Pope Francis has invited us all to take part in a process of discussion and listening about how we are journeying together in the church. Our parish will be contributing to the views of the Archdiocese, and the whole church, leading to the Synod of Bishops in October 2023. Keep your eye on our social media and the bulletin for details about this, which will be posted soon.
Between now and Easter, please keep in your prayers Jackie, Rebecca, Jason and Rokas, who look forward to being received into the Church at Easter.
Many thanks to all the parents of Primary 4 pupils making their First Holy Communion in May who came along to last Thursday’s meeting. If any questions, please, just get in touch.
Primary Seven Confirmation Parents’ Meeting will be on Thursday 3rd February at 7pm in the church. Confirmation Masses will be on 4th & 5th June at 2pm.
Children's Liturgy - The weekly video of the Sunday's Gospel reading https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith An excellent resource for parents to use until the children’s liturgy starts back.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week on this link
PPC next meeting is 27th Jan 7pm. If there is anything you would like to put on the agenda for discussion, please e-mail email@example.com by Friday 21st January.
New Safeguarding agency begins to take shape ~ Former Judge the Hon. Lady Rae has taken up the reins as Board Chair of the new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) that is now being established as an independent body to oversee the Church’s safeguarding practice.
Lady Rae is looking to recruit people who can bring relevant expertise to act as Board Directors who will support the important work of the new agency. For more details visit: https://aspenpeople.co.uk/microsite/scssa/
St. Andrew’s Whist Drive Please note, there will be NO Whist Drive this month. Hopefully by next month normal service will resume. Looking forward to seeing everyone in February.
St Andrew's & St Joseph's Mother and baby / Toddler Club – Runs Thursdays during school term time in St Andrew's Lower Hall. Time: 9.30-12. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All most welcome.
Activities in the Halls – Various groups continue to use the halls in a COVID safe manner. These include support groups relating to alcohol and cocaine, fitness and exercise classes for various age groups and ability, choirs, weight loss classes, activities for the younger members of our Parish including RugbyTots and a mother and toddler group, dog training, whist drives, flower arranging and University of the Third Age.
If you want to get involved in any of these groups, please click on this link or contact the Halls Letting Secretary on 07528 425 698.
Could God be calling you to serve as a priest or deacon? Speak to the parish clergy or contact the Vocations Director, Fr. Ross Campbell, email@example.com or 339 4315 Please, pray for vocations for our Archdiocese.
Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by providing a home and meaningful work on one of their social enterprises. If your old furniture, sofas, white goods and electricals are in good condition, Emmaus will collect for free. Call 0141 342 4089.
How can we develop our thinking as Catholics? Find out at the Word on Fire Institute. Access videos which address issues ranging from moral teaching and theology to myths about the Catholic Church.
Peer Support Group for Women Of Faith Affected By Separation or Divorce first Friday monthly 6pm St Patrick's, Dumbarton. For information contact 07970928028.
The Pope's Twitter (@Pontifex)
The Pope's Instagram (@Franciscus)
Both worth following for topical issues
Pope’s monthly video ~ a great resource of contemporary commentary by the Holy Father on current issues. Available at https://thepopevideo.org/
Drumchapel Foodbank. Regularly your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to give the foodbank your support.
Over £1200 of food and toiletries were bought from the Cash & Carry and delivered directly to Drumchapel Foodbank this week. Thanks to our parishioners who made this possible through regular monetary donations.
Our soup-run volunteers continue to collect donations from M&S, Byres Rd & Milngavie for delivery to Drumchapel & St Gregory’s Foodbanks, the Wayside Club & Aspire.
Parish Website – On the latest page and bulletin pages, click on subscribe for a daily summary of the previous day's posts.
Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent in by 12 Noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, the parish website and on our exterior noticeboard.
Annual Crib Donations are vital for the running of St Margaret's as the UK's only Catholic adoption agency. St Margaret's aims to ensure that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, loving and secure family environment.
Year of St Joseph might be by, but our sleeping St Joseph statue remains in our grounds. You can write out a petition and place it under the statue. Let St Joseph ‘sleep on it’.
Sign up for the latest news and articles at rcpolitics.org. ~ raising Catholic pressing matters in a political forum ~ protecting Catholic values ~ making the voice of the Catholics heard in Scottish and UK Parliaments.
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick and housebound and those in hospital.
Recently Dead: Fr J Doherty, Betty Thompson, Jim Twigg.
Anniversaries: Neil Bennett, Richard Binns, Olwen Jones, Bobby O’Callaghan, Martin Reynolds, Paa Smith, Michael Sugrue, Sophia English.
Three Months’ Mind: Mary Frances Bruce.