BULLETIN                             22 APRIL 2018

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER IN YEAR 2



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 21 April  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Nadia Maltby (Nardini)
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Duncan Lyon

Sunday 22 April  

Fourth Sunday of Easter - World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 23 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Frank Coulter

Tuesday 24 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rose Twigg in thanksgiving

Wednesday 25 April  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Rita McDermid

Thursday 26 April  

Feast of Saint Mark
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Fisher

Friday 27 April  

Requiem Mass at 10.00am for Dominic Gribben

Saturday 28 April  

Our Lady's Day
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Theresa McGarvey's special intention
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for Elizabeth McGee

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 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am

Sunday 22 April  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 23 April  
Service at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 24 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Wednesday 25 April  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 26 April  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Friday 27 April  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service at 10.00am
Saturday 28 April  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

First Communion Mass at 11.00am


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 22 April  


12 noon

NO tea and Coffee after Holy Mass
Private Function

Monday 23 April  
9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 8.00pm
6.45 to 8.15pm
7.30pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Guides
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 24 April  
9.00 to 11.00am
3.45pm

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 25 April  
3.45pm

Irish Dancing

Thursday 26 April  
   
Friday 27 April  
9.30 to 11.30am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 28 April  
10.00am to 1.00pm Saint Peter's Primary School Spring Fayre

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Dominic Gribben who died recently;
Father Peter Dolan 2013, Margaret Grear 1994, Bridget McLellan 1995, John O'Rourke 1993, James Welsh 1997, Sarah Coulter 1972, Andrew Dougan 2008, Agnes McKay 1969, John Murphy, Thomas Nellany 2001, Mary Robertson 1988, Rose Twigg 2014, Charlotte Bell 2009, John Maher 2010, Agnes McCann 1970, Patrick Doherty 2005, Mark Hughes 2012, Kathleen McEvoy 2016, Canon Alex McGarry 2013, Father John Murphy 1978, Lilian Pattinson 2005, Jack Ferguson, Frank Robertson 1989, Joseph Clarke 2016, Patricia McVeigh 2013, Philomena O'Hare 2009, Jessie Stevens 2000, Joseph Stevens 1993, Angel Doyle 2006, Edward McNamara 1977 and Cecilia McNulty 2008 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 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 £709.54 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £255.62 - 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 reader at the 10.30am Mass is Emily Tarbet.

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


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

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Andrena Hughes and Jacqueline Waugh for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Frances Gemmell and Gayle Paterson for Primary 4.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
We welcome to the Family of the Church Kieren Docherty who will be baptised on Sunday at 12 noon. Congratulations to his parents and Godparents.

SUNDAY TEAS
Tea and coffee will be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sharon McLaughlin's team.


CATHEDRAL SUNG EVENING PRAYER
The Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung in Saint Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on Sunday 22 April at 6.00pm. You will be very welcome.

HOLY HOURS DURING THE EASTER SEASON IN SAINT MARY'S DEANERY
There will be Holy Hour services, arranged by the Spirituality Group, in the Churches of Saint Mary's Deanery throughout April and May. These provide an opportunity to listen and to contemplate what God is saying to us. All take place on Sundays at 3.00pm. The dates and places are:
    22 April -
Saint John’s Church, Stevenston
    29 April - Saint Winin's Church, Kilwinning
    6 May - Saint Mary's Church, Largs
    13 May - Saint Mary's Church, Irvine
On Pentecost Sunday, 20 May, people will be asked to meet at
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats and walk to Saint Peter's, Ardrossan for a Service. Details will follow. Please refer any queries on this to Agnes Burt on 01294 833048.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
A Mass has been arranged at Saint Mary's Church, Irvine on Thursday 26 April at 7.00pm. We would like to invite present and past members of
Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Saint Mary's Deanery. The Society would also like to thank all who donated to the recent collection of toiletries. Your generosity is always appreciated.

ROSARY AND EXPOSITION
Please remember that there is the prayer of the Rosary before each weekday Mass and exposition on Fridays.

