BULLETIN                    4 DECEMBER 2016

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
IN YEAR 1


CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 3 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Prior
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Leo and Elizabeth Walsh

Sunday 4 December  

Mass at 10.30 am for Michael Dougan and Helene Adams

Monday 5 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for the congregation
Light up a Life Service at 2.30 pm for the deceased by the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Churches Group

Tuesday 6 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Margaret and John Hughes
Requiem Mass at 12 noon for Declan Kelly in Saint Mary's Church, Irvine

Wednesday 7 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Jim Kelly and Alec Pennington

Thursday 8 December  

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady
Mass in honour of our Lady of Lourdes at 7.00 pm for Jim Matheson
Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

Friday 9 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Harrigan and Madge Allan

Saturday 10 December  

Mass at 10.00 am for Gwen McMail
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Mary Timmons

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 3 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 4 December  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 5 December  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 6 December  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 7 December  
 

Service at 10.00 am

Thursday 8 December  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Friday 9 December  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 10 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 4 December  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 5 December  
9.30 to 11.30 pm
3.00 to 6.00 pm
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Skallywags Aftercare
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 6 December  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.00 to 6.00 pm
3.45 pm
7.30 to 8.10 pm
8.10 to 8.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Skallywags Aftercare
Irish Dancing
Cardio 40
Circuit Training

Wednesday 7 December  
3.00 to 6.00 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm

Skallywags Aftercare
Zumba
Ignatian Prayer Group
Retrobics

Thursday 8 December  
3.00 to 6.00 pm

Skallywags Aftercare

Friday 9 December  
9.30 to 11.30 pm
3.00 to 6.00 pm
Parents and Toddlers
Skallywags Aftercare

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Declan Kelly (Irvine), former priest of our parish, Alec Pennington and Madge Allan (East Kilbride) who died recently;
Jim Delahunt 2014, Martin Lehane 2015, Mary Martin 1983, Isabella McGoogan 1998, Gordon Alexander Smith 1997, John Hughes 2010, Margaret Anne Shanks 1994, Rose Smith 1999, Anne Thompson 1986, Robert Walker 2012, Susan Connor 2009, Thomas Connor 2006, Joyce Feeney 2012, Jean Graham, Alexander Merrick 2001, May Shanks 1990, Rose Smith 1999, Sarah Braniff 1961, Katherine Fearon 1911, Janet Ferris 2013, Ann McCubbin, Robert Shanks 1996, Teresa Dorans 2006, Philip Gargan 2012, Margaret Hughes 2006, James Mathieson 1999, Gerard McCulloch 1990, Anthony McGarvey 1996, John McKay junior 1972, James McSorley 2010, Cassie Millen 2011, May O'Farrell 2013, Father Alec Smith SDB 2008, John Tracy 1999, George Forbes 2014, Agnes Martin 2007, Laurence Poland 2010 and Agnes Stevenson 1992 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 is the chaplain to Ayr Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice.

FINANCES
Bankers Orders for the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3500 per month. 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 £609.74 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £285.81.

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 Emily Tarbet at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 3 at 10.30 am.

SUNDAY TEAS
We are very short of Sunday Tea teams. Is there any chance of a group of friends forming a team? It would be a shame to lose the Sunday Teas altogether. 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.
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Sharon McLaughlin's team.

MUSIC AT MASS
Music is an essential part of Mass. Are there any budding musicians willing to offer their talent and service?

OUR LADY OF FATIMA'S REQUEST
In accordance with Our Lady of Fatima's request, we will begin the five first Saturday devotions of Holy Mass, Rosary and Fatima prayers here after Holy Mass on the first Saturday of each month beginning on Saturday 3 December. All are welcome. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
We would more volunteers to help with the Children's Liturgy during Mass at 10.30 am on Sunday mornings.
Next week's helpers are Elaine Shaw and Michelle Stevenson for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Smith and Michelle Morton for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for Primary 4.

VOLUNTEERS
If you are able to help with Sunday Teas, Music or the Children's Liturgy, please speak to Canon Matt or contact the Parish Office on 464063. Thank you.


DECLAN KELLY
Declan Kelly, priest of our parish from 1974 to 1980, died on 26 November. He will be taken to Saint Mary's Church, Irvine, on Monday at 6.30 pm and his Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday at 12 noon.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be from 3 to 10 July 2017. Full details are available from the parish office

AN EVENING WITH OCTAVE
An Evening With Octave was not too well supported but we did make £300 for which we are grateful. It was a splendid evening of music.

NORTH AYRSHIRE SCHOOLS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
North Ayrshire Schools Annual Christmas By Candlelight Concert will be held here in Saint Peter's on Sunday 11 December at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £7 or £5 concession at the Parish Centre door. North Ayrshire Schools Senior Concert Band and Orchestra will perform a selection of Christmas music. Pupils from Saint Peter's, Saint John's, Caledonia and Stanley Schools will come together to perform Hosanna Rock. North Ayrshire Council Workplace Choir is also performing.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE FOODBANK
The Foodbank at the Church of the Nazarene in Glasgow Street is desperately short of tinned meat, juice, ultra-heat treatment (UHT) milk and tinned fruit. Can you help, please?

MARY'S MEALS
Recently we sent a further 160 backpacks to children aged five to twelve in Malawi. This makes a running total of 1788 since we started approximately seven years ago. Each backpack contained the following items - tee-shirt and shorts, skirt or summer dress, flip flops, pencil case, lead pencils, coloured pencils, pens, rubber, ruler, sharpener, tennis ball, dessert spoon, towel, soap, tooth brush and toothpaste. Thank you for all donations.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT
A Christmas Concert by Variations Largs Choral Group with special guests, the Barrhead Burgh Band, will be held on Friday 16 December 2016 at 7.30 pm in Barrfields Pavilion Theatre, Largs. Booking forms for tickets costing £10 are available from the Parish Office. All are welcome.

ADVENT PENANCE TUESDAY
On Tuesday 13 December, there will be Advent Penance Services and Masss in
Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston at 10.00 am, in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats at 2.00 pm and in here in Saint Peter's at 7.00 pm. Pope Francis urges all of us to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE
The annual Light Up A Life service, organised by the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Churches Group will be held in Saint Peter's on Monday 5 December at 2.30 pm. There will be a collection for the Ayrshire Hospice and light refreshments afterwards. The service is to remember all those of any denomination or none who died in the past year and to give thanks for all those who cared for them at home, hospital, care home or in the Hospice.

BURNS SUPPER 2017
The Parish
Burns Supper will be on Saturday 28 January 2017.

HOMELESSNESS IN NORTH AYRSHIRE
The inter-church group who are concerned with homelessness around us would like to appeal for donations of household cleaning materials to help people get started when they are housed. They also need new socks, gloves and pyjamas for those who are housed in the Homeless Hostels. A full list of requirements is on the box at the back of the Church. We are appealing for toys and gifts for needy children aged between birth and sixteen years. There is a greater need for gifts for teenagers. The toys and gifts will be distributed by the Social Work Department. They should be unwrapped and will be wrapped centrally. The toys and gifts should be brought to the Church on Sunday 11 December for distribution in time for Christmas. Thank you.

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.