and my Father will love him and we will come to him."
We’ve got our thinking caps on for Masses for Christmas. Usually, we have around 1,800 people attending our Christmas Masses. Hard to gauge what the attendance will be this Christmas. We’ll keep you informed re arrangements.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well at least a little anyway - get ready for the big day with a selection of Advent Calendars and Christmas cards from our online piety stall. Go online to standrewsbearsden.co.uk. All orders can be collected from the organisers’ homes in Bearsden, but if that’s not possible we will arrange local delivery. We have limited stock, so best to place your orders sooner rather than later. As always, all profits go directly to Church funds. Many thanks, Annamaria Strachan and Anne MacIntosh https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk
Live streamed October Devotions – Rosary and Benediction today Sunday at 4.30pm. Find us on our YouTube channel on this link.
Urgent Appeal from SPUC Scotland. The Scottish Government is holding a consultation on whether to continue the practice of sending dangerous abortion pills to women to undergo abortions at home. We need as many pro-life people as possible to complete the Scottish Government’s questionnaire in order to stop dangerous DIY abortions becoming permanent. SPUC has prepared a briefing which gives a step by step guide to completing the questionnaire. Please go to www.spuc.org.uk/Scottish-Consultation
First Holy Communion Masses will take place on Sundays November 1, 8 and 15 at 2pm. Please keep the boys and girls, and their families, teachers and catechists in your prayers. An instructional video has now been sent out to all families.
First Communion & Confirmation cards/gifts are available on request from the piety stall. Please email email@example.com for options.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for S1 pupils will be on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th November at 7pm. A letter has been posted to all families advising of all the arrangements. Please keep the candidates in your prayers. Online catechesis for home learning has also been sent out, and we’ll soon be posting to all an instructional video.
First Holy Communion & Confirmation - As I am sure you will appreciate, these liturgies will be very different from what we are normally used to, but they will be no less special occasions of celebration for the boys and girls. Remember, face coverings will need to be worn for all these occasions.
RCIA - If you or someone you know isn’t baptised or baptised in another Christian tradition and would like to enquire about becoming Catholic, please get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 25 October We cannot remain spectators before the suffering of so many people who are worn out by hunger, violence, and injustice. ... If I do not draw near to that man, to that woman, to that child, to that old man or that old woman who is suffering, I do not draw near to God.
Pope Francis, Audience on 27 April 2016
As seating capacity in the church is much reduced due to current social distancing guidelines, a booking system is required. To register to use the booking system, please go to www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended. It is still fine not to go to Mass during these circumstances.
Here's some helpful guidance from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland
Please familiarise yourself with it ahead of attending Mass.
➡️ Read: bit.ly/BackToMass (includes video)
➡️ Phase 3 guidance: bit.ly/Phase3ScotGov
Drumchapel Foodbank - Thanks to all of our Parishioners who are donating food and toiletries to our collection point in the Chapel House porch to be delivered to Drumchapel Food Bank. Regularly your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to help.
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: email@example.com by12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website
Recently Dead – Michael Franchetti, Patrick Gallagher, Mary Glen, Grant Hayward, Nancy McAdam, Frank McIntyre, Keith McVicar, Brendan Parker,
Anniversaries – Agnes F Allan, Leanne Dobbin Clark, Maureen Morton, Elizabeth O’Hara Murray, Isabelle Whitelaw, Charlie Whitelaw,