THE SCENT OF GOD
A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Birmingham as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Jones. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of 10 March 1991, complications had forced Diana, only twenty-four weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Caesarean to deliver the couple's new daughter, Emily. At twelve inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs. "I don't think she is going to make it" he said, as kindly as he could. "There's only a 10% chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one." Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Emily would likely face is she survived. She would never walk. She would never talk. She would probably be blind. She would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation and on and on. Emily clung to life - a marvel her miniature body could endure. But, as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Emily's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw' the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort - so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Emily struggled alone beneath the ultra-violet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. There was never a moment when Emily suddenly grew stronger. But, as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. At last, when Emily turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later - though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero - Emily went home from the hospital, just as he mother had predicted. Five years later, Emily is a petite but feisty young girl with glittering grey eyes and an unquenchable zest for like. She shows no signs, whatsoever, of any mental or physical impairments. Simply, she is everything a little girl can be and more - but that happy ending is far from the end of her story. One afternoon, Emily was sitting in her mother's lap in the park where her brother's Dustin's football team was practicing. As always, Emily was chattering non-stop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, Emily asked "Do you smell that?" Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied "Yes, it smells like rain." Emily closed her eyes and again asked "Do you smell that?" Once again, her mother replied "Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It smells like rain." Still caught in the moment, Emily shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced "No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest." Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Emily then happily hopped down to play with some other children. Thinking back on her daughter's word's it confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Jones' family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Emily on His chest - and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

WHO IS A PRIEST?

To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures;
To be a member of each family, yet belonging to none;
To share all suffering; to penetrate all secrets;
To heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers;
To return from God to men to bring pardon and hope;
To have a heart of fire for Charity and a heart of bronze for Chastity;
To teach and to pardon, console and bless always.
My God, what a life - and it is yours, O priest of Jesus Christ.
                                                                        Lacordaire

JUST FOR A LAUGH…
During a visit to my doctor, I asked him "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?" "Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub." "Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup." "No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
There will be a meeting for the parents of the children making soon their First Holy Communion on Thursday 26 April at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre.

BE PART OF THE SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) 6K FAMILY FUN RUN
Millions of people walk for hours every day in search of food and water. Others flee across continents to get to safety. The steps you take can help share their journey. Whether you're old or young, running or walking, with SCIAF's 6k Family Fun Run, you can raise money and show solidarity with people in need around the world. Your entry fee will go towards our work helping people in poverty across twenty-seven countries. With plenty of music, stalls and games this will be a perfect summer's day out for the whole family. Whether you run, jog or take a stroll around the course. we hope to see you at the starting line on Saturday 2 June 2018 at Strathclyde Country Park. The fun starts at 10.00am and the run at 11.00am. The entry fee for adults is £10 and for children £5. You can sign up at www.sciaf.org.uk/sciaf-6k-fun-run or call Teresa on 0141 354 5555.

RENEWAL OF PROTECTING VULNERABLE GROUPS (PVG) FORMS
All volunteers who completed PVG forms in 2014 require to update their existing PVG Forms. The Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators will arrange to complete forms and to that end will send out invitations to those concerned. The dates are Thursday 26 April at 7.00pm and Sunday 6 May at 11.30am in the Parish Centre. The continued support of all volunteers is very much appreciated by the Parish and complies with the Diocesan Regulations and National Safeguarding. The Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators are Myriame Sammons and George Poole.

SAINT PETER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL SPRING FAYRE
Saint Peter's Primary School Spring Fayre will be held on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 10.00am to 12 noon in the Parish Centre. There will be a variety of stalls, face painting, home baking, nail painting and games. Admittance costs £1 per adult. This includes a cuppa and biscuit, free entry and a juice for kids. Please come along and support our school.

WEST COAST FURNITURE BANK
West Coast Furniture Bank is based in the former ICI Nylon Plant in Stevenston. It is a non-profit making, voluntary and independent group. Its objective is to help people going through a difficult time. It is looking for volunteers to help in various capacities. If you are interested or you would like more information, please phone 07480 144223.

CHURCH CLEANERS REQUIRED
We are looking for volunteers to help with the weekly cleaning of the Church. If you would like to help, please contact Myriame Sammons on 469006 or the Parish Office on 464063.

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 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.


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.