Free Coffee Morning - Happy New Year! Please come along and join us for a cuppa and some delicious home baking next Sunday 19th January after 10am Mass in the upper hall. As we are combining this with the Parish's Family Baptism Sunday, it will be a free coffee morning. Thanks also to all those who came along to December's Christmas Coffee Morning. The sum of £188.50 was raised for The St Nicholas Care Fund. As always, thank you for your support and generosity.
Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated for P7 pupils of St Andrew's and St Joseph's Parishes in Andrew's Church 7pm 13th May 2020. Enrolment forms, available in the church porch, to be returned, please, by 9th February. There is a meeting for parents of P7 pupils preparing for Confirmation February 20 at 6pm in St Andrew's Upper Hall. Please note change of time of meeting.
The St. Andrew's Squad- (S.A.S.) for all children in the parish preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Sunday 2nd February from 9.00am in the Upper Hall leading into 10am Mass and children's liturgy. Any queries please contact Tamara Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org
Cluster Youth Event - St Joseph's Poundshop. Young people, bring along your unwanted toys, games and books and swop with your friends. St Joseph's hall after 10am Sunday Mass. There will be a Fair Trade tuckshop, admission £1, tea/coffee for accompanying adults. All proceeds towards future Youth events.
Greet the 29 Pope Francis Faith Award participants, (they're the young people wearing a PFFA lanyard) getting involved in various parish Faith actions, such as altar serving, handing out bulletins, holding the SVDP box, helping with passkeeping, children's liturgy, children's choir, children's music, reading, serving in the piety stall, delivering Reachout, and assisting at youth events. Good PFFA photos on Facebook & Twitter. We'll soon be looking for the P6s to help recruit new PFFA participants from among the P5s.
'New Life In Christ' loop video now on YouTube https://youtu.be/Bit7OMFZjco
Will be showing this weekend for Baptism Family Sunday, as well as at 30th Jan First Holy Communion parents' meeting in St Nicholas'
There is a First Holy Communion meeting for P4 Parents on Thursday, January 30 at 6pm(please note new start time) in St Nicholas' School.
First Holy Communion celebrations for St Andrew's parish will take place at the 12.00 noon Mass on 10th & 17th May. Please keep the first communicants in your prayers. Parents will be advised regarding rehearsals' arrangements at the 30th Jan meeting.
NET Ministry Faith/Fun Day for the young people of St Joseph's & St Andrew's beginning with 10am Mass in St Andrew's through to 2pm. For all young people in P6, P7,S1 & S2. Lunch will be provided.
The NET Ministry team of young Americans, who are working with youth in parishes and schools across Scotland over the course of the year ahead, will be treated to a Burns Night celebration supper of good food, songs, poems and bagpipes on Friday 24th January here in the parish.
Invitation to all our senior parishioners to St Nicholas' Robert Burns' school assembly celebration Tues 4th Feb. 1.45pm of poems, songs and some traditional toasts to 'the lassies' and 'the haggis' led by P4-P7. Come along. Just turn up.
St Nicholas Care Fund boxes to be returned, please, by 26th Jan.
St Margaret's Adoption Agency Crib Boxes to be returned, please, by 2nd Feb.
All Christmas stock in the Piety Stall is half price. Come and have a look and get some bargains !
Monthly Reflection Session after the 10 am weekday Mass on Monday 27th of January will take place in the Church House dining room. We will be reflecting on the gospel for Sunday 2nd of February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which is Luke 2:22-40. Please join us for coffee/ tea and a friendly discussion.
Rachel's Vineyard Retreat: A Rachel's Vineyard retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion will be held north of Glasgow on Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th February 2020. 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
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 19 January The faithful, therefore, must learn the deepest meaning and the value of all creation, as well as its role in the harmonious praise of God. Lumen Gentium, para. 36
'Theology Thursdays' seminars with a theological focus for non-experts and beginners. Details on Archdiocese of Glasgow website. 5-6pm in the Ogilvie Room (526), St Andrew's Building, UOG. From 30th Jan. Email at email@example.com
On Thursday 13th February from 4.30 – 6pm, Maura McRobbie will do a short presentation on her novel, Howth, in the Chapel House. The book, which is set in Dublin and Glasgow, is semi-biographical and is based on the story of her grandmother. It explores the powerful influences of religion in the early twentieth century. There are only a few first edition copies left following a successful launch last year. These will be for sale at the event. All proceeds will go to St Andrew's Parish Homeless Fund. The book is also available to read on Kindle. If you are interested in attending the presentation, please contact the parish on 0141 942 4635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a Unity Supper on January 29th, at 7.15pm, in New Kilpatrick Halls. Tickets are £12 from Margaret Sanders 942 7519, and the speaker is the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, Convener, Church of Scotland Assembly Trustees.
New Year; New Start; New Hobby Why not come along to St Joseph's Church Hall on Tuesdays at 7.30pm & try some ceilidh dancing? All you need is comfy shoes & £6 Teacher: Peter Knapman. Accordionist: Rachel Campbell. Call 07902 127370
Please keep in your prayers Yvonne McCafferty and Jen Wright, who are journeying though RCIA preparing to become Catholic this Easter.
Next DVD in Bishop Baron's Pivotal Players series will be shown this Thurs 23rd Jan,7pm in the Upper Hall. The subject of the episode being shown is St Thomas Aquinas who is considered one of the Catholic Church's greatest theologians and philosophers. Please join us for tea/coffee and Bishop Barron's insight into this very important figure in the Church.
Church Halls The church halls are used for a huge range of activities. For the New Year, why not make one of your Resolutions to be to support a local business or charity and the church through taking part in one or more of these activities. They include Weekday Wow Factor seniors daytime disco; two slimming classes; two choirs; the University of Third Age; flower arranging classes; puppy & dog training classes; various fitness, Pilates and dance classes for all ages and abilities; carpet bowls; a rugby play programme for 2 – 5 year olds; whist; Bearsden Literary Society; and toddlers and pre-school clubs. Both halls are also available at weekends for birthday parties, christenings, anniversary parties, fund raisers, weddings and funerals. For further details, please visit the web site on http://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/church-halls.html or call the Halls Letting Secretary on 07528 425 698. Happy New Year from the Halls Committee.
January Meetings –
Caritas – 20th Jan – 7pm – House;
School Parents Council – 21st Jan 6.30pm Bearsden Academy;
Justice & Peace – 21st Jan 7pm St Joseph's;
Fabric & Finance – 21st Jan 7pm – House; RCIA – 23rd Jan 7pm – Hut;
Safeguarding Coordinator – 28th Jan 6.30pm – House;
Emmaus – 31st Jan 10.30am House
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick, and those in hospital.
Recently Dead——Angela Lee, Jim Hanlon, Jack Parkin, Anne Gilbey, Rena Sharkey, Patricia McMahon, Gerry Murphy, Alice Smith, Catherine Costello, Renee Kane.
Anniversaries—Ruby & Richard Gibson, Bill Smith, Barbara Holloran, PAA Smith, Peter Lafferty.