INSIDE OUR BEAUTIFUL CHURCH
Re-opening of our Churches
Update of Mass Times and the Re-opening of our Churches
Mass at St Peter’s:
Sunday at 10.30am
Vigil Mass at St Peter’s will be at the normal time of 5.30pm.
The weekday Masses at St Peter’s will be Monday to Saturday at 10.00am.
All Masses at St Peter’s will be live-streamed, however, the Masses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am, on Saturdays at 5.30pm and on Sundays at 10.30am will be public Masses.
Mass at St Bride’s:
Sunday at 12.15pm
The Vigil Mass at St Bride’s won’t start up again.
The weekday Mass at St Bride’s is on Fridays at 12 noon.
The Masses at St Bride’s on Fridays at 12 noon, and on Sundays at 12.15pm will also be public Masses.
With the mandatory social distancing, St Bride’s can hold around 24 places for Mass, and St Peter’s can hold around 60 places. Families and couples can sit together. The Bishops have suspended the Sunday Obligation until the pandemic passes. Places are very restricted, so if at all possible, please attend one of the weekday Masses if you can, and leave the Vigil and Sunday Masses for those who can only come at the weekend. We are strictly limited to the number of people allowed in Church at any one time.
The procedures for coming to Church are as follows: Wearing a face covering, using the sanitising wipes as we enter Church, the Stewards will allocate you a seat for Mass (please remain in this place during Mass), entering Church by the main entrance and leaving by the side exits. We are waiting clarification about the requirement to fill in our contact details. There are no toilet facilities available. If you should require wheelchair access, please let the Stewards know and they will assist you. The Parish Collection will be in the plastic buckets as we enter Church [Offertory Collection] and also as we leave [Building Fund Collection].
These measures cause a great deal of inconvenience, extra work and preparation. However, it is the price we will have to pay to return to our Parish Church and receive the sacraments as long as the pandemic endures. Please reassure any apprehensive Parishioners that the Church is safe for public worship; we have regular procedures for cleaning and the entire Church building is sanitised before and after use each time.
Contact Details at Mass
We are required to keep a record of the contact details of all those attending Mass for the time being. Please print off the Contact Details Leaflet [four leaflets per sheet] and fill it in before coming to Mass. There will be designated baskets to collect the leaflets at the front door of the Church. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Every Parish thrives from the support of its Parishioners. It has been nearly 82 years since committed Catholics in Ardrossan put all their efforts into building our Church as it stands today. Just think of how many souls we have reached; hearts we have healed; and spirits we have lifted by sharing God’s Word, Jesus Christ, with others!
Especially throughout this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, when the Church has been closed for twelve weeks, there are so many people who are missing the community of being at Church, and receiving the Sacraments. It is the generous donations from Catholic faithful that help us to share the Gospel. That’s how it has been since St Peter in Chains was built in 1938!
There are three usual ways you can contribute to the Parish: Through a standing Order, through the Collection at the weekend Masses or through an Offertory Envelope. An added bonus is when you “Gift Aid” your donation, giving the Parish an extra 22% at the end of the year.
Don’t worry if you are not able to support your parish financially at this time. Maybe you are having to get by on a reduced income, maybe you are anxious about losing your job. Many people are. In these difficult circumstances you should not feel obliged to give what you do not have.
The Diocese, though, has set up a facility online for those who are able to give and who are not already contributing by standing order. Use the link below, or scan the QR code, to access the page on the diocesan website where you can contribute to your parish by credit/debit card. You can also gift aid your donation.
It is very easy to use. You clink on this link:
When you are on the page, you will see a button for “Online Parish Offertory”. You then click this button. This will bring you to the donations page. Under “Search for your Parish”, you just type in the first four letters of either “Ardrossan” – ARDR, or “St Peter’s” – PETER and you will come to the specific Parish Donations Page for St Peter’s in Chains, Ardrossan.
You then just fill in the amount you want to give and you can also “Gift Aid” your Parish Offertory at the same time if you wish. For Parishioners who are really tech-savvy, there is also a unique QR Code [see below].
The most important thing at the moment is not for us to give in the collection but to pray for one another, particularly for all those who are suffering and whose lives have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. May we support each other by our prayers.
A Message From Father Duncan
Dear Visitors, Friends, and Parishioners
Welcome to Saint Peter in Chains’ website! I am so glad you found us on the web and I hope that you will visit Saint Peter’s Church soon in person. We can’t wait to welcome you! Saint Peter’s is a Community of Faith. Our patron, Peter, the first of the Apostles, made a witness of faith and followed Christ right to the end. He denied Christ in a moment of weakness and despair but gave his life for him when he was crucified upside down. That is what our Parish Family is all about – the path of discipleship through words and through our daily lives!
