and to God what belongs to God."
Over the past fortnight, 46 of our young children celebrated their First Reconciliation (Confession) in the church. Please remember them and their wonderful families in your prayers. Sincere thanks to all the stewards for all their help.
We are delighted to let you know that the St Andrew’s Piety Stall has gone online, so you can order Christmas cards, Advent calendars, Advent candles and Christmas Eve boxes from the comfort of your own home. The Christmas Eve box is a new line, to make Christmas Eve extra special, comprising a beautiful selection of gifts for children, comprising a Christmas candle, mini Nativity snow globe, children's Christmas story book, wooden angel to decorate and a tube of sweets. All orders can be collected from the organiser’s homes in Bearsden, but if that’s not possible we will arrange local delivery. We have limited stock, so best to place your orders sooner rather than later. As always, all profits go directly to Church funds. Many thanks, Annamaria Strachan and Anne MacIntosh Piety Stall
Congratulations to David Maguire who has been honoured with an M.B.E. in the recent Honours List. During Lockdown, David repurposed his restaurant GWR, next to Gartnavel Hospital, to provide free hot meals for NHS staff, the homeless and those served by Drumchapel and St Gregory’s food banks. His team at GWR worked tirelessly and were always cheerful and helpful. This initiative could not have succeeded without the volunteer drivers from within the parish co-ordinated by Veronica McLaughlin. Thanks also to the St Nicholas Care Fund who were able to provide some financial support.
Live streamed October Devotions – Rosary and Benediction each Sunday at 4.30pm. Find us on our YouTube channel
The Youth Ministry Team for St Andrew's and St Joseph's parishes met recently via zoom. While there was real disappointment at the inevitable cancellation of the events planned for this year, the team are keen that the young people of both parishes should know they have certainly not been forgotten. We hope to be able to plan some youth activities - whether virtual or in person - before Christmas and we are looking at ways to support the continuation of the Pope Francis Faith Award for pupils in P6 and P7.
In the meantime, we congratulate and pray for all our young parishioners who made their First Confession recently, and all those who will make their First Holy Communion very soon. Also, we look forward to the celebration of Confirmation in November.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 18 October Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws of an economy that seems at times to treat people as mere consumers. Pope Francis, Address to Archbishop Justin Welby, 14 June 2013
First Holy Communion Masses will take place on Sundays November 1, 8 and 15 at 2pm. Please keep the boys and girls, and their families, teachers and catechists in your prayers. An instructional video will be sent out soon to all families.
First Communion cards/gifts are available on request from the piety stall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for options. We also have Confirmation cards.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for S1 pupils will be on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th November at 7pm. A letter has been posted to all families advising of all the arrangements. Please keep the candidates in your prayers. Online catechesis for home learning has also been sent out, and we’ll soon be posting to all an instructional video.
First Holy Communion & Confirmation - As I am sure you will appreciate, these liturgies will be very different from what we are normally used to, but they will be no less special occasions of celebration for the boys and girls. Remember, face coverings will need to be worn for all these occasions.
RCIA - If you or someone you know isn’t baptised or baptised in another Christian tradition and would like to enquire about becoming Catholic, please get in touch. Email email@example.com
As seating capacity in the church is much reduced due to current social distancing guidelines, a booking system is required. To register to use the booking system, please go to the home page on this link. Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended. It is still fine not to go to Mass during these circumstances.
Here's some helpful guidance from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland
Please familiarise yourself with it ahead of attending Mass.
➡️ Read: bit.ly/BackToMass (includes video)
➡️ Phase 3 guidance: bit.ly/Phase3ScotGov
Drumchapel Foodbank - 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org by12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Recently Dead – James Burnett, May Cairns, Patrick Fox, Mary Glen, Esther Joyce, Brendan Parker, Mary Meehan, Denis McKay, Eileen and William McNeil, Keith McVicar, Maureen Murray, Finbarr Richardson, Winnie Ryan, Frank Turley
Anniversaries – Edith Higgins, Con McConville, Maureen Morton