and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father..."
A day of fast and abstinence. Mass in St Nicholas' at 11am for staff and pupils.
Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7pm during the Season of Lent followed by Confessions.
Short Term Pledge for Lent – Pledge Prayer cards available in the porch.
Adoration for Lent - I invite you, during the holy season of Lent, to take a few extra minutes each week to be still before God at our Saturday morning Adoration. If shopping at the cross, or out for a coffee, pop in to St Andrew's for a few minutes of quiet prayer. Quiet your heart that you might hear His heart speak: Heart to heart. Come with all your concerns and worries; come with all your hopes and desires; come as you are. But most importantly simply come with your heart. Place it all before Jesus truly and really present in the Blessed Sacrament. Quietly sit in His presence. Gaze upon Him as He tenderly gazes upon you. Listen to His quiet voice: Heart to heart. Each Saturday during Lent beginning 29th Feb 10.30am - 12.30pm "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) Fr Mackle
Monthly Reflection Session after 10 am Mass this Monday 24th February will take place in the Church House dining room. We will be reflecting on the gospel for Sunday 1st of March the first Sunday of Lent. The Gospel reading is Matthew 4:1-11. Please join us for coffee/ tea and a friendly discussion.
Dates and Times for Primary Three Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) - During The Season of Lent (29thFeb – 5th April ) Saturdays 10.30am – 11.00am; & 4.15pm – 4.45pm; Sundays 9.15 – 9.40am. Family members are encouraged, too, to take the opportunity then to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Youth events in the pipeline – 21st March – Lenten evening; 7th May – P7 Pre-Confirmation day retreat; 30th May – Pentecost Party.
Lent Reboot – Youth Lenten Evening – It was great the turnout for the recent NET Day. We're hoping for an equally good turnout for our next youth event, Lent Reboot. Saturday 21st March 6.30-8.30pm, after the 5.30pm Vigil @ St Joseph's Main Hall – for all in P6 – S3 in the cluster ~ a chance to reboot your relationship with Jesus and your Faith. Games, activities, fun & friendship, & lovely homemade soup and bread.
The second collections during Lent are for Sick & Retired Priests Fund except on SCIAF Sunday (22nd March). Pick up from the porch a SCIAF Wee Box/Big Change Lenten pack.
Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse. In accordance with the wishes of Pope Francis to set aside a Day of Prayer each year for those who have suffered abuse, the Bishops' Conference of Scotland has designated Friday after Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Friday 28th February. There will be Lenten Stations of the Cross at 7pm, and the church will be open all day for anyone who might want to call in for a time of quiet prayer.
The Parish recently completed the Annual Audit for Safeguarding. This weekend, there will be a Statement on Safeguarding in the Church read at all Masses, including information about the annual Day of Prayer for all those who have been abused in any way.
Lentfest 2020 Art exhibition 13th - 18th March - 10.30am - 4.30pm each day. We are still looking for some of the time slots to be covered. Please sign up for one or two hours as an invigilator. It would be greatly appreciated.
Some Positive Things We Can Do During Lent
14thMarch: Sanctuary in Scotland day conference on human trafficking;
24thMarch: Training event on human trafficking: Immaculate Conception, Maryhill ;
26thMarch: Lenten reflection, St. Joseph's Milngavie;
28thMarch. Earth Hour event Gavin's Mill;
5thApril: Walk to Worship
Sanctuary in Scotland are organizing two events to explore the Churches' response to asylum seekers and refugees. There will be a day conference In Edinburgh on Saturday 14thMarch – to book, Google "Sanctuary in Scotland Eventbrite". Immaculate Conception Parish will host a practical training session on Tue 24thMarch from 7pm-9pm with the aim of training us to recognize the signs of trafficking and how to respond. Numbers are limited to forty. To book, Google "Hope for Justice Maryhill training". Justice and Peace Group
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 23 February Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
Annual Legion of Mary Edel Quinn Mass ~ Sat 29th Feb 10am . Edel Quinn was a leading Legion Missionary and Envoy to East Africa who evangelised in an environment fraught with great challenge both personal and physical. After Mass, there will be a time of Silent Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament for Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary and for all PPC (Evangelising) projects that will take place this year at home and abroad. This will take place directly after 10am Mass. Tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits will be served in the Hut. We invite all parishioners to join us at Mass and in silent prayer.
Baptism Preparation Evening – Thursday 5th March at 7pm in the Hut for parents and godparents whose child's baptism is to be celebrated soon.
St Nicholas' Children's Choir – March 8th, 15th & April 12th (to be confirmed) Any queries please contact Annamaria Strachan firstname.lastname@example.org / 07749715514
"Our Lady, Disciple of Christ, Mother of the Church" - a talk which will be given by Father Mark Cassidy on Thursday 12th March at 7pm in the Upper Hall. Father Cassidy is a former naval chaplain and Spiritual Director at the Scots College in Rome and currently the parish priest of St Mary's Lochee, St Columba's and Ss Leonard and Fergus, Dundee. Using Scripture passages Father Cassidy will help us consider the way in which Our Lady is a true model for our discipleship of Christ. Please come and join in the discussion.
Please keep in your prayers Yvonne McCafferty and Jen Wright, who are journeying through RCIA preparing to become Catholic this Easter. RCIA retreat – Sat. 29th Feb.
World Day of Prayer here at St. Andrew's at 10.30am on Friday 6th March. Mass will be celebrated at the earlier time of 9.00am. All most welcome.
Alzheimer Scotland Fundraising event - Dancing through the Decades with Dega Band.
Friday 28th February at 7pm in the upper hall. Costs £5 per ticket, BYOB, Raffle. For tickets contact Anne O'Donnell at Alzheimer Scotland Office in Bearsden on 0141 946 0966.
Many thanks to Maura McRobbie for funds raised for souprun/ homeless fund, and for the account she gave to a gathering in the chapel house last week of her book, Howth, and its background. The book is also available to read on Kindle, and there is an article on it in Flourish.
St Andrew's Readers' Rota - We are currently short of readers for the 10am Sunday Mass. The usual commitment is approximately one reading per month. If interested in becoming a reader at this particular Mass, please contact Catherine.email@example.com
Children's Liturgy is also looking for more volunteer helpers. If you would like to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Helpers on duty usually once a month.
2nd March - Confirmation (Planning Group) – 7pm – House
2nd March – Youth Ministry – 7pm – House
5th March – Baptism Preparation – 7pm – House
5th & 19th - March – RCIA – 7pm – Hut
16th March – Messengers – 7pm – Lower Hall
24th March – Fabric & Finance – 7pm – House
31st March – Cluster – 7pm - House