"His mercy endures forever."
Easter Thanks - A very big thank youto all those who worked so hard in so many ways preparing the church for the Lenten, Holy Week and Easter Liturgies. Many thanks to all who helped with musical, liturgical, social and decorative preparations for people’s participation which was great to see was in such great numbers. We’re grateful to all who were involvedvarious ministries. The cross, which was beautifully decorated by the children on Easter Sunday, will remain on the sanctuary until Pentecost 9thJune. Once again, many congratulations to Pamela, Gabby, Joakim, Stephen and David,became full members of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. They will continue to journey over the next few weeks through the RCIA Easter period of Mystagogia (entering into the Mystery). RCIA Fish Supper Night– 7thJune.With all good wishes for the Easter Season. “The spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you”. Romans 8:11
Interested in becoming a Catholic?– Not baptised? Baptised in another faith? RCIA will begin in the autumn. The programme of learning and instruction prepares adults for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please speak to Fr. Mackle if you would like to know more about RCIA and the Catholic faith.
First Holy Communion Masses – For 12thMay Mass, one volunteer first communicant still required for offertory; and for the 19thMay Mass, bidding prayers (4), and offertory (4). One Mass ministry per child. Please email email@example.com All roles allocated on a first come first served basis.
First Holy CommunionRehearsals are Thursday 9th May at 7pm for all the 12thMay first communicants; and Thursday 16th May at 7pm for all 19thMay first communicants.
Before receiving Holy Communion,we are asked to make some preparatory act of reverence such as a bow. This should be made just before receiving Communion. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, No. 160 states: "When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood."
Youth Ministry Team– As well as looking for new members, we’re always looking for ideas for youth events. If you’ve any, and would like to help out with them, let us know. Next youth ministry meeting – 7th May atpm.
Altar Servers – Sign-Up-Sunday. Altar Servers are very visible on the Sanctuary each weekend, assisting the Priest by serving at the Altar, thereby enhancing the Liturgy. Since last summer, seven Servers have left the corps. However, three recruits have joined, bringing the current strength to 22. But more are needed. Serving increases spiritual and character development, and Servers also make new friends in the Sacristy. So, if anyone in the Parish would like to become a Server, visit the appropriate stall/table on Sign-Up Sunday for more info and to register interest; or contact Fr Mackle or Chris Sanders on 942 7519.
Coffee Morning – Sunday 5thMay - Due to Easter falling on the third Sunday of April, which would be our usual coffee morning date, we have decided to hold our coffee morning on Sunday 5thMay,so please come along and join us after 10 am Mass in the upper hall for a cuppa, a chat and some delicious home baking.
This month our chosen charity is The National Autistic Society of Scotland. The charity provides a range of projects and services for the 58,000 autistic people living in Scotland and their families. Thanks also to all who came along to our March coffee morning, helping to raise the sum of £231 for St Margaret’s Hospice, Clydebank. A letter of thanks from St Margaret’s is displayed on the Narthex board.
SAS (St Andrew's Squad)is also looking for more helpers. SAS meets for a fun and informative session with the children preparing to make their Sacraments. These sessions last for an hour and there are only 3 of these each year, so it’s definitely NOT ahuge commitment.If you would like to assist, then please think about signing up to help on Sign Up Sunday. To find out more about what's involved in being a helper with SAS, call Margaret Hendry on 563 9993 firstname.lastname@example.org Veronica Maguire :-email@example.com/ 07884468212
St. Andrew's Whist Drivewill take place on Monday 29th April, beginning at 7.30pm, in the Lower Hall. Everyone is welcome regardless of ability. Someone will be on hand to help if you are a beginner. It is, essentially, a social night. £3 includes admission, raffle ticket and tea/coffee. Come along for a great night. We'd love to welcome you! For more details contact Susan Morrison.
Next soup run is this Friday 3rd May.Donations of soup, sandwiches, soft fruit etc can be brought to the lower hall between 6.30 and 7pm. For food hygiene purposes, ideally it would be really helpful if sandwiches could be in packs of two or four. Many thanks for your ongoing support - Soup run team
FIND for young people S5 – 25. Discussion, prayer and pizza. Every Thurs 4pm – 6.30pm in 196 Clyde St.
