a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace."
This month of the Holy Souls followed by Advent is a good time for all of us to make an effort to create silence in our church. Please help us to foster a greater spirit of prayer and recollection. Thank you.
Year of Faith—Discussion groups on 29/11, 6/12 from 7pm to 9pm at the Upper or Lower Hall. Discussion/reflection sheets issued by the Archdiocese are available at the porch of the church.
Christmas Soup Run—There will be a box at the back of the Church until the 7th December for donations to the Christmas Soup Run. Gifts of gents’ toiletries, underwear etc. would be greatly appreciated. If these could be wrapped and labelled with contents this will make our task much easier. Food donations of sandwiches/soft fruit/biscuits/mince pies only for this month please. Arrangements as usual. Many thanks for all your support over the last year. For further information contact Phyllis on 0141 570 1343.
Parish Workers Mass—There will be an evening Mass on Friday 30th November at 7.30 p.m. to celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew. All parishioners are invited and in particular those who work in any capacity in the parish and their partners. Mass will be followed by a wine and cheese in the Upper Hall. Would you please fill in a slip indicating whether or not you are coming, for catering purposes. Slips are available in the porch
The Ministry of Reader—The Reader has a vital contribution to make to the Liturgy of the Word. This is a very important ministry of service to the whole parish community and we need more Readers in the parish especially at 12 noon Mass. Training and support will be given. If you feel you could make a contribution to this ministry, please speak with Father Donnelly.
Youth Involvement—We are looking for young people to be more involved and included in everyday parish activities. Among areas requiring youth volunteers are:-
Liturgy - new readers, —Coffee Mornings (set up and clearing) - Piety Stall (part of rota age 16+) Justice and Peace Group. Immediate volunteers are required for the Family Advent Service at 3.00 p.m. on 2nd December to help with the children in the hall afterwards. All volunteering may contribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and Caritas Awards. If interested sign up to Facebook—St. Andrew’s Parish Church Bearsden Youth Group or text Erin McGoningle on 07904648817; or James Brady 07917861412 stating the areas you would like to volunteer for.
Children’s Choir Dates— 18th November at 10.00 a.m. Mass. 2nd December (3pm Family Advent Service), 9th, 16th, 25th of December at 10am Mass. Any queries please contact Annamaria Strachan 0141 942 9799/07749715514 e mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro-Life Rosary—All parishioners are invited to join in say the Rosary for an end to abortion. This will be in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday November 28th.
Liturgy Group Meeting—Tuesday 20th November at 7.30pm at the presbytery.
Area Leaders and Messengers Meeting—Monday 26th November—Area Leaders at 7.30 p.m. and all messengers at 8.00 p.m. are kindly requested to attend for an update and to deliver the Advent and Christmas Message.
Spred—Our parish Spred group will lead the Liturgy at 12.00 Mass on 9th December. You are warmly invited to join us for refreshments afterwards in the Upper Hall.
First Sunday of Advent - is 2nd December.
Assisted Parishes Collection—Last weekend end amounted to £463.00. Many thanks.
Parish Pilgrimage Group—Party at the Lower Hall on Wednesday 28th November at 7.45 p.m. Contact Mary O’Loan 942 8446.
Advent Family Service of Light—On Sunday 2nd December at 3.00 p.m.—led by the children’s choir. All most welcome.
November Mass—Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the souls of all those interred in Cadder Cemetery in St. Matthew’s Church Bishopbriggs on Sunday 25th November at 12.15 p.m.
Sunday 25th November—Thelma: I thank you for your prayers, kindness and support during Thelma’s illness, at her funeral and since her death. She would have been touched that so many people remembered her with love. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered by Fr. Donnelly for your intentions. You, the Parish, are my family now. Maureen Neeson.
A Huge Thank You—To everyone who came along and supported this year’s Christmas Fair. Sincere thanks also to Shivonne Hayes, Veronica Maguire and the fabulous team of folk who helped with serving the teas and coffees, to the providers of the home baking, to those who helped us set up and put away all of the tables and chairs and to everyone who helped us serve in the stall—we are extremely grateful to you all for your assistance. We are delighted to tell you that £353.00 was raised for LEPRA—between the proceeds from the sale of teas, coffees and homebaking (£220.00) and the raffle (£133.00.) Congratulations to Niamh Quail who won the signed Celtic football and to Dorothy MacLean who won the tin of chocolates. Anne MacIntosh and Annamaria Strachan
Family Christmas Party—The Parish Family Christmas Party will take place on Saturday 15th December 2012, 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in the Upper Hall. Tickets are priced at £6.00 per family. Please bring a wrapped gift for a child labelled Boy/Girl and age range as a donation to charity. Tickets will be on sale at the Toddler Group every Thursday 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the Lower Hall or contact Elizabeth Flanagan on 07714241092 or Margaret Doherty on 07717748342.