let us see your face and we shall be saved."
Happy Feast Day to the staff, pupils and families of St Nicholas' Primary – this Friday, 4th Dec, 11.15 a.m. Mass will be live streamed and all the pupils & staff will be able to attend via their classrooms’ smartboards to celebrate the feast of St Nicholas. Please note, no 10am Mass on Friday 4th. Go to our YouTube Channel and join us to celebrate the school’s feast.
Journey through Advent - Starting today, Sunday 29 November, we will produce a daily page of a Journey Through Advent with a few ideas to help us focus on this special time which encourages us to take stock and prepare for Christmas. This page will be available on this link on the parish social media platforms.
A message to the young people of St Andrew's & St Joseph's ~ An opportunity for young people to come together. Advent service in St Andrew's on Thursday 10th December. With the current tier 4 restrictions, we are having to rethink plans for this.
St Andrew’s & St Joseph’s Youth Ministry Team will have a zoom planning ahead meeting Mon 30th Nov 7.30pm.
St Andrew's Youth Ministry have produced an Advent Calendar here on this link and on our social media channels
During tier 4 lockdown, stay in and stay safe. Attend on your device at home, our Sunday and weekday 10am live streamed Mass, and make a spiritual communion. Go to www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk Or dial-a-Mass on 473 4869. Please, stay in and stay safe during tier 4 lockdown, and I look forward to seeing you weekend 12th / 13th Dec.
Messengers’ Meeting - Monday 30 November from 7 pm to 8.30 pm. Please drop in to the Upper Hall between these times to pick up your 'run(s)' for parish Christmas card delivery.
Shoppers and Vigil Mass goers - Roman Road car parking charges will be suspended for 3 Saturdays in December (the 5th, 12th and 19th). Efforts are being made to try to get time changed to 1600 for all Saturdays.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 29 Nov (World AIDS Day 1 Dec. Our response to persons with AIDS must be such that we discover Christ in them and they in turn are able to encounter Christ in us. Although this response undoubtedly arises in the context of religious faith, even those without faith can and must look beyond suffering to see the human dignity and goodness of those who suffer. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Called to Compassion and Responsibility: A Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis, 1989
This year, SCIAF is asking people in Scotland to buy a water filter as a Christmas gift to help parents in Ethiopia to protect their children from preventable diseases caused by dirty and unsafe water. It will also enable the women and girls who would normally spend hours walking to fetch often dirty, dangerous water, to get an education and learn the skills they need to break the poverty cycle. Please see the poster and catalogue on the church notice board or visit www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts for some other gift ideas.
The 29 Club pre-Christmas 2020 Draw Our latest Draw took place prior to Level 4 lockdown at the Church Hall on 19 November 2020. To the Winners below ... Enjoy!! £1000: No. 170 Christine McMurray. £100 : No. 127 Ann Marie McNicol. £100 : No. 88 Anne & Billy Martin. £100 : No. 149 Ann Smith. £100 : No. 97 Margaret & Michael Sheerin. £100 - No. 40 Agnes & Joe Donnelly My thanks to Fr Joe and Maureen Jackson for making the draw with social distancing!! To all you 29 Club members Thank You for your great support!! … and have a safe and Happy Christmas. All proceeds from The 29 Club are used to support our Parish Development Fund and various charitable causes. Vacancies are available now for the current season with membership at £6 per month or £65 per annum.Come and Join Us !! - (spaces available now!!) Contact Brian Donnelly on 07484 707750 or Father Mackle on 942-4635.
Advent Appeal - 5th December Soup Run – Christmas Gifts – Although our soup run volunteers cannot visit their usual places, we have continued throughout lockdown, with some additional volunteers, to deliver hot and cold food to various charities and organisations in Glasgow. Our intention this year is to give Christmas gifts to the Wayside centre for distribution to homeless in Glasgow as well as other centres if possible. Your help is needed to make this happen please. This year unfortunately, all donations will need to be gift wrapped by you or put in a gift bag and include all the items on the list below. These should be brought to the church car park between 12 noon and 3pm on Saturday 5th December. Please make clear whether the gift is for male or female.
Please include these items A hand written Christmas card, small selection box or Chocolates, hat, gloves, scarf, underwear, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush and ladies to include sanitary products. Many thanks Veronica McLaughlin
SPRED Christmas wares are online here on this link. It will be first come, first served, as items are limited. Nearer the end of November, look out for our tasty marmalade.
The Piety Stall online store now has a large selection of cards and gifts for First Communion and Confirmation for sale, as well as Christmas cards, Advent calendars, candles and Christmas Eve boxes. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organiser’s homes or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable.https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/piety-stall.html
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: 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 – Pat Flanigan, Nan Hannah, Angela Lee, Denis Loney, Gerard McKenna, Morag McKirdy, Ann Proudfoot, John Sweeney, Thomas Wiggins,
Anniversaries – Freda Kathleen Faulkner, Fr John McKelvie, Clare McTavish