The crib in the church and the two cribs in our grounds will remain up for 40 days through to Candlemas on 2nd February. Why not keep yours up in your home until then? It's such a terrific visual aid and the 40 days allow us to adore the new-born Christ for longer. If you’re out for a stroll, call in for a wee prayer before our outdoor cribs.
Annual Crib Donations are vital for the running of St Margaret's as the UK's only Catholic adoption agency. St Margaret's aims to ensure that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, loving and secure family environment.
New Year’s Day Mass – 10am. There will be no 5pm Vigil Mass on 1st Jan.
All at St Andrew's wish all children, young people and teachers a safe and happy Christmas school holiday.
Advent Reflection Evening – A huge amount of thanks to all in St Andrew’s & St Joseph’s Youth Ministry Team who helped look after all the arrangements and preparations for last week’s wonderful Advent Evening ~ and it was great seeing such a good turnout of folk.
A special thanks to all who were involved in the Service in various ways, especially those from the groups and organisations in both parishes who read. And to all the PFFA pupils and all the young people who read ~ a massive big thanks. Well done! Next event for St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s will be with NET Ministry who will be visiting us in February. Details going out in the new year. Fingers crossed that can go ahead!
The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord is 8th Jan. I’ll be getting in touch with all families who have had a celebration of Baptism within the past year to see if they would like to come along to our 10am Mass or, in these circumstances, they might prefer to participate in the Mass online. After Mass, there would normally be refreshments served in the parish hall, but, unfortunately, not this year, for obvious reasons.
Could God be calling you to serve as a priest or deacon ? Speak to the parish clergy or contact the Vocations Director, Fr. Ross Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 339 4315 Please, pray for vocations for our Archdiocese.
How can we develop our thinking as Catholics? Find out at the Word on Fire Institute, founded by Bishop Robert Barron. You’ll see you can access videos on his YouTube channel, which address issues ranging from moral teaching and theology to myths about the Catholic Church.
Remember in your prayers Jacqueline, Rebecca, Jason and Rokas, who are journeying through RCIA and looking forward to being received into the Church at Easter.
Drumchapel food bank will be closed on several days during Christmas period.
However, delivery will be made on Wednesday 29th Dec. We ask that donations are in then. Distribution returns to normal on the 5th January. Thanks to all who contributed throughout this difficult year.
Primary Three First Confession Parents’ Meeting - 13th January 2022 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall. First Confessions will be on Saturdays 12th & 19th March 10am – 11am. A date will be allocated to each family.
Primary Four First Holy Communion Parents’ Meeting 20th January 2022 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall. First Holy Communion Masses will be on 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd May at 2pm. A date will be allocated to each family.
Primary Seven Confirmation Parents’ Meeting – Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall. Confirmation Masses will be on 4th & 5th June at 2pm. A date will be allocated to each family.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week – 26th December (World Day of Prayer for Peace is observed on 1st January) We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace. Pope Francis, Dialogue with Eugenio Scalfari, La Repubblica
St Nicholas Care Fund. The projects funded are in the main to help children and young people, special needs’ groups and senior citizens. St Nicholas take home collection boxes available in the porch to be returned please by 16th Jan. Many thanks.
Children's Liturgy - The weekly video of the Sunday's Gospel reading will continue to be available until 2nd January 2022 at: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith This has been an excellent resource for parents to use while the children’s liturgy hasn't been on.
Encounter ~ Listen ~ Discern. Synod 2021 ~ 2023. The Pope’s meeting with the world’s Bishops in 2023 will be to discuss ways of improving the process by which the Church on all levels is open to hearing the voices of people from all walks of life. Keep your eye in our parish bulletin and our social media for arrangements for us getting involved in this. Over the next few months we will be asking as many people as possible in St Andrew’s to participate in this synodal process.
St Aloysius’ College Primary 4 – Senior 2 Entrance Assessment. Saturday 22nd January 2022 Register today at stalysius.org
Peer Support Group for Women Of Faith Affected By Separation or Divorce first Friday monthly 6pm St Patrick's, Dumbarton. For information contact 07970928028.
The Pope's Twitter (@Pontifex) and Instagram (@Franciscus) ~ worth following for topical issues. Pope’s monthly video ~ a great resource of contemporary commentary by the Holy Father on current issues. Available at https://thepopevideo.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 soup-run volunteers continue to collect donations from M&S Byres Rd & Milngavie for delivery to Drumchapel & St Gregory’s Foodbanks, the Wayside Club & Aspire.
Parish Website – On the latest page and bulletin pages, click on subscribe for a daily summary of the previous day's posts.
Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent in by 12 Noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, the parish website and on our exterior noticeboard.
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick and housebound and those in hospital.
Recently Dead: Margaret Rose Capaldi, Cathie Crombie, Margaret MacBride, Jean Meehan, Esther Scott, Betty Thompson, Betty Walker.
Anniversaries: Isabella Gallacher, Patricia McNeill, Frank and Elizabeth O’Callaghan, Pat Tolland.