and she will call him Emmanuel."
11.30pm Christmas Eve Carol Service followed by Midnight Mass
10.00am (children’s choir) and 12.00pm - Christmas Day
Confessions for Christmas
22nd, 23rd and 24th December - 10.30 – 11.00am & 6pm – 7pm
Christmas Day 9.15am – 9.40am
Saturday 10.30am – 11.00am & 5.15pm – 5.45pm
Sunday 9.15am – 9.40am.
Invite someone you know back to Mass for Christmas. All of us know someone who has stopped going to Mass. Invite someone you know who no longer attends to return this Christmas. Invite them along to one of the Christmas masses at St Andrew’s.
Poinsettias for the sanctuary for Christmas. If you would like to donate a poinsettia, it would be gratefully received. Please hand it in to the church in the next day or two. Many thanks.
New Year’s Day Mass - 10am - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Nominations for Parish Pastoral Council. Pick up a form from the porch. Members are appointed to serve a three year term and membership is open to active parishioners over the age of 16. We are particularly looking for parishioners who would represent, on the PPC, the youth of the parish. Please return nomination form by Sunday, 18th January 2015. The Council is a planning body of parishioners which fosters the full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the Church as lived out in St. Andrew’s Parish. In consultation with the Parish Priest, the PPC actively listens to and identifies the needs and concerns of parishioners and helps develop a plan to respond to those needs.
The Glasgow midwives who fought to have their right to conscience respected in the workplace have lost their case at the Supreme Court in London. In a ruling that is likely to have wide implications for people of conscience working in the health service the judges have defined the conscience clause in the Abortion Act in a new and restrictive way. Archbishop Tartaglia said: "“I am dismayed and disappointed at this decision of the Supreme Court which fundamentally impacts on the right of every citizen in this country to follow their conscience in the workplace. This was never a case about the rights and wrongs of abortion. Nor was it a case about religion. Rather it was a case which centred on the right of ordinary citizens to have their conscience respected in society and at work. All of society is a poorer, less respectful and less tolerant place as a result of this decision.”
The Catholic Church's response to modern-day slavery of human trafficking is the Bakhita Initiative which encompasses Santa Marta group, an alliance of police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society to try to eradicate human trafficking and provide pastoral care to victims. If you're interested in knowing more or becoming involved, please contact the parish justice and peace group and read further here. www.catholicnews.org.uk/trafficking-conference-dec14
St Nicholas Care Fund ensures practical help where most needed. St Nicholas boxes to be returned please by 11th January.
The Bishops of Scotland are pleased to announce that from now on there will be no charge to the petitioner for marriage cases at the Scottish Catholic Inter-Diocesan Tribunal. Annulment and Marriage Validation - see Fr Mackle to learn more about the process if you are divorced and remarried or never married in the Catholic Church.
The Well is Deep - Archbishop Tartaglia invites you to a service to mark the week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Monday 19 January 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral. All are welcome.
Joint Parish Fundraiser Dance for SPRED (Glasgow) Come and support our joint Immaculate Conception/St Andrew’s Parish Dance at Immaculate Conception Church Hall on Saturday 14 February 2015 ( 7.30 pm to 11.45pm). We have music to dance to all evening with a fish supper buffet and quality raffle not forgetting excellent company! Tickets ( £10 per person) are limited so get in early. Contact at Immaculate Conception Parish : Fr Jim Lawlor 946-2071. Contact for St Andrew’s Parish: Brian Donnelly 942-6085. Prize donations for the raffle will be gratefully received.
The 2015 edition of The Western Catholic Calendar is on sale in the Piety Stall priced £3.00.
Connect & Encourage—Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Greetings card campaign. Would you like to send a card during the festive season to someone persecuted / imprisoned for his / her beliefs? List of addresses available in the porch.
Extraordinary showing of the Holy Shroud of Turin. A mini-pilgrimage from Glasgow will be led by Archbishop Tartaglia. Access to the Shroud for Glasgow pilgrims will be at 5pm on Fri 5 June 2015. Pilgrims can book their flights and hotels to suit their own needs, anything from a Thursday to Saturday trip to a longer holiday. Archdiocese can advise on travel arrangements but pilgrims will make their own final arrangements. Return flights £100-£150. If you wish to register an interest, please call on 226 5898 or email: Ronnie.Convery@rcag.org.uk
Unity Supper at New Kilpatrick New Halls on Wednesday 14th January 7.15 for 7,30. Tickets £9.50 from Margaret Sanders. Speaker – Very Rev Albert Bogle, Chairman of the Vine Trust.
Five things I can do to promote Vocations. Please see in the porch a variety of ‘five things to do’ leaflets.
Padre Pio Prayer Group will next meet on Monday, 12th January 2015.
Discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood? If you think God may be inviting you to such a vocation, and for evenings of Catechesis, Prayer and Fraternity to help discern your vocation (2nd Friday of the month) please contact Vocations Director, Fr Ross Campbell, email@example.com (339 4315)
Why not take a copy of the bulletin to someone who cannot be at church today.
Mass attendance – 13/14 Dec – 600
Care Not Killing Petition. www.carenotkilling.org.uk/scotland/petition/. Please sign. "Care not killing" is a UK based alliance which aims to ensure existing laws against euthanasia are not weakened as well as promoting improved palliative care.
Special Second Collections for Advent and Christmas – 28th Dec – Pro-Life; 4th Jan – Justice & Peace; 8th Feb – Education Sunday.