and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man."
Important!! - Bearsden Bank Changes Our local Bank of Scotland which operates our Parish accounts has now closed for 3 weeks and will reopen again on 6th December as a counter free and coin free branch!!! This presents a big problem for us as a Parish insofar as the updated branch will no longer handle coin nor will it have night safe facility. Consequently all collections taken at Masses this weekend onwards will see our banking moved to the Milngavie branch where we can continue night safe facility and coin lodgement. Clearly we will continue and are grateful to accept coin donations via the collection plate however perhaps you would consider joining our 100 or so families who already make their Church donations via monthly standing order using electronic or telephone banking. This would assist us greatly in reducing the weight and volume of coins for banking whilst ensuring contributions are maintained. Can you please give close consideration to how and how much you give in Church donations and if you are familiar with electronic or telephone banking you can set up your own monthly standing order at the amount you wish to donate. Our Bank of Scotland ( Bearsden) sort code remains at 80-05-57 and the St Andrew’s Church account 00801995 or account 00801987 for Gift Aid donations. This w’end members of our Parish Finance & Fabric team are available at all. Masses to help with any questions and can issue paper standing order forms for anyone wishing to move to a monthly donation and not already on automated banking. Many thanks and again please give this your earliest consideration.
Brian Donnelly ( St A F & F team leader )
Justice and Peace Scotland have produced a short video to support the current campaign against human trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland. Its called ‘Open Wound’ and can be found on this link. Its purpose is to highlight that Human Trafficking or slavery, happens all across Scotland, in rural areas as well as in towns and cities.
Parish Pastoral Council –Among the items discussed at the PPC last week were holding another Sign Up Sunday early 2019, considering our Vision for the Future 2020, Pope Francis Faith Award 2019/2020, sending all new homes in the parish welcome card, an update of all parish groups and their activities / parish directory, reviewing improvements to our church entrance and church heating system. You will hear more about these in the weeks and months ahead and can read full minutes in more detail on the parish website.
The Piety Stall has a large selection of cards and gifts on sale for the forthcoming Sacrament of Confirmation.The full range of Christmas stock will be on sale at the Fair this Sunday, but meantime there is currently a large selection of Advent calendars and candles on sale in the stall.
Children’s Choir – November 18th; December 9th, 16th and 25th. All at 10am unless otherwise stated.Any queries, please contactAnnamaria Strachan 01419429799/07749715514- firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the following meetings-
Primary Three Parents- First Confession Parents Meeting - 17th January 2019 at 7pm in St Nicholas’ Primary.
Primary Four Parents- First Holy Communion Parents Meeting 31st January 2019 at 7pm in St Nicholas’ Primary.
The P4-P7 Children’s Liturgy are looking for some young helpers.If you are doing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards or the Caritas Award you will receive credit towards your award or if you would like to just volunteer your help would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers should be in at least 3rdat High School. if you would like to assist with the P4-P7’s Liturgy at the 10 O’clock Mass on a Sunday please speak to Father Mackle or contact Sharon Warner at email@example.com
St. Andrew’s Embroidery Group are creating an Embroidered Panel to celebrate the new St. Nicholas School. The Themes of the panel are the guiding principles of St. Nicholas life, his generosity, his faith and his support for those in need. The panel will be unveiled in the school on 6th December—St. Nicholas’ Feast Day. Join us at today’s Coffee morning after 10.00 and 12.00 Masses. The proceeds of this will go towards helping to fund the materials used to create the panel. Please come and support the Coffee Morning. We hope some embroiderers will be there to describe in more detail the panel and its creation. Thank you so much for your support.
Please join us at the St Andrew’s Parish Christmas Fair today after the 10am and 12 noon Masses.There’s a selection of charities from the parish at the event.All profits from the sale of Piety Stall cards and gifts go to St Andrew’s Church funds. Tea, coffee and home baking will be served after both masses in aid of, as mentioned above, funding the materials used to create the embroidered panel to celebrate the new St Nicholas school which is being made by the St Andrew’s Embroidery Group.