FORMED for P7 – S4. Chance to meet new friends. Prayer and Pizza. 4.30pm – 7pm in 196 Clyde St. Every 1stFriday. Pick up an info card from the porch. Visit www.rcagyouth.co.uk
Evening Pilgrimage to Carfin for St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s– Monday 13thMay. Bus will leave at 6.30pm at the Post Office in Milngavie. All welcome.
A Pro-Life conferenceSat 22nd June at St Augustine's Coatbridge to explore the skills needed in presenting the pro-life response at home, school, church and society. Speakers Austin Ruse of C-Fam, Prof Janet Smith, a renowned defender of Humanae Vitae, and Cathy Ruse of the Family Research Council and Gordon Macdonald of Care not Killing will discuss life issues, bio-ethical questions and issues affecting life, love, sex, marriage and the family. For £10early bird discount, book by 5thMay. Lunch is included. https://lifeissues.eventbrite.co.uk
First Confession-Sacrament of Reconciliation-For children who have still to make theirs, times are Saturdays 10.30am – 11.00am; & 5.15pm – 5.45pm; Sun-
days 9.15 – 9.40am. Family members are encouraged, too, to take the opportunity to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Lord, Make Me Know Your Ways- Could God be calling you to serve as a priest? Please get in touch to find out more about discerning your vocation, and information about monthly evenings of discernment. Vocations Director - Fr Ross Campbell 339 4315. Email: Ross.Campbell.firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.priestforscotland.org.uk
Catholicism Series of DVDs continuesin the Upper Hall on Thursdays at 7pm.don’t have to have attended the earlier ones, but can drop into those you have time for. The upcoming episodes are:-
2nd May Episode 8 A Vast Company of Witness (The Communion of Saints)
9th May Episode 9 The fire of His Love (Prayer and the Life of the Spirit)
16th May Episode 10 World Without End (The Last things)
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week -(Sunday nearest to Feast of St Joseph the Worker / International Workers Day (1st May)) Consequently, if the organization and structure of economic life be such that the human dignity of workers is compromised, or their sense of responsibility is weakened, or their freedom of action is removed, then we judge such an economic order to be unjust. Pope Saint John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, para 83
Summer supply clergy. A change in the law now prevents ‘Ministers of Religion’ from entering the country using a Tier 5 visa. The bishops of Scotland have written a joint letter to the Immigration Minister expressing their concerns. However, there is no indication that the government is going to change its position. This will have a significant impact on parishes, especially during the summer months, as many priests have relied for many years on migrant clergy for a summer supply. It will also impact on the visiting priests themselves who, in many cases, depend on their summer placements to boost their income and contribute to their fees, as many of them are undergoing further studies. This year, as it will not be possible to bring any visiting clergy from outside the EEA into parishes, the archdiocese has advised that summer Mass Schedules may have to be put in place, allowing clergy to support one another in order to get the time off that they need. Discussion about this is due to take place as a matter of urgency at the level of deanery and cluster.All parishioners and priests are being urged to write to their MP expressing our concerns about the changes. Pick up from the porch or download from the website or Facebook a style letter that you may wish to use.
Bearsden Festival Opening Night and Community Awards CeremonyMay 10th, 7.30-9.30pm in Bearsden Academy with special performances, exhibitions, food and host for the evening, Hardeep Singh Kohli.most welcome. 10 days of exploring the connections between mental health, creativity and community
Bringing musical memories to people with dementia. Fantastic, mood lifting fun for all ages. In St Andrew’s upper hall, Saturday 11th May 7-10pm. Free event. Booking at bearsdenfestival.org.Part of the Bearsden Festival 10th - 19th May.
Retreat days at in a lovely peaceful setting at the foot of the Campsies.Campsie Glen G66 7AT book, call 01360 312 718 See noticeboard for details.
The church is open until 4.45pm (6.45pm on Monday, Tuesdays & Fridays) 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. All most welcome.
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick, and those in hospital.
Recently Dead--Robert Geddes. Annabelle McCourt, Mary Metcalfe, Damien Hampson, Monica Daly, William McInulty.
Anniversaries—Bill Rees, Ina Sheridan.