Catholic Education Sunday – 27th November - reflecting upon the Synod theme of Participation, Mission and Communion. We welcome pupils and staff from St Nicholas’ and Turnbull High, and we are delighted that Archbishop Nolan is with us. A 2nd collection will be taken up to support the work of SCES. There’s also an appeal for teachers, so anyone who would like information on becoming a teacher in a Catholic school should please contact the Scottish Catholic Education Service: email@example.com.
To mark Monsignor Ryan's contribution to St Andrew's and express our thanks for all he has done over the past 8 or so years in the Parish, it's proposed that he celebrates 5pm Vigil Mass on Saturday 17th December where a presentation will be made after Mass. This will be followed by a buffet and bar with tea & coffee in the upper hall to which all are most welcome. If you would like to contribute to a gift for Monsignor Ryan, you will have the opportunity via collection boxes in the porch on 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December.
Remember in your prayers – Gemma, Millie, Eleanor and Stephen who are all journeying through RCIA. Next Sunday 4th Dec at the 10.00am Mass is the Rite of Acceptance, which involves special prayers for them as part of the RCIA process.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Fair. Sincere thanks also to Veronica Maguire and the fabulous team who helped with serving the teas and coffees, to the providers of the home baking, to those who helped with set and clear up – extremely grateful to you all. A phenomenal £457.200 was raised for The White Lily Fund from the sale of teas, coffees, homebaking and raffle tickets. Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and congratulations to John Mulgrew, who won the Christmas hamper. The stallholders also raised: SPRED - £700.00 Bearsden Embroiderers at St Andrew’s (BESTA) for SVDP - £258.00 Popcorn Stall for Drumchapel Foodbank - £40 Justice and Peace Group - £29 All profits from the Piety Stall will be transferred to church funds at the end of the year. Annamaria Strachan and Anne MacIntosh
A musical celebration of the festive season. Kelvin Choir will be putting on its annual Christmas Concert in St Andrew’s at 3pm on Sun4th Dec. The concert will comprise familiar carols, some not-so-well-known items, but will include Victoria’s most beautiful ‘O Magnum Mysterium’. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation. Refreshments afterwards in the Upper Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are £6 for Adults and £3 for Children. Further details on handbill in Church porch.
Huge thanks to all the messengers, especially the new messengers who came along to last Monday meeting. Really grateful to the editorial team, to those who look after coordinating and distribution, and to all the messengers who are delivering the Reachout to over 1250 homes. Look out for it. Will be posted soon on our social media.
RESCHEDULED! On Sat 10 Dec at 6pm after the Vigil Mass, we have arranged a screening in the hall of a recently released film called "The Letter". This beautiful film was commissioned by the Laudato Si' Movement and supports the spirit of Pope Francis' encyclical on caring for our common home. Indigenous peoples, scientists, refugees and the youth of the world are represented movingly and honestly in a way that makes it very difficult to do nothing.Teas/coffees will be available and our gathering should be finished around 8.15. (NB - It is suggested that the film is most suitable for anyone aged 14 or over with a message for all generations.) Please, please spare a couple of hours to understand more fully Pope Francis' message for everyone on our planet.
World Toilet Day was held last weekend. Did you know that in Ivory Coast, more than three-quarters of the population (that’s about 21 million) lacks a loo. But toilet twinning can transform lives. It’s simple, its fun but it's also really, really important. Our church has recently twinned its 4 toilets with 1 each in Afghanistan, Cote d’Ivoire, Honduras and DRC. To find out more and get twinning, visit www.toilettwinning.org
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - (World AIDS Day is observed on 1December)We must look carefully for the unjust structures that make HIV and AIDS possible. We need to combat the racist, sexist, homophobic, “classist‟, self-righteous, colonialist and economic unjust system. A lot of energy is lost by faith traditions when they fail to address these issues. Fr. Robert Kaggwa M. Afr., Response in the debate ‘Can you drink the cup that I will drink? HIV/AIDS: Meeting the Challenges, Exploring the Questions’
Advent reflection Evening at St Joseph’s - at 7pm Thursday 15 Dec. For anyone who requires transport, please enter your details on the sheet in the porch.
For women affected by separation and divorce – next meeting of this confidential and peer support group is Fri 2ndDec in St Patrick's hall, Dumbarton 6pm - 8pm. All new members are most welcome. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Bearsden Churches Unity Lunch – Sat 21 Jan 12 Noon Baljaffray Parish Church. Speaker: Laura Young Award winning climate activist, environmental scientist & ethical influencer Tickets: £10 from Margaret sanders Buffet Lunch included
Website Bulletin Subscriptions.Thank you to all those who have subscribed to receive the website bulletin over the last few years. Those who subscribed a while ago with "Feedburner" and no longer receive the bulletin could you please resubscribe on the bulletin page as "Feedburner" is no longer available. https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/bulletin
Advent Appeal 3rd / 4th Dec Soup Run – Christmas Gifts for the homeless.
You can support this by providing all items listed below in a gift bag
- A hand written Christmas card
- Small selection box or pack of chocolates
- Shower gel
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Ladies gifts to include sanitary products.
Many thanks for your support - Veronica McLaughlin and volunteers.
Youth Cycle Challange Sat 3 Dec from 12 noon in the Hall in aid of local foodbanks. P7 and older? Like to cycle from Nazareth to Bethlehem (150km/93m)? Go to the social media link or email email@example.com All donations will be gratefully received. Food donations can be handed in on 3 Dec.
St. Andrew’s lunch club - next lunch Thurs 1st Dec 12.30pm. All welcome. Do come along, relax and enjoy lunch and a good chat with friendly company. As the numbers attending are growing, we are looking for additional helpers. If you are interested and able to help please contact Jim Cameron - 01419424439 or 07985129119
Before receiving Holy Communion, we are asked to make some preparatory act of reverence such as a bow.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – each Saturday from 10.00am until 11.00am with confessions throughout.Please consider coming to spend time in adoration and prayer.
3 ladies 1m square scarves, gift wrapped in blue, burgundy or beige are £40 each
3 gents’ suit pocket handkerchiefs in camel are £15 each.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.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.
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Anniversary: Rory Gormley, Charles McGarry, Claire McTavish, Ramona and Lifardo Sumagang, Liberato Sumagang Jnr, Nell and Alexander Walker.