The Pope Francis Faith Award– A good response so far - 27 P6 pupils have enrolled. Parish enrolment Mass - 10am Sunday 3rdNov. There will be an information evening for parents and P6 pupils – Thurs 3rdOct 7pm in St Nicholas’.
The relics of St Therese of Lisieux will be visiting Saint Theresa’s Possilpark on Monday 16th Sept, and the Cathedral on Tuesday 17th. A programme of events, plus Novena prayer card are in the porch. I would encourage everyone of you to make your own personal visit to the Relics. St Therese of Lisieux, Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us and for Scotland.
The RCIA programmebegins Thursday 26thSept at 7pm in the Hut. If you are interested in enquiring about the Catholic faith, please contact 942 4635 / email@example.com.
Family fun walk Strathblane to Schoenstatt today. Bus will leave the Hub 1.15pm, returning about 5pm. Bring a packed lunch, some drinks and your enthusiasm!
Should be a good day. A parishes’ cluster event.
Vocations Awareness - As part of St Nicholas’ Primary marking Vocations Awareness, Fr Currie, Deacon Tommy, Fr Mackle and Sr Andrea from the Sisters of the Gospel of Life will meet with the P7 pupils and their teachers on Tuesday 17th Sept 2pm to have a chat about vocations, which will include Q&A.for vocations, especially for our archdiocese. Prayer cards available in the porch.
Coffee Morning--Please come along and join us in the upper hall, after am today for tea, coffee and some delicious home baking. This month we are raising funds for SCIAF (Scottish International Aid Fund), whose aim is for the poorest to free themselves from poverty by equipping them with the tools they need, to bridge the between rich and poor and to have a world free of poverty, where the poorest can survive and thrive.
Primary Three Parents intending to present their child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in 2020 and First Holy Communion in 2021, please complete an enrolment form available from the church porch and return it by 27th Sept. Many thanks.
Mass of Enrolment for P3 families- 10am, Sunday 6th October.
Volunteer needed,please, until the end of December to lock up the church on either Tuesdays or Fridays at 4.45pm. Please contact 942 4635 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Reflection Sessions after the 10 am weekday Mass will start again on Tuesday 24th of September (please note the change of day) in the Upper Hall. Please join us for coffee/ tea and a friendly discussion. As October is a month of historical devotion to Blessed Virgin Mary our topic for discussion will be Mary and Marian Devotion.
St Andrew’s under 5s starts back Thurs 19th Sept at 12:30 - 2:30 - £1 per family, babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome, bring a packed lunch, have a play and meet new friends.Tea, Coffee and biscuits provided. Contact: Aura Murphy 07881 445565.
LEPRA Appeal. A representative from LEPRA, the charity which does so much good work for sufferers with leprosy, will make an appeal at the end of all Masses 21st/22nd September Please see the LEPRA poster in the church for more details. Visit www.lepra.org.uk
Adult Faith Formation– Following the success of the Bishop Robert Barron Catholicism Series which ran through Lent and into Eastertide, Bishop Baron’s Pivotal Players series will be shown on various occasions during 2019 /2020. The first in the series of DVDs will be shown on Thurs 10th Oct Upper Hall 7pm. The subject of the episode being shown is Blessed John Henry Newman who is due to be canonised by Pope Francis on the 23rdof Oct. Please join us for tea/coffee and Bishop Barron’s insight into this important figure in the Church.
'Calling S1 Young People - A social and catch up in St. Joseph's Hall on Saturday 9th November. 630pm to 830pm. Games, crafts,Pizza, Karaoke and much more. Tell your friends. Organised by Caritas students.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week-15 September (UN International Day of Peace is observed on 21 September) Peace is principally the attainment of the common good in society at its different levels, primary and intermediary, national, international and global. Precisely for this reason it can be said that the paths which lead to the attainment of the common good are also the paths that must be followed in the pursuit of peace. Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Day of Peace 2013
St Andrew's and St Joseph's continue to work various ways in an attempt to bring our parishes closer together. The clustering group meets 4/5a year and is always looking for new members. If you think that you might be interested in helping this growing endeavour please let Fr Mackle know. Next meeting 29th Oct 7pm in St Andrew’s.
A Rachel's Vineyard retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion will be held north of Glasgow on Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th October 2019.This confidential, supportive retreat is powerful for anyone who has been affected by their own or someone else’s abortion experience. For more information, please call/text Sr Andrea on 07816 942824 or email Rachel via the enquiry form on the website www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk
Mary’s Meals will be visiting the parish to collect any unwanted, rags etc for recycling on Sunday 29th September. If you will be handing in good clothing which can be sold in their charity shops, please label your bag clearly, otherwise it will be recycled as rags. Raffle tickets will be sold after each Mass.
Tradespeople Wanted– The church halls are a strong income source for the church. Last year over 100 parishioner events were held in the hall and there are over 20 lets a week by micro companies and social enterprises. The halls’ turnover is in excess of £17,000. However, the use of this fantastic parish resource comes with a cost! It needs to be maintained! At present, we usually employ trades from outside the parish. We really want to keep this inside the parish!. We will pay the going rate and don’t expect this service to be provided free of charge. Consequently, if there are any tradespeople in the parish, especially joiners, electricians, painters and plumbers who would like to help with the halls maintenance, can they please contact the Halls Committee Chairperson at email@example.com or call 07528 425 698. Many thanks.
Justice and Peace Scotland- Day of reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. 21stSept 10am -4pm at Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephen’s, Bath Street. Cost £10. Lunch provided. To book, visit www.justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk
Children’s Choir – Sep 22, Nov 10 & 24, & Dec 15 & 25. All at 10am. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 0141-942-9799 or 07749715514—firstname.lastname@example.org
The church is open until 4.45pm. Call in and enjoy the peace and quiet, and take time to sit in the stillness in the silence of God.
Tea is served in the hut after 10am daily Mass. All most welcome.
Forthcoming Special Collections –LEPRA – 21stSept. Missio – 20thOct.
17thSept – Parents’ Council – 6.30pm – Bearsden Academy
17th Sept – Association of Bearsden Churches -11am – Baptist Church
17thSept – Liturgy – 7pm - House
17th Sept – Justice & Peace – 7.30pm – Hut
26thSept– RCIA 7pm - Hut
26th Sept –Parish Pastoral Council– 7pm - House
Recently Dead--Filomena D’Aguanno, Cormac Morrow, Bill Ross, Jim McGlennan, Boyd Gawish, Stan Mitchell, Carmen Capaldi, Dante & Bridgina Biagonia
Anniversaries--Vicki Smith, Margaret Dunbar, Denis O’Neill, Moira Smith NYPD, Patricia English, Arnaldo Sumagang Snr, Eric Allen NYFD, Dunan McCallum.
4 Month Mind — Camilla Sheridan