Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
For today a great light has come upon the earth."
New Year’s Eve Masses – 6pm Vigil & Hogmanay 11.30pm followed by 50th Anniversary refreshments. New Year’s Day Masses – 10am & 12noon.
For Primary 3 Families - Preparation for First Confession
Thursday 12th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall for parents whose children are preparing to celebrate Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent 2017.
As well as the meeting on 12th January, all P3 children and their parents, (grandparents also, if they wish) are asked to attend an important preparation meeting on Thursday 23rd February 7pm-9pm in the Upper Hall, which will be led by the Salesian Sisters and their team.
For Primary 4 Families - Preparation for First Holy Communion
Thursday 26th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall for parents whose children are preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion in May 2017.
We look forward to all families, who have had a celebration of Baptism recently, gathering together for the 10am Mass on Sunday, 15th January. After Mass, there will be refreshments served in the parish hall to which everyone is invited.
As part of the Parish’s 50th anniversary celebrations, in conjunction with St Andrew’s Primary PTA, a Family Burns Ceilidh will take place on Saturday 28th January from 7pm in the Upper Hall. Tickets will go on sale in the early New Year.
The Legion of Mary will be visiting families in the parish who have had the celebration of a baptism recently. The Legion meets Tuesdays 7.30pm in the Hut. New members always welcome.
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, photos will be taken at the 5pm Vigil and the 10am Mass on Christmas morning. Some photos may feature in the catholic newspapers, and in the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald. If you have any concerns or would prefer for yourself or your children not to appear, please speak to Fr Mackle.
St Antony’s Bread over the recent months has collected £300, which has been donated to the Wayside Club for the homeless.
Smart Junior Chef Course. Hands-on cookery course. January to April 2017. For girls aged 14 to 17. 10 sessions. Saturdays 10am – 12 noon at Hazlewood House, 52 First Gardens, G41 5NB. Parents and grandparents welcome. Discover the chef in you. The course starts at 10.00 am on Saturday 14 January 2017 and has a total cost of £50. Pick up a flyer from the Church Porch. For more information call 427 7036.
The SVDP Conference would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the weekly collection throughout the year. Your donations have helped many needy people in the community. We wish you a very joyous and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Many thanks to all who helped at or came along to last Sunday's Festive Teas. We are delighted to report that the sum of £150 was raised for The St Nicholas Care Fund. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in helping in any way at the coffee mornings and to all those who come along and supported them. It is very much appreciated and we couldn't do it without you all. Every best wish for 2017. Veronica and David Maguire.
The Parent Involvement Working Group of the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) are organising an event for all interested Catholic parents with children currently at school - Saturday, 21 January, 10.00 am - 12 noon in St Francis Xavier Church Hall, Taylor Avenue, Carfin. will have the chance to talk about the matters which are important to them regarding Catholic education and to discuss ways in which they can contribute to the Mission of their child's Catholic school. for this event are free, but booking is essential. further information and to book a place, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0141 556 4727 or complete the online form at sces.org.uk
Scotland's National Holocaust Memorial Event 2017 will take place on the evening of 26 January at Bishopbriggs Academy. The event is a partnership between Interfaith Scotland, Scottish Government, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and East Dunbartonshire Council. If you would like to represent St Andrew’s Parish at this event, please let Fr Mackle know and also email Provost Una Walker’s PA, Karen Thomas, email@example.com by 13 January.
The Western Catholic Calendar for 2017 is now on sale in the Piety Stall, priced at £3.20
St Nicholas Trust Care Boxes - please return them by Jan 8th.
St Margaret’s Adoption Society Crib Boxes - please return them by Feb 5th. Adoption, creating new families. Visit www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk
Children’s Choir - 8th &15th January; 19th February (Education Sunday); 12th & 19th March; 14th & 21st May; 11th & 18th June. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 01419429799/07749715514 /firstname.lastname@example.org
Support in time of bereavement - for anyone seeking assistance, who is suffering a bereavement (not necessarily recently) and feels they could benefit from talking to someone about it, St Andrew’s Support in Bereavement Group is holding a Drop In Meeting in the Hut (behind the Chapel House) on Thursday 5th January at 7.30 pm and will make you most welcome.
Library - Many thanks for the donations to the library. There is now a notebook on the bookcase. Please fill in your name, the name of the book borrowed and the date borrowed in the appropriate columns. When you return the book please fill in the date it was returned.
Padre Pio Prayer Group – No meeting on Monday 26 Dec and 2 Jan 2017. Meetings resume on Monday 9th Jan 2017.
A screening of 'Apparition Hill ...A Film about Life ..and What Comes After' will be shown in the Empire Cinema, Clydebank on Thursday 19th January from 18.30pm to 21.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Christmas Season Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. Collection boxes are taken from the church porch every Monday morning. All donations of food items gratefully received. Thank you.
Unity Supper at New Kilpatrick Halls on Wed 18 Jan 7.15. Tickets £10 from Margaret Sanders 942 7519.Speaker – May Nicholson, Preshal Trust.
If you have a disability that affects your attendance at church or participation in any of the liturgies, and would benefit from some assistance or adaptations being made, please let us know. Email: email@example.com or phone 942 4635.
Special Second Collections –
- 1st Jan – Pro-Life
- 8th Jan – Justice & Peace
- 19th Feb – Education Sunday.
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Louise Dolan, Ronald Coia, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Baby Finn, Joan Davis, Margie Cornyn, Patricia Swiatek, Gilbert O’Rourke, Joseph McDermid, Charlie Harper, Bruce Davidson, Paul Sheridan, John Gerard Miller, Maureen MacIntosh, Davie Peacock, Anne Rodgers, Diarmid O’Hara, Barbara Holland, Michelle Rajab, Matthew Craig, Maurice Boyce, Margaret Kieran, James Keegan, Martin Reynolds, Maura Murphy.
Recently Dead— Brian O’Neill, Michael Lyons, Anne McDonald, John McConnell, John Boland, Roddy McNicol, Clare MacAllister.
Anniversaries—Pat Tolland, Margaret Dolan, Martha Jane & John Mulgrew.