and you fill me with the joy of salvation."
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday ~ As the church won’t be open for Ash Wednesday, here’s a suggestion for your home liturgy which you’ll find on the Bishops of Scotland website and on our social media platforms. Instead of ashes, you could use some dried-out earth from your garden, finely ground charcoal - from your barbeque, or you may have access to ashes from someone’s fire. Whatever you chose to use, the important thing is that we have the interior desire to “turn away from sin and believe the Gospel.” Wishing you a prayerful and fruitful lent.
Stations of the Cross during Lent. Fridays at 7pm on our parish’s YouTube channel.
The Piety Stall online store now has a large selection of cards for Mother’s Day and Easter for sale. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organisers’ homes or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable.https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/piety-stall.html
Free Online Lenten Retreat led by Fr. Denis McBride, which will be based on his two books 'Reflections with Paintings'. The Retreat will be launched on Wednesday 24th February via the Redemptorist website. - https://www.rpbooks.co.uk.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 14th February I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God. Saint Teresa of Kolkata
Youth Ministry Team – Planning for Lent – next zoom meeting – Tues 16th February.
We continue our prayers for the peaceful repose of the soul of Archbishop Tartaglia, whose one month’s mind is this weekend, 13th February. We keep in our prayers, too, Monsignor Hugh Bradley who has been elected as Diocesan Administrator until a new archbishop is appointed for our archdiocese.
Confessions will be heard outdoors on Saturdays at the front door of the chapel house 4.15pm to 5.15pm, and on request. It would be appreciated if food bank donations are not dropped off there between 4pm and 5.30pm on Saturdays.
Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse ~ Friday 19th February
In accordance with the wishes of Pope Francis to set aside a Day of Prayer each year for those who have suffered abuse, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has designated Friday after Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Friday 19th February. It is unfortunate that we won't be able to have a public liturgy this year, due to the restrictions, but we will be praying especially at our online 10am Mass on the 19th February for all those who have suffered abuse; praying for all who have been hurt, praying for healing and wholeness.
You might offer a rosary on the 19th for this particular intention or you might light a candle praying for all who are suffering.
Justice and Peace Scotland highlights a campaign every month on which you can take action. February Campaign: Introduce a basic income to get the country back on its feet after COVID Click on the link to support this campaign https://platform.organise.org.uk/campaigns/emergency-basic-income
Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) for Primary 3 pupils is due to be celebrated on Saturdays 20th & 27thMarch 10am – 11am. Letters from the school and parish have now been sent out to all families regarding information about preparations and arrangements.
First Holy Communion for Primary 4 pupils will be celebrated on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May. All Masses will be at 2pm. It is uncertain at this stage for us to know what the maximum capacity at each First Communion Mass will be.
Confirmations for Primary 7 & Secondary 1 pupils. The dates for these are subject to a loosening of restrictions.
The archdiocesan safeguarding team has scheduled Zoom training dates for volunteers who have still to attend Induction Part 1 and / or Induction part 2. Below are the February dates. Induction meetings are mandatory. Volunteers who have still to attend are asked to contact the safeguarding office by email to book aspace firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom Induction Part 1 24th Feb – 6pm
Zoom Induction Part 2 15th, 22nd & 25th Feb – 7pm
During lockdown, St Andrew's is closed until further notice.
Mass will be celebrated each Sunday which will be live streamed at 10am. Mass will also be live streamed Monday to Friday at 10am. Please visit www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk
While we are in lockdown, and with all the uncertainty that is around, let us keep each other in prayer. Let's pray that these lockdown restrictions and the vaccines will be effective in bringing about the desired result in reducing the present levels of infection and transmission throughout our country.
Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast, especially when the schools are off. 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, especially during lockdown.
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 – Richard Binns, Iain Campbell, Frances Donaldson, Patrick Hodgson, Olwen Jones, Eric McQueen, Fr Paul Sanders, May Ward.
Anniversaries – Marie Buchanan, Eileen and Tom Carracher, Barbara Holloran, Eileen MacDonald, Liam Smith.