I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice."
We give a big welcome to the 27 children and their families for the celebration of their First Holy Communion this weekend ~ a very special moment on their journey of faith. We thank all those who have been involved in helping the boys and girls to prepare over the past months at school, at home, and in the parish, and we pray that the blessings of the Eucharist will stay with the children for a long time to come.
Remember 9 @ 9 for this short prayer to the Holy Spirit. Pray it each night at 9pm for 9 nights through to next Saturday 22nd May. Let us unite in prayer and in spirit each night in this novena, these nine days of praying and waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
National Rosary Day of Prayer for the intentions of our young people and for the intentions of the Mission of our Catholic Schools and Youth Associations ~ Monday May 24th - Feast of Our Lady, Mother of the Church. The Rosary day has a twofold aim: That the Rosary be prayed in our Schools that day and that we encourage the faithful to mightily intercede for all young people everywhere, all their intentions and for the Mission of our Catholic Schools. Here is a link to a promotional video to encourage Schools, which has been prepared by Fr. Stephen Morrison O.Præm, who is a School Chaplain: https://youtu.be/qqJI65D5Ogc
The Piety Stall online store has a large selection of First Holy Communion & Confirmation cards & gifts for sale. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organisers' homes, church house porch or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable. Piety stall.
Sacrament of Confirmation Pupils preparing for Confirmation are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Arrangements have been made for Confessions to be heard in the school for St Nicholas' pupils. All pupils at schools other than St Nicholas' and all S1 pupils are encouraged to make an effort to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
It's a good way to prepare and be ready to be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Times of Confessions are Saturdays 4.15pm - 4.45pm & Sundays 9.15am - 9.40am
Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for S1 pupils will be at 1.30pm & 3.30pm on 22nd May and 1.30pm & 3.30pm on 23rd May. Please keep the candidates in your prayers. They have been waiting so patiently to be Confirmed.
Pope Francis Faith Award - P7 ceremony & (next year's P6) An Award ceremony will be arranged at the school for the P7 candidates before the end of term. Both parishes will work with St Nicholas’ to run a new cohort next session - it will be ‘opt in’. So, current P5s are invited to think about the PFFA. Candidates will be invited to enrol in the new term and parish sign up will be arranged at this time. St Nicholas' have passed on their sincere thanks to the PFFA team in both parishes for supporting the candidates with their endeavours.
A carpet of flowers for the unborn. On 22 May, at Carfin Grotto, SPUC Scotland will display 14,000 white flower images, one for every child lost to abortion in Scotland in one year, to create a ‘carpet of flowers for the unborn’. Bishop Toal will bless the physical display at 2pm. If you would like to sponsor a virtual flower, please visit www.whiteflower.org.uk or call SPUC Scotland (0141 221 2094) to make a donation.
Legion of Mary - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Mary. On Pentecost Sunday 23rd May, Bishop Toal will celebrate Mass in thanksgiving for the graces and blessings received by Legion of Mary down the years since 7thSeptember 1921. Mass is at 3 pm at Carfin Grotto, the rosary procession will follow after a short interval. To meet with covid 19 regulations, this Mass will be for invited attendees. The Mass will be live streamed.
Children’s Liturgy: each week in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading. Available at : https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith This is an excellent resource in these exceptional times of no public Masses with children’s liturgy.
Safeguarding: Attention all volunteers who work in the parish with children and vulnerable adults. If you have still to attend Safeguarding Induction Part 1 and/or Part 2, please contact the archdiocese at SafeGuardingAdministrator@rcag.org.uk or call 0141 226 5898 to book. Courses run until September.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 16th May (Ascension of the Lord)In His solemn prayer for the Church’s unity, Christ Our Lord did not ask His Father to remove His disciples from the world: “I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil.” Let no man therefore imagine that a life of activity in the world is incompatible with spiritual perfection. The two can very well be harmonized.Pope Saint John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, para 255
Justice and Peace - Laudato Si' To mark the 6th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on Care for our Common Home, SCIAF and Justice & Peace Scotland are hosting an online event - Everything & Everyone is Connected - on Monday 24th May 2021 @ 7pm Tickets (free) can be booked on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/everything-and-everyone-is-connected-tickets-150471198405
Save the Date!!! Walk, Cycle or Scoot to the Vigil or Sunday Mass ~ weekend 19th / 20th June - An opportunity to take climate change action! More details soon.
0-5 Playgroup serving St Andrew's & St Joseph’s. For more than 30 years there has been a 0-5 playgroup at St Andrew’s Parish. Once the current restrictions are lifted there is a great opportunity for someone to start a new group which would be a great resource for families connected with St Nicholas’s Primary. If you would like to know more or wish to be updated when a new group starts, contact Aura Murphy on 07881 445565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Scotland Beautiful: Summer Clean 28th-30th May Why not volunteer to support the Bearsden Summer Clean, To volunteer please email email@example.com Justice and Peace Group
No changes to the 50 capacity at weddings and funerals.
More than one cantor may sing at religious services. Still no congregational singing, though. Hugging only applies in private dwellings or gardens between close family and friends. It does not mean that we can begin to shake hands at the sign of peace or as people enter/leave church etc.
The Scottish Government is reviewing social distancing. This might involve changing the 2m distancing.
6 people from 3 households can now meet indoors in church halls or chapel houses.
To our Catholic Universe and Catholic Times readers You can now get your paper delivered direct to your home weekly post free. Just go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call us on 0161 820 5722 and we will arrange delivery for you.
Just a reminder ~ Confessions are now being heard again back in the church – Saturdays 4.15pm – 4.45pm & Sunday 9.15am – 9.40am, and on request.
Drumchapel Foodbank. Regularly your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to give the foodbank your support.
Our parish’s soup-run’s volunteers continue to collect food donations form M&S Byres Road for delivery to Drumchapel and St Gregory’s Foodbanks and the Wayside Club.
Parish Website – Bulletin - Just to say that on the latest page and the bulletin page, a subscribe button has been added which allows users to have a daily summary sent each morning with the previous day's posts. If you don't use social media, but would like to be kept posted, then all that's asked for is your email address – you can unsubscribe at any time – it's all clearly marked.
Parish Bulletin: Any items for inclusion in the bulletin (including names for recently dead, month's mind and anniversary lists) should be put through the letter box of the Chapel House or sent by email: firstname.lastname@example.org by12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Recently Dead – Anne Chapman, Kay Dyer, Barbara Kelly, John Prior,
Anniversaries – Margaret Allan, Elizabeth Barret, Bill English, Camilla Sheridan, Bill Shillinglaw.