Visiting of Sick and Housebound:- The clergy and extraordinary ministers of holy communion unfortunately are not permitted to visit the sick and housebound as these are high risk people and we need to avoid bringing the virus to them. Please don't hesitate to phone 942 4635 for telephone ministry.
The Lovely Month of May starts next Friday. How about setting up a May altar in your home, if you don't already have one? A lot of good websites on how to make a May altar. We may continue to be physically isolated, but we're not separated. We are united as the body of Christ.... We are the Church. Praying during the month of May, joining our prayers with Our Lady's, can help us to realise and appreciate that we are all with one another in prayer. Why not take a photo of your May altar and send it in and our online team will get it posted. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Mass:- the Cathedral streams Mass 3 times per day (0815, 1300, 1715 on Weekdays and on Sundays with Vigil Mass Saturday at 1715, Sundays 1000, 1200, 1715). You can join in spiritually through the link on their website or by going directly to the link https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral
Monsignor and Fr Mackle continue to celebrate Mass separately throughout the Easter Season praying for the parish community and their intentions.
Drumchapel Foodbank If you can this week, as part of your daily exercise, drop off a food donation in the chapel house porch, our foodbank volunteer drivers will ensure it gets to those who are in need of help. Thank you.
Milngavie Food Bank Families and individuals today are experiencing unprecedented levels of economic hardship. If you know of anyone who is lacking in resources to buy food and is running low on supplies, please mention the Food Bank at St. Joseph's Milngavie (hall on left hand side), which opens from 14.00-15.30 on Fridays and 12.30-13.30pm on Sundays
Our parish's soup run and some new volunteers continue to deliver more than 700 GWR hot meals each week to families and individuals in need. This includes deliveries to Drumchapel and St Gregory's foodbanks, those in emergency accommodation across the city and a registered charity in Drumchapel supporting vulnerable families.
Safeguarding Information - COVID-19: Reporting abuse at this time. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult and believe them to be at immediate risk, do not delay in contacting the Police or Social Work Services (Telephone: 0300 343 1505). It is the policy of the Catholic Church in Scotland to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or dead. If you are in any role within the Archdiocese of Glasgow, you must refer allegations directly to Caterina O'Connor (Safeguarding Adviser), email@example.com.
If you are a member of the public, you should refer allegations either directly to the Police and/or to Caterina O'Connor (Safeguarding Adviser). You can also contact the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service (SCSS) by telephoning 0141 332 7177 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Concerns - For many survivors of abuse, isolation can intensify feelings of fear and anxiety. We have a section on Support Services on our website. Many of these helping agencies have telephone and email services that can be contacted for advice and support during these difficult times.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - Sunday 26 April (Nearest Sunday to the Feast of St Joseph the Worker / Interna onal Workers Day (1 May)) Evangelisers thus take on the 'smell of the sheep' and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. Evangelii Gaudium, para. 24
Another thought for the week - Self-sacrificing love in the workplace
Have you thought about the weekly 'clap for our carers' in the UK as a tacit celebration of Catholic Social Teaching?
Patrick Riordan SJ thinks that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to the fore the Church's long-held assertion of the priority of labour over capital. 'The S in NHS stands for service', and we should not let our focus be shifted away from the selfless commitment of keyworkers at all levels who provide that service.
We are constantly reminded that the slogan 'Protect the NHS' refers to the staff who work in the NHS and deliver its service at all levels. The staff are individual persons, with names, families and stories, and many of them have featured in news bulletins because they have caught the virus, or have died from the infection, or are risking their lives daily because of the lack of sufficient protective equipment.
We see the pressure under which they have to work; we see the dedication that motivates them, even in the face of considerable personal risk; we see their exhaustion and frustration. Our healthcare system is not an abstract structure, an object of organisational management; it is a society of persons – interesting how those involved spontaneously speak of it as family – who relate to one another in various roles and cooperate, guided by a common understanding of what they expect from one another and what they hope to provide to those who need them.
The medical professionals who have died in the service of others, the many who voluntarily return to work out of retirement, the thousands who put their health and lives at risk while working in dangerous circumstances – all of them witness to the self-sacrificing love that characterises the caring professions. We should not be surprised to find the action of God's grace and the replication of Christ's self-giving beyond the boundaries of faith communities.
This recovered principle of the priority of persons over systems should remain as fundamental to all our work when this present crisis is past.
Patrick Riordan SJ is Senior Fellow for Political Philosophy and Catholic Social Thought at Campion Hall, University of Oxford.
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 chapelhouse or sent by email: email@example.com by 12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin will be available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Flourish – this month and next is available at www.flourishnewspaper.co.uk
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.
Have you ever considered adoption as a way to grow your family? Could you provide a loving, stable family environment for a child who needs a forever home? If you would like to find out more about the adoption process, please visit www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk or contact us on 0141 332 8371 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vision Aid Overseas - Do you have old spectacles at home you no longer use? If so we are collecting old glasses for Vision Aid Overseas to recycle during Lent. Please put any unwanted spectacles in the box in the house Porch.
St Andrew’s Parish Groups - Accounts - Annual Return 2019/2020.
First and foremost I hope you and your family are all keeping well in this strange world we currently find ourselves in. Business and financial obligations however continue and I now require the financial account of all Parish Group covering the period 30 March 2019 to 31 March 2020 inclusive.
Please also reconfirm bank balance as at 31 March 2020. In view of the current lockdown can you simply email me your summary income/expenditure account for the above period if you can by 30th April 2020 please? I do not wish to see any back up records at present.
Thanks and God’s Blessings. Brian (Donnelly). St Andrew’s Finance & Fabric Team 07484 707750
Recently Dead – Elise O'Hagan, Rigo Capanni, Jeanetta Mills, Brian Martin, Alistair McDonald,
Anniversaries – Ann Philomena Banks, William McInulty, Mary & John Gowrie,
Months mind – Angela Lee