FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT IN YEAR 2
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
Mass at 10.30 am for the congregation
Shepherd's Mass at 5.30 pm
Mass of the Holy Night at 8.30 pm
The Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Mass at 11.00 am
Saint Stephen's Day
Holy Mass at 12.00 noon for Mrs Finnigan's
Feast of Saint John
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Mary and Esther Madden and James McDonald
Feast of the Holy Innocents
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for Arturo and Cosimo Farro, Julie Finnegan and
Requiem Mass at 10.00 am for John Welsh follow by his interment in Ardrossan
Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00 am for John Patrick Hendry and Mary Kinhart
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm for Theresa McGuire and Christmas Intentions
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.
MARY'S AND SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH SERVICES
Mass at 4.30 pm
Mass at 10.00 am
Mass at 10.00 am
Mass of the Holy Night at 8.30 pm
Mass at 11.30 am
Shepherd's Mass at 4.30 pm
Day Mass at 9.30 am
Day Mass at 11.00 am
at 11.00 am
Mass at 11.00 am
at 10.00 am
Mass at 11.00 am
Mass at 10.00 am
at 10.00 am
Mass at 4.30 pm
Mass at 10.00 am
Please remember in your prayers:
John Ireland, James Robertson, Mary Cane (Calvert Sister), Margaret Curran,
Agnes McDonald (East Kilbride), Janette Keegans (Stevenston) and Angus McMillan
who died recently;
Mereno Berti 2003, Sister Anne Delahunt 2011, Peggy McLaughlan 2006, Samuel
McMail 2016, Bessie Delahunt 2006, Tom McKay, Bessie O'Rourke 2005, George Scott
1973, Jessie Brown 1975, Tom Finn 1993, Anne-Marie Jenkins 2005, Sister Mary
McCann, Isobel O'Hare Rae 2004, Patrick Quinn 1969, Margaret Shanks 1966, Margaret
Clarkson 2003, Molly Cosgrove 1994, Jim Lindsay 2013, Catherine McEvoy 2009,
Arthur Robertson, Arturo Farro 1994, Catherine McCulloch 2012, Rose Murphy 2009,
Thomas O'Connell 1957, May Shanks 1990, Maria Tomelty 2014, Patrick Cahill 2010,
Kit Keen 2012, Mary Dorian Stirling 1999, Anna Ferrie 2014, John Hendry 2015,
May Kelly 2016, Alice Sibbald 2010 and Terence Witt 2010 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
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.
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
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
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £640.17 and the Maintenance
Fund collection to £241.93 - thanks.
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.
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.
Next weekend's readers are Julie Coldwell at 5.30 pm and Robert Cooper
at 10.30 am.
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30 pm
and Group 2 at 10.30 am.
Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at the Vigil Mass and John and
Phil McKenzie at 10.30 am.
The Children's Liturgy restarts on 7 January 2018.
will be no tea or coffee after this weekend's Sunday Mass.
PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Mother Mary, let me receive your Divine Child. Don't take as His manger the
cold and desolate stable - take my heart! My heart is prepared and decorated
just that little bit. My heart longs for your Child. Let my heart be His manger.
Mother Mary, let us all receive your Child this day. And we promise, that in
our hearts, He will be warm and secure. We promise you that we will love Him
and welcome Him just as you loved and welcomed Him! You kneel in adoration before
your Divine Son and I too kneel to adore that that same Child in my heart. You
gave Him all the emotions of your heart, you gave Him your love, you give Him
your willing-ness to sacrifice. I also want to give Him today all my love and
these same emotions. And I will gently pour all my suffering and all the pain
of my guilt into the heart of this little Child. Then in future I will never
be alone any more. It is not my strength, that carries me - It is Mary's Child
who carries me still! Father
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Agnes Tomelty. Her Funeral Rites will
be on Wednesday 27 December at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium at 12 noon. May
she rest in peace and rise in glory!
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of John Welsh. His Requiem Mass will
be on Friday 29 December at 10.00 am and will be followed by his interment at
Ardrossan Cemetery. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
BANNS OF MARRIAGE
We are delighted to announce the Banns for Marriage for Aileen Bannatyne and
Callum Fyfe who will be married at Glasgow University Chapel on Friday 29 December.
We wish them a love for a lifetime.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Duncan would like to thank everyone sincerely for the cards and special
gifts at Christmas. They have warmed the heart. Thank you for all your support
and friendship. It is most appreciated! A big thank you to all our helpers who
made the Church look so beautiful - cleaners, florists, sacristans, stable builders,
tree decorators, designers, tidy-upers, et cetera, et cetera. May God bless
your efforts and generosity! Thank you.
