BULLETIN                      17 MARCH 2019

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 16 March  

Our Lady's Day for Lent
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Mary Gribben A
Second Sunday of Lent in Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for Michael (Mick) Reilly A

Sunday 17 March  

Second Sunday of Lent in Year 3
Sunday Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 18 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Kevin Doherty A
Funeral Service at 11.30am for Irene Breen

Tuesday 19 March  

Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Theresa Graham RD
Holy Mass at 5.00pm for Cardinal Keith O'Brien A

Wednesday 20 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Joe and Evelyn Moran SI

Thursday 21 March  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Hugh McVey RD

Friday 22 March  

Votive Mass of the Most Precious Blood of Christ
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Dougan A

Saturday 23 March  

Our Lady's Day for Lent
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Agnes McLaren A
Third Sunday of Lent in Year 3
Vigil Mass at 5.30am for William Sheehan MM

  

Abbreviations - A anniversary, MM month's mind, 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 16 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 17 March  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 18 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 19 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 20 March  
  Holy Mass at 9.00am and 7.00pm
Thursday 21 March  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Friday 22 March  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 23 March  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Sunday 17 March  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 18 March  

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

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 19 March  
9.00 to 11.00am
3.45pm
7.30pm

Cadriac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 20 March  
9.30 to 11.30am
3.45pm
1.00 to 3.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing
Knit and Natter

Thursday 21 March  

 

Friday 22 March  
9.30 to 11.30am
11.00am
Parents and Toddlers
Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 23 March  
12 noon to 4.00pm
12.30 to 3.30pm
Oasis Day for Readers
Private Meeting

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Theresa Graham née Cunningham, Ian Thomson, and Irene Breen who died recently;
Janie Aitken 1989, Michael Reilly 2013, Ian Trayner 2008, Keith Baldwin 2006, John Gurney 2004, James Mulhearn 1982, Thomas Rourke 2015, William Tait 1996, Kevin Doherty 1979, Alistair Malloy 2014, Peggy McArthur 1986, Andrew Murphy 1971, Kate Smith 1972, Sam Bannon 2006, Pietro Brogi 1948, Maureen Conway 1999, Denise Devlin 2015, Patrick McDonald, Maria Monaghan 2004, Mary Reid 2002, William Shanks 1952, William Shanks 1987, Susan Reid 2007, Veronica Stevenson 2016, John Pentleton 2014, Hugh Conway 1976, Sister Immanuel CP 2002, Terence McCarroll 1967, Patrick McDermott 1973, Agnes McLaren 1994 and May McParland 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 5.30pm 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.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Margaret Munn at 5.30pm and Patricia Milligan at 10.30am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Group 1 at 5.30pm and Group 3 at 10.30am.


MUSIC MINISTRY
Next weekend's musician is George McGrattan at 5.30pm.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh and Emma Paterson for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson-Kidd and Jacqueline Smith for Primary 4.

ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR CARDINAL O'BRIEN
Canon Matt and his colleagues will offer Mass on the first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Keith O'Brien on Tuesday 19 March at 5.00pm.

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR IRENE BREEN
The Funeral Service for Irene Breen will be on Monday 18 March 2019 at 11.30am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
First Saturday devotions will take place on the first Saturday of every month after the 10.00am Holy Mass. The devotions take about half an hour. All are welcome!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT
The Stations of the Cross are a fourteen-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The fourteen devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the 'pilgrim' moves from station to station. As last year, we will pray the Stations every Tuesday of Lent, starting on Tuesday 12 March before Mass at 9.30am.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Please remember that we have adoration after Mass every Friday followed by a simple Benediction at 10.45am and finishing with refreshments in the Snug after Benediction. It is a great resolution for Lent to spend some quality time with Christ in the miracle of the Eucharist.


THE BIG ROCKS
A while back, I was reading about an expert on subject of time management. One day, this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I'm sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you'll never forget it either. As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he smiled and asked the group once more "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not" one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question "Is this jar full?" "No!" the class shouted. Once again he said "Good!" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked "What is the point of this illustration?" One eager beaver raised his hand and said "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!" "No" the speaker replied "that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is - If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all." What are the 'big rocks' in your life? Time with your loved ones? Your faith and your God, your Church, your education, prayer? A cause? Remember to put these big rocks in first!

LENTEN PRAYER FOR TRANSFORMATION
Loving Father, I invite you into my life today and make myself available to you. Help me to become the best version of myself by seeking your will and becoming a living example of your love in the world. Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change in order for me to carry out the mission and experience the joy you have imagined for my life. Inspire me to live the Catholic faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging. Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish. Make our community hungry for best practices and continuous learning. Give me courage when I am afraid, hope when I am discouraged, and clarity in times of decision. Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church to become all you imagined it would be for the people of our times. Amen.


