born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons."
The January soup run will take place on 6th January. Donations will be accepted from 7pm in the lower hall. Many thanks for your continuing support.
Christmas Soup Run - Many thanks to all who handed in gifts for the Christmas Soup Run. This year some of the pupils from Bearsden Academy contributed 82 boxes of Christmas gifts. This fabulous combined effort allowed us to distribute to the men who attend the soup run and make a significant contribution to the Christmas celebration at the Wayside Club. Your gifts were greatly appreciated.
A very big thank you to all those who worked so hard in so many ways preparing the church and the Masses for Christmas Day and for this Holy Season. All the musical, liturgical and decorative preparations, people’s participation at Mass and involvement in various ministries are greatly appreciated. Our crib remains in place for forty days until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on 2nd February. Crib offerings go towards the St Margaret’s family society which supports children, especially through providing adoption services. Small donation boxes are available in the porch. Please support St Margaret’s with your donations and with your prayers.
A huge thank you to those who generously give of their time serving in the piety stall and to those who have supported it with purchases. The fantastic amount of £1500 profit was raised during 2016, which is a great boost to parish funds. That’s a £300 increase in profits from the previous year.
For Primary 3 Families - Preparation for First Confession
Thursday 12th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall for parents whose children are preparing to celebrate Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent 2017.
As well as the meeting on 12th January, all P3 children and their parents, (grandparents also, if they wish) are asked to attend an important preparation meeting on Thursday 23rd February 7pm-9pm in the Upper Hall, which will be led by the Salesian Sisters and their team.
For Primary Four Families - Preparation for First Holy Communion
Thursday 26th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall for parents whose children are preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion in May 2017.
Golden Jubilee Prayer - We are very grateful to St Andrew’s primary pupils for writing the Jubilee Prayer, which will be prayed regularly throughout the Jubilee year. We would be grateful, please, if prayer cards are not removed from the pews. There are ones available in the porch to take away.
Golden Jubilee Embroidery Workshops will start back on Thurs 12th Jan from 4-6pm in the Lower Hall.
We look forward to all families, who have had a celebration of Baptism recently, gathering together for the 10am Mass on Sunday, 15th January. After Mass, there will be refreshments served in the parish hall to which everyone is invited.
The Legion of Mary will be visiting families in the parish who have had the celebration of a baptism recently. The Legion meets Tuesdays 7.30pm in the Hut. New members always welcome.
An event for all interested Catholic parents with children currently at school - Sat, 21 Jan, 10am - 12 noon in St Francis Xavier Church Hall, Taylor Avenue, Carfin. Parents will have the chance to talk about the matters which are important to them regarding Catholic education and to discuss ways in which they can contribute to the Mission of their child's Catholic school. Places for this event are free, but booking is essential. For further information and to book a place, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0141 556 4727 or complete the online form at sces.org.uk
Scotland's National Holocaust Memorial Event 2017 will take place on the evening of 26 January at Bishopbriggs Academy. The event is a partnership between Interfaith Scotland, Scottish Government, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and East Dunbartonshire Council. If you would like to represent St Andrew’s Parish at this event, please let Fr Mackle know and also email Provost Una Walker’s PA, Karen Thomas, email@example.com by 13 January. Scotland’s National Commemoration Event, Thursday 26 January 2017
The Western Catholic Calendar for 2017 is now on sale in the Piety Stall, priced at £3.20 St Nicholas Trust Care Boxes - please return them by Jan 8th.
St Margaret’s Adoption Society Crib Boxes - please return them by 5th Feb. Adoption, creating new families. Visit www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk
Children’s Choir - 8th &15th January; 19th February (Education Sunday); 12th & 19th March; 14th & 21st May; 11th & 18th June. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 01419429799/07749715514 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Second Collections – 1st Jan – Pro-Life; 8th Jan – Justice & Peace; 19th Feb – Education Sunday.
Support in time of bereavement - for anyone seeking assistance, who is suffering a bereavement (not necessarily recently) and feels they could benefit from
talking to someone about it, St Andrew’s Support in Bereavement Group is holding a Drop In Meeting in the Hut (behind the Chapel House) on Thursday 5th January at 7.30 pm and will make you most welcome.
Library - Many thanks for the donations to the library. There is now a notebook on the bookcase. Please fill in your name, the name of the book borrowed and the date borrowed in the appropriate columns. When you return the book please fill in the date it was returned.
A screening of 'Apparition Hill ...A Film about Life ..and What Comes After' will be shown in the Empire Cinema, Clydebank on Thursday 19th January from 18.30pm to 21.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online: www.evenbrite.co.uk
Christmas Season Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. All donations of food items gratefully received.Collection boxes are taken from the church porch every Monday morning. Thank you.
Unity Supper at New Kilpatrick Halls on Wed 18 Jan 7.15. Tickets £10 from Margaret Sanders 942 7519. Speaker – May Nicholson, Preshal Trust.
Reachout – Fri 6th Jan at 10.30am
50th Anniversary – Mon 9th Jan at 7pm
RCIA – Wednesdays 11th & 25th Jan at 7pm
P3 Parents – Thurs 12th Jan at 7pm
On-Going Faith Formation – Mon 16th Jan at 10.30am
Bereavement Support – Mon 16th Jan at 7pm
School Council – Tues 17th Jan at 7pm
Children’s Liturgy – Thurs 19th Jan at 7pm
Youth Committee – Tues 24th Jan at 7pm
Eco Jubilee Gardeners – Thurs 26th Jan at 1pm
P4 Parents – Thurs 26th Jan at 7pm
Reaching Out – Fri 27th Jan at 10.30am
Fabric & Finance – Tues 31st Jan at 7pm
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Louise Dolan, Ronald Coia, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Baby Finn, Joan Davis, Margie Cornyn, Patricia Swiatek, Gilbert O’Rourke, Joseph McDermid, Charlie Harper, Bruce Davidson, Paul Sheridan, John Gerard Miller, Maureen MacIntosh, Davie Peacock, Anne Rodgers, Diarmid O’Hara, Barbara Holland, Michelle Rajab, Matthew Craig, Maurice Boyce, Margaret Kieran, James Keegan, Martin Reynolds, Maura Murphy.
Recently Dead—Sadie Thompson, Ann Hannigan, Joe Flood, Thomas Roger Morgan, William Brannan, Josephine Docherty, John McConnell, Jack Glancy
Anniversaries—Maureen Armour, Gerald Corish