Glasgow Catholic Youth Festival - One Way Day - Saturday 17th May is a festival of faith for young people in S3 and above based on Jesus' words "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life". Which way? What is truth? How do I live the life? - Come and see! Mass, catechesis, music, workshops, reconciliation, prayer... presented by the Youth Pastoral Team and NET ministries 10.00am - 7.00pm in the Eyre Hall (next to St Andrew's Cathedral) Tickets are free but you must register: go to: www.rcagyouth.org.uk
Coffee Morning – after 10am Mass next Sunday 27th April. Please come along and join us. Donations of home baking gratefully received. (No nuts please). This month we are raising funds for Epilepsy Action which is the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation. This charity exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition and to support people every step of the way through living with the condition. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported March’s Coffee Morning at which the sum of £149 was raised for The Andrea Kearney Fund.
Discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood? “The Lord is risen, it is true!” Through our baptism, Christ calls us to proclaim new life to the world. Pray for those who herald the Good News as priests, brothers and sisters. If you think God may be inviting you to such a vocation, contact Vocations Director, Fr Ross Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org (776-1063)
Annual Mass to pray for the Canonisation of Blessed Frederic Ozanam. Monday 28th April in St Mungo’s, Townhead at 7.30pm. All are very welcome to join the SVDP Conferences of the archdiocese for this Mass.
Study Away Day – This Saturday, 26 April - Preparing for Nationals, Highers, or college / uni exams? Bit stressed out? We can help! Come away for a day to beautiful St Kessog's parish on the shores of Loch Lomond to refresh and revise. Bring your books, or leave them behind: it's up to you! There'll be quiet space to study, as well as arty activities, games and guided walks. The day’s free. 10.00 am - 7.00 pm including lunch and vigil Mass. Contact email@example.com or 433 9521.
St Andrews Squad (SAS) For all Primary 4 children in the parish celebrating First Holy Communion this May. Please come along to the Upper Hall from 9am til 9.45am next Sunday 27th April. If you require any further information, please contact Veronica Maguire on 942 0607. Thank you.
Rehearsal times for First Holy Communion. For 11th May First Holy Communion Mass - Thursday 8th May, 10am Mass followed by rehearsal. For 18th May First Holy Communion Mass - Thursday 15th May, 10am Mass followed by rehearsal.
Safeguarding - As Parish Co-ordinator, I have written to all Volunteers regarding their Application to join the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme. I would remind Volunteers to enter their name on the Appointments List at the back of the Church to see myself on either Saturday, 26th or Monday, 28th April, 2014. If there are any Parishioners who are concerned that they undertake voluntary work involving children or vulnerable adults (for example a Eucharistic Minister visiting an elderly Parishioner at home or at a Nursing Home) and if they are not already members of the PVG Scheme, then they should seek advice from Fr. Mackle or contact myself. Thank you. Michael McGovern (firstname.lastname@example.org or (Business) 01389 767625)
Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities Policy Statement is annually brought to the attention of the whole parish community. It will be read at all Masses on 26th / 27th April.
May Devotions. Rosary and Benediction every Sunday in May at 4.30pm.
Fr Mackle wishes you a Blessed Easter.
On Easter Sunday, the Church is recollected in contemplation of the risen Christ. Thus she relives the primordial experience that lies at the basis of her existence. She feels imbued with the same wonder as Mary Magdalen and the other women who went to Christ's tomb on Easter morning and found it empty. That tomb became the womb of life. Whoever had condemned Jesus, deceived himself that he had buried his cause under an ice-cold tombstone. The disciples themselves gave into the feeling of irreparable failure. We understand their surprise, then, and even their distrust in the news of the empty tomb. But the Risen One did not delay in making himself seen and they yielded to reality. They saw and believed! Two thousand years later, we still sense the unspeakable emotion that overcame them when they heard the Master's greeting: "Peace be with you.'".......Christ's Resurrection is the strength, the secret of Christianity. It is not a question of mythology or of mere symbolism, but of a concrete event. It is confirmed by sure and convincing proofs. The acceptance of this truth, although the fruit of the Holy Spirit's grace, rests at the same time on a solid historical base. On the threshold of the third millennium, the new effort of evangelization can begin only from a renewed experience of this Mystery, accepted in faith and witnessed to in life.... Pope John Paul II
Live coverage on EWTN and on Sky Channel 769 of the ceremony next Sunday April 27th of Pope Francis declaring Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II as saints Parish Pastoral Council – next meeting Thursday, 24th April at 7pm in the Upper Hall to prepare for the deanery’s strategic meeting.
Hall Committee – next meeting Monday, 28th April at 7.30pm in the Hut.
SCIAF Wee Boxes can be returned any time now. Many thanks.
Children’s Choir dates – all at 10am Mass. May 11th & 18th, June 8th & 15th. Any enquiries, contact Annamaria Stachan on 942 9799 / 07749715514
Padre Pio Prayer Group – No meeting this Monday 21st April. Meetings resume 28th April at 7 pm.
Mass Attendance - 12th / 13th April. Vigil Mass - 168; 10am Mass – 238; 12 noon Mass – 152. Total – 558. Each week, when the parish is claiming through the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, HMRC requires that Mass attendance be recorded.
St Andrew’s Parish Groups - Annual Return 2013/2014 Our Parish return to the Diocese will shortly be due and must include those accounts for the various St Andrew’s Parish Groups/Activities. As a partial return has already been made to 04 October 2013 please advise me with following information covering the period 5 October 2013 to 31 March 2014. viz:-
1. Name of Group/Activity; office holder name and contact telephone number.
2. A copy of your Group accounts for the period 05 October 2013 to 31 March 2014 inclusive. ( Income/Expenditure accounts will suffice)
Sight of the group bank book/statements for period 05 October 2013 to 31 March 2014 together with any comment you deem relevant to the group finances.
The above information to Brian Donnelly ( Finance Coordinator 942 6085) by today, 20th April please! Many thanks and God Bless. St Andrew’s Fabric & Finance Team