BULLETIN                                              16 SEPTEMBER 2018

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IN YEAR 2



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 15 September  

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Mass at 10.00am for Frances Giblin A
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for a special intention

Sunday 16 September  

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for the congregation

Monday 17 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Hugh Donohue A, James Bell Orr A and Nancy Sheehan A

Tuesday 18 September  

Memorial of Saint Januarius
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Anne Gilmour RD

Wednesday 19 September  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Nigel Bennett RD

Thursday 20 September  

Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Tae-Gon and Companions
Holy Mass at 10.00am for John Collins A

Friday 21 September  

Feast of Saint Matthew
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Margaret Caddies RD and followed by Benediction finishing by 11.00am

Saturday 22 September  

Our Lady's Day
Mass at 10.00am for a missionary spirit in our parish
Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm for William McCann A

  

Abbreviations - A anniversary, RD recently deceased, SI special intention

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 15 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 16 September  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 17 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 18 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 19 September  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 20 September  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 21 September  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 22 September  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm

Holy Mass at 10.00am


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 16 September  

11.30am
1.00pm

No Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass
Private Function

Monday 17 September  

9.30 to 11.30am
5.30 to 6.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm
6.30 to 7.30pm
7.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Guides
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 18 September  
9.00 to 11.00am
3.45pm

Cadriac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 19 September  
9.30 to 11.30am
3.45pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing

Thursday 20 September  

 

 

Friday 21 September  
9.30 to 11.30am
11.00am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Terry Slaven (Canada) and Ann Gilmour (Saltcoats), Nigel Bennett (Irvine) and Margaret Caddies who died recently;
Mathew Folan 1994, Tom Howieson 2007, Walter Jones 1985, James Lawson 1992, Kathleen MulIin 2012, Hugh Donohoe 2008, George Hall 2007, Alison Lawson neé Giebler 2015, Frances McLaughlin 2008, Mary McLellan 2004, Victor and Charlotte Mitchell, Joshua O'Neill 2017, Jim Vernon 2014, Cornelius Burke 1988, Chris Glenn 2011, Eamon Lennon junior, Margaret Finnegan 2010, Patrick Joseph McKay 1989, Sister Pauline CP 1999, Father Alastair Tosh 2007, Brian Loy 2014, Patricia Trainer 2002, Greta Foran 2002, Emilio Forbes 2011, Mary McKernon 2007, Catherine McLaughlin 1998, Roseleen Casey 2010, Isa Donald 2016, David Dunbar 2005, James Forbes 2011, Bob Harriman 2014, Billy McCann 2017, Jimmy McLaughlin 2007, Rita Michelini 2002, Father Gerald Muir 2015, Helen Steele 2012 and James Tomelty 2011 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 5.30pm Vigil and 10.30am. 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.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
We welcome to the Family of the Church Jessica Sneddon and Isaac Kelly who will be baptised this Sunday. Congratulations to the parents and Godparents!

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Katrina Pollock at 5.30pm and Margaret Brawley at 10.30am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 2 at 10.30am.


MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musicians are George McGrattan at 5.30pm and Andrena Hughes at 10.30am

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helper is Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives. The Liturgy for Primary 4 resumes in October.


FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
Please bring along to Mass on Friday 14 September any crosses or crucifixes from your homes and place them on the altar and we will bless them during the Mass on the Feast Day.

MASS FOR THE SICK
There will be a special Mass for the Sick at
Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats next Sunday 16th September at 2.30pm.

