whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die."
Good news! - the Archbishop has announced that he is establishing an Evangelisation Fund of £1,000,000 which will be available to support new evangelisation initiatives. If anyone has any suggestions and ideas for initiatives and projects for reaching out to others, please let us know.
The statue of St. Michael the Archangel which is making its pilgrim way around parishes will be with us until 29th March. You are invited to pray before the statue, ask the intercession of the holy archangel, and, if you wish, place a petition which will be remembered in the Masses celebrated while the statue is with us.
Crosses and statues are covered for the next fortnight. This ancient liturgical custom of using veils, of hiding Christ from the world, of hiding Him from our sight ( and the saints) is to help us in our preparation for ~ and really to assist us in becoming focused solely on the mysteries of His passion - the sufferings Christ endured for our redemption.
Lenten Stations of the Cross ~ Fridays at 6pm. Church open daily until 5pm.
Adoration for Lent: Do come and spend some time each week to be still before God at our Saturday Adoration. If shopping at the cross, or out for a coffee, pop in to St Andrew's for some quiet prayer. Have a heart to heart with God each Saturday during Lent from 10am until 11am , with Confessions throughout. Sunday Confessions will be from 9.15am until 9.45am.
Way of the Cross – Monday 3rd April at 7.30 p.m. with our friends from the Association of Bearsden Churches followed by refreshments in the hall. All most welcome.
Confirmation - P7 ~ SAS & St Joseph’s CatClub 16th April 3 – 5pm in St Andrew’s
To all P3 & P4 parents ~ SAS (St Andrew’s Squad)
P3 ~ Sunday 23rd April. 9.00am – 9.45am in the upper hall.
P4 ~ Sundays 16th April & 7th May 9.00am – 9.45am upper hall.
Confirmation will be celebrated on 8th May at 7pm followed by a reception in the hall.
First Holy Communion will be on 14th May at 12 noon.
Save the date : For all the first communicants and their families, there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10am on Sun 21st May followed by a celebratory party
St Nicholas’ is organising a rehearsal for Confirmation which is for all candidates. It will be on Thursday 4th May at 1.30pm in St Andrew’s. It is hoped that parents whose children are at schools other than St Nicholas’ will be able to arrange school permissions.
Holy Week Confessions – 3rd April in St Joseph’s 2pm, and in St Andrew’s on 4th April 6pm until 7pm.
Holy Thursday- Morning Prayer 10am. (Mass of the Chrism at St Andrew's Cathedral 11.00 am.) Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7.00 pm. Night Prayer 10 pm.
Good Friday- Morning Prayer 10am. Solemn Liturgy of the Passion 3pm. Stations of the Cross 7pm.
Holy Saturday- Morning Prayer 10am. Easter Vigil– 8pm. (No 5pm Vigil)
Easter Sunday Masses.10 am. and 12 noon
Easter Vigil – 8.00pm on Saturday 8th April begins outside with the blessing of the Easter fire. We look forward to celebrating Gemma and Millie being received into the Church at this Mass. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards. All most welcome.
Caritas Award – If you will be in your final year of school after summer and are interested in becoming a candidate for the 2023 / 2024 Caritas award, let us know.
St. Andrew’s Whist Drive – Wed March 29 in the Lower Hall, from 2pm – 4:15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Entry £3. Looking forward to seeing everyone. New members always welcome.
Good resources here for Sacramental Preparation and Lent 2023 https://www.youtube.com/@awordinyourear
Laudato Si’ - On Care for our Common Home - In some places, rural and urban alike, the privatisation of certain spaces has restricted people’s access to places of particular beauty. In others, “ecological” neighbourhoods have been created which are closed to outsiders in order to ensure an artificial tranquillity. Frequently, we find beautiful and carefully manicured green spaces in so-called “safer” areas of cities, but not in the more hidden areas where the disposable of society live. (#45)
The meeting of the Lunch Club scheduled for Thursday, 6th April has been cancelled because Holy Thursday falls on that date. The next meeting will now be on Thursday 20th April.
You can raise FREE donations for the parish every time you shop online. Take a moment to sign up at https://tinyurl.com/standrews-easyfundraising
Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent in by 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter, the parish website/by email link (to all those on the Parish database) and on the noticeboards in the Church porch and the Church grounds.
Before receiving Holy Communion, we are asked to make some act of reverence such as a bow.
For women affected by separation and divorce – confidential and peer support Fri 7th April St Patrick's, Dumbarton 6-8pm. email@example.com
Drumchapel Foodbank. 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 7 evenings each week from Marks & Spencers Milngavie for delivery to St Gregory’s Foodbank for families and Aspire West end to support those trying to get back on their feet. If you are interested in volunteering once or twice a month, please get in touch with Veronica McLaughlin - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently Dead: Baby Mathias, Louie Bowden, Gerard Cairns, Maureen Croal, Ian Gordon, Kenneth Hodge, Jim Keegan, Chris Shevlane.
Anniversary: Kathleen Ballingall, Desmond Conaghan.