Sycamore Session at St. Bride's
After positive feedback and the success of the first Sycamore course, it will restart on 31st January every Monday at 7:30pm for five weeks in the Church hall. Please come along, we are sure you will enjoy it in a friendly and relaxed environment. Topics and dates for the forthcoming Sycamore sessions are:

1. Creation, Fall and Salvation - 31st January
2. The Meaning of Love - 7th February
3. True Freedom - 14th February
4. Forgiveness, Healing and Mission - 21st February
5. The Social Teaching of the Church - 28th February
Bridie's Blethers 
The next edition of St. Bride’s Bridie’s Blethers, St. Brides very own newsletter is now available. This issue includes a range of topics which again we hope you find interesting and relevant: the situation in Afghanistan and how St. Bride’s can help, upcoming events, the work of St. Vincent De Paul, the Catacombs of Rome, mysticism in the church, Lorraine Corrigan’s welcome to the Catholic community in West Kilbride, our film review and “Bridie’s Nuggets” to name just a few. As usual, we’d like your comments / feedback (good or bad) as well as suggested topics of interest and contributions to future issues by writing, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or speaking to one of the editorial team.
The answers to the quiz in this edition of "Bridie's Blethers" are: 1. Jelly Babies; 2. Quality Street; 3. All Gold; 4. Milk Tray; 5. Turkish Delight; 6. WIISPA; 7. Buttons; 8. Maltesers; 9. Kit Kat; 10. Time Out; 11. Bounty; 12. Smarties; 13; Match Makers; 14. Yorkie; 15; Lion Bar; 16; Boost; 17. Picnic; 18. Minstrels; 19, Flake; 20. Marathon; 21. Edinburgh Rock; 22. Star Burst; 23. Heros; 24. Fuse; 25. Dolly Mixtures.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available in St Bride’s church every Tuesday at 9.30am and on Fridays at 11.30am. It’s a wonderful chance to sit a while with the Lord and encounter him again in the Real Presence. Why don’t you make an appointment with our Lord and “waste” some time with him! 
A Physician’s Open Letter to Fellow-Catholics on COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments
The public debate over COVID vaccines, their efficacy and their morality has been seriously distorted by disinformation, often passed along the internet and social media by well-intended individuals. Gwyneth Spaeder offers answers to some Frequently Asked Questions and presents constructive criticism on the incomplete or incorrect assertions and conclusions we frequently hear. She writes as a physician who has spent the last 20 months working with COVID patients and their families. She also writes specifically as a paediatrician who has watched children lose parents and grandparents, months of education, and sometimes their own health to this virus. And she writes also as a mother who has tried to balance her vocational call as wife and mother with her duty to her patients; to reconcile what she knows to be scientifically valid with her desire to return her family life to normal, and to continue to work with her husband to raise their children in the Catholic faith, using the challenges of this historical moment to emphasise that Catholicism honours both faith and reason.
St. Bride's Readers
A new rota will soon be drawn up for this ministry. Anyone who would like to be included please contact Betty on 07876406735.
SSVP Request for food for the Village Larder (Thanks)
The donations to the Village Larder are exactly what has been needed. Please see note from Kate Kelley (SSVP) below:

"I’m close to tears (just like lots of our members!) because this is exactly what we need. We should be ok for coffee and tinned meat for a while now. And everything was in date and of really nice quality. Please pass on our thanks to all the kind people who gave so generously."

The Village larder is located at the West Kilbride's Community Centre for any future donations.
Free Booklet on Christ the King
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe marks the end of the Church’s liturgical year. Pope Pius XI said that the many evils in the world—including secularisation, communism, and atheism —were “due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives.” Instead of following the ways of the world, Pope Pius said that Christ should reign as King in every aspect of every Christian’s life. That’s wonderful advice for each one of us. In the 1920s, Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King. The Pope knew that, as Christians, we should make Our Lord preeminent in every aspect of our lives. With these prayers and meditations on Sacred Scripture, we hope you will deepen your relationship with Christ the King. Click here to download Christ the King: Prayers and Meditations
Thank You
We have received a lovely card thanking the parishioners of St Peter’s and St Bride’s for the warm welcome and generous contributions to the Church’s missionaries. The total donations for the calendars is £194.00 
CHANA - Donations of Christmas Gifts
We are teaming up with the charity Night before Christmas (NB4CC) to provide those who are homeless and being supported by North Ayrshire Council a Christmas present. Last year we donated £790, not counting the direct donations. We would be delighted if people would contribute to this charity. This can be done by visiting NB4CC's "Justgiving" page or putting your donation in an envelope marked "NB4CC" in the church collection".
New Scottish Catholic Magazine
2021 is the first year in almost a century and a half Catholics in Scotland have been without a national publication. It’s a loss that’s left a void because our community needs a voice. A voice we can believe, that cuts through the gossip and the arguments so we can speak to one another and understand what we as Catholics are living through.

