Save the Date – A Mass to give thanks to God for almost fifty years of St Andrew’s Pri- mary School will be celebrated in St Andrew’s Church 10am. Friday, 22nd June. This will be St Andrew’s Primary school’s final Mass. All most welcome. We look forward espe- cially to welcoming former pupils, parents, staff, and our friends in the community. More details about this Mass soon. The new school, which has been named, St Nicholas, will be opening on 16th August.
St Nicholas Primary School Dear Parents/Carers, We would like to invite all children who have enrolled for St Nicholas Primary School to join us for some visits. This will help the children and parents begin to get to know each other and join together in some fun activities. Dates for your diary: Friday 18th May at 2.00 – 2.45pm The children will enjoy some fun activities and there will be tea/coffee for parents to have a chat. Wednesday 13th June at 2.00-2.45pm There will be a talk for parents in the school hall and children will go into classes for some activities. We look forward to meeting you all. E Cowie DHT
Celebrating the Life of St Andrew’s Primary Week beginning 4th June. For infor- mation, see porch noticeboard, Facebook and website. If you have any school photo- graphs that you would be happy to share, please send them in to the school as soon as pos- sible (with your child’s name and class on the back). If you are able to help out at these events please let the office staff know. As always, we are very grateful for your support.
May Devotions – Rosary & Benediction – Sundays at 4.30pm.
During May and June on Tuesdays the church will be open until the later time of 7.00pm for anyone who might want to call in for some peace and quiet prayer time.
SVDP. The Society’s Summer Charity Concert will take place on Friday 18th May in the Mitchell Theatre at 7.30 pm. Full details can be found on the poster in the Church porch. Your support for this event is much appreciated.
The Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life and Hope in the British Isles. Today Sunday 29th April a number of parishioners will be gathering at 3pm at The Crown Plaza Hotel G3 8QT Come along and be part of something truly gracious for our country.
Children’s Choir dates - May 12 & 19 ; June 10 & 17 . Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 01419429799/07749715514 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in becoming a Catholic? – Not baptised? Baptised in another faith? RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult) will begin in the autumn. RCIA programme of learning and instruction prepares adults for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, usually celebrated at the Easter Vigil. Please speak to Fr. Mackle if you would like to know more about RCIA and the Catholic faith.
The Piety Stall has a large selection of First Communion cards and gifts on sale.
Christian Aid coffee morning. Saturday 12th May from 10.00am - 12.00 at New Kilpatrick Church, New Halls. Pay at the door - £3.00 for adults, 50p for children and the ticket entry includes a coffee/tea and a scone/Pancake. There will be various stalls.
Church Halls. The church halls are used for a huge range of activities. Why not make a commitment to support a local business or charity and the church through taking part in one or more of these activities. They include Scottish Slimmers; two choirs; the Universi- ty of Third Age; various fitness, Pilates and dance classes for all ages and abilities; carpet bowls; a rugby play programme for 2 – 5 year olds; whist; flower arranging; Bearsden Literary Society; prenatal, mother and baby and adult beginners yoga classes; dog and puppy training classes and toddlers and pre-school clubs. Both halls are also free at week- ends for birthday parties, christenings, anniversary parties, fund raisers, weddings and funerals. For further details, please visit the web site on http:// www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/church-halls.html or call the Halls Letting Secretary on 07528 425 698.
Remembering Notre Dame’s Contribution to Catholic Education: You are invited to celebrate the feast of St Julie Billiart with the Notre Dame Community in Scotland at the Immaculate Conception Hall Fri 11th May at 7pm. Followed by refreshments.
Soup Run –this Friday 5th May. Hall open from 6.45 until 7.15 for donations of soup, sandwiches, soft fruit, biscuits etc very welcome. Any queries, please call Veronica on 942 4775
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – each Saturday from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Please consider coming to spend some time in adoration and prayer each Saturday.
Feast of St Joseph the Worker / International Workers Day (1st May) The Book of Genesis tells us that God created man and woman entrusting them with the task of filling the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it, but nurturing and protecting it, caring for it through their work. Pope Francis, General Audience, 1/05/2013
St Andrew’ s & St Joseph’s Justice and Peace Group.
Call for new Halls Committee members . The Halls Committee is looking for new members. Over the last few months, three long standing committee members have stood down and we are looking for some new blood to support this active group. The halls are a valuable asset for the church and have raised over £15,000 per year for the last few years for church funds through commercial lets and private functions. The Halls Committee is responsible for managing these lets together with the maintenance of the decoration of the halls, keeping consumables topped up and assisting at some Parish functions. The com- mittee meets, on average, 4 times a year. The committee is looking for new members to help with the running of this important aspect of parish life. If you are interested in join- ing the committee, or want to find out a bit more about what they do, please contact Fa- ther Mackle on 0141 942 4635.
SCIAF 6k Family Fun Run - Millions of people walk for hours every day in search of food and water. Others flee across continents to get to safety. The steps you take can help share their journey. Whether you’re old or young, running or walking, with SCIAF’s 6k Family Fun Run you can raise money and show solidarity with people in need around the world. Your entry fee will go towards our work helping people in poverty across 27 countries. With plenty of music, stalls and games this will be a perfect summer’s day out for the whole family. Whether you run, jog or take a stroll around the course we hope to see you at the starting line. Saturday 2nd June 2018 @ Strathclyde Country Park. Fun starts 10am, run starts at 11am. Adults £10 / Children £5. Sign up at www.sciaf.org.uk/sciaf-6k-fun-run or call Teresa on 0141 354 5555.
Special Collections : 13th May – Communications. 3rd June – Day for Life. 1st July – Peter’s Pence.
The National Evangelisation Team (NET) in Scotland is a team of 10 young adults who conducted 93 retreats this year reaching out to over 7000 young people encourag- ing them to love Jesus and embrace the life of the Church. Another team will be com- ing next year from October 2018 to May 2019 to continue this work. Throughout the year the team stays at host homes for one-week periods. We need more host homes for next year’s mission. Whether you have extra beds or floor space for sleeping bags, email email@example.com for more information to host team mem- bers. Thank you! Next NET Retreat in St Andrew’s 27th Jan 2019 for P7 Confirmation pupils.
The Right Side Tour – Justice, Truth, History: Be on the right side. A tour of Scotland informing on and resisting the campaign for the extension and decriminalization of abortion. Wednesday, 9th May. 7:30 p.m. in St Patrick’s Hall, Dumbarton.
A Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abor- tion will be held north of Glasgow on Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th May 2018. This confidential, supportive retreat is powerful for anyone who has been affected by their own or someone else’s abortion experience. For more information, please call Sr An-drea on 07816 942824 or email Marene via the enquiry form on the website www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk