BULLETIN                              5 MAY 2019

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
Saturday 4 May  

Our Lady's Day for Easter
Holy Mass at 10.00am for a personal special intention
Third Sunday of Easter
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for William Dorrian A

Sunday 5 May  

Third Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 6 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sadie Cunningham RD and Patrick McGuire A

Tuesday 7 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Agnes Madine RD

Wednesday 8 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Thomas Clarke RD and in thanksgiving for a new start

Thursday 9 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Liz Hughes RD

Friday 10 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Patricia Brady MM

Saturday 11 May  

Our Lady's Day for Easter
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Irene Watson RD
Fourth Sunday of Easter - World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for for all persecuted Christians

  

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 4 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 5 May  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 6 May  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 7 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 8 May  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 9 May  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 10 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 11 May  
First Communicants' Mass at 12 noon
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Saturday 4 May  
11.30am Private Function
Sunday 5 May  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 6 May  

7.00pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 7 May  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm

Cadriac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing

Wednesday 8 May  

9.30 to 11.30am
1.00 to 3.00pm
5.00 to 8.00pm

Parents and Toddlers
Knit and Knatter
Irish Dancing

Thursday 9 May  
   
Friday 10 May  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction
Saturday 11 May  
11.00am Private Function

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Sadie Cunningham, Agnes Madine, Thomas Clarke, Liz Hughes, Irene Watson (Cumbernauld) and Wendy McGowan who died recently;
Mary Barclay 2009, Kathleen Findlay 1996, William Hilferty 1943, Harry Hissey 1976, Robert Hunter 1956, John, Irene and Patrick McKelvey, James McEvoy 1964, Helen McGee, Patrick McGuire, Robbie McKechan 2014, Patricia McPadden 2004, Robert Stewart 2002, Jean Agostini 1978, Josephine Brady 1953, Josephine Cunningham 2000, Margaret Long 1999, Margaret O'Neill 2009, Margaret Stevens 2007, Williamina (Wilshie) Boyle 2014, Annie Hilferty 1959, Simon Smyth 2001, Mary Kelly 2013, John McCracken 1949, Thomas McDermott 2017, Joe Moran 2008, Elizabeth Hendry 1987, Frank Nils Matthews 2003, Josephine Mulligan 2008 and Angela Murray 1991 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.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION NEXT SUNDAY
Our parish has eighteen children who will be receiving Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers as we wish them a day of great joy and grace.

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 Julie Coldwell at 5.30pm and the First Communion Children 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 the Choir at 5.30pm and Saint Peter's Primary School Choir at 10.30am.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Jacqueline Waugh for the pre-fives, Linda Martin for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Andrena Hughes and Frances Gemmell for Primary 4.

CROWNING OF OUR BLESSED LADY
On the first Sunday of May, we crown the Mother of God and ask her, in a special way, to intercede for all our families and loved ones, especially anyone who is sick, in hospital or has a heavy cross to bear at this time. We welcome Luigi Corvi to our Mass this Sunday. He will sing Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus.

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Our sincere congratulations go to Jennifer Hamilton and Michael Diamond who will be married this coming Saturday at 1.00pm. We wish them a love for a lifetime.


