and you also will testify."
Happy Fathers’ Day all in the parish. We remember all our fathers, living and dead, in our prayers today and ask God’s blessing on them.
Reopening of St Andrew’s Our church will reopen as of Wednesday, June 24, for anyone wishing to call in for quiet contemplative prayer. From now until the next easing of restrictions the church will be open on Sundays, beginning Sunday 28th June between 10am and 12noon, and on Wednesdays from 12noon until 3pm.
Please remember to bring your face covering with you, and follow the directions of the stewards on sanitising your hands and being guided to designated seating.
Those who visit the church for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays are asked not to stay for too long (perhaps 15 minutes), at least initially, both to ensure that as many people as possible can use the limited space available and because longer exposure increases the virus risk.
Please also note important news re Church & Scottish Government Guidelines - For funerals and all vigil and Sunday Masses, as well as times for private prayer parishes are being advised to get a list of attendees in case the NHS needs contact details if someone who has attended church should fall ill.
Those who visit for private prayer will be asked for their contact details by Parish Stewards as will those limited number of non-immediate family who are attending funerals.
We will provide further information shortly on how contact details will be collected when Sunday Mass resumes. Thank you.
Volunteers - A huge thanks for a terrific response to our Volunteers Appeal for the possible reopening of the church. We appealed for help just a couple of days ago. We had our volunteers drop in sign up this evening, and I appreciate that not everyone is in a position to help, but to date 65 people have signed up to assist as volunteers. Listen out for the Scottish Government's review this Thursday, and keep your eye on our social media for updates re possible reopening.
School Uniform Collection -One worthwhile cause you can help is this year’s school uniform appeal. New and used uniforms are needed for children in the Clydebank and Dumbarton area, many of whom miss school because they do not have a uniform. If you can donate anything, please phone Judith on 07713478676 to arrange collection. Last year more than 300 families were helped and the need is greater now. Also, because of home schooling in the new term, jotters, paper, pens and pencils would be gratefully received. Please call the above number to arrange to drop off or for collection.
Had a read through yet the Bishops' updated guidelines re reopening of churches? They cover every issue, including the compulsory wearing of facemasks, how to enter and leave the church, distancing, receiving communion, baptisms, weddings and funerals. Visit BCOS.org.uk
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 21 June (Nearest Sunday before International Day in support of victims of Torture (26th June))
"Whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as....torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself.... are infamies indeed. They poison human society but they do more harm to those who practise them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover they are supreme dishonour to the Creator” Gaudium et Spes para.27
RCAG Youth continue to offer the young people of Glasgow a variety of online opportunities to grow in faith and in fellowship with others during this time. These include Morning Prayer LIVE!, Lectio Divina Online and weekly audiences with guest speakers, amidst other things. To find out more or to get in touch , please check out: www.facebook.com/RCAGYouth
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 14 June (Nearest Sunday before World Refugee Day (20 June)) The Church's concern is focused especially on those fleeing from war, violence, political or religious persecution, from natural disasters including those caused by climate change, and from extreme poverty Christus Vivit, 91
Got any parish pilgrimage pics? We would like to compile a video collage of the parish pilgrimages from over the years and post it online. So, if you've got photos of Lourdes, Rome, Iona, St Petersburg, San Giovanni Rotondo, Salamanca, Medjugorje, The Holy Land, Schoenstatt or Knock or maybe some other place of pilgrimage, please email them in to Elizabeth at email@example.com by next Sunday 21st June at the latest.
The Archdiocesan web page below is updated regularly for the families of pupils who were preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation, but are now unable to due to the current situation. It is hoped that the materials and resources on this web page will support you in continuing your child's preparation at home. Keep checking it and the archdiocese's Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.
With our piety stall being closed we are offering individual cards for posting, or collection from the chapel house porch. We have a full range of cards for almost every occasion, all £1 or 40p each. P&P is £1 per order (up to 4 cards) or free if collected from the chapel house porch. Email Annamaria (firstname.lastname@example.org) to place an order. Payment is by bank transfer or cheque.
Virtual Mass:- the Cathedral streams Mass twice per day (1300 & 1715) on Weekdays and on Sundays with Vigil Mass Saturday at 1715, Sundays 1000, 1200, 1715). You can join in spiritually through the link on their website or by going directly to the link https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral
Monsignor and Fr. Mackle continues to celebrate Mass each day separately praying for the parish community and their intentions.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - if you would like Confession, that can be done in the Church grounds observing social distancing. Phone beforehand to arrange a time. Also, if it suits, I can come to you for Confession in your garden.
Drumchapel foodbank: If you can, as part of your daily exercise this week, drop off a food donation in the chapel house porch and our volunteers will get it to those in need. Also, If you know of anyone who lacks resources to buy food, please mention the foodbank at St Joseph's Milngavie (hall on left hand side), which opens from 2pm to 3.30pm on Fridays and 12.30-13.30pm on Sundays.
Our parish's soup run continues to deliver more than 700 GWR hot meals each week to families and individuals in need. This includes deliveries to Drumchapel and St Gregory's foodbanks, those in emergency accommodation across the city and a registered charity in Drumchapel supporting vulnerable families.
Flourish – June's edition is available at www.flourishnewspaper.co.uk
Parish Website – Latest - 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 will be available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Parish YouTube Channel - The parish now has a YouTube Channel on this link.
We have regular Sunday Gospel reflections, hymns, night prayers and other videos. Look out for Deacon Tommy's gospel reflections for Corpus Christi Sunday.
Meditation Corner - Monsignor Ryan has been sharing weekly meditations on this web page.
Recently Dead – Brian Kennedy, Alistair Mackinlay, Patsy Hynes, Anne Kelly, John Mackle, Joan Mackie.
Anniversaries – Grant Purdie, Bridie Best, Irene Cianfarani, Donald MacLean, Margaret McCallum, Mary McIlroy, Catherine Moy,
Three Months’ Mind – Annie Quinn,