Catholic Education Sunday - St Nicholas' Primary, Turnbull High and St Aloysius College are all taking part in today's 10am Mass. Pick up a copy of the schools and SCES' newsletters. A second collection will be taken up to support the Scottish Catholic Education Service's vital work of supporting our catholic schools and teachers.
Between now and Easter, please keep in your prayers Yvonne McCafferty and Jen Wright, who have begun the RCIA journey of preparing to become Catholic at Easter.
Well done and many congratulations to Ann Colraine and John McDermott who have now completed the archdiocesan two years catechists course. They will be commissioned for the ministry of Catechist on 18th November by Archbishop Tartaglia at a Mass in the Cathedral.
Are you a former pupil of John Paul Academy or do you know someone who is? Can you share your career journey since leaving school in a few short sentences and describe the skills you required to find your way in the world of work? We would like to use this information to motivate and inspire our current students. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story and attach a photo.
Please do take part in East Dunbartonshire Council's schools consultation. It is of the utmost importance. Visit https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council/consultations/school-admission-and-transfer-arrangements-primary-secondary-school to complete the online form. Printed copies are available from the Hub. Consultation ends 6th December.
Messengers Meeting Mon 18 Nov – Messengers are asked to attend Christmas Reachout meeting in Lower Hall. Note earlier times – Area Leaders – 7pm & Messengers 7.30pm.
Next two altar servers training sessions are scheduled for 17 November & 1 December. 2pm in the church.
Children's Choir – Nov 24, & Dec 15 & 25. All at 10am. Asda 13th Dec at 1.30pm, and St Nicholas' Christmas concerts 17th and 19th Dec. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 0141-942-9799 or email@example.com
Adult Faith Formation – Following the success of the Bishop Robert Barron Catholicism Series which ran through Lent and into Eastertide, Bishop Baron's Pivot Players series will be shown on various occasions during 2019 /2020. The next in the series of DVDs will be shown on Thursday 5th December in the Upper Hall at 7pm. The subject of the episode being shown is St Francis of Assisi. Please join use for tea/coffee and Bishop Barron's insight into this important figure in the Church.
Monthly Reflection Sessions, the next session will take place on Monday 25th November after the 10 am Mass in the Church House Dining Room. We will be reflecting on the Gospel reading for Sunday 1st Dec which is the first Sunday of Advent. The Gospel reading for that Sunday is Mathew 24:37-44. Please join us for coffee/ tea and a friendly discussion.
Kate, Nicola, Joseph, Samantha and John – with heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers, love and support during Jim's illness – for the many lovely Mass cards and messages of condolence after his death. Very special thanks to Rev Fr Mackle, Monsignor Ryan and Deacon Thomas for their unfailing spiritual care and comfort to Jim. The holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.
Passkeepers – Due to some people standing down, we are now short of passkeepers for the 5pm Vigil and the 10am Sunday Masses. If you feel you can help, please contact Fr Mackle or Michael Sheerin on 943 0935
St Andrew's Christmas Fair today, Sunday 17th Nov after 10am and 12 noon Masses. All profits from the Piety Stall go to Church funds. Tea, coffee and home baking will be served at this event with all proceeds this year going to The White Lily Fund. This charity was founded by one of our own parishioners, Mrs Angela Bruno MBE, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now raises funds for research into and equipment for ALL types of cancer in the west of Scotland and has raised over £1 million to date.
St Nicholas' Christmas Fayre. Sat 30th Nov. St Andrew's Upper Hall. 1pm- 4pm. Come and join us for a hot drink, a mince pie and some shortbread and have a browse around our fabulous Christmas stalls. Admission: Adults £2 ( includes tea, coffee, mince pies and shortbread). Children £1 ( includes juice and biscuits)
CST Thought for the Week - 17 Nov (World Day of the Poor 2019) The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognise Christ in the poorest, his brethren. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1397
Pre Christmas Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast. All donations always gratefully received. The collection boxes in St Andrew's church porch are delivered to the Foodbank every Monday. Church open Mon – Sat 'til 4.45pm & Sun 'til 1.30pm.
An Introduction to Prayer for Everyone- Deacon Nick - On 28th Nov 7pm – 8pm in the upper hall Deacon Nick will be speaking on "An Introduction to Prayer for Everyone." - a one hour session prior to Advent to get your prayer juices flowing. We are all called to be holy but we are not all called to be priests or religious people. This is aimed at everyone whether you are a busy working parent, a student or a retired person: there is a prayer style for everyone and it doesn't have to eat into your busy life. Come along and be inspired.
Fair Trade Group – Christmas Event. The Milngavie and Bearsden Fair Trade Group is holding a Christmas Fayre in the Upper Hall from 3.30 – 5.00 pm on Friday 29 November 2019. Mince pies and non-alcoholic fruit punch together with fairtrade goods (including Christmas cards and Advent calendars) will all be for sale. All are welcome.
Soup Run – Christmas Gifts & Carols– Our soup run volunteers and folk group will take Christmas Gifts and sing carols at two centres this year on Fri 6th Dec and your help in making that happen, would be really appreciated. We would like each gift to include : a hand written Christmas card, hat, gloves, scarf, underwear, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush and ladies to include sanitary products. These will be in a Gift bag rather than wrapped this year. If you are able to provide any or all of these items including gift bags, can you please put in the box at the back of the church marked Soup Run, between now and Sun 24th Nov. In addition, extra new or excellent condition inexpensive men's underwear is desperately needed and will also be distributed at the Wayside Club.
Padre Pio Prayer Group – meets Mondays at 7pm. Divine Mercy Novena is prayed weekdays after morning Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. All most welcome.
Piety Stall - New rota for the remainder of 2019 is on the Piety Stall door – we would be particularly grateful for volunteers to assist after 10am Mass on a Sunday. For more information, please either call Anne MacIntosh 931 5861 or Annamaria Strachan 942 9799.
'29 CLUB' LAST CHANCE to enter the Pre Christmas Draw with a top prize of £1000. (deadline 27th November!!) New Members are very welcome!! Simply speak to Brian or Fr Joe if you wish to join – costs are £6 Monthly by bank standing order Or by Annual payment of £65. All proceeds go to Parish Funds and Charitable causes. A Big Thanks to existing members for their prompt renewal payments recently with only a handful still outstanding. Draw results will be published early December. Good luck!! Thanks and God Bless Brian Donnelly942-6085
Forthcoming Special Collection –Caring Sunday—15th Dec
Upcoming Meetings -
18th Nov – Messengers – 7pm – Lower Hall
21st Nov – RCIA – 7pm – Hut
25th Nov – Youth Ministry – 7pm – House
25th Nov – Justice & Peace – 7pm – Hut
29th Nov - Emmaus - 10.30am – House
Recently Dead--Jack McGarvie, Vincent Dall, Margaret Murray, Maria Farmer, Pat Stoddart, Leanne Clark, Margerita Zanoni
Anniversaries--William Dunbar, Sister Elspeth McGaughan, Elizabeth Conway