A TABLE FOR TWO
He sits by himself at a table for two. The uniformed waiter returns to his side and asks, "Would you like to go ahead and order, sir?" The man has, after all, been waiting since seven o'clock - almost half an hour. "No, thank you," the man smiles. "I'll wait for her a while longer. How about some more coffee?" "Certainly, sir." The man sits, his clear blue eyes gazing straight through the flowered centrepiece. He fingers his napkin, allowing the sounds of light chatter, tinkling silverware and mellow music to fill his mind. He is dressed in sport coat and tie. His dark brown hair is neatly combed but one stray lock insists on dropping to his forehead. He is dressed up enough to make a companion feel important, respected, loved. Yet he is not so formal as to make one uncomfortable. It seems that he has taken every precaution to make others feel at ease with him. Still, he sits alone. The waiter returns to fill the man's coffee cup. "Is there anything else I can get for you, sir?" "No, thank you." The waiter remains standing at the table. Something tugs at his curiosity. "I don't mean to pry, but ..." His voice trails off. This line of conversation could jeopardise his tip. "Go ahead" the man encourages. His is strong, yet sensitive, inviting conversation. "Why do you bother waiting for her?" the waiter finally blurts out. This man has been at the restaurant other evenings, always patiently alone. Says the man quietly, "Because she needs me." "Are you sure?" "Yes." "Well, sir, no offence, but assuming that she needs you, she sure isn't acting much like it. She's stood you up three times just this week." The man winces, and looks down at the table. "Yes, I know." "Then why do you still come here and wait?" "Cassie said that she would be here." "She's said that before," the waiter protests. "I wouldn't put up with it. Why do you?" Now the man looks up, smiles at the waiter, and says simply, "Because I love her." The clock says nine-thirty when the waiter returns to the man's table. "Is there anything I can get for you?" The still empty chair stabs at the man. "No, I think that will be all for tonight. May I pay please?" "Yes, sir." When the waiter leaves, the man picks up the money. He pulls out his wallet and sighs. He has enough money to have given Cassie a feast. But he takes out only enough to pay for his five cups of coffee and the tip. Why do you do this, Cassie, his mind cries as he gets up from the table. He stops at the front and makes reservations for tomorrow. Maybe Cassie will be able to make it, he thinks. "Seven o'clock tomorrow for party of two?" the hostess confirms. "That's right" the man replies. "Do you think she'll come?" asks the hostess. She doesn't mean to be rude, but she has watched the man many times alone at his table for two. "Someday, yes. And I will be waiting for her." The man buttons his overcoat and walks out of the restaurant, alone. His shoulders are hunched, but through the windows the hostess can only guess whether they are hunched against the wind or against the man's hurt. As the man turns toward home, Cassie turns into bed. She is tired after an evening out with friends. As she reaches toward her night stand to set the alarm, she sees the note that she scribbled to herself last night. '7.00' it says. 'Spend some time in prayer.' Oh no, she thinks. She forgot again. She feels a twinge of guilt, but quickly pushes it aside. She needed that time with her friends. And now she needs her sleep. She can pray tomorrow night. Jesus will forgive her. And she's sure he doesn't mind.

JUST FOR A LAUGH
At what time of day was Adam created? - a little before Eve.
Why are atoms Catholic? - because they have mass.
Why didn't they play cards on the Ark? - because Noah was always standing on the deck.
Why didn't Noah ever go fishing? - he only had two worms.
Did Eve ever have a date with Adam? - No, just an apple.
Who was the best female finance lady in the Bible? - Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
Why couldn't Jonah trust the ocean? - he just knew there was something fishy about it.
How do groups of angels greet each other? - halo, halo, halo!
What did Adam say the day before Christmas? - it's Christmas, Eve!
How do you make Holy Water? - take some regular water and boil the devil out of it.
How long did Cain hate his brother? - as long as he was Abel.
What's the best way to study the Bible? - You Luke into it.

