BULLETIN               5 MARCH 2017

FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT IN YEAR
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CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 4 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Cosimo and Arturo Farro
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for Isobel Steevley

Sunday 5 March  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 6 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Eileen McNulty

Tuesday 7 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Peter Reily as 102nd birthday wishes

Wednesday 8 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Patsy Reid

Thursday 9 March  

Mass at 7.00 pm for a special intention

Friday 10 March  

Stations of the Cross at 9.40 am
Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention

Saturday 11 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Helen Brown
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm for a special intention

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 4 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 5 March  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 6 March  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Tuesday 7 March  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Wednesday 8 March  
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Thursday 9 March  
Service at 10.00 am

Mass at 10.00 am

Friday 10 March  
Mass at 10.00 am

Service at 10.00 am

Saturday 11 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 5 March  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 6 March  
9.30 to 11.30 am
3.00 to 6.00 pm
5.30 to 6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.30

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

Tuesday 7 March  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.00 to 6.00 pm
3.45 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Skallywags Aftercare
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 8 March  
3.00 to 6.00 pm

Skallywags Aftercare

Thursday 9 March  
3.00 to 6.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Skallywags Aftercare
Brownies
Guides

Friday 10 March  
9.30 to 11.30 am
3.00 to 6.00 pm
Parents and Toddlers
Skallywags Aftercare

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Francis Connolly, Edgar Wilson, Nan Gallagher and John Durning who died recently;
James Convery 2008, Bishop Joseph McGee 1983, Father Charles McLaughlin, Hugh McGraa 2002, Isabella McLaughlan 2001, Joe Colvin 1908, Olga Mastradomenico 2009, Cosimo Farro 1993, Francis Flynn 1990, Hugh McCluskey 1992, Catherine Robertson 2012, Mary To 2014, Luke Gargan 2001, Father Jerry Sheehy SCJ 2012, Alice Bell 2005, May Bell 2003, John Carroll 2004, John Kyle 2009, Myles McDonald, Monsignor Archibald McSparran 1950, Stephanie Hope Turner 2001, Helen Brown 2013, Peter McGlone 2016, Agnes Scott 1990 and Monsignor Edward Traynor 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 £620.95 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £238.08 - 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 Margaret Brawley 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.


CHILDRENíS LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Jacqueline Smith and Maria Paterson for Primary 4.

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Loretta McLardy's team.

ANNUAL MISSION APPEAL
The annual Mission Appeal - this year by the Kiltegan Fathers - will be made next weekend.

LENT
Lent is a period of six weeks made as a journey to Easter. It is a time to fast, pray and give alms. Every one of us is able to make our own decisions about what we need to do to make our lives more acceptable to God. We can:
  - do without things we don't really need
  - take time to pray so that we can listen to what God asks of us
  - share what we have with others in more need through the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and other ways
  - attend Stations of the Cross on Friday mornings at 9.40 am

THE FATHERS OF THE CHURCH
As part of our Lenten preparations, George Gallagher will give a series of talks entitled The Fathers Of The Church on the first three Tuesdays of Lent in
Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston at 7.00 pm. They will last around an hour and a half with time for prayer and questions.
The titles are Who are the Fathers of the Church? on 7 March, The Teaching of the Fathers on 14 March and Why are the Fathers of the Church important? on 21 March.

FORMING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES
There is an invitation to take part in a study group based on the idea of Forming Intentional Disciples for six Tuesdays after Easter. We hope to start with an introductory evening on Tuesday 25 April in Saint Peter's Presbytery. The sessions begin at 7.00 pm with ten minutes of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and end at 9.00 pm after ten minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Each session, with the prayer time, is based on pre-reading two chapters of Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell, published in 2012, and sharing our thoughts on what is said. The programme is in use in the Diocese of Plymouth to whom we are grateful for advice. The books are yours to keep and there is a discounted charge of £12 for them. To register interest. please email ParishOffice@SaintPeterInChains.net or phone 464063 during office hours before 1 April to allow us to gauge interest and purchase the books.

50/50 CLUB
The January and February 50/50 Club draws will take place this week-end. We are waiting for twenty members who still need to renew their membership of £15 and some members need to inform us of their new address. All winners are notified by post so members should ensure we have their up-to-date address otherwise their cheque will be lost in the post. We have thirteen new members this year but have lost a few members. Prizes will remain the same as last year but if we lose members the prizes will have to be reduced. New members will increase the prize money so if you are thinking of becoming a member, now is a good time to join. For more information, contact the Club Promoter Mrs Myriame Sammons on 469006.

CHURCH MUSIC
We now have the assistance of John and Phil McKenzie leading the singing at the 10.30 Mass as well as Andrena Hughes. Others would be more than welcome. The Saint Peter's School choir assists on the first Sunday of each month. Some former members of the Saint Peter's choir who are now at Saint Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats are getting together to cover Mass once a month. Would anyone like to join them? They hope to sing on Sunday 19 March at the 10.30 am Mass. Feel free to join them.

FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH
This year, the feast of Saint Joseph will be elebrated on Monday 20 March. The Lenten Sunday takes precedence on 19 March.

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS - MARY'S MEALS FUNDRAISER
Ardrossan Winton Rovers are having a Saint Patrick's Night in the Supporters' Club at Winton Park on Saturday 18 March 2017 at 7.30 pm. It will feature a sing-song with George and Michael, a quiz, a bar and time for blethering. There is no admission charge but there will be an opportunity to donate to Mary's Meals.

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?

YOUNG CARERS' PROJECT
Please read the notice about the need for volunteers for a Young Carers' Project.

BINGO NIGHT
A fundraising Bingo Night will be held on Friday 24 March at 7.00 pm to raise funds for Aidan Hughes of our parish to once again assist the pilgrimage to Lourdes as a volunteer with Youth for Lourdes. Tickets include a cup of tea or coffee and you may Bring Your Own Bottle. Tickets cost £1 and are available from the Parish Office on 464063 or Aidan Hughes. Any donation of raffle prizes will be gratefully appreciated. There is a similar event for the same good cause in Saint Mary's Parish Hall, Saltcoats on Friday 10 March 2017 at 7.00 pm with eyes down 7.30 pm. Tickets can be obtained by phoning 466147 or paying at the door.

JUMBULANCE PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
There will be a Jumbulance Pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter 2017. A group will travel from our diocese to Lourdes on Thursday 27 April returning Saturday 6 May 2017. The travel is by medically-adapted coach and is particularly suited to those unable to fly for health reasons and/or those who wish to be in a smaller group. Places are available for sick pilgrims, helpers, nurses and carers. The group travels with a doctor, nurses and chaplain and can cater for almost all needs. Please phone Alison Neil on 07749 555955 or email her on amd.neil@outlook.com for more details.

SAINT JOHN'S KEEP FIT
There are Keep Fit classes every Monday from 2.00 to 3.00 pm in Saint John's Church Hall, Stevenston. New members are welcome.


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.