and my Father will love him and we will come to him."
Sacramental Preparation - Just to remind all Primary 3, 4 & 7 families that the archdiocesan web page below has been created to support the families of pupils who were preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation, but are now unable to due to the current situation. It is hoped that the materials and resources on this web page will support you in continuing your child's preparation at home. The archdiocesan RE Dept will continue to update this web page over the coming weeks, so please keep checking it and their Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. In the meantime, it is hoped that these activities uploaded are of some use. Please don't hesitate to phone or email the chapel house, if any help or support is needed.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - Sunday - 17 May
Looking at our current reality, I ask myself if we have understood the lesson of Pacem in Terris? I ask myself if the words justice and solidarity are only in our dictionary or if we all work so that they become a reality?
Pope Francis, Address celebrating the 50th anniversary of 'Pacem in Terris', 3 October 2013
With our piety stall being closed we are offering individual cards for posting, or collection from the chapel house porch. We have a full range of cards for almost every occasion, all £1 or 40p each. P&P is £1 per order (up to 4 cards) or free if collected from the chapel house porch. Email Annamaria (firstname.lastname@example.org) to place an order. Payment is by bank transfer or cheque.
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations was on at the start of this month.
O God, we humbly ask you to bless our Archdiocese of Glasgow with many priests, brothers and sisters who will love You with their whole strength and gladly spend their entire lives to serve your Church and to make You known and loved.
Bless our families, bless our young people. Choose from our homes those needed for your work.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us, pray for our priests, religious and deacons. Obtain for us many more. Pray, too, for our seminarians, especially during this period of lockdown, that they may be given courage and perseverance in their discerning. Amen.
RCAG Youth continue to offer a variety of online opportunities for the young people of the archdiocese - including Morning Prayer LIVE!, Lectio Divina Online and weekly audiences with guest speakers, amidst other things. To find out more, please check out www.facebook.com/RCAGYouth"
RCAG Youth is also launching Series 1 of 'An Audience with…' on YouTube this Thursday. These are recordings from the first series where a variety of guest speakers including young people shared about their journey of faith and vocation/work. You will be able to find it here www.youtube.com/channel/UCwxLftBw5I5W-Khbxzs18CQ
During this Lovely Month of May, if you have a photo of your May Altar at home, email it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put it online.
Visiting of Sick and Housebound:- The clergy and extraordinary ministers of holy communion unfortunately are not permitted to visit the sick and housebound as these are high risk people and we need to avoid bringing the virus to them. Please don't hesitate to phone 942 4635 for telephone ministry.
Virtual Mass:- the Cathedral streams Mass twice per day (1300 & 1715) on Weekdays and on Sundays with Vigil Mass Saturday at 1715, Sundays 1000, 1200, 1715). You can join in spiritually through the link on their website or by going directly to the link https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral
Monsignor and Fr Mackle continue to celebrate Mass separately throughout the Easter Season praying for the parish community and their intentions.
Drumchapel foodbank: If you can, as part of your daily exercise this week, drop off a food donation in the chapel house porch and our volunteers will get it to those in need. Also, If you know of anyone who lacks resources to buy food, please mention the foodbank at St Joseph's Milngavie (hall on left hand side), which opens from 2pm to 3.30pm on Fridays and 12.30-13.30pm on Sundays.
Our parish's soup run and some new volunteers continue to deliver more than 700 GWR hot meals each week to families and individuals in need. This includes deliveries to Drumchapel and St Gregory's foodbanks, those in emergency accommodation across the city and a registered charity in Drumchapel supporting vulnerable families.
Flourish – this month's available at www.flourishnewspaper.co.uk
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 by 12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin will be available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Have you ever considered adoption as a way to grow your family? Could you provide a loving, stable family environment for a child who needs a forever home? If you would like to find out more about the adoption process, please visit www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk or contact us on 0141 332 8371 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCIAF: FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE
This Lent, your £1=£2 (and even more if you Gift Aid it).
From 21st February to 20th May all public donations made to the WEE BOX BIG CHANGE appeal will be doubled by the UK government.
Your donations will help SCIAF’s life changing work around the world, while match funding from the UK government will transform the lives of thousands of extremely vulnerable women affected by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Please show your usual generosity. In these circumstances, without there obviously being a collection, all donations are to be sent direct to SCIAF. https://www.sciaf.org.uk
Justice & Peace group
BISHOPS ANNOUNCE NEW PASTORAL MINISTRY WORKING GROUP The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland have announced the formation of a Covid-19 Working Group, which will begin examining how best to meet the long-term pastoral needs of the Catholic community during the pandemic.
A range of approaches, focusing on the liturgical, spiritual and welfare needs of the Catholic community during a time of long-term restrictions will be examined by a newly established Pastoral Ministry Working Group. This group will aim to ensure that the Church is prepared for the possibility of extended restrictions on the operation of parishes and dioceses by planning for forms of pastoral ministry which will be viable in the COVID-19 context.
The group will be chaired by Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.
More details are available on the following link: https://www.bcos.org.uk/News/tabid/113/Default.aspx
Recently Dead –Jim Main, Margaret Gallagher, John Valente, Mary Innes, Elise O'Hagan, Jim Gibson, Maurice Boyce, Anne McAllister, Margaret Arioli, Anne Marie Nadoo, Eamon McKeown, Susanne Salt, Kathleen Blake, Elaine Sullivan, Patricia McGinley.
Anniversaries – Chic Kerr, Camilla Sheridan, Margaret Allan, John Davie, Bill English,
Six Months' Mind – Maria Farmer