and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep."
Remember, face coverings will need to be worn at all Masses.
Videos. To help with the preparation, online catechesis and instructional videos will be posted soon to all families.
Children’s Liturgy: each week in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading. Available at : https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith This is an excellent resource in these exceptional times of no public Masses with children’s liturgy.
This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday – World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Lord, Make Me Know Your Ways - Could God be calling you to serve as a priest or a permanent deacon or the consecrated life? Please get in touch to find out more about discerning your vocation, and information about monthly evenings of discernment. Vocations Director - Fr Ross Campbell 339 4315. Email: Ross.Campbell.email@example.com Visit www.priestforscotland.org.uk
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week – 25 April (the Feast of St Joseph the Worker is observed on 1 May, this is also celebrated as International Workers Day) All people have the right to work, to a chance to develop their qualities and their personalities in the exercise of their professions, to equitable remuneration which will enable them and their families “to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level” and to assistance in case of need arising from sickness or age.
Pope Saint Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens
Share, Show, Shout for Climate Justice This November, crunch global climate talks are happening in Glasgow. The climate crisis is far greater than the Covid pandemic. Can Scotland show the world the way? Watch and share the SCIAF campaign video here: https://youtu.be/W4yShUsVQpk
PFFA & Caritas – both parishes are working along with St Nicholas’ to make arrangements for the PFFA candidates to receive their award, which most probably will be a ceremony in the school. We’re hoping to resume the PFFA for next school year’s P6. More details soon regarding this and the Caritas Award to our young parishioners.
50 limit cap at Masses to be removed tomorrow, Monday 26 April. We'll still be required, though, to observe the 2 metres social distancing. Our church will now be able to accommodate a 20% increase. Booking for Mass will still be required. No need to book, though, for 10am weekday Mass Monday to Friday.
At present, there is still no obligation to go to Mass. If you haven't managed along since the church reopened, I hope you'll feel you're able to come along now. All you need to do is register once using the form on the parish website, but book each time. If you aren't able to go to Mass, don't worry, as Mass will continue to be live streamed.
Weddings & Funerals - From 26th April, the maximum will rise to 50. The Scottish Government’s plan, provided the data keeps going in the right direction, is that in early June this limit for weddings and funerals should rise to 100 and then 200 at the end of June. Keep in mind, though, that as long as the 2 metres social distancing rule remains in force, St Andrew's church would not be able to fit such large numbers.
First Holy Communion & Confirmation Masses - the number permitted will now be able to be increased slightly, and all families have been advised of the revised numbers.
Just a reminder ~ Confessions are now being heard again back in the church – Saturdays 4.15pm – 4.45pm & Sunday 9.15am – 9.40am, and on request.
Baptisms - With the gradual easing of restrictions, baptisms, thankfully, are now being celebrated again. Parents who wish to have their child baptised are asked to phone 942 4635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If parents wish, the baptism ceremony can be live streamed. We pray for all children who are to be baptised and their families, and we pray that these children will come to know of God's love in the years to come.
Remember the month of May last year? We were all locked down big style. It was great you sending in the lovely photos of your May altars. Let’s do the same again this year. Take a photo of your May altar in your home and send it in and our online team will get it posted. Photos can be emailed to email@example.com Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Adoration for Easter : Visit Adorecast Take a few extra minutes each day to have a heart to heart with Christ. “Be still and know that I am God.”
The Piety Stall online store now has a large selection of cards & gifts for sale. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organisers’ homes or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable.https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/piety-stall.html
Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have released a pre-election pastoral letter, urging Catholics to play their part “in putting human life and the inviolable dignity of the human person at the centre of Scotland’s political discourse” and to warn politicians against imposing “unjust restrictions on free speech, free expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion”. The elections are just a fortnight away, on May 6, and you can read the bishop’s letter online at rcpolitics.org.
Any parents who are interested in joining and getting involved in youth work in St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s parishes, then please do get in touch with the Youth Ministry Team firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
THE SCOTTISH CATHOLIC HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (SCHA) is delighted to host: “Twentieth-Century Scottish Catholicism: A Sociological Perspective” presented by Dr. Paul Gilfillan, Queen Margaret University on Tuesday 27th April 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Via Zoom. To reserve a place for this online event please sign up here: bit.ly/3sOl1zU (N.B. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 26h April 2021).
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 – Alan Cox, Kay Dyer, Zbigniew Adam Gasik, Maureen Reilly, Sister Christine Reilly OFM.
Anniversaries – Maurice Boyce, Margaret Gallagher, Jim Gibson, Stephen Hartley,
Jim Main, Anne McAllister.