SOME EASTER THOUGHTS
We all realise that Lent, the season of penance we just completed, takes forty days. Our children who give up sweets wonder why it takes so long! It's meant to be lengthy since penance takes a while. Well, now the joy of Easter takes over and that goes for fifty days! Celebration is as important as preparation! The Easter season is as important as Lent! So, the purple is gone, the ashes are gone, the Alleluia is back, as are the songs of rejoicing. The Gloria returns to Mass and in the Gospel Jesus speaks of life eternal, not dying. We're doused with Easter baptismal water at Mass. We rejoice with all our new Catholics in Scotland, more than 250 this year, who came into the Church. Alleluia! What hope they give us, enthusiastically and freely entering the Church with all her challenges and pain. Our children will receive our Lord in first Holy Communion this May. Couples will come together in marriage. Our young people graduate filled with gratitude and hope. The lives of the faithful are celebrated in the Requiem Mass. The new life of Jesus, risen from the dead, resounds in His Church! As nature explodes into the new life of spring, the supernatural, the life of grace in our souls, and in our Church, radiates throughout the faithful. Let the bells ring, the choirs sing, because the sacraments are in abundance. A world fatigued and discouraged by violence, fires, crime, a bitter political climate, a cheapening of life, takes a deep breath, and whispers an act of faith that good, not bad; love, not indifference; light, not darkness; hope, not despair; life, not death, has the last word. To celebrate that takes fifty days from Easter to Pentecost! It really takes a lifetime - come to think about it, an eternal lifetime! A blessed Easter still to one and all!

GROW IN DEVOTION TO MARY THIS MAY
In this month of May, the Family of the Church honours Mary as the Queen of Heaven. She is the Mother that Jesus gave to us on the cross. But how often do you talk to her like she's your mother? How often do you remember the great power given to her by her Son? The Church dedicates this month to our Blessed Mother, the sweet and merciful woman who agreed to become the Mother to the Son of God while still a teenager. What better time is there than this to develop your relationship with her? This May, pray more to Our Lady. Learn more about her, consecrate yourself to Jesus through her, pray the Rosary, teach your children or grandchildren about her.

COACH TO SCHOENSTATT SHRINE FOR MAY DAY
Last year, we organised a coach from Saint Peter's to attend the May Day Mass at the Schoenstatt Shrine. This year it will be on Sunday 19 May, leaving Saint Peter's at 1.00pm and returning at 6.30pm. Please add your name to the list at the back of the Church. Thank you.

THANKS FOR TOILETRIES
The
Saint Vincent de Paul Society of the Church of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Largs would like to thank all the parishioners of Saint Peter in Chains, Ardrossan for their magnificent donation of toiletries for the Ozanam Centre. It was very much appreciated by those who use the Centre.             Karen Govaerts, Parish Secretary

CHURCHES' HOMELESS ACTION NORTH AYRSHIRE (CHANA)
The need for help for homeless people continues with over seventy people presenting as homeless each month in North Ayrshire. To give practical help, local churches have undertaken to provide specific cleaning materials and toiletries. Saint Peter's has been allocated shower gel and all-purpose cleaner. Please put any donations in the CHANA basket in the foyer of the church. Thank you for your ongoing generosity. For further information on the work of CHANA, please call 07585 665751.

PILGRIMAGE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT PAUL
The date of our proposed diocesan pilgrimage to Turkey has been postponed from October 2019 to around April or May 2020 as many people were asking for more time to commit. The estimated cost of the pilgrimage will now be £1000 based on two people sharing a room. Flights will be direct from Glasgow, accommodation will be on a half-board basis in four star hotels, and a full spiritual programme will be provided. If you would like to express an interest in taking part in this pilgrimage, please contact Father David Borland by email on David.Borland@GallowayDiocese.org.uk or call him on 01292 263488. Please do so by 1 August 2019 when a decision will be made as to whether the pilgrimage will proceed.

1ST SAINT PETER'S RAINBOWS AND 5TH SAINT PETER'S BROWNIES
Parents are reminded that there will be no Rainbows and Brownies meetings until Monday 13 May due to the Monday holidays. We wish everyone a Happy Easter and thanks for your continued support.               Rainbow and Brownie Leaders


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!

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 £630.85 and the and the Maintenance Fund collection to £286.15 - thanks very much.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
Please collect your new Offertory envelopes at Betty's stall today. If you would like to use the envelopes for your contributions to the parish, please speak to Margaret or George. Thanks!


SUNDAY TEAS
Tea and coffee will
be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Sadie's, Marie's and Phyllis's team.

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 10.30am 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.