BULLETIN                                              22 OCTOBER 2017

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 1



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 21 October  

Memorial of Saint John Paul II
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for a special intention
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for David Farrell

Sunday 22 October  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 23 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Christine McAteer and Cecily Grant

Tuesday 24 October  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for Ann Breen

Wednesday 25 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00 am for John Fisher

Thursday 26 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Betty Dorby

Friday 27 October  

Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Sullivan

Saturday 28 October  

Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Bill Andrew
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Greta Brennan and Ann Breen

The Holy 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 21 October  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 22 October  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 23 October  
Service at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Tuesday 24 October  
Service at 10.00 am Mass at 10.00 am
Wednesday 25 October  
  Service at 10.00 am
Thursday 26 October  
Requiem Mass at 9.00 am for Millie Dickson Service at 10.00 am
Friday 27 October  
Mass at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Saturday 28 October  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Mass at 10.00 am

 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 22 October  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 23 October  
7.30 pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 24 October  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.45 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 25 October  
3.45 pm Irish Dancing
Thursday 26 October  
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Brownies
Guides

Friday 27 October  
9.30 to 11.30 am

Parents and Toddlers

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Millie Dickson (Saltcoats) who died recently;
Andrew Conaghan 2002, John Higgins 2001, Hugh McGoogan 2009, Mary Jane McKay 1952, Patrick McNamee 1918, Patrick O'Hare 2001, Tom Adamson 2006, John and Isabella Connor, Mary Ferguson 2015, Cecily Grant 1980, Christine McAteer 1988, Annie McConnachie 2016, Dougald McMurchie, Ellis Nesbit, Monica Ann Taylor née Reilly 2015, Peggy McKay 1992, Kathleen Robinson 2012, Terence Burns 1997, Henry Fitzsimmons 1959, Helen Grober 2008, Morvia Logue 2014, Tommy Mulhern 1996, William Paterson 1963, Alice Procter 1995, Samuel Cambridge 1979, Mary Fleming 2012, Celia Hilferty 2001, Margaret Newell 2005, Douglas Mayberry 2005, James Delahunt 1976, Cecilia Hilferty 2001, James McDermid 2003 and John O'Neill 2012 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 Father Duncan
, 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 Holy Mass times in other local parishes can be seen here.

SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
The Sacrament of Forgiveness is celebrated on Saturdays between 4.45 and 5.15 pm and at other times on request.

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 £557.73 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £269.21 - 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 Harry Sammons 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.


MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians are the choir at 5.30 pm and John and Phil McKenzie at 10.30 am.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives, Andrena Hughes and Emma Paterson 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 Sharon McLaughlin's team. We are looking for some new volunteers to go on the rota for refreshments after Mass on Sundays. If you can, please stay a while after Mass and have a chat and share some community spirit. Please consider becoming a volunteer and doing a great service to the Parish Family. Thanks!

REQUIEM MASS
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ann (Martha) Breen, aged 77 years, who died recently. The date for Ann's Requiem Mass is Tuesday 24 October at 10.00 am, followed by burial at Ardrossan Cemetery. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

POPE FRANCIS PROCLAIMS THIRTY-FIVE NEW SAINTS
The Church has been given thirty-five new saints, proclaimed during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square, Rome. Thirty of the saints proclaimed on Sunday are martyrs, including priests and lay people, who suffered anti-Catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of Dutch Calvinists in Brazil. Three more were children in sisteenth century Mexico who were martyred for embracing the Catholic faith and refusing to return to their ancient conditions. The remaining two saints were a priest in Spain in the last century and an Italian priest who died in 1739. Francis, who became pontiff in 2013, has repeatedly paid tribute to Christians suffering or dying for their faith in current times, especially in the Middle East.

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?
On Sunday 29 October, next Sunday, an event takes place in
Saint Johnís Church, Stevenston to coincide with One World Week and all Church members are invited. It starts at 3.00 pm and will be finished by 3.45 pm with Fair Trade tea and coffee served afterwards in the Church Hall. The event is being organised by the Outreach to the Poor Group which is made up of representatives from Catholic Churches across North Ayrshire. Speakers will be Dr Philippa Whitford on her work as a surgeon in Palestine. It is hoped that some of Syrian Refugee families recently settled in the three towns will also take part. Everyone is welcome and please bring a tin for the Food Bank.

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP ON LITURGICAL MUSIC
The National Liturgy Commission has invited Benjamin Saunders, Director of Music for the Diocese of Leeds, to speak to Church musicians and singers on Saturday 11 November 2017. The conference will take place at Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, Drip Road, Stirling, beginning at 2.00 pm. After a presentation on music in the Diocese of Leeds, a singing workshop will prepare music for the Mass of thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time and a sung Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 5.00 pm.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) REMEMBRANCE MASS
The SCIAF Remembrance Mass will be on Tuesday 21 November 2017. There will be a candlelight procession at 6.45 pm at Carfin Grotto. There will be Mass at 7.00 pm at Saint Francis Xavier's Church, Taylor Avenue, Carfin, ML1 5AJ.

YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO ROME
Father Stephen McGrattan will lead a pilgrimage to Rome for young people from 4 to 9 June 2018. The cost of £650 includes flights, half-board accommodation and excursions. For more information or to book contact Father Stephen before 31 October on info@StephenMcGrattan.org.uk.

