and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it."
Can you help? Volunteer driver and assistant needed, please, to bring a parishioner from the Kessington area to Mass once a month. If you can help, please contact Charles on 07463 770191
The new season of Lunch Clubs starts again soon 7th & 21st. September. 12.30-2.30p.m. in St Andrew's Upper Hall. All welcome - bring along your friends and enjoy good company over lunch and a chat with friends old & new. See poster on notice board in church entrance for future dates. Many thanks to all our volunteers who have made the L/C club such a success and more volunteers would be made very welcome.
Parish Day Trip to Carfin for the National Pilgrimage 3p.m. Mass and Rosary Procession. Sunday, 3rd September -The Bus is free and will leave Roman Road car park at 1p.m. sharp. There is a cafe at Carfin but you might want to take a packed lunch. Sign up sheet in the porch.
All P3 parents intending to present their child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent 2024, pleasecollect before Mass an enrolment form from the sacristy. Forms to be returned, please, by Sunday, 29th October 2023
P4 parents are not required to re-enrol. Your form and all the details on it from last year (P3) will automatically roll on to the P4 list.
P7 parents should collect an enrolment form for Confirmation. All forms are to be returned, please, by Sunday, 10th September 2023.
There will be a Confirmation Meeting for all Parents and Sponsors on Thursday 28th September at 6.30p.m. in St Nicholas' Assembly Hall.
Dates to Note
- Sacrament of Confirmation for P7 pupils will be celebrated in St Andrew's on 25th January 2024 at 7p.m.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) for P3 pupils will be celebrated on Saturday 9th March in St Andrew's from 10a.m. until 11a.m.
- First Holy Communion for P4 Pupils will be celebrated on Sunday 19th May at 12 Noon Mass.
Parish Catechesis sessions are being arranged for the pupils of all three sacraments. Please keep your eye on the bulletin for dates.
As part of the "Creative Crafternoon" on Saturday 9th September from 2p.m. to 5p.m. there will be a group textile project to which all are welcome to contribute, especially children. There's no need to bring anything. We are aiming to use only donated/scrap materials. If you have any of the following items, we would welcome donations, which can be left labelled in the church porch or handed to Annamaria Strachan/ Margaret Barton/Margaret Charrier at mass: Fabric glue, felt, animal print fabric, Fabric pens/paint, bias binding, threads/embroidery threads
1st September is World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. “Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings. Now, think. What delight God gives to humankind with all these things. All nature is at the disposal of humankind. We are to work with it. For without we cannot survive.” – Saint Hildegard of Bingen
Laudato Si’ - On Care for our Common Home – The land of the southern poor is rich and mostly unpolluted, yet access to ownership of goods and resources for meeting vital needs is inhibited by a system of commercial relations and ownership which is structurally perverse. (#52)
The Season of Creation 2023 begins this week on 1 September till 4 October with the theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”. As the people of God, we are challenged to work together on behalf of all Creation, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice. Check out the link https://seasonofcreation.org for ideas on what YOU can do.
As well as our parish trying to build up numbers again for Masses after the Covid era, we're hoping too for a return for many to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Weekly Confessions are on Saturday 10a.m. until 11a.m. and 4.15p.m. until 4.45p.m. & on Sunday mornings 9.15a.m. until 9.40a.m. The Confessional has a glass panel fitted in the door which simultaneously allows transparency and privacy. Meditative music is played during Confessions to add to the penitent’s privacy.
It is pleasant to spend time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is such a priceless treasure ~ by praying before it, we are able to make contact with Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament. Saturdays 10a.m. until 11a.m. Confessions throughout. Confessions also on Saturdays 4.15p.m – 4.45p.m & Sundays 9.15a.m – 9.40a.m
The Church is open until 5p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call in and enjoy the peace and quiet, and take time to sit in the stillness in the silence of God.
Tea is served in the hut after daily Mass Monday to Thursday. All most welcome.
Before receiving Holy Communion, we are asked to make some act of reverence such as a bow.
Bereavement Support Group is willing to help anyone seeking assistance. If you have suffered a bereavement (not necessarily recently) and feel you could benefit from talking to someone about it, please call 942 4635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For women affected by separation and divorce – confidential and peer support Friday 1st September 2023
St Patrick's, Dumbarton 6-8p.m. email@example.com
Catholic Parliamentary Office – Sign up for the latest news and articles at https://rcpolitics.org/ ~ raising Catholic pressing matters in a political forum ~ protecting Catholic values ~ making the voice of the Catholics heard in Scottish and UK Parliaments.
Forthcoming Special Collections:10th September ~ SPRED, 22nd October ~ Missio Scotland
You can raise FREE donations for the parish every time you shop online. Take a moment to sign up at https://tinyurl.com/StAndrewsBearsden2023
Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by providing a home and meaningful work on one of their social enterprises. If your old furniture, sofas, white goods and electricals are in good condition, Emmaus will collect for free. Call 0141 342 4089.
Drumchapel Foodbank. Thanks for continuing to give the foodbank your support.
Drumchapel Foodbank - If you are able to take your donation straight to the Foodbank at Ladyloan Pl, G15 8LB, that would be good. If not, do leave your donation, please, in the house porch. Many thanks.
Our soup-run volunteers collect donations every evening from M&S Milngavie for delivery to St Gregory’s Foodbank and Aspire West End. If you are interested in volunteering once or twice a month, please get in touch with Veronica McLaughlin - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent to email@example.com by 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The Parish Bulletin is available weekly on our website/by email for all those on our Parish database and on the noticeboards in the Church porch and the Church grounds.
Recently Dead: Tony Connolly, Kathleen McGinniss, Joan Mannion, Rachel Phillips, Benny Rooney and Andrew Sweeney.
Anniversaries: James Baillie, Daniel Collins, William Doherty, Samuel Guidi, Margaret Hughes, Mary Murphy, John O’Gorman and Frank Ward.