15th December 19


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      £356




MASS ON MONDAY MORNING  I have another School Assembly this Monday which means that Mass will be at 9.00. rather than 10.00.a.m. My apologies, as always, for any inconvenience caused by this change of routine.




THE ADVENT PENANCE SERVICEThis 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.




LOOKING AHEAD  Mass at Christmas this year will be at the same times as always, namely Midnight and 10.30.a.m. Not many parishes have Mass at midnight these days, but on this matter, I am more than happy to be called an old traditionalist.




THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION  The bishop will celebrate this Sacrament for the parishes of Largs, Millport, West Kilbride, Kilbirnie, Beith, Dalry and Ardrossan in St Peter’s on Tuesday 4th February. This is not so far away now, so please keep Manus, Ivor and their familes in your prayers as the date draws closer.




DIOCESAN YOUTH CHRISTMAS EVENT  This will take place in the Cathedral Parish Hall in Ayr on Sunday 29th December from 6.00. – 9.00.p.m. There will be food in the form of pizzas and what is described as Panto Fun. There is no cost involved, but there will be a simple form of night prayer at the end. There is a poster in the porch for anyone who is interested.




YOUNG AND OLD(ER) TOGETHER  By the time you read this the party on Saturday afternoon arranged by the parents and children for the older members of the parish will have taken place. So thank you to everyone who has made this possible. This is the second year this has happened, so I think we can safely say that it falls into the category of a ‘parish tradition’.




A CHRISTMAS OUTING TO THE PANTOMIME  The bus for the Pantomime this Sunday afternoon will leave from the church at 3.00.p.m..I must say I am looking forward to being at it with the children. I have not been at such an event for at least forty years.




PARISH CHRISTMAS DANCE  The Dinner-Dance last Friday evening in the Golf Club was a great success, hugely enjoyed by all those who attended. So thank you again to those who made it possible. It is a risky business to single out individuals on such occasions, but I think Phyllis deserves a little mention.




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 over the next two weekends, one before and one after Christmas. You will need them from the first Sunday of the new year.




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.