spirit, faithful to our calling."
Coffee Morning - After 10 am Mass today Sunday 10th Jan. Please note that this is a week earlier than normal as we have decided to conjoin our usual coffee morning with the parish coffee morning for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. This will be a FREE coffee morning. Thanks also to all who helped at or came along to December's Festive Teas. We are delighted to report that the sum of £155 was raised for The St Nicholas Care Fund. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who are involved in helping in an way at the coffee mornings and to all those who come along and support them. It is very much appreciated and we couldn't do it without you all. Every best wish for 2016. Veronica and David Maguire.
Dates and Times for Primary Three Sacrament of Reconciliation - During The Season of Lent (beginning 10th Feb) Saturdays 10.30am – 11.00am; & 5.15pm – 5.45pm; Sundays 9.15 – 9.40am. This Thursday 14th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall, there will be a meeting for all parents.
First Holy Communion for the Primary 4 children of the parish will be celebrated on Sundays 15th & 22nd May at the 12noon Masses. On Thursday 28th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall, there will be a meeting for all parents.
Year of Mercy – daily the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy is prayed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel after 10am Mass. Just takes a few minutes. All most welcome.
St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s Cluster – A joint meeting of the Chairs, vice-Chairs, Secretaries and clergy of both Parish Pastoral Councils will take place on Tuesday, 12th January at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s, Milngavie.
The Parish Census Team would be very grateful for your help and assistance in updating St Andrew’s Parish Register by providing them with your contact details. Even if you have registered before, all Householders are being asked please to fill up the Census Slips, that will be given out at Masses on the 16th &17th January. Only basic contact details for the adult Householders are being requested at this stage, so it should not take any longer than a minute to complete and hand back this Census Slip. Pens will be available along with containers to collect all completed forms.
Helpers Needed - Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Sunday Mass is for P1 - P7 Children. It is designed to cover the Gospel of the day at a level the children can understand and enjoy. It is enriched with prayers and usually a Gospel related activity. The aim is to make the children’s experience of church meaningful. P1 - P3 children gather in the upper hall, and P4 - P7 in the lower hall. If you are interested in helping out, please email Richard Hartley Richard.Hartley@glasgow.ac.uk
The Year of Mercy motto, Merciful Like the Father, (Luke 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure. (see our banners in the porch and in both halls) Invite someone you know back to Mass. All of us know someone who has stopped going to Mass. Invite someone you know who no longer attends to return in this Year of Mercy.
RCIA – please keep in your prayers Jackie and Geoff Harrison who are journeying through the RCIA process of becoming Catholics this Easter.
Forty Hours Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place here in St Andrew’s on 6th, 7th & 8th March. More details soon.
Next Special Second Collection – 31st Jan – Education Sunday.
31 Club Prayer for Vocations - There is a calendar at the back of the Church. Please initial a day each month when you would offer Mass for Vocations to the Priesthood. Please sign up and pray for vocations for the archdiocese. Pick up a prayer card. If you think God may be calling you to the Priesthood, and for information on evenings of Catechesis, Prayer and Fraternity to help discern your vocation, please contact Vocations Director, Fr Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org (339 4315)
Church Halls are used for a huge range of activities. For the New Year, why not make one of your Resolutions to be to support a local business or charity and the church through taking part in one or more of these activities. These include Scottish Slimmers; two choirs; the University of Third Age; various fitness, Pilates and dance classes for all ages and abilities; carpet bowls; a rugby play programme for 2 – 5 year olds; whist; Bearsden Literary Society; prenatal and mother and baby yoga classes; Taekwondo for children and adults; adult art classes; animation classes; digital art classes; and toddlers and pre-school clubs. Both halls are also free at weekends for birthday parties, christenings, anniversary parties, fund raisers, weddings and funerals. Further details on this link Letting Secretary on 07528 425 698.
January Meetings – On-going Faith Formation – 11th at 10.30am; Census Planning – 11th at 12noon; Ministers of Bearsden - 12th at 11am; Cluster Planning – 12th at 7.30pm; P3 Parents - 14th at 7pm; Deanery – 18th at 11am; Liturgy Group 19th at 7pm; School Council 19th at 7pm; RCIA 20th at 7pm; Justice & Peace 21st at 7.30pm; P4 Parents – 28th at 7pm; Halls committee 28th at 7.30pm;
Maryhill Foodbank –All donations gratefully received.
Parish 50th Anniversary - 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of St Andrew’s parish. We’d like to mark this with a number of celebrations over the course of 2017 that, together, will appeal to our whole parish community. Whether you’ve got some great ideas or are willing to be involved in helping organise, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Father Mackle, Monsignor Ryan or any member of the PPC with your ideas.
Padre Pio Prayer Group meetings re-commence Monday 11 Jan at 7pm. All welcome. For information or interest, please contact Kay Dick 0141 942 7771 or Kate Hay 0141 931 5154. The Legion of Mary meets Tuesdays at 7.30pm in the Hut. New members always welcome.
Piety Stall has a large selection of cards on sale for various occasions. The 2016 edition of The Western Catholic Calendar is also on sale priced £3.00.
Andrews Carpet Bowls The Bowls resumes on Thursday 14th January at 1pm. We would welcome new members. Why not come along and give it a try - tuition will be given, we are a very friendly group and enjoy tea and biscuits around 3 pm. For further information please telephone 587 7319.
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Margaret McGuire, Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Paul Connolly, Louise Dolan, Charlie Melly, Ronald Coia, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Baby Eva Berrey, Marie Moy, Margie Cornyn, Michael Moss, Russell Rodger, Eileen Tully, Hil Black, Alexander Pate, Patricia Swiatek.
Recently Dead—John Friel, Clare Francis, Lee Kelly, Ronnie MacKay, Joyce Higgins, Fr. Tony Farren S.J.
Anniversaries—Rosina Angus, Maureen Armour, Yadviga Dick, John Brogan, Mary McGuire, Fr Alessio Parente OFM Cap., Jean & Charlie Hirst, Jean & John Finnerty, John Grogan, Isa Hamilton, Grace Beamont.