of the world."
Sacrament of Reconciliation – Times for First Confession for Primary Three. During The Season of Lent (10th Feb – 27th March). Saturdays 10.30am – 11.00am; & 5.15pm – 5.45pm; Sundays 9.15 – 9.40am. Family members are encouraged too to take the opportunity to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Many thanks to all who came along to the coffee morning after the 10 and 12oclock Masses on Sunday. A fantastic sum of £270 was raised for Scottish Churches Housing Action. Thanks also for the very generous donations of ladies and gents toiletries and clothing which has been gratefully received by a variety of bodies including Shelter, the Wayside club, the Marie Trust and destitute asylum seekers.
Marian Action, dedicated to performing apostolic work among Glasgow’s homeless is holding a thanksgiving Mass on Fri 4th March at 7.30pm at Turnbull Hall Catholic Chaplaincy. Tea afterwards. All most welcome.
Deanery Station Mass – this year’s Lenten Station Mass with the Archbishop will take place in St Eunan’s, Clydebank this Tuesday 1st March at 7pm. There will be no 10am Mass in our parish that day.
SPRED - Our Parish SPRED group will lead the Liturgy at 12 noon Mass on Sunday 13th March. We would love you to join us at this Mass, and afterwards in the Upper Hall for chat and refreshments.
Parish Cluster Mass this Thursday 3rd March 7pm in St Benedict’s - a joint Mass with our neighbouring parishes, St Joseph’s, St Benedict's and St Laurence's. This will give us all an opportunity to start to build relationships by praying and socialising together. After Mass, there will be a chance to meet parishioners in Oliver's function suite, Drumchapel Road. If transport would be helpful or if you can offer transport, please put your name on the sign up sheet in the porch. Please note that there will be no 10am Mass in St Andrew's on the 3rd March. Please do come along to this first Parish clustering Mass during the Year of Mercy.
Safeguarding Training for New Volunteers Monday 21st March 2016 at 7-9pm in St Margaret’s Hall, Sinclair St, Clydebank G81 1AE. Who should attend? Parish Volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults and who have not previously attended relevant Safeguarding training provided by the Catholic Church Aims of the training - To introduce Parish Volunteers to: The concept of Safeguarding and its implications in a church context; The responsibilities of the Parish Volunteer and the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator; A basic understanding of recognising, responding and reporting abuse/concerns; Practical provisions for working safely with children/adults at risk. To book, contact Claudia Melis (Safeguarding/HR Administrator) at Claudia.firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 226 5998.
A Passover Meal is planned for Wed 23rd March at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall. As this event involves quite a bit of preparation we need to gauge how much support it will have from Parishioners before confirming that it will definitely go ahead. If you intend to participate in this event please add your name to the list on the noticeboard in the porch. If you can help with set up preparations on the day after the 10 am Morning Mass please add your name to the right hand column on the list. Thank You.
Fair-Trade Big Breakfast - Maybe this morning you enjoyed coffee (from Kenya? South America? Indonesia?); tea (from India?); sugar (from Malawi?); orange juice (from Brazil?); bananas or maybe even pineapple (from Costa Rica?). What of the millions of people involved in producing these products? Many of the products we enjoy for breakfast are controlled by huge multinationals and despite the high prices we pay, the small farmers who sell their produce to these companies remain impoverished.
As an example, when asked by an investigator how much a cup of coffee would cost in the UK, coffee farmers in Ethiopia estimated this to be 4 pence! They were amazed to learn that the price here is over 50 times this! https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/how-can-ethiopias-coffee-farmers-get-more-from-your-3-latte/
The aim of the Fairtrade Big Breakfast is to encourage us to support small farmers by regularly including at least one Fair Trade product as part of our breakfast. St Joseph’s Milngavie will be holding a special Big Breakfast at their Fairtrade café on Sunday 28th February.
St Andrew’s: A Fairtrade Parish - Fairtrade seeks to alleviate poverty by seeking to redress the imbalances of the global market, which present such formidable obstacles to small producers. Fairtrade Fortnight takes place between 29rd February and 13th March.
To learn more visit www.fairtrade.org.uk
Special note for Readers and all who use missals - on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays in Lent, as these are RCIA Sundays, - readings are taken from Year A.
Lenten Reflection sessions continue on 29th Feb and 7th March after 10am Mass. The sessions will last approx 45mins with tea/coffee available. Please join us - all welcome. Year of Mercy Gonzaga Lectures. See noticeboard for details.
SCIAF aims to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Wee Box appeal will be doubled by the Government if paid before 4th May. Wee boxes and gift-aid envelopes can be collected in the porch. Next week’s 2nd collection is for SCIAF.
Thank you to the parishioner for the £100 donated anonymously for parish funds.
Forty Hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Sunday 6th March, Solemn Evening Prayer & Benediction at 5pm. Night Prayer at 9pm. Monday, 7th March Holy Hour at 7pm. Confessions available throughout. Night Prayer at 9pm. Tuesday, 8th March, Holy Hour at 7pm. Confessions available throughout. Night Prayer at 9pm.
Please keep in your prayers Jackie and Geoff Harrison who are journeying through the RCIA process of becoming Catholics this Easter.
Stations of the Cross – Fridays in Lent at 7pm. Divine Mercy chaplet prayers after daily Mass. Lentfest 2016 events programme available in the porch.
Dates for Children's Choir - March 13th, 20th; May 8th, 15th; June 12th, 19th Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 07749715514 email@example.com
World Day of Prayer This Friday 4th March—Bearsden Cross Church at 10.30 a.m. All most welcome
St Andrew’s Primary PTA is running a Family Disco in the Upper Hall on Saturday 5th March from 7pm until 10pm. The night includes a DJ, party games for the children, pizza and a Mother’s Day hamper raffle. Tickets are £5 per adult and £2 per child. To pre-book tickets and pizza please contact Anne on 07866 009078.
February Meetings –World Youth Day 28th at 11am; Soup run 28th at 11am; Messengers 29th at 7.30pm for Leaders and 8pm for Messengers
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Margaret McGuire, Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Louise Dolan, Charlie Melly, Ronald Coia, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Baby Eva Berrey, Marie Moy, Margie Cornyn, Michael Moss, Russell Rodger, Hil Black, Alexander Pate, Patricia Swiatek, Kelly Ann Maguire Ramsay, Eileen Merry, Gilbert O’Rourke, Graham Declan McCusker.
Recently Dead—Alice Felletti, Gerry Ralph, John Connolly, Norma Walker, Hugh McNamee, Marcello Di Tano, Mary Morrison, Ian Nielson
Anniversaries—Manus Fallon, Sylvester Jackson, Angus McKinnon, James McCafferty, Mary McCafferty, Margaret Holsgrove, Chris Cole.