BULLETIN                                       1 JANUARY 2017

THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
IN YEAR 1


CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 31 December  

No 10.00 am Mass in Saint Peter's
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for John Hendry, those who died in 2016 and to pray for 2017

Sunday 1 January  

Sunday Mass at 11.00 am for the congregation

Monday 2 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Danny McMail and Manus Gallagher

Tuesday 3 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Annie Thompson

Wednesday 4 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Madden and Esther Madden

Thursday 5 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for George and Agnes Scott and Sarah and Patrick Braniff

Friday 6 January  

Mass at 10.00 am for Father George Thompson whose funeral is today in Dumfries

Saturday 7 January  

Vigil of the Epiphany
Mass at 10.00 am for Arturo and Cosimo Farro
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for John Dolan, Tom MacKay and Clare McAllister

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 31 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Sunday 1 January  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 2 January  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 3 January  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 4 January  
 

Service at 10.00 am

Thursday 5 January  
Service at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Friday 6 January  
Service at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 7 January  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
There are no events in the Parish Centre this week.

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Manus Gallagher of our parish, Clare McAllister, Theresa Tumilty of our parish, Samuel McMail (West Kilbride) brother of Danny, Liz Kelly (Prestwick) mother of Father Mark Kelly of Dalry and May Kelly of our parish who died recently;
William Twigg, June Doherty 2010, Isabella Dougherty 2010, Charles Patrick Hendry 1967, Father Andrew Karwemera 2002, Lizzie Macnamara, James Murphy 1997, Hugh Brown 1980, Susan Burns 1986, May Rollie 2007, Frank Clark 2009, Catherine Marroni 2012, Helen McGinn 2012, John McTiernan 2016, Sister Imelda CP 2000, Sister Marie Celeste CP 2000, Gerry Brown 2010, Tom McAvennie 2011, Charles Retzbach 2000, Patrick Braniff 1991, Gary Cahill 2012, Isabella Keenan 1939, James Monan 1969, 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 and Frank Kelly 2013 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.

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 £1377.60 - 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.


MAY EVERY ONE OF US BE BLESSED IN 2017
Very many thanks to our sacristans, readers, ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, musicians, flower arrangers, tea makers, stall-keepers, Children's Liturgy organisers and helpers, Church cleaners - and all who do so much for our parish. All groups have a vacancy just for you.

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 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 2 at 10.30 am.


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

50/50 CLUB
We will have a sign-up in January as in previous years on weeks ending 14 and 15 January and 21 and 22 January 2017 for existing and new members. Collectors will be contacting their members early in the new year or contact the Promoter Myriame Sammons on 469006.

OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO DIED THIS PAST YEAR
Please remember our brothers and sisters who died this past year. The list is not full, but includes Pat Haggarty, John Hendry, Joleen McIndoe, Hugh Taylor, Andrew (Ronnie) Sliwinski, Veronica Stevenson, May McParland, Anthony Da Prato, Joseph Gilbin, Geraldine Leadbeater, Agnes Gorman, Helen Clarke, Iain Tarbet, Annie McConnachie, Ellie Graham, Baby Lily Heron, Mary Harrigan, Catherine Keogh, Danny McMail, Blair Walsh, Annie Thompson, Manus Gallagher, Theresa Tumilty and Samuel McMail.

STATEMENT FROM BISHOP NOLAN ON THE DEATH OF FATHER GEORGE THOMPSON
Father George Thompson was a man whose life was inspired and motivated by a deep faith in Jesus Christ - a faith he put into practice by embracing three vocations: teaching, politics and the priesthood. In each of these he sought to serve God and to serve others. We give thanks to God for all the good that he did throughout his life. The people of Galloway have been blessed by his commitment to public service, but as Bishop of Galloway I am particularly grateful to him for his years of service as a priest. We commend Father George Thompson in our prayers to the loving mercy of God. May he rest in peace.          +William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway

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?

MASS AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Young people aged fourteen and over are invited to Saint Joseph's, Hill Street, Kilmarnock on Tuesday 3 January 2017 for Mass at 12.30 pm followed by a Christmas lunch in the hall. Please let Father Stephen McGrattan know if you will be coming for catering purposes on info@StephenMcGrattan.org.uk or accept the Facebook invitation at Galloway Catholic Youth. The cost is £5 to be paid on the day. Why not share transport with others from your parish?

BURNS SUPPER
The 2017 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 28 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 Reverend Don Currie, Pastor of South Beach Baptist Church, Saltcoats, shown below left. Kevin Thomas, former Head of Environmental Health for North Ayrshire Council, shown below centre, will propose the Toast to the Lassies and our parishioner, Angela Body, shown below right, will reply. Other participants are Bill Andrew, Rachel Brown, Calum Coldwell,
Canon Matt, Aidan and Bethany McGrath, George McGrattan and Ciaran Sinclair. Tickets cost £15 and can 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. Your support is appreciated.


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. 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.