BULLETIN                17 DECEMBER 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT IN YEAR 2


CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 16 December  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Stephen Neill (Glasgow)
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for the special intention of Ian MacKay

Sunday 17 December  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation

Monday 18 December  

Holy Mass at 10.00 pm for Danielia Zalvrnardo and special intentions

Tuesday 19 December  

Holy Mass at 10.00 pm for David Bonner, Alex Fitzpatrick and special intentions

Wednesday 20 December  

Requiem Mass at 10.30 am for Alexander Bartley

Thursday 21 December  

Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Patricia Paterson and Ann Johnston

Friday 22 December  

Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Mary Toland and Andrew McAteer

Saturday 23 December  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Theresa and Lawrence Tumilty
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Agnes and William Huston, special intentions and Christmas intentions

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 16 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday 17 December  
Sunday Mass at 10.00 am

Sunday Mass at 11.30 am

Monday 18 December  
Service at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Tuesday 19 December  
Mass at 10.00 am Service at 10.00 am
Wednesday 20 December  
  Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Thursday 21 December  
Service at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Friday 22 December  
Holy Mass at 10.00 am Holy Mass at 10.00 am
Saturday 23 December  
Vigil Mass at 4.30 pm

Holy Mass at 10.00 am

 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 17 December  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 18 December  
 

 

Tuesday 19 December  
9.00 to 11.00 am
3.45 pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 20 December  
3.45 pm Irish Dancing

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Alexander Bartley (Ardrossan), Agnes Tomelty (Ardrossan), John Welsh (Ardrossan), Alistair Pettigrew, Mary Kinhart (Couper), Margaret Jenkins (Port Glasgow), Rita Foster (Canada), James McDonald - Donny (Irvine), Ann Johnstone, Danielia Zalvrnardo (Vancouver) and Mary Madden who died recently;
Chris Casey 2006, Susan Jones 1996, James Kernahan 1998, Frances Kilbane 1978, Roseanne Kirkwood 1991, Esther Madden 1981, Mark Shanks 2008, Mary Catherine Wishart 2002, Margaret Bennie, Annie Boyle, Kitty Boyle 2007, John Campbell 1997, John Dolan 2007, Sheila Douglas 2014, Annie Farmer 1984, Pat Haggarty 2015, Rose Leonard, William Martin 1974, Jean McCluskey 2015, George Poole 1991, Maureen Adamson 2014, Bobby Edwards 2014, Manus Gallagher junior 2016, Alice Grogan 2003, Father Peter Sweeney 2001, May Wilson 2006, Theresa McGuire 1989, Gwen Body 1966, Janet Chapman 2004, Charles Fisher 2014, Jane Gallagher 2011, Sister Hilda CP 2000, Edward Keogh 2007, John McCourt 2010, Josephine McGeachy 2003, Ellen Barrett 1984, Ted Boyle 1975, Tom Braniff 2003, Gerry Coogans 2015, Doris Coulter 2012, Jenny McAree 2003, Andrew McAteer 1983, David Mills 2014, Jean Orr 2008, Peggy Hamilton, Patrick McLaughlin 1998, Father George Thompson 2016 and Theresa Tumilty 2016 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 £548.60 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £213.60 - 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 Margaret Munn at 5.30 pm and Patricia Milligan at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm and Group 4 at 10.30 am.


MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians at the Vigil Mass are the choir.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy
restarts on 7 January 2018.

SUNDAY TEAS
There will be no tea or coffee after this weekend's Sunday Mass.

REQUIEM MASS
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alexander Bartley, who died recently aged 95 years. His Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday 20 December at 10.30 am and will be followed by interment at Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

BLESSED ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SEASON!
I just love this season, for it is a time of joy, giving, and family! Today we begin the beautiful custom of the 'O Antiphons' from 17 December until Christmas Eve. Every day Christ receives another 'title' in Latin - King, Key, Wisdom et cetera. The Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one - Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia - the Latin words 'ero cras' are formed, meaning, 'Tomorrow, I will come.' Therefore, the Lord Jesus, whose coming we have prepared for in Advent and whom we have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us, 'Tomorrow, I will come.'

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Advent and Christmas is a time of great joy. One of the secrets of joy is realising just how much we are indeed loved by the God of the Universe. This is what is to give us joy this season and all days - we are loved! So, getting into the Christmas Spirit is not just about going out and buying lots of presents. It is about receiving the greatest present - God's love! After we have received the gift of God's love, this gift is one that cannot be kept - we need to give it away! The more we give the gift of God's love, the more we receive it. The presents we buy are to be symbols of God's love and ours. So, when you are buying gifts this season, always keep in mind that these gifts are symbols. Symbols of love! So please, do not get lost in the buying - get lost in the loving! This season is also about family. Father Stan Fortuna, a priest of the Friars of the Renewal, says the word family means F-A-M-I-L-Y - Forget-About-Me-I-Love-You! Let us really try to live this during this special season. This is not just your family at home but everyone in your everyday life! We belong to each other and we need to support and love one another and invite others to become part of our family! Only five days left until the Birthday of the Saviour!

THOUGHTS FOR ADVENT
Perhaps we never realised that we would live in a time when what should be the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world would become so commercialised that the only acceptable practice of Christmas is one that has effectively returned it to its pagan pretensions, complete with self-absorption, consumerism, materialism and actual loneliness. What is the best way for us Catholics to turn back this tide and bring joy and reverence back to what could be envisioned as the 'holy day' season? To help others 'find the perfect gift'by taking Advent more seriously ourselves. To celebrate Advent is to say that we have hope to bring. As we await the birth of the Christ-Child, the Incarnation of God himself, we can only likewise hope that the example that we share is one that inspires the world to slow down, look around, and realise that it is in Christ's entry into the world that we encounter enduring peace - 'Peace I leave with you - my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. John 14:27.                 taken from Justin McClain

THANK YOU
To all parishioners, a very special thank you for your generosity in responding to sale of calendars recently in your parish. The amount raised from the calendar sales was an amazing £282, a very generous response. Thank you on behalf of all the Comboni Sisters.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIME CARDS
The Christmas Mass time Cards will be available today after Mass. Please take one along for neighbours or friends and invite them home for Christmas. Service times are given below.
 
