8th December 20


SUNDAY MASS               Vigil Mass.  6.00.p.m.   Morning Mass.  10.30.a.m.              DAILY MASS     Mon. Wed.  Frid.  10.00.a.m.


HOUR OF PRAYER        Before each weekday Mass     CONFESSION     Before Mass or on request       COLLECTION    N/A 








The Advent Penance Service: This is an important part of Advent and will take place on Monday 23rd of December at 7.00.p.m. I know that is very near Christmas, but I see it as the climax of Advent and so better as near the feast itself as possible.




Advent Booklets: As has been the case for a number of years now, these are available again this year. Please take them and use them.




Reverse Advent Calendars: Donations through this initiative can be left in the Church porch or taken directly to the FoodBank on Glasgow Street in Ardrossan




Morning Mass and Hour of Prayer: Why not make an effort during the weeks of Advent to attend morning Mass and spend some quiet time before the blessed Sacrament as an antidote to the noise and turmoil which can engulf us at this time of the year?




Chana: This group would like to provide Christmas presents for those in the local hostels and in supported accommodation. They are appealing for Gift Sets of toiletries, new pyjamas (small and medium) and hats and gloves, mostly for men. These can be handed in to Ardrossan hostel in Prince’s Street. CHANA thanks you for your continuing generosity.




YOUNG AND OLD(ER) TOGETHER  I am delighted to say that once again this year the parents and children have invited the older members of the parish to afternoon tea and some entertainment NEXT SATURDAY AFTERNOON from 2.00. – 4.00.p.m.. A similar event last year went down very well, and I am sure this will happen again. The parents are very grateful to the S.V. de Paul for their help and support in this matter.




WELCOME AND THANK YOU Earlier this year the people who have done the Parish Ministry Course came to Mass to explain to us what the course was about. At that point we only heard about three of the six units which make up the course and so now we are going to hear about the other three. The first (fourth) presentation will be at the end of Mass this weekend, given by Peter McCluskie.




A CHRISTMAS OUTING TO THE PANTOMIME  I am delighted to be able to inform you that thirty of us will attend the pantomime NEXT SUNDAY. A bus will leave from the church at 3.00.p.m. and pick us up after the show at 7.30.p.m. I must say I am looking forward very much to enjoying this with the children of the parish.




PARISH RETREAT / DAY OF REFLECTION  This was an extremely successful event last weekend attended by around thirty people. Everyone I have spoken to really enjoyed it and they are already looking forward to the next one. So many thanks to all who made it possible, especially Anne Faulkner who provided the input. 




PARISH CHRISTMAS DANCE  By the time you read this the dance will already have taken place. I have no doubt it will be a very happy occasion and would like to thank on your behalf all those who made it possible




PARISH CAROL EVENING This took place on Wednesday and was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The numbers were down this year, especially from parishioners. But that did not diminish the fun. Again, thank you to all those who made it possible




A SMALL PARISH LIBRARY  You may have spotted a bookcase near the front ot the church containing a number of books. The idea is that you should take them, read them and then bring them back. They are at the front rather than the back so that people can go down there and spend a few quiet moments exploring what is there Over the next few months I personally plan to get rid of many books and some will find their way to this bookcase. And, of course, you may have books yourselves you might want to put there.




NEW COLLECTION ENVELOPES These will be available for collection the weekend before and the weekend after Christmas and will come into effect on the first weekend of the new year, January 4/5th.




ADULT EDUCATION IN THE DIOCESE  The hope is that groups around the diocese will meet on a monthly basis between January and June next year to discuss Pope Francis’s document Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad). We will come back to this in a few week’s time and I hope we can put a group together here in the parish. There may, however, be an inter-parish group here in North Ayrshire, so we will see if that happens and what our response would be. Rejoice and be Glad is an excellent document from the Pope which explores the meaning of holiness in the context of the times we are living through.