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Quarterly Collection—Is now due.
Primary School Provision—The period of formal consultation on the possible closure of St. Joseph’s Primary, Milngavie begins this week. The following statement has been prepared by the Archdiocese to set out its clear opposition to the closure. “The Archdiocese of Glasgow will respond formally to the consultation restating its firm support for the retention of St. Joseph’s Milngavie and St. Andrew’s Bearsden as free standing primary schools serving their respective communities. Any proposal which effectively ends the provision of Catholic education in the Milngavie area, where there is a growing population of Catholic children, who are currently attending St. Joseph’s primary school, would be unacceptable to the Archdiocese.”
Father Donnelly’s Retirement—On Friday 4th October Fr. Donnelly retires from St. Andrew’s Parish where he has served for the last 18 years. To celebrate and mark his retirement there will be a function on Saturday 26th October, following the Vigil Mass. Please keep the date free and more details will follow shortly.
Vocations to the Priesthood—Evening of Catechesis, Prayer and Fraternity—As part of our diocesan vocations programme we will be introducing a monthly evening of recollection for those who are in the early stages of discerning a vocation to the priesthood. These evenings will take place on the 2nd Friday of each month beginning in September. Each evening will consist of a period of catechesis followed by some guided meditation in front of the Blessed Sacrament, finishing with some social time. If interested contact Fr John Keenan (firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 339 4315) or Fr Ross Campbell (email@example.com 0141 776 1063).
St. Andrew’s Under 5s—The St. Andrew’s Toddler Group, for younger children, will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12pm in the Lower Hall, starting on Thursday 22nd August 2013. For further information, contact Caroline Flanagan on 07867 862022.
The St. Andrew’s Pre-School Lunch Club will meet every Thursday from 12pm to 2pm in the Lower Hall, starting on Thursday 22nd August 2013. If your child will be starting at St. Andrew’s Primary School in August 2014, you are very welcome to come along & bring a packed lunch. It is an opportunity for your child to meet & play with future classmates. Younger siblings are also welcome. For further information, contact Elizabeth Flanagan on 0141 942 7129.
Starting at university in September? - Going to Abertay or Dundee University? If so come along to the University of Dundee Catholic Society which meets most Wednesdays at 7pm in the University of Dundee Chaplaincy. To find out more join us on Facebook search for University of Dundee Catholic Society or follow us on Twitter @UoD_CatSoc. Or if you are studying at the University of St Andrews, the Canmore Catholic society meets most Wednesdays at 8pm at the Catholic Chaplaincy (24 the Scores, KY16). Find us on Facebook or twitter @StAndrewCathSc.
St. Andrew’s Whist Drive—Monday 26th August, Lower Hall, 7.30pm contact Susan Morrison on 0141 563 7959 or 07580 086381.
Liturgical Choirs/Choral Group—New and familiar music for your repertoire—see notice on the porch notice board.
Pro-Life Rosary—This month’s pro-life Rosary will be prayed on Wednesday 28th August at 7.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. All welcome.
Award in Catholic Theological Education—Our formation course for Parish Catechists, run in partnership with the University of Glasgow, resumes next month. The Induction Day for the course takes place on Saturday 7th September, beginning 9.30am—contact Christine Burke—226 5898 for information.
AGAP Monthly Film & Faith Club—Thursday 5th September at 7pm in St Michael’s Church Hall, Gallowgate, Parkhead/ Film “Signs” (2002—certificate 12)
National Pilgrimage in honour of St. Columba—At Carfin on Sunday 8th September 2013 at 3pm. See the notice in the church porch for details.
Parish Celebration of Marriage as a Sacramental Institution—7th September 2013—Married this year? Getting married later this year? Celebrating a ‘special’ wedding anniversary this year (i.e. 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th (or later)). Then you and your immediate family are invited to the Vigil Mass in the church at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday 7th September, and to a wine and cheese party thereafter in the Upper Hall. There will be a special emphasis on Marriage at the Mass, during which you will receive a memento of the occasion. This year marriage and what it means have been under particular attack from the secular society. In this way the parish can affirm the importance of marriage and its sacramental nature. To help in planning the event, if you are coming please complete a form at the back of the church and leave it in the box provided or contact Dominique (943-0975).
Ladies Cabaret and Fun Casino Night in Aid of the White Lily Fund which raises money for Cancer Research in the West of Scotland— Friday 25th October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Champagne Reception, 3 Course Meal, Cabaret and Fun Casino Tables. As always, it will be a great night. Tickets cost £45.00 each. Ladies only so why not get together with some friends and take a table of 10. For more information and Ticket, please contact Angela Bruno on 07730615045.
SPRED—(Special Religious Development) has been part of the pastoral and catechetical life of the Archdiocese since 1984. Our parish group is a small community of faith meeting on Wednesday evenings during school term-time, and we would welcome new volunteers to help our friends with learning disabilities take their rightful place within the parish community. No previous experience is necessary as training is given. More information is available on the SPRED web-site www.spred.org.uk. If you are at all interested, please phone Catherine (942-6984) or Lorna (942 0696.)