united in respect and love."
As we are now back in tier 4, initially for three weeks, the maximum capacity in the church is 20. I would urge you, please, during this period, to stay in and stay safe. Attend on your device at home, our Sunday and weekday 10am live streamed Mass, and make a spiritual communion. Go to St Andrew's YouTube Channel
Or dial-a-Mass on 0141 473 4869.
Please, stay in and stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you when we're out of tier 4 and it's safer.
A huge huge thanks. So many people have been involved in so many ways helping and volunteering, especially this past year ensuring that our church and halls are safe and secure places for public Mass. So many people have helped in all areas of parish life & community. I thank you all sincerely.
Huge thanks to our Youth Ministry Team who looked after the arrangements and preparations for a wonderful Youth Advent Evening, and big thanks to all our young people who came along to it. It was lovely and prayerful and peaceful and a great preparation for Christmas. Thinking caps are on for future youth events.
New Year's Day Mass – live streamed 10am.
Christmas Carols Video - If you didn’t manage to see our Special Christmas Carols Video, you can get it on St Andrew's YouTube channel on this link.
A Very Happy Christmas from all the Parish Musicians.
Annual Crib Donations are vital for the solvency and running of St Margaret's as the UK's only Catholic adoption agency. As there are no St Margaret's take home Crib Boxes this year because of the Covid restrictions, donations can be made via the St Margaret’s website or by cheque posted to the charity’s office at 26 Newton Place, Glasgow, G3 7PY. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. St Margaret's aims to ensure that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, loving and secure family environment.
Christmas Season Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast. Thanks to all of our Parishioners who are donating food and toiletries to our collection point in the Chapel House porch to be delivered to Drumchapel Food Bank. Regularly your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to help, especially during the schools’ Christmas break.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) for Primary 3 pupils will be celebrated on Saturdays 20th & 27thMarch 10am – 11am.
First Holy Communion for Primary 4 pupils will be celebrated on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May. All Masses at 2pm. Until we hear otherwise, it is presumed that maximum capacity at each First Communion Mass will be 50.
Confirmations for Primary 7 & Secondary 1 pupils. The dates for these are yet to be decided.
All parents for all these Sacraments will be advised in the new year regarding preparations and arrangements.
Our parish’s soup-run’s volunteers continue to collect food donations form M&S Byres Road for delivery to Drumchapel and St Gregory’s Foodbanks and the Wayside Club.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 27 December (Nearest Sunday to World Day of Prayer for Peace (1 January)) Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. Saint Óscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr
Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace – 3rd January - – Bishop Nolan’s letter for Justice & Peace Sunday can be found on the J&P Scotland website. A portion of our collection that weekend will go toward supporting the vital work of J&P. Follow J&P Scotland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or check out the website for information on current issues and campaigns. If you would be interested in the work of our cluster's Justice & Peace group and for any information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Act now and ask your MP to oppose introducing assisted suicide The assisted suicide lobby have launched a large campaign to put pressure on the Government to reconsider the legalisation of assisted suicide. It is vital that it is clear to the Government that the public want them to continue to hold strong against this pressure from assisted suicide campaigners and reject their demands. Right To Life UK have set up and easy to use tool which will enable you to email your MP asking them to make it clear to the Government that it should not give into demands from the assisted suicide lobby to reconsider the legalisation of assisted suicide. It only takes 30 seconds to email your MP by visiting the link below: https://righttolife.org.uk/StopAssistedSuicide
As seating capacity in the church is much reduced due to current social distancing guidelines, a booking system is required. To register to use the booking system, please go to www.standrewsbearsden Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended. It is still fine not to go to Mass during these circumstances.
Here's some helpful guidance from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland
Please familiarise yourself with it ahead of attending Mass.
➡️ Read: bit.ly/BackToMass (includes video)
➡️ Phase 3 guidance: bit.ly/Phase3ScotGov
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.
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 Chapel House or sent by email: email@example.com by 12 noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Recently Dead – Edward Breen, Bernadette Cassidy, John B Ebbage, Helen Friar, Mrs Lee, Bobby Marshall, Tommy McDowell, Daniel McIlwain, Cathie McPeake, Ken Murray, Peter O’Neil, Bernard Ruddy,
Anniversaries – Bernard Connolly, Isabella Gallagher, Mary McGrath, Paul Sheridan, Teresa Tarbet.