your details at the Parish Office or telephone 01294 464063.


THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT
We are in the holy season of Lent. The Mass vestments are purple, the Gloria and the Alleluia are omitted from the Liturgy but the biggest change must be in ourselves. This is the Springtime - Lent of the soul. It is a time for fasting, for prayer and for almsgiving. The little Scottish Catholic Internation Aid Fund (SCIAF) boxes are available for you to use. Every £1 given to SCIAF is being doubled by the Government this year and if you gave your contribution by cheques and accompanied by your name and address then SCIAF can claim the Gift Aid tax rebate on it. Prayer and penance are very personal things but are also a very necessary part of our Christian life. When it is possible, we will make the Way of the Cross on a Friday morning at 9.40 am before Mass.

SISTER ANN BATES
Congratulations to Sister Ann Bates on her Golden Jubilee.

BURNS SUPPER
Very many thanks to everyone who made the Burns Supper such a successful evening. The support of so many of our parishioners and friends and the contribution of so many, young and old, makes the effort worthwhile.






DIOCESAN CHOIR
The Diocesan Choir is a four-part choir, always keen to learn new material as required. Rehearsals begin again on Thursday evenings from 11 February in Saint Margaretís Cathedral, Ayr to prepare for the Mass of Chrism. All voices, especially sopranos, are welcome. Contact David Robinson on 07714 340854 for more information.


HAPPY SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY
Saint Valentine's Day is traditionally the day on which birds start building their nests - hence its application to human beings! This year they had better be waterproof.

PARISH ACCOUNTS
The Parish Accounts are now prepared and have been submitted to the diocese and to the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR) as required by law. They will be submitted to the Parish Finance Committee and then made available to you. Our parish is one of a few that is audited by external auditors every year and the diocese has announced that this audit will be extended to more parishes from now on. More of our financial structures, halls, clubs, et cetera are to be subject to tighter procedures. These will be discussed with the Finance Committee and with Fiona who is the Centre Manager.

THE SCOTTISH REFORMATION
A series of talks and discussions on the Reformation will be given in
Saint Bride's Church, West Kilbride on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. The dates are 2 March, 6 April, 4 May, 25 May and 22 June. The six speakers, men and women, include people from both the Reformed and Catholic traditions. If you are interested, please go along. If you remember, please let Father Boland know on joe-boland@btconnect.com. Details are on the poster.

INVITATION
There is an open invitation to the Induction of the Reverend Nathan Payne to the Church of the Nazarene, Glasgow Street, Ardrossan on Saturday 20 February at 3.00 pm.

THE SISTERHOOD OF SAINT ELISABETH
The Sisterhood of Saint Elisabeth is an Orthodox community in Belarus who have asked to visit the parish again this year. They make and sell religious icons and other things to support their work - an orphanage and psychiatric hospital in one of the poorest parts of Eastern Europe. The Sisters will be here on 27 and 28 February.

JUMBULANCE PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
There are places available for helpers and sick pilgrims - VIPs - to travel to Lourdes on the Jumbulance Pilgrimage with the group departing from our diocese this Eastertide. The pilgrimage is from 28 April to 7 May and is especially suited to those unable to fly due to health reasons or for whom a smaller group is beneficial. Full medical and nursing care is provided. For more details or to book a place, please contact Alison Neil on 07749 555955 or amd.neil@outlook.com.

BISHOP NOLAN PASTORAL VISIT
Bishop Nolan will make a pastoral visit to the parish over the weekend of 27 and 28 February and celebrate the Vigil and Sunday Masses.


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 Peter's 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.

BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE
Please give blood at Ardrossan Civic Centre, Glasgow Street, on Wednesday 24 February from 2.00 to 3.45 pm and 5.15 to 7.30 pm and Thursday 25 February from 4.00 to 7.30 pm.

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 Church maintenance.


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.