again I say, rejoice!"
Please note – on both Saturday 25th December and Saturday 1st January, there will be no 5pm Vigil Mass.
Remember in your prayers Jacqueline, Rebecca, Jason and Rokas, who are journeying through RCIA. At the 10am Mass, there is the Rite of Acceptance, which involves special prayers for them as part of the RCIA journey.
St Nicholas Care Fund. The projects funded are in the main to help children and young people, special needs’ groups and senior citizens. Our total collection at all Masses this weekend will be for this fund. St Nicholas take home collection boxes available in the porch to be returned please by 16th Jan. Many thanks.
Carol Singing - St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s invite you to a Carol Singing Advent Reflection Evening on Friday 17th December at 7pm in St Andrew’s, followed by festive treats in the hall. All welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). There will be a raffle, and any prize donations would be welcome.
We look forward to welcoming as many parishioners and their families and friends as possible to our Christmas Masses. The Christmas Vigil will be at 5pm, Midnight Mass will be early at 9pm and Christmas Day Masses will be at 10am (live streamed) and 12noon.
Children's Liturgy - We need your help. We hope to resume the children’s liturgy at the 10am Mass on Sunday 9th January 2022, but we need new volunteers. If you are able to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Provided circumstances remain as they are, when we start back, all children from P1 to P7, for the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, will be invited to come together in the upper hall. All precautions will be followed. The weekly video of the Sunday's Gospel reading will continue to be available until 2nd January 2022 at: rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith. This has been an excellent resource for parents to use while the children’s liturgy hasn't been on.
PARISH ROTAS: Both the READERS’ ROTA: JANUARY - MARCH 2022 and the WEEKEND STEWARDING ROTA FOR CHRISTMAS THROUGH TO FEBRUARY 2022 have been sent out this week by email to all those on the current lists for both groups. Please check your junk mail/add us to your favourites: Catherine.email@example.com and Moira.firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
SPRED. A huge thank you to all the wonderful people who supported our Christmas Crafts Sales Table. We have been able to give SPRED Glasgow just over £600. Thank you.
What a terrific result!!!
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - “The exercise of solidarity within each society is valid when its members recognize one another as persons. Those who are more influential, because they have a greater share of goods and common services, should feel responsible for the weaker and be ready to share with them all they possess.”Pope Saint John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei Socialis, para 39
Justice and Peace Scotland highlights a campaign every month on which you can take action. December 2021 Campaign: Add your name to the open letter to the UK Government asking for safe routes to the UK for refugees and asylum seekers. go to www.justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk
Drumchapel food bank will be closed on several days during Christmas period.
However, delivery will be made on the mornings of Wednesday 22nd Dec and Wednesday 29th Dec. We ask that donations are in by these dates. Distribution returns to normal on the 5th January. Thanks to all who contributed throughout this difficult year.
Primary Three First Confession Parents’ Meeting - 13th January 2022 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall. First Confessions will be on Saturdays 12th & 19th March 10am – 11am. A date will be allocated to each family.
Primary Four First Holy Communion Parents’ Meeting 20th January 2022 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall. First Holy Communion Masses will be on 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd May at 2pm. A date will be allocated to each family.
Primary Seven Confirmation Parents’ Meeting – Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall. Confirmation Masses will be on 4th & 5th June at 2pm. A date will be allocated to each family.
The Parish Legion of Mary would like to thank parishioners for their generous support to the work of the Legion over the year and we wish all parishioners and their families near and far, a very Peaceful and Happy Christmas. We pray that the New Year will be filled with many Blessings. A Mass will be offered for the intention of all parishioners.
Synod 2021 ~ 2023. Encounter ~ Listen ~ Discern. Our PPC will begin soon to look at making arrangements for us, here in St Andrew's, getting involved in and journeying together towards the General Assembly of Bishops in 2023.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us have a good journey together! May we be pilgrims in love with the Gospel and open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit. Let us not miss out on the grace-filled opportunities born of encounter, listening and discernment. In the joyful conviction that, even as we seek the Lord, he always comes with his love to meet us first.
Pope Francis - Synodal Pathway homily ~ 10/10/21
The 29 Club Pre Christmas 2021 Draw Our Draw took place in the Church Hall on 29 November 2021 with the following winners:- £1000 : No.151- Jim McCann; £100 : No. 199 - Margaret & Michael Sheerin; £100: No. 63 - Elizabeth & Tom Burnett £100 : No. 134 - Liam McKechnie £100 : No. 21 -Catherine Traynor £100 : No.70 - Kay Dick.
Please all take care in this strange world we find ourselves in. My special thanks to parishioners Patricia Harkins and Maureen Jackson for helping with the draw. To all 29 Club members Thank You for your continued support … and to the winners .. Enjoy!! and stay safe.
Brian Donnelly St A. F&F Team Coordinator 07484 707750
Peer Support Group for Women Of Faith Affected By Separation or Divorce first Friday monthly 6pm St Patrick's, Dumbarton. For information contact 07970928028.
The Pope's Twitter (@Pontifex) and Instagram (@Franciscus) ~ worth following for topical issues. Pope’s monthly video ~ a great resource of contemporary commentary by the Holy Father on current issues. Available at https://thepopevideo.org/
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 soup-run volunteers continue to collect donations from M&S Byres Rd & Milngavie for delivery to Drumchapel & St Gregory’s Foodbanks, the Wayside Club & Aspire.
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Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent in by 12 Noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, the parish website and on our exterior noticeboard.
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick and housebound and those in hospital.
Recently Dead: May Carey, Cathy Degnan, May Hughes, Jim McBride, Maureen McGown, Jean McKenna, Philip Murphy, Mrs Walker.
Anniversaries: Francis Xavier Deighan, Anne Gilbey, Nan MacLean, Jessie and Ian McColl, Rae Russell, Mary Theresa Silcock, Teresa Tarbet,