Christmas Eve Vigils - 4.00 p.m. & 5.30 p.m.* - both fully booked.
Christmas Day - 8.30 a.m. Spaces still available here
Christmas Day - 10.00 a.m.* & 12:00 noon - both fully booked
*The 5.30pm Vigil, and the 10.00am Masses will be live streamed on St Andrew's YouTube Channel. (Both of these will be preceded by a Christmas Carol Event at 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. respectively, see the musicians' notice further down this page.)
It is so unfortunate that we cannot accommodate everyone who would like to attend Mass this Christmas.
Please, it really is important that you do not turn up without booking, as we do not wish to embarrass or disappoint anyone who has not booked by refusing them entry.
Confessions for Christmas - As well as Confessions on Saturdays 4.15pm - 4.45pm & Sundays 9.15am - 9.45am, there will be additional confession times
Monday 21st Dec – 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday 22nd Dec - 7.00pm - 8.00pm.
Penitents will have privacy in the main church.
Due to the restrictions, the confessional cannot be used.
Through the ministry of the Church, in the Sacrament of Penance, God gives pardon and peace.
Huge thanks to all who looked after the arrangements and preparations for our Youth Advent Evening, and to all our young people who came along to it. It was lovely and prayerful and peaceful and a great preparation for Christmas. Thinking caps are on for future youth events.
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, especially during the schools’ Christmas break.
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.
Dear Parishioners, the Parish Musicians would like to invite you all to a Special Christmas Carols event on Thursday 24th December at 4.30pm and Christmas morning at 9am, before the two live streamed Christmas Masses. We will have a streamed carol sing -a- long for everyone to join in with at home. Words will be scrolled across the screen, so please join in with us singing along to all your favourite carols, playing along or just listening to your favourites, as a joyful preparation to the festivities.
We are all missing many of the usual musical events of the season, but we hope you, and especially all the children in the parish, will all join in at home in sharing some of this joyful Christmas music together.
A Very Happy Christmas from all the Parish Musicians.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 20 December God’s heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself “became poor”. The entire history of our redemption is marked by the presence of the poor. Salvation came to us from the “yes” uttered by a lowly maiden from a small town on the fringes of a great empire. Evangelii Gaudium, para. 197
Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace – 3rd January - – Bishop Nolan’s letter for Justice & Peace Sunday can be found on the J&P Scotland website. A portion of our collection that weekend will go toward supporting the vital work of J&P. Follow J&P Scotland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or check out the website for information on current issues and campaigns. If you would be interested in the work of our cluster's Justice & Peace group and for any information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Act now and ask your MP to oppose introducing assisted suicide The assisted suicide lobby have launched a large campaign to put pressure on the Government to reconsider the legalisation of assisted suicide. It is vital that it is clear to the Government that the public want them to continue to hold strong against this pressure from assisted suicide campaigners and reject their demands. Right To Life UK have set up and easy to use tool which will enable you to email your MP asking them to make it clear to the Government that it should not give into demands from the assisted suicide lobby to reconsider the legalisation of assisted suicide. It only takes 30 seconds to email your MP by visiting the link below: https://righttolife.org.uk/StopAssistedSuicide
Catholic Adoption Agency, St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society, which supports some of Scotland's most vulnerable children, is hosting a 'Virtual Crib Appeal' this Advent. Due to congregation sizes being limited due to Covid19 restrictions the charity could lose out on up to £100k in donations made each year by the Catholic community to its Crib Appeal collection boxes. St Margaret’s Virtual Crib is a peaceful, animated crib scene accompanied by a full Christmas Carol Concert from the St Andrew's Cathedral Choir. St Margaret's Virtual Crib will be live until the Feast of the Epiphany on their website at stmargaretsadoption.org.uk. Donations can be made via the St Margaret’s website or by cheque posted to the charity’s office at 26 Newton Place, Glasgow, G3 7PY.
Final week of our Journey Through Advent ~ A daily page of a few ideas to help us focus on this special time which encourages us to take stock and prepare for Christmas. Available on the parish social media platforms and on the website.
St Nicholas Care Fund December Flourish features the Archbishop’s Appeal and an article outlining some of the projects that the Care Fund has supported this year. This year, donations can be made electronically at www.rcag.org.uk – choose St Nicholas Care Fund from “The Archdiocese” drop-down menu.
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 www.standrewsbearsden 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
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 by12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Recently Dead – Wieslaw Bialobrzycki, Helen Friar, Nan MacLean, May Moran,
Cameron Wallace, Mary Welsh.
Anniversaries – Anne Gilbey, Goerge and James Mackie, Gerald Taylor, Greta Ward.