To mark the centenary of the passing of the Education (Scotland) Act 1918,Professor Stephen McKinney from University of Glasgow’s School of Education will give a talk on the hundred year history of Scottish Catholic Education in the Upper Hall on Thursday 6thDecember 2018 from 7pm until 8.30pm. Tea and coffee will be served and there will be an opportunity for discussion and questions during the evening. Please come along to what will be a very informative evening.
Messengers Christmas Reachout Meeting– 19thNov – Lower Hall.Area Leaders at 7.30 p.m. and Messengers at 8.00 p.m. Many thanks.
St Andrew’s Music and Quiz Night – Saturday 24 Nov Pop-up choir and the “Man Choir” final reahearsal Sunday at 3pm. Contact Margaret Charrier (07933713621) or Veronica McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org All proceeds going to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).As well as a Raffle, St. Andrew’s Club (200) New Season—29 Club first £1000 draw will take on the night. Good luck! Still some vacancies.
Many congratulationsto John Heath and his fellow students who will all be commissioned for the ministry of Catechist this Monday evening in the Cathedral by Archbishop Tartaglia. They have all completed the two year Award in Catholic Theological Education – Adult Faith Formation course. If you would be interested in this course and like to train to become a Parish Catechist, please speak to Fr Mackle
Church Cleaning Team -towards the end of the summer twelve Parishioners responded to a request in the bulletin and volunteered to clean the church. The team is divided into three groups working on a rota, cleaning the church on a Thursday at a time which suits each group.The team would like to be in a position to clean the church every week. In order to do this without asking the current members to clean more than once a month four more volunteers are required.Do you an hour and a half that you could give to this task once every four weeks?Are you and some friends looking for a rewarding social activity then join the church cleaning team and every fourth Thursday help to clean the church either during the day or in the evening at a time which suits you? If so speak to Father Mackle.Thank you.
Upcoming Special collections: White Flower – 2ndDec; Caring Sunday – 16thDec.
St Andrew’s Christmas Party Join us Saturday 8th December 2018, 2-4pm, in St Andrews Church upper hall. TEA & COFFEE * MINCE PIES * KIDS ENTERTAINER * SANTA If you would like to donate a present to Santa please mark it boy or girl and suitable age – this will go directly to a local charity.Tickets £6 per family. Available from Aura (07881445565) or Karen (07868062313) at the Toddlers & Pre school club, Thursdays 12:15-2:30.
Soup Run Christmas Gift Appeal The Christmas Soup Run will take place on Friday 14th December when we will visit 2 centres with gifts and mince pies as well as holding a carol service. If you are able to donate a gift, it would be very much. can be in a gift bag orbut all need togloves, hat, scarf, socks and underwear alongtoiletries and. An attached Christmas card with a short message is. Donations of boxed minced pies also needed please. Latermonth you will see abox in the porch where these can be left anytime before Sunday 9th December. Thank you very much for your support at this time and throughout the year. If youto join us for carols or to come along to the soup run the year, please let us know and come to the lower hall at 7pm Veronica McLaughlin on 07812 406691
Make your gifts matter this Christmas SCIAF’s Real Gifts make excellent presents at Christmas while helping families in poor countries free themselves from hunger, poverty and injustice. new catalogue has gifts to suit every budget, from stocking fillers like seeds and fingerlings to more practical items like school books and birth certificates. Pick up a catalogue from the back of the church or visit www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts. (J&P Group)
19thNov- Messengers – 7.30pm / 8.00pm – Lower Hall
20thNov– Justice & Peace – 7pm – Hut
20thNov- Liturgy Group – 7pm – House
22ndNov– NET Team American Thanksgiving Day Supper – House
27thNov– Cluster – 7pm – St Joseph’s
29thNov– Baptism Talk – 7pm – Upper hall
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick, and those in hospital.
Recently Dead— Anne Byrne, Margaret McKechnie, Aleena
Ahmed, Janice Whicher.
Anniversaries--Sister Teresa McGaughrin, Clare McTavish.