BULLETIN          28 FEBRUARY 2016


THIRD SUNDAY
OF LENT IN YEAR 3


CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 27 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Margaret Jackson
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Sandra Cornwallis

Sunday 28 February  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 29 February  

Mass at 10.00 am for Ellen and Rene McCarroll and the McCarroll family

Tuesday 1 March  

No Mass in Saint Peter's

Wednesday 2 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Josephine Bushnell and Ron Sliwinski

Thursday 3 March  

Mass at 7.00 pm for Philip Loy

Friday 4 March  

Way of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Wilkie

Saturday 5 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Ian Holt and Vera Breslin
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Margaret McCarroll

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 27 February  
Sunday Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Sunday 28 February  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 29 February  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 1 March  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 2 March  
 

Mass at 10.00 am

Thursday 3 March  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Friday 4 March  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 5 March  
Sunday Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

 

PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Saturday 27 February  
6.30 pm

Private Function

Sunday 28 February  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 29 February  
9.30 to 11.30 am
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 1 March  
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 2 March  
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm

Zumba
Ignatian Prayer Group
Cardio 40 Toning

Thursday 3 March  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Brownies
Guides

Friday 4 March  
9.30 to 11.30 pm

Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Philip Loy, Jim Wilkie (Largs), Ian Holt, Vera Breslin neé Donahoe (Glasgow) and Samantha Jane Paulo (Ayr) who died recently;
Ambrose Armstrong 1976, Matilda Brannan 1970, Billy Magee 2002, Joe and Nan McConnell, Canon John Walls 2010, Matilda Brannan, Simon Brannan, Mennotti Carrino, Odina Carrino, Paul Gerard Brown 1986, Father Charles Barclay 2001, Bernard Cassidy 1994, Margaret Dolan 1959, Frances Hackett 1997, James McFarlane 1976, Aldegonda Brogi, Pietro Brogi, Maria Gillen 2001, Sister Teresita of Jesus (Valenti), Matthew Johnson 2012, Catherine McCutcheon 2002, Michael Reilly 1995, James Convery 2008, Bishop Joseph McGee 1983 and Father Charles McLaughlin 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 £638.91 and the the Maintenance Fund collection to £252.35 - 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 Marade Griffin at 5.30 pm and Margaret Harvey at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 2 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 Michelle Stevenson and Emma Paterson for the pre-fives, Teresa Louden and Elaine Shaw for primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Aidan Grant for primary 4.

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Annie Thompson'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.

BISHOP NOLAN PASTORAL VISIT
Bishop Nolan is making a pastoral visit to the parish this weekend and will celebrate the Vigil and Sunday Masses.


EMBRACING CHANGE
The Embracing Change work continues and after a period of reflection following the Parish Conversations, the next phase is being developed and more news will follow soon. Thanks to all of you who completed a questionnaire at the Parish Conversations. The Embracing Change team will be in touch shortly. If you meant to fill in a questionnaire, but never got around to it, please let your parish priest know or email quinnjo@hotmail.com and we will send you a form.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND
Next weekend, the second collection will be for SCIAF. Proceeds of such collections will be doubled by the Government this year.

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.


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 will be introduced soon.

LOURDES HCPT GROUP 376 RACE NIGHT
A Race Night will be held on Friday 4 March in the Civic Centre, Ardrossan. The first race starts at 7.45 pm. Tickets cost £3 and include supper. For more information, please contace Esther Coulter on 464692 or Josephine Coulter on 602179. All are welcome.

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.

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 this weekend and thank you for your support.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY FAMILY FUN QUIZ NIGHT
There will be a Community Family Fun Quiz Night organised by Girl Guiding on Friday 18 March from 6.30 to approximately 8.30 pm. Adult tickets cost £5.00 and Child tickets £2.50. Tea, coffee and squash will be provided. There will be a fundraising raffle and a tuck shop. You're welcome to bring your own refreshments. All proceeds will be split between the Senior Girls of 5th Ardrossan Guides, who are raising money to participate in the one hundredth birthday celebration trip, Senior Section Spectacular Escape to Cologne and Saint Peter's Church Hall who allow us to use their hall every Thursday night for Guides. Tickets are available at the door.

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.