Masses for Christmas
Christmas Eve 5pm & 10pm
Midnight Mass in St Joseph’s, Milngavie.
Christmas Day 10am (Children’s Choir) & 12noon
Masses for New Year
New Year's Eve - 11.30pm followed by Seasonal Refreshments.
New Year's Day - 10am
Golden Jubilee event Kelvin Choir Christmas Concert with Special Guests, St Andrew’s children’s choir. This afternoon 3pm 17th Dec. Tickets £5/3(children) including refreshments. Pay on the door.
Advent Youth Mass – this weekend’s Vigil for all young people of our parish cluster of St Benedict’s, St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s, followed with pizza in the hall, and then a short Nightfever of quiet time and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in candlelight with some uplifting music.
Joint Carol Service. St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s Primaries. Friday 22nd December at 10am in St Andrew’s Church. All most welcome. Please note Mass will be at 9am.
Festive Teas and Coffees –Sunday 17th December. Please join us for mince pies and tea/coffee/mulled wine afteramin the Upper Hall. This is the last coffee morning of this year so, please join us if you can. This month we will be raising funds for the St Nicholas Care Fund.you give to the St Nicholas Care Fund, you give collectively to so many different kinds of good causes.Many more than you would be able to help individually. Your support:- Changeslives of children living in poverty. Helpsparents bring up their families Helpsfamilies to stay together by supporting grandparents as Kinship Carers. We take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and generosity and to wish you all, the compliments of the season. Veronica and David Maguire x
Parish Library Update. The Parish Library has been updated to include a section for children’s books and DVDs which will be expanded through the course of 2018. Parishioners are encouraged to take advantage of the library and to sign books in and out using the sign out book. When returning or donating books or DVDs, please use the basket provided, rather than putting the books directly onto the book shelves. will help with the administration of the library. Thank you.
St Joseph's Advent Candlelit Reflection– An invitation to St Andrew’s and St Benedict’s to an evening of Advent music and reflection thisThursst7.30 pm - followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the hall. An Advent cluster event.
Thank you very much for your many generous gifts for the Soup run. We had a lovely night of singing, warm drinks, food and gift giving. With the Parish gifts and a significant donation of shoebox gifts from Bearsden Academy, we managed to contribute to Women’s Aid, City Mission, Drumchapel Foodbank, the Wayside Club, Aspire emergency accommodation as well as our own Soup run. Thank you also to the St. Pio Prayer Group for a generous cash donation which will be used to stock up in cups etc. Your continued support is very much appreciated. The next Soup run is on Friday the 5th of January. Merry Christmas and best wishes from the Soup run team.
10pm Mass on Christmas Eve - As we feel that an earlier time might be better suited for people, there will be no Midnight Mass for Christmas 2017, and instead there will be a Mass at 10pm. The Christmas Carol Service will begin at 9.30pm. In our parish cluster, there will still be a 12 Midnight Mass in St Joseph’s.
Confessions for Christmas - 18th Dec – 9.30am – 9.50am; 19thDec – 9.30am – 9.50am; 20thDec 9.30am – 9.50am;21stDec – 9.30- 9.50am & 6-7pm.22nd Dec - 6-7pm.23rd Dec – 10.30-11.00am & 5.15-5.45pm; Christmas Eve – 9.15-9.40am; Christmas Day - 9.15 - 9.40am. Pick up a Confession in Advent leaflet.
Day of Confessions in St Andrew’s Cathedral from 8am to 5.30pm on Tues 19th Dec. This may be handy for you if you are in the city centre for work or shopping.
Altar Servers’ Awards. Four Servers are due to be enrolled officially into the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen (Thomas Gibbons at the Vigil Mass and Antony Sheridan, Peter Docherty and Ewan Kennedy at the 10am Mass on Sunday 17th December). Each will receive the familiar bronze medal on a red cord, as they have demonstrated, by assisting at Mass regularly for over two years, their commitment to their parish ministry by serving at the Altar. At the same time, acknowledgement of long-standing service is also being made to Eva Pryce, David Docherty and Katie Sheridan who have both served faithfully for over five years, this recognition being marked by exchanging their red cords for yellow cords. Well done and congratulations to all concerned. We are very fortunate at St. Andrew’s to have a number of good and committed Servers. Although this Autumn, five youngsters recently started serving, there is a real need for more Altar Servers: any approach to Fr Mackle or Chris Sanders will be most welcome.
Poinsettias for the sanctuaryChristmas will be gratefully received.Please hand in this weekend 16th/17th. Big Clean for Christmas: In preparation for Christmas, the church will be cleaned this Thurs 21stafter 10am Mass. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible please(men as well as women) to come along and help with this essential task.
Parents Meetings – for First Confession, 11th January 2018 at 7pm. For First Holy Communion, 18th January 2018 at 7pm. Both meetings in the upper hall. First Holy Communion dates – Sundays 13th and 20th May 2018 at 12noon Mass.
Confirmation preparation meeting - Tuesday, 16th January 2018 at 7pm in St Joseph's for parents and sponsors. On the same evening and at the same time in St Joseph’s, catechists of the two parishes will gather with the P7s to lead them in preparing for Confirmation.
Primary 7 parents - The Piety Stall has a selection of books about the lives of the Saints on sale which may be helpful with preparation for Confirmation.
Advent Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast. If everyone coming to Mass in St Andrew's could donate at least oneof meal in a can (tinned mac n cheese, tinned curry, tinned stew) this would be of great help. Collection boxes are taken from porch every Monday morning. Thank you for your help.
Make your gifts matter this Christmas SCIAF’s Christmas Real Gifts make great presents for friends and family while helping people in poverty to build a brighter future. parish catalogue is now available at the back of the Church, alternatively you can visit www.sciaf.org.uk/realgiftscall 0141 354 5555 to find out more.
Children’s Choir – December 17th 10am Mass and Kelvin Choir concert 3pm. Dec 25th (Christmas Mass) – All at 10am unless otherwise stated. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan01419429799/07749715514 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Padre Pio Prayer Group meets on Mondays 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 - new members always welcome. Meets on Mondays at 4pm in the Hut. The Legion, over the course of the next few months, will be visiting this year’s First Holy Communion families. Divine Mercy Novena is prayed weekdays after morning Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. All most welcome.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – each Saturday from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Please consider coming to spend some time in adoration and prayer each Saturday.
Pilgrimage to Rome – 15th – 19th October 2018. Open to all catechists, teachers, retired teachers, and anyone else involved in Catholic Education. £850 per person. Single room supplement £60. To book, contact email@example.com See noticeboard for more details. Celebrating the Centenary of the 1918 Education Act
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Louise Dolan, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Joseph McDermid, Charlie Harper, Paul Sheridan, John Gerard Miller, Michelle Rajab, Matthew Craig, Maurice Boyce, Maria Giovanazzi, Jim Cameron, Annamaria McGill, Shona Doherty, Geraldine Moy, Vincent McDonald, Pat O’Neill, Michael Timoney, Baby Julia McLeod.
Recently Dead—John Hearns, Margaret Brodie, Allan Devlin, Jos Weber, Michael Moss.
Anniversaries--Francis Xavier Deighan, Mary Moss.