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Very, very strange times these are for all of us in many ways. Very strange with there being no public Masses, and now all our churches are closed. Here’s a sheet you can use at home when Mass isn’t being celebrated publicly. Printed copies available from the house porch. Our Cathedral is live streaming Masses.
Monsignor and I are offering Mass separately each day on our own and remembering you all in our prayers. I hope that you and all those around you keep well. Take care. Fr Mackle
Archbishop Tartaglia’s most recent message (on this link) to the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Glasgow has been posted here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
RCIA – Unfortunately, our planned Holy Saturday evening liturgy for Yvonne and Jen being fully received in to the Church has now been postponed.
Drumchapel Foodbank - Many foodbanks are experiencing a spike in demand during this time of the Coronavirus crisis and with schools being closed. Donations of food items can be placed in the chapel house porch and they’ll be delivered every Monday to Drumchapel Foodbank. Your generosity will be very much appreciated.
Youth - In this time of no public Mass and many in isolation, AoG Youth Team are working hard at creating ways for our young people to be able to join as a community and be nurtured in their faith. They'll live stream a time of Morning Prayer focussed on the Gospel of the Day each weekday morning at 0800 and provide opportunities for young adults to meet virtually for times of Lectio Divina. They'll also be streaming Stations of the Cross and the Holy Rosary at different points whilst continuing to explore other ideas. Find Archdiocese of Glasgow Youth Team on Facebook and Instagram by searching ‘RCAG Youth’.
Sick Calls: Routine visits to the sick have been suspended, by both Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers. Urgent requests for the Sacrament of Anointing in danger of death will be responded to observing all the necessary hygiene precautions.
Funerals: Given the restrictions, a Funeral will be the Committal, whether an interment or a cremation. The parish will be guided by the Funeral Director regarding number attending. Mass will be offered in private on the same day for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
First Confessions, First Holy Communions, and Confirmations have been postponed / suspended for the time being. Once this is all over and Masses resume, arrangements will be made for the children to celebrate these sacraments.
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Cue and Review Print Speaking to the Blind – a free talking newspaper service for the visually impaired is looking for volunteers in East Dunbartonshire to show the public how to listen to daily and weekly online articles from the Herald, Evening Times, The National and Inside Soap magazine. Contact Michael 772 3976 / email@example.com. For information, visit www.cueandreview.com Many thanks.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 29 March Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Saint Francis of Assisi
Vision Aid Overseas - Do you have old spectacles at home you no longer use? If so we are collecting old glasses for Vision Aid Overseas to recycle during Lent. Please put any unwanted spectacles in the box in the house Porch.
How can we develop our thinking as Catholics? Find out on the website run by the US-based Word on Fire Institute, founded by Bishop Robert Barron. On wordonfire.institute you can access videos on his YouTube channel, which address issues ranging from moral teaching and theology to myths about the Catholic Church.
Soup Run: During this difficult time, St Andrew’s Soup Run volunteers are delivering hot food 6 times a week to Drumchapel Foodbank, St Gregory's Foodbank and the Aspire Project, as well as our parish Foodbank volunteers delivering to Drumchapel each Monday.
Recently Dead – Charlotte McDermott
Anniversaries – Bridget Bege
Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed at 10am Mass in St Andrew's, Bearsden, but distributed at a later time when circumstances permit.
Holy Thursday. Mass will be celebrated at 5pm in the parish. Omitted will be the washing of feet, and the end of Mass procession. The Blessed Sacrament will be kept in the Tabernacle.
Good Friday. The adoration of the Cross by kissing it shall be limited solely to the celebrant. This will be at 12noon in our parish. A special intention will be included for those who find themselves in distress, the sick and the dead.
The Easter Vigil can be celebrated in parish churches with the priest only present. Monsignor and I have decided rather than celebrating an Easter Vigil, each of us will celebrate separately Mass on Easter Sunday. We pray that Yvonne and Jen will experience the joy of initiation before too long.
Do remember that all these services will be conducted without a congregation present.
Live-streamed Liturgies - Archbishop Tartaglia intends to conduct the Palm Sunday and the Triduum liturgies in St Andrew’s Cathedral and live-stream them at the following times on this link:
Palm Sunday 5th April 12 noon.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday 9th April 6pm.
Good Friday 10th April 3pm.
Easter Vigil 11th April 8.30pm.