TO EVERY PRIEST WHO IS GOOD, LOVING AND FATHERLY - THANK YOU!
This morning our parish priest choked and then made us all teary-eyed at Mass as he tried to make sense of the horrors that were exposed from years of neglect in the Catholic Church. He spoke of the beauty the first week of school and hearing all the children's voices and laughter back at the primary school. He smiled as he shared how hundreds of families had joined in the Eucharistic procession for the Solemnity of the Assumption and the witness that this event was for the entire community. These past weeks have been weeks of beauty and of horror. Across the country around this time, children everywhere are returning to their schools. This is a time to remember the innocence of children everywhere and the role that those in authority have. Never ever take that role lightly. Our priest shared how he was called to the school to console a child in the nursery who was distraught and wanted to leave. The little boy had just moved to this new school and was completely out of sorts. No one could console him but our very tall priest got all the way down to this little child's eye level and began to converse with him and talked him out of his tears. Finally, the priest called the one of the catechists to come in right then and there on his day off and teach the little child how to play football at school. It worked! How good is the beautiful trust of a child as a leader teaches him or her to not be afraid, to be a better and stronger person and to use the gifts that God has given them? There is nothing more precious to God than the innocent and childlike trust of His little ones. To them, the Kingdom of Heaven belongs. Good fathers, good priests, good teachers everywhere know this truth. Next to the tragedy of those who have been hurt by neglect in the Church is the tragedy of the good fathers everywhere who have to grapple with the evil in the world as they just try to be the good fathers that we all need so desperately. I have seen good fathers all over the world who fast on bread and water weekly for the couples whom they prepare for marriage, fathers who cry with a couple whose child is stillborn, fathers who take a homeless man out to dinner, fathers who hear confessions for hours without a break, fathers who journey to six different rural parishes at the age of ninety-two because there is no one else, fathers who work to heal a hurting community. Pray for these fathers! There are more heroes than villains in the priesthood. These good men will never make headlines. They need our prayers. Promise to pray for these good men who are needed now more than ever. To every good priest who is a living reflection of our Father in Heaven's love - thank you!

     


JUST FOR A LAUGH…
Here are some actual announcements taken from Church Newsletters:
    • Don't let worry kill you - let the Church help.
    • For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
    • Weight Watchers will meet a 7.00pm in the parish hall. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

I CANNOT PRAY
I cannot say OUR if my religion has no room for others and their needs. I cannot say FATHER if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life. I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things. I cannot say HALLOWED BE THY NAME if I, who am called by his name, am not holy. I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God. I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life. I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now. I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellow men. I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone. I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted. I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer. I cannot say AMEN unless I honestly say "Cost what it may, this is my prayer."

EIGHTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR PARISH
Saint Peter in Chains celebrates its eightieth anniversary on Tuesday 2 October with Holy Mass being celebrated at the time of the first Mass in 1938 - 12 noon. The following weekend, we will have a special anniversary Mass on Saturday and Sunday with refreshments after both Masses to commemorate our special day.


ARDROSSAN CHURCHES GROUP MEETING
The next Meeting of the Ardrossan Churches Group will be on Tuesday 18 September at 7.30pm in Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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.

EMERGENCY CALL-OUT FOR THE HOSPITALS
Father Duncan will be on the emergency call-out for the hospitals from Sunday 23 until 30 September. Please pray for anyone in hospital at this time.

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 £711.28 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £273.92 - thanks.
The second collection at Masses this weekend is for the Retired Priests' Fund. Thank you for your support and generosity!

POPE FRANCIS'S PRAYER INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER
Pope Francis's prayer intention for September is for Young People in Africa - that they may have access to education and work in their own countries.

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

MUSICAL EVENING
Would you like to spend an enjoyable evening in the Parish Centre? Then come along to our Musical Evening on Saturday 29 September at 7.00pm. This will be a Bring Your Own Bottle arrangement and we know you will have a lovely night in good company. All are very welcome and you will help our Parish Lourdes Group raise funds to take assisted pilgrims to Lourdes with the Diocese next July. The poster is in the porch. Tickets costing £5 are on sale now and can be purchased from any member of the Parish Lourdes Group or by phoning 469006 or the Parish Office on 464063.

IN AND AROUND THE CHURCH
The Baptismal Font has been a bit wobbly and was secured and repaired this week. Thanks to Gerry Coulter, we have three beautiful Arran photos on the wall in the foyer area of the Parish Centre. Repairs to the constant leaks in the back sacristy are still ongoing. Sincere thanks for all the hard work and generosity for our parish

SAINT TERESA'S CHURCH, DUMFRIES, DIAMOND JUBILEE MASS
The celebration of the sixtith anniversary of the foundation of the Saint Teresa's parish will take place at 11.30am Mass on Sunday 30 September followed by a reception in the parish hall to which all are invited.

IGNATIAN PRAYER GROUP
The second Ignatian Prayer Group will meet on Tuesday 11 September at 7.30pm in the Snug. You are welcome to come along!

HEAD TEACHER, MOUNT CARMEL PRIMARY SCHOOL, KILMARNOCK
Applications are invited for the full-time permanent post of Head Teacher of Mount Carmel Primary School, Kilmarnock. The closing date is 23 September. Full details can be seen at at www.MyJobScotland.gov.uk.

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.

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.