Saint Peter's Church, Ardrossan
  Christmas Eve
   Sunday 24 December
      5.30 pm - Shepherds' Mass
      8.30 pm - Mass of the Holy Night
Christmas Eve
   Sunday 24 December
      4.30 pm - Shepherds' Mass

Christmas Eve
   Sunday 24 December
      6.30 pm - Mass of the Holy Night

  Christmas Day
   Monday 25 December
      11.00 am - Mass of the Nativity
Christmas Day
   Monday 25 December
      11.00 am - Mass of the Nativity
Christmas Day
   Monday 25 December
      9.30 am - Mass of the Nativity
  Feast of Saint Stephen, martyr
   Tuesday 26 December
      12 noon - Holy Mass
   
  New Year's Day
   Monday 1 January 2018
      12 noon - Holy Mass
New Year's Day
   Monday 1 January 2018
      11.00 am - Holy Mass
New Year's Day
   Monday 1 January 2018
      11.00 am - Holy Mass

A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT
It is the day before Christmas, nineteen forty-nine. A young father had just discovered that his five-year-old daughter had wasted an entire roll of rather expensive gold wrapping paper. His daughter had crudely wrapped the paper around a small cardboard box that she had placed behind the family's modest little Christmas tree. Money was very tight at the time and that made the matter seem even worse. The father called the little girl into the room and began to scold her for having wasted the paper on the box. The little girl entered the room and began slowly approaching her father who was standing there holding the small crudely wrapped box. Her father began his verbal reprimand as he watched his daughter run to him. As the father continued with his scolding the little girl quickly approached and placed her tiny hands on the box her father was holding. Then the little girl tenderly said"This is for you, daddy!" The father's anger was quickly defused and the matter was dropped as the box was placed back beneath the Christmas tree. However, on Christmas Day the father's anger flared again when he opened the box and found it was empty. He again spoke to his daughter in a harsh manner saying "Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?" The little girl had tears in her eyes as she looked upwards at her father. Then the little girl said"Oh, daddy, it's not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full." The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his little girl and he begged his daughter's forgiveness for his outburst of anger and for his thoughtlessness. The father always kept that little box beside his bed afterwards. When times were hard or difficult, he would often remember the box full of kisses and could recognise a feeling of deep comfort and love. Often he would look at that small crudely wrapped golden box and again hear the same precious words that his daughter had spoken to him on that Christmas day. "This is for you, daddy!" Indeed, this was a very special Christmas gift. Very soon, each one of us will receive a special Christmas Gift - the Saviour of the world!

PLACES TO BE OR NOT TO BE ...
I have been in many places but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognises you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport - you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I would like to go to Conclusions but you have to jump and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible but only when it was very important to stand firm. Sometimes I'm in Capable and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age, I need all the stimuli I can get! And sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not!

NEW PARISH PRIEST WARRANTY Ö
A priest once wrote in his Bulletin last year:
Manufacturer's Notice - It has come to our attention that the priest you received was shipped with a slight defect - he is not psychic. This defect necessitates certain special procedures to ensure optimum performance of your unit.

1
It is necessary to inform him of any members who are hospitalised.
2
It is necessary to inform him of any members who should be added to the 'housebound' list.
3
If someone you know is sick or otherwise in need of the priest's prayers, or if you know of someone who should be included in the prayers at Sunday Mass, the priest must be told or he won't know.
4
If you are in need of a pastoral visit or some other service from the priest, you will get best results if you ask him.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause. If these special procedures create an undue burden, please feel free to send the unit back, and one with full psychic abilities will be shipped as soon as one becomes available.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
Christmas around the World will be celebrated on Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 11.00 am in Saint Peter's Church and will be led by Saint Peter's Primary School. All are welcome!

INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY OF LITURGY AND ITS DEVELOPMENT
Mr George Gallagher will give two Advent Evenings in
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats on Monday 11 and Monday 18 December at 7.00 pm. Everyone is very welcome.

CHURCHES' HOMELESSNESS ACTION NORTH AYRSHIRE
Thank you very much for the fantastic response to the appeal for Christmas toys and gifts for needy children. Your generosity and thoughtfulness has been overwhelming. North Ayrshire Council Homeless Housing team also pass on their thanks.

MASS AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Young people aged between fourteen and twenty-five are invited meet old friends and make new ones at a Mass and Christmas lunch at Saint Joseph's Church, Hill Street, Kilmarnock on Friday 29 December. Please arrive at church for 12.15 pm for Mass followed by lunch and time together. To make sure we make enough food for everyone, please confirm you will be there at Galloway Catholic Youth on Facebook or by emailing info@stephenmcgrattan.org.uk.

SAINT PETER'S BURNS SUPPER
The 2018 Burns Supper will take place in the Parish Centre on Saturday 3 February 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 Drew Cochrane, for forty years the Editor of the Largs and Millport Weekly News. Former parishioner, Martin Cosgrove, will propose the Toast to the Lassies and our parishioner, Julie Coldwell, will reply. Other participants are Father Duncan, Bill Andrew, 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.

POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER FOR DECEMBER - FOR THE ELDERLY
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

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.