CONFESSION - GIFT OF GRACE
Why don't you come and meet the Lord Jesus by confessing your sins and receive the Lord's forgiveness and peace? Confessions at Saint Peter's are on Saturdays from 4.45pm until 5.15 pm. Leaflets are available in the sacristy for adults and children to help prepare and get the most out of this special sacrament. Let us open our hearts to the love and mercy Christ so generously gives. Confession is a gift of grace. It's up to you! He is waiting Ö

AS YOU GOT UP THIS MORNING
As you got up this morning, I watched you and hoped you would talk to me even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday. But I noticed you were too busy trying to find the right outfit to wear. When you ran around the house getting ready, I knew there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait fifteen minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip instead. I watched patiently all day long. With all your activities, I guess you were too busy to say anything to me. I noticed that before lunch you looked around, maybe you felt embarrassed to talk to me and that is why you didn't bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate but you didn't. That's okay. There is still more time left and I hope that you will talk to me yet. You went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done, you turned on the TV. I don't know if you like TV or not - just about anything goes there and you spend a lot of time each day in front of it not thinking about anything, just enjoying the show. I waited patiently again as you watched the TV and ate your meal but again you didn't talk to me. At bedtime, I guess you felt too tired. After you said goodnight to your family, you plopped into bed and fell asleep in no time. That's okay because you may not realise that I am always there for you. I've got patience, more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient with others as well. I love you so much that I wait every day for a nod, prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one-sided conversation. Well, you are getting up once again. And once again I will wait, with nothing but love for you. Hoping that today you will give me some time. Look after yourself! Your father and friend, GOD.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The lotus plant grows in muddy water. From the muddy water, a beautiful flower grows! We have been planted these days into the 'muddy water' of the people who suffer. We share their sufferings. They are ours. We have been wounded by all kinds of violence. From these wounds in our hearts a beautiful flower of peace and compassion grows in all of us.            Father Bernard Arputhasamy SJ

MARRIAGE MATTERS
We all need each other
The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus. He told them to give to Caesar what belongs to him 'and to God what belongs to God'. The world tells us to look after ourselves and not to need others. As married couples, we know that we are made by God for one another, not needy but needing to give of ourselves entirely.            Isa 45:1, 4-6, Thess 1: 1-5, Matt 22:15-21

AND FINALLY, SOME HUMOUR ...
A little boy was overheard praying "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am!"
A saying - People want the front of the bus; the back of the Church and be the centre of attention.

POPE FRANCIS'S MONTHLY INTENTION FOR OCTOBER
Pope Francis's monthly intention for October is for the workers and for the unemployed - that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
A big 'thank you' to George McGrattan for the clear-out of the electrical cupboard in the Church sacristy last week. It has made a huge difference! Thanks for the hard work! Also, another big 'thank you' to George Poole for the clear-out in the altar servers' sacristy. Now we have a lot more space! And another big 'thank you' to John and Helen Walsh for hanging stuff up and taking stuff down. Have a look at the Saint Anne Banner in the Church porch. Thanks!





WEBSITE UPDATES
Please have a look at our parish website for a few new pastoral resources - a Baptism Preparation Pack for parents coming for Baptism, a Marriage Preparation Pack for engaged couples, a leaflet on the ten top reasons why we should want to go to Mass on Sunday, an explanation sheet on how to pray the Rosary and the dates and times for the Sacramental programme of the children 2017-18. Please have a look at the new resources and make others aware of them.

INFORMATION SHEET
A small information sheet with useful contact telephone numbers and email addresses for the Parish is available in Church.

NOVEMBER LISTS AND ENVELOPES
Please take with you the leaflet for the November Lists so that we can pray for our deceased family and friends during the month of November. Please place your list in an envelope and bring it to Church next Sunday. If you can, please include a donation for the Masses in the envelope. The Lists will be brought forward at the Offertory and placed on the altar during the month of November. Thank you!
Lord, welcome into your kingdom our departed relatives and friends.

THANK YOU
The family of the late Bert Gilmour wish to thank
Father McVicar and all those involved in Bert's Requiem Mass and thank everyone for their support cards, flowers, thoughts and prayers.

KNITTING PLEA FOR HELP FROM THE GIRL GUIDES
We are ambitiously aiming to teach the girls to knit on Thursday 9 November between 7.30 and 9.00 pm so that we can make hats and blankets for various charities. We would very much appreciate your help. Our goal is to teach the girls to cast on, plain knit stitch, garter stitch and cast off. If you think you could help to teach one of our girls how to do this, please contact Coral on 07950 231241? Also, if you have any spare balls of chunky or thick wool or any old needles, size 6 plus that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to the box at the back of the Church and we will collect. Thank you.

MAKE A WILL FORTNIGHT
Make A Will fortnight runs between 16 and 31 October 2017 when solicitors from across Ayrshire, including Taylor and Henderson on 464341 and Jas Campbell and Co on 464131, kindly agree to waive their fee and make your Will in return for a donation to the hospice.

VISITORS
Are you visiting us for Holy Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Holy 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 Holy Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both of our weekend Holy 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.