The Scottish Catholic Observer did that. We still need it. A new publication called The Scottish Catholic was launched this autumn. The pandemic has shown that there is a real hunger among Scottish Catholics to engage with their faith in new ways, and this magazine will do that. Click here for a sample edition. The new venture has the backing of the Bishops of Scotland, including Bishop Nolan of our own diocese. Already parishes up and down the country have signed up to take the magazine which will come out every two weeks at the very reasonable price of £2. Have a look at the sample Magazine and if Parishioners like it, we can get a list to sign up in Church. 
Issue 3 is now available at a cost of £2. From today this magazine will only be available to those who pre-order and pay for the yearly subscription. Please contact the parish office if you would like to to order and pre-pay for a subscription to this lovely magazine.
COVID Update at St. Bride's
As we prepare for the winter ahead, we ask you to dress appropriately so we still maintain good ventilation while we are gathered together. Leaving windows and doors open is essential. It is also important that while seated in the Church/Hall we maintain a respectful distance from each other or from one household to another. Thank you for your continued co-operation. Please see the latest COVID UPDATE for information on attending Mass services.
We Now Have QR Codes in Our Church
St Peter’s and St Bride’s have now QR Codes in the entrance porches. This helps to register your name as you come to Mass. If you have a mobile phone you just photograph with a QR Code app, it takes you to the app and then you register. Easy!
St Bride's Sunday Teas
Due to the current Covid situation we regret to announce there will be no teas or coffees served after Sunday Mass until further notice.
Waiting on the Father's Promise: A Novena to the Holy Family
Devote some time daily with your family for the next nine days to reflect, read and respond to God in prayer with this novena to the Holy Family.
Please CLICK HERE to get a copy of the Novena.
Free Booklet on the Meaning of the Eucharist now available
"God works through all these messy human realities and wants to encounter us at every Mass." - The Lord wants to deeply encounter everyone in the Mass and especially in the Eucharist. However, it can be hard for us to recognise his presence. By learning about the deeper meaning behind what Catholics do at Mass, we left the veil between the human and divine. In this excerpt, Dr. Edward Sri (a founding leader of FOCUS and professor at Augustine Institute) discusses what the Mass is and the three ways that every Catholic should know the Eucharist. Learn about the Eucharist as: 
  • the memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross
  • the real presence of Jesus
  • Holy Communion with Our Lord
Ready to learn more about the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Click here to get your FREE copy.
Letter to a Suffering Church book from Bishop Barron Now Available
Feeling hurt, angry, or demoralised about the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church? Our parish wants to help, and that’s why we’ve made available a  downloadable version of a new book on our Parish websites. It’s titled “Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis” by the well-known American Bishop Robert Barron.  We invite you to download your free copy. I think you’ll find it helpful and uplifting. Bishop Barron provides clear insight on the crisis and where we should go from here. So please make sure to take a copy of the book and know that the Parishes of St Bride’s and St Peter’s care deeply about helping you navigate these stormy waters
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all Novenas, since it was first made at the direction of our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian, especially in these challenging times. We hope that you will be prompted to ask the Holy Spirit to empower, encourage, and embolden you to follow His lead. We pray the Novena from Ascension Thursday, 13th May until the Solemnity of Pentecost, 23rd May 2021. Come, Holy Spirit!
With a Father’s Heart Booklet - now available

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled “With a Father’s Heart”, Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021. The Holy Father wrote “With a Father’s Heart” against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” 
Support Your Parish If You Can
Our Parish Communities of St Bride’s and St Peter’s work tirelessly to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a culture bent on pushing God to the margins. I am very grateful for all your financial contributions and donations, however, I would ask you that you consider making a Standing Order to aid our critical mission. Also if you pay tax, please consider signing a “Gift Aid Form” - this will not cost you anything, but contributes an extra 25% added to your donation. Both forms are available at the back of Church or from the Parish Office. Another, and relatively new way of giving, is by clicking on the QR Code below. This will take you to the Online Parish Offertory at the Galloway Diocesan Website. There, you can sign up online for either St Bride’s or St Peter’s. As a Catholic Charity, we very much rely on your support to sustain our ministry. Each year, our efforts help many people to come to a closer knowledge of Jesus Christ and to deepen their relationship with him in the Church. Please consider a regular Standing Order and Gift Aid so that we can continue to proclaim Christ in the culture in new and engaging ways. Please have a look at Bishop Nolan’s Appeal Message.
Or scan QR Code:
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.
Galloway Diocese News (Advent 2021)
Prayers Christ the King
Waiting on the Father's Promise: Novena to the Holy Family
Scottish Catholic Magazine (Sample Edition)
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (Sunday 25th July, 2021)
Novena to St. Joseph in the Year of St. Joseph
Meaning of the Eucharist
Letter to a Suffering Church (from Bishop Barron)
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
With a Father's Heart

Rosary eBook

Galloway Diocese News