THANKS
Beryl Meechan and family would like to thank Father Duncan and friends for all the kind sympathy, Masses, Mass Cards and support at the very sad loss of Beryl's son, James Meechan. Holy Mass will be offered for everyone and for Sister Maria Ursula.

BURNS PASCOLI SUPPER
Thank you to all who attended and helped at the recent Burns Pascoli Supper. The proceeds from the evening of £972 have been sent to various charities.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION?
The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed certain apostles to have a privileged spiritual experience that was meant to strengthen their faith for the challenges they would later endure. But it was only a temporary event. It was not meant to be permanent. In the same way, at certain times in this life, God may give certain members of the faithful - not all of the faithful, all the time - special experiences of his grace that strengthen their faith. We should welcome these experiences for the graces they are, but we should not expect them to continue indefinitely, nor should we be afraid or resentful when they cease. They may have been meant only as momentary glimpses of the joy of heaven to sustain us as we face the challenges of this life, to help strengthen us on the road that will, ultimately, bring us into the infinite and endless joy of heaven.

OASIS DAY FOR PARISH READERS
A special day is planned for all our Parish Readers on Saturday 23 March 2019 from 12 noon until around 4.00pm. The Day for Eucharistic Ministers was a great success last year and we thought it would be good to have a Day for Readers. Please put the date firmly in your diary as your participation is really important. Leaflets are available in the Sacristy for Readers with all the Information. Thanks!


SAINT PETER'S LENTEN RETREAT
Our Lenten Retreat this year will focus on the call to holiness that Pope Francis renewed recently in his Exhortation 'Rejoice and be glad. We will look at five aspects to this call to holiness during the five Sundays of Lent this year. A booklet, costing £1, is available at the stall to accompany the Retreat.

AYRSHIRE CURIA OF THE LEGION OF MARY
The Acies Ceremony will be held on Sunday 24 March at 3.00pm in Saint Winin's Church, Kilwinning. Rosary Legion Prayers will be followed by our consecration to Our Lady and Benediction. Refreshments will be available in the Church hall after the ceremony. All active and auxiliary members and friends of Legion of Mary are welcome!

THE RIGHT SIDE TOUR - JUSTICE, TRUTH, HISTORY
Be on the right side! The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child is organising a tour of Scotland informing on and resisting the campaign for the extension and decriminalisation of abortion. The meeting is on Thursday 28 March at 7.00pm in Saint Winin's Hall, Kilwinning.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL AID FUND (SCIAF) LENTEN APPEAL 2019
If you didn't manage to get the Wee Box from SCIAF last weekend, they are still available at the back of the Church. Please make sure you get one and hand it in after Lent. This is a great way of fulfilling the call to almsgiving in this special season. Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world. Uganda gained independence from the United Kingdom on 9 October 1962. However, the legacy of war and a high rate of HIV and AIDS has left many orphans and a generation of young people without hope, trapped in extreme poverty. Please remember to pick up your Wee Box this weekend. Together, we can end poverty.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES
To comply with the recent changes to Data Protection Act, Saint Peter's has two new email addresses. If you are contacting the Parish Office, please use Ardrossan@GallowayDiocese.org.uk. If you wish to contact Father Duncan personally, then use Duncan.McVicar@GallowayDiocese.org.uk - thanks!

MUSIC FOR SUNDAY MASS
We are looking for parishioners who are able and willing to operate the recorded music on the Digital Piano in the choir loft in Church on Sunday mornings. You would go on a rota and be asked, more or less, every three weeks. Training will be given. We would really appreciate any help you could give. Senior pupils would also be welcome. Please speak to Father Duncan or get in touch with the Parish Office on 464063. Thank you!

OUR CLEANERS NEED SOME HELP
We are asking able-bodied parishioners - men and women - to help to keep God's House clean and tidy and to support our wonderful team of cleaners. If you can help in any way, please let us know. Thank you! Cleaning is usually on Tuesdays after Holy Mass.

BECOME A FERTILITY TEACHER - BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD® TEACHER TRAINING COURSE 2019
Would you like to become a teacher of the Billings Ovulation Method® of Natural Fertility Regulation? Are you a user or have been a user of the Billings Ovulation Method®? Are you an interested Health Professional? Fertility Care Scotland invites you to find out more about the method at a Teacher Training Course on 19 to 22 September 2019, at Schoenstatt Scotland, Kentenich Way, Campsie Glen, Glasgow, G66 7AT. For more details please contact, Fertility Care Scotland, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4JY on 0141 221 0858 or info@fertilitycare.org.uk.

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 £626.40 and the Maintenance Fund collection to £247.06 - thanks.

SUNDAY TEAS
Tea and coffee will
not be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre.

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 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.