SAINT PETER'S PARISH CENTRE
Saint Peter's Parish Centre celebrates its twentieth anniversary on Saturday
23 December 2017. Since its completion on 23 December 1997, the Centre has been
used for many meetings and social functions, chtirtening, wedding and funeral
receptions, parish socials, dances and birthday parties.
YOU FROM MISSIO SCOTLAND
Missio Scotland would like to thank the parishioners
of Saint Peter's for the donation of £356.01 on Mission Sunday. Please
accept our thanks together with the gratitude of those who will benefit.
Joseph Mohr sat at the old organ. His fingers stretched over the keys, forming
the notes of a chord. He took a deep breath and pressed down - nothing. He lifted
his fingers and tried again. Silence echoed through the church. Father Joseph
shook his head. It was no use. The pipes were rusted and the bellows mildewed.
The organ had been wheezing and growing quieter for months, and Father Joseph
had been hoping it would hold together until the organ builder arrived to repair
it in the spring. But now, on 23 December 1818, the organ had finally given
out. Saint Nicholas' Church would have no music for Christmas. Father Joseph
sighed. Maybe a brisk walk would make him feel better. He pulled on his overcoat
and stepped out into the night. His white breath puffed out before him. Moonlight
sparkled off the snow-crusted trees and houses in the village of Oberndorf.
Father Joseph looked out over the Austrian Alps. Stars shone above in the still
and silent night. Silent night? Father Joseph stopped. Of course - Silent Night!
He had written a poem a few years before when he had first become a priest and
he had given it that very title - Silent Night. Father Joseph scrambled down
the mountain. Suddenly he knew how to bring music to the church. The next morning,
Father Joseph set out on another walk. This time he carried his poem. And this
time he knew exactly where he was going -- to see his friend Franz Gruber, the
organist for Saint Nicholas' who lived in the next village. Franz Gruber was
surprised to see the priest so far from home on Christmas Eve and even more
surprised when Father Joseph handed him the poem. That night Father Joseph and
Franz Gruber stood at the altar of Saint Nicholas' Church. Father Joseph held
his guitar. He could see members of the congregation giving each other puzzled
looks. They had never heard a guitar played in church before and certainly not
during Mass on Christmas Eve, the holiest night of the year. Father Joseph picked
out a few notes on the guitar and he and Franz Gruber began to sing. Their two
voices rang out, joined by the church choir on the chorus. Franz Gruber's melody
matched the simplicity and honesty of Father Joseph's words. When the last notes
faded into the night, the congregation remained still for a moment then began
to clap their hands. Applause filled the church. The villagers of Oberndorf
loved the song! Father Joseph's plan to bring music to Saint Nicholas' Church
had worked. A few months later, the organ builder arrived in Oberndorf and found
the words and music to Silent Night lying on the organ. The song enchanted him
and when he left, he took a copy of it with him. The organ builder gave the
song to two families of travelling singers who lived near his home. The travelling
singers performed Silent Night in concerts all over Europe and soon the song
spread throughout the world. Today, cathedral choirs and carollers from New
York to New Zealand sing the simple song that was first played in a mountain
church in Austria on Christmas Eve nearly two hundred years ago.
FOR A LAUGH … QUESTIONS THAT HAUNT ME...
Can you cry under water? How important does a person have to be before they
are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? Why does a round pizza
come in a square box? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that
we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put
wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies
wake up like every two hours? Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? Why
do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp which
no decent human being would eat? If corn oil is made from corn and vegetable
oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from? Why do we press harder
on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead? Why does someone
believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say
the paint is wet? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? Why does Superman stop bullets
with his chest but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? Why is it that no
matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white? Why do
people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner then
reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one
more chance? How come you never hear father-in-law jokes? The statistics on
sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of
mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's
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!
THREE WISE WOMEN?
What would have happened if it had been the Three Wise Women instead of the
Three Wise Men? They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped to
deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, brought practical gifts - and made a casserole!
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
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.
QUOTES FROM POPE FRANCIS ON ADVENT
I especially like his call to feel the beauty of hope. Hope can seem distant
… "out there" somewhere. But the call to feel it is a call to bring
it in close, and to warm yourself by that fire. Yea! That's what I want to do
this Advent - warm myself by the fire of hope! "Advent has a special charm
and it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history." "In Advent
we rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey … across the paths of time."
"The season of Advent restores … a hope which does not disappoint for it
is founded on God's Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the
Lord never disappoints! … Let us think about and feel this beauty." "Let
us allow ourselves to be guided by Mary this Advent, she who is mother, a mamma
and knows how to guide us. Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her during
this season of active waiting and watchfulness".
NINETIETH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Parishioner Jimmy Carson has a small photographic and video display of Ardrossan
and Saltcoats at Ardrossan Library's Committee Room. His family have set this
up to celebrate his ninetieth birthday in February and acknowledge over seventy
years of taking photographs and videos.
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 Children’s 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.
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
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.