Our community celebrates the Holy Mass with reverence and active participation. The joy of Christ is evident within the hearts of the assembly when we raise our voices in praise and song! The Mass is at the centre of all that we do.
Opportunities for involvement and spiritual growth abound through our many ministries, activities and outreach programmes. We strive to reach out to those in need around us and we take seriously the Church’s call to Works of Mercy and Works of Justice. We love to help others grow in faith and friendships and have fun in the process!
At Saint Peter’s, we value life-long learning. Part of growing closer to Christ means continually opening our hearts to learning more about the beauty and depth of our Catholic Faith! In our children’s ministry, Sacramental Programme, pastoral care in our Primary Schools and many adult learning opportunities, we strive to never stop growing in faith!
Please take time to check out our website and see some of what we have to offer. We are always open to ways to serve you better, so please do not hesitate to contact me, or our ministry leaders by phone or by email. For details, please see our Contacts page.
We hope to hear from you soon!
In Jesus and Mary, God bless,
SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT TO PARISHES – October 2020
At this time of year, every parish in Galloway Diocese usually allocates one weekend for Parish Safeguarding
Coordinators to deliver an update on developments in safeguarding within the Catholic Church, both locally
and nationally. These updates are important to ensure that everyone in our parish communities is aware of
how best to “uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are
involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations”. Click the link to read more:
Requiem Mass for Francis Stalker
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Francis Stalker who died on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020.
His Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday, 29th September at 10am, followed by interment at Ardrossan Cemetery.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
Galloway Diocese News
Saint Ninian Digital Edition Available Here
Click on the link to view and download
Living in Faith in the age of COVID-19
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has published a Newsletter, which has emerged from the work of the Pastoral Ministry Working Group. Much of the material has arisen from the Pastoral Ministry survey which the group had invited parishes to complete by the end of July. It is hoped that the contents will prove to be informative and useful to clergy and laypeople.
Contact Details at Mass
We are required to keep a record of the contact details of all those attending Mass for the time being. Please print off the Contact Details Leaflet [four leaflets per sheet] and fill it in before coming to Mass. There will be designated baskets to collect the leaflets at the front door of the Church. Thank you for your understanding and patience. God bless!
Free eBook on the Promises of the Sacred Heart
In the 17th century, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun, had a personal revelation involving a series of visions of Christ as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. Christ emphasised to her His love and His sorrow caused by people’s indifference to this love. He revealed Twelve Promises for those who consecrate themselves to His Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a beautiful way for us to encounter the fullness of the Gospel, the good news of God’s saving love poured out for us in Jesus Christ. Click below to download a free eBook where you can learn more about the Twelve Promises to help you grow in knowledge and faith. Our prayer is that you fall ever more deeply in love with our Lord Jesus Christ.
CATHOLICISM in the time of CORONAVIRUS
The COVID-19 pandemic has been, for countless people around the world, a great and unexpected trial. But for Catholics, who were already struggling with the abuse crisis and a dramatic rise in disaffiliation, this trial is not only economic, social, or medical—it is spiritual. Plunged into a time of darkness and separated from the sacraments and their parish communities, the faithful are feeling isolated, disheartened, and uncertain about what the future holds.
I’ve attached – for the Parishes of St Bride’s and St Peter’s – a new eBook from Dr. Stephen Bullivant. It is an insightful and encouraging analysis of the coronavirus, shedding light not only on the Church’s present moment or similar crises of the past but also on the immediate future. Read more by clicking on the link…
Pope Francis’ Prayers: “Strong in the Face of Tribulation”
The Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See has made available a downloadable book entitled “Strong in the Face of Tribulation”, containing prayers, supplications and the Pope’s homilies as “a sure support in time of trial”, to help sustain the Church’s sense of communion amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Strong in the Face of Tribulation” is available for download here.
Pope Francis-Moment of prayer 27-03-2020
From the Sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, Moment of Prayer and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, presided over by Pope Francis
The Church of Saint Peter in Chains is a Catholic Church in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland. Saint Peter in Chains belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway. It is a relatively young Church having been opened in 1938. Most Churches in the surrounding towns are well over a hundred years old. The Parish hopes to re-energise the local Church through authentic witness that can inspire people to rediscover the message of Catholicism.
We hope to play an active part in the New Evangelisation by striving to be “missionary disciples”. This website exists for two reasons. Firstly, it informs the community of Church services and other events and secondly, it records the history of the parish. These aims form our mission statement.