BULLETIN                                12 MAY 2019

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER IN YEAR 3



CHURCH SERVICES
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

Sunday 12 May  

Fourth Sunday of Easter - First Holy Communion Day
Holy Mass at 10.30am for Saint Peter's congregation

Monday 13 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for the Brady and Hilferty Families A

Tuesday 14 May  

Feast of Saint Matthias
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Maureen Scullion RD

Wednesday 15 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for Sue Hazelton RD

Thursday 16 May  

No Holy Mass today

Friday 17 May  

Holy Mass at 10.00am for for all those in hospital SI

Saturday 18 May  

Our Lady's Day for Easter
Holy Mass at 10.00am for Jean McLellan SI and William Sheehan senior A
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Vigil Mass at 5.30pm for for Helen McGee A

  

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 11 May  
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 12 May  
Sunday Mass at 10.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.30am

Monday 13 May  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Holy Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 14 May  
Holy Mass at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Wednesday 15 May  
  Holy Mass at 10.00am
Thursday 16 May  
Service of the Word at 10.00am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Friday 17 May  
Requiem Mass at 10.30am Service of the Word at 10.00am
Saturday 18 May  
Requiem Mass at 10.00am
Vigil Mass at 4.30pm
Holy Mass at 10.00am
 
PARISH CENTRE EVENTS
Saturday 11 May  
11.30am Private Function
Sunday 12 May  

11.30am

Tea and Coffee after Holy Mass

Monday 13 May  

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 14 May  
9.00 to 11.00am
5.00 to 8.00pm
7.00pm

Cadriac Rehabilitation
Irish Dancing
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 15 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 16 May  
   
Friday 17 May  
11.00am Tea, coffee and chat in the Snug after Benediction

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Maureen Scullion, Sue Hazelton and Ian McCormick who died recently;
Thomas Algeo 2013, Robert Ferguson 2005, Nicholas McIntee 2004, Francis Moran 1999, Theresa Smith 1997, Matthew Black 2015, Stan Wilson 2017, William James Connelly 2012, Les Dorrian 2009, Mary McFarlane 2004, Anthony Bale 2017, Charles Campbell 2008, Patricia Joanna Pengilley 2017, Ann Cameron 2003, Mary Teresa Dolan 1999, Danny McMurdy 2017, Bill O'Neill 2009, Lexie Wright 2010, Father John Fitzsimmons 2008, Susan Little 2007, Kathleen Watt 2012 and William Sheehan senior 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. If members of your family or friends are in need of our prayers, please tell Father Duncan or the parish office. If they are in hospital, Reverend Bill Corbett on 01292 521208 - assisted each week by the priest on call - is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and can be contacted through the ward. Ayr Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice have an on-call chaplaincy.

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 TODAY
Our Prayers and our congratulations go to all the children who will be making their First Holy Communion this Sunday and the next. We ask the Good Lord to give them a day of grace, joy and blessing.

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 Liz Devine at 5.30pm and Robert Cooper 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 Saint Peter's Primary School at 10.30am.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Next week's Children's Liturgy helpers are Geraldine Butcher for the pre-fives, Frances Gemmell for Primaries 1, 2 and 3 and Maria Paterson-Kidd and Emma Paterson for Primary 4.


OPEN THE ROSE
A young, newly-ordained priest was walking with an older, more seasoned parish priest in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older man. The parish priest walked up to a rosebush and handed the young priest a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. He looked in disbelief at the older priest and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know God's will for his life and for his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older priest, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn't long before he realised that it was impossible to do so. Noticing the young priest's inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older priest began to tell him the following poem.
    It is only a tiny rosebud, a flower of God's design
    
But I cannot unfold the petals with these clumsy hands of mine
        The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I
        God opens this flower so sweetly, when in my hands they fade and die
            If I cannot unfold a rosebud, this flower of God's design
            Then how can I think I have wisdom to unfold this life of mine
                 So I'll trust in Him for His leading each moment of every day
                 I will look to Him for His guidance each step of the pilgrim way
                     The pathway that lies before me only my heavenly Father knows
                      I'll trust Him to unfold the moments just as He unfolds the rose


JUST FOR A LAUGH - JUST FOR A LAUGH … SOME REASONS EVE WAS CREATED
• God was worried that Adam would frequently become lost in the garden because he would not ask for directions.
• God knew that one day Adam would require someone to locate and hand him the TV remote.
• God knew Adam would never remember which night to take the bins out.
• Apparently, Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.
• And finally, the number 1 reason why God created Eve - when God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched his head, and said, "I can do better than that!"

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SAINT MATTHEW'S ACADEMY
Saint Matthew's Academy has just completed its school inspection. The official report has been published and reflects well on the work of everyone involved in the achievements of the school. The report, which has been sent to all parents, has been placed on the Church notice boards. Sincere congratulations to Saint Matthew's Academy for a superb report!

STATEMENT ON THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) SETTLEMENT SCHEME
The Catholic Church in Scotland is committed to supporting all EU citizens who have made their home here. The Church has experienced first-hand the extensive contribution that people from across Europe have made to our society. They are an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities. As the majority of EU citizens are Catholic, raising awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme is a special pastoral responsibility. The UK Government has launched the EU Settlement Scheme offering EU citizens living here a legal route to remain. EU, European Economic Area and Swiss citizens living in the United Kingdom must apply if they are to protect their existing rights and their place in our society. Irish citizens or those with valid indefinite leave do not need to apply. It is free to apply and the scheme will remain open until 30 June 2021. We ask all Catholic parishes, schools and organisations to bring the settlement scheme to the attention of all who need to avail of it and also to be aware of vulnerable people who may not realise they need to apply. In particular, we encourage you to signpost people towards the official website page on the settlement scheme at https://eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk and the official helpline for the settlement scheme on 0300 123 7379. Finally, we urge the whole Catholic community to take up Pope Francis' call to welcome, protect, promote and help to integrate everyone who has made their home here.               Bishops of Scotland

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.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE
There will be a fully-escorted pilgrimage to the Knock Shrine in Ireland starting on 17 June 2019. The cost is £649 per person sharing. The price includes flight, with ten kilograms of hand luggage, from Edinburgh, transfers in Ireland, four nights in the Knock House Hotel with full Irish breakfast each morning and a four course dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours are included. Wheelchair rooms are available on request. The single room supplement is £100. Please contact Patricia on 01268 762278 or 07740 175557 or email KnockPilgrimages@gmail.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by Air Travel Organiser's Licence T7613.

SPECIAL INVITATION TO ALL CURRENT AND RETIRED GALLOWAY DIOCESE PRIMARY HEADTEACHERS
You are cordially invited to attend the annual Bishop's Mass, lunch and mini conference on Tuesday 28 May 2019. Bishop Nolan will celebrate Mass at 12.15pm in Saint Joseph's Church, Hill Street, Kilmarnock and this will be followed by lunch and speakers in the Church hall. Please reply to the Diocesan Office on Kate@GallowayDiocese.org.uk.


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 £695.03 and the and the Maintenance Fund collection to £261.76 - thanks very much.


SUNDAY TEAS
Tea and coffee will
be served after the 10.30am Mass next Sunday in the Parish Centre by Maria Boyle'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 Children’s Liturgy provided for preschool children, children in Primaries 1 to 3 and a Sacramental Programme for children in Primary 4. After the 10.30am 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.