and my Father is the vine grower."
Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have released a pre-6th May election pastoral letter, urging Catholics to play their part “in putting human life and the inviolable dignity of the human person at the centre of Scotland’s political discourse” and to warn politicians against imposing “unjust restrictions on free speech, free expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion”. You can read the bishops’ letter online at rcpolitics.org.
First Holy Communion Masses will take place next weekend and the weekend after. We’re looking forward to welcoming the children and their families for this very special moment on their journey of faith. Masses will be live streamed on our parish’s YouTube channel with each family given a password link to pass on to friends and family. We thank all those who have been involved in helping the boys and girls to prepare these past months at school, at home, and in the parish. We pray that the blessings of the Eucharist will stay with the children for a long time to come and that they will become committed members of the Body of Christ. Remember, face coverings will need to be worn at all Masses.
PFFA & Caritas - All going well, the Pope Francis Faith Award pupils will be awarded the Faith Award with parish commendation sometime before summer. The 20 St Nicholas’ PFFA candidates from St Andrew’s & St Joseph’s have all done so well, especially with all the Covid challenges and restrictions. We’ll keep you posted re presentation arrangements for this and for the Caritas Award to our young parishioners.
Feast Day of the Ascension of Our Lord - Thursday 13th May. As well as our 10am Mass being celebrated in the church ( no need to book), it will be live streamed. All pupils & staff of St Nicholas' will be participating via their classrooms’ smartboards. The pupils have been creating lovely artwork for the feast, which will be posted up on our YouTube channel.
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Remember May last year? Locked down big time. It was great you sending in the lovely photos of your May altars. Let’s do the same again this year. Take a photo of your May altar in your home or in class and send it in and our online team will get it posted. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Mondays in May – As our First Holy Communion & Confirmation Masses will be on most Sunday afternoons in May, this year, May devotions will be Rosary at 9.30am on Mondays. If you are able, I invite you to come that bit earlier for Mass for the Rosary.
Children’s Liturgy: each week in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading. Available at : https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith This is an excellent resource in these exceptional times of no public Masses with children’s liturgy.
0-5 playgroup ~ For over 30 years there has been a 0-5 playgroup at St Andrew’s Parish, it has been invaluable to many children, parents and grandparents all getting to know each other before starting school. Once the current restrictions are lifted there is a great opportunity for someone to start a new group and at this time the lower hall has a lot of flexibility with available times. The group would be a great resource for all families connected with St Nicholas’ Primary. If you would like to know more about starting the group or wish to be updated when a new group starts please contact Aura Murphy on 07881 445565 or email email@example.com.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week – 2 May Do not strip the vines bare in your vineyard or gather the fallen grapes. Leave the fallen fruit and some grapes on the vine for the poor and strangers living among you; for I am the Eternal One your God Leviticus 19:10
Justice and Peace - Laudato Si' To mark the 6th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on Care for our Common Home, SCIAF and Justice & Peace Scotland are hosting an online event - Everything & Everyone is Connected - on Monday 24th May 2021 @ 7pm Tickets (free) can be booked on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/everything-and-everyone-is-connected-tickets-150471198405
Share, Show, Shout for Climate Justice This November, crunch global climate talks are happening in Glasgow. The climate crisis is far greater than the Covid pandemic. Can Scotland show the world the way? Watch and share the SCIAF campaign video here: https://youtu.be/W4yShUsVQpk
Save the Date!!! Walk / Ride to the Vigil or Sunday Mass weekend 19th / 20th June - An opportunity to take climate change action! More details soon.
Keep Scotland Beautiful: Bearsden Summer Clean 28th-30th May Why not support the Summer Clean, which is part of the national event, by joining Bearsden in Bloom? Membership is free and you will get a free high-visibility jacket and a litter picker. Members are expected to pick litter locally about one a month
and If you subsequently decide that it’s not for you, all you have to do is hand the jacket and litter picker back! As a relatively new organization Bearsden in Bloom soon hopes to become involved in planting pots and baskets locally. For an application form email firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder ~ Confessions are now being heard again back in the church – Saturdays 4.15pm – 4.45pm & Sunday 9.15am – 9.40am, and on request.
The Piety Stall online store now has a large selection of cards & gifts for sale. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organisers’ homes or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable.https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/piety-stall.html
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 parish’s soup-run’s volunteers continue to collect food donations form M&S Byres Road for delivery to Drumchapel and St Gregory’s Foodbanks and the Wayside Club.
Parish Website – Bulletin - Just to say that on the latest page and the bulletin page, a subscribe button has been added which allows users to have a daily summary sent each morning with the previous day's posts. If you don't use social media, but would like to be kept posted, then all that's asked for is your email address – you can unsubscribe at any time – it's all clearly marked.
Parish Bulletin: Any items for inclusion in the bulletin (including names for recently dead, month's mind and anniversary lists) should be put through the letter box of the Chapel House or sent by email: email@example.com by12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Recently Dead – Monica Chinyene Anyaegbunam, Kay Dyer, Gary Mooney, Edward O’Keefe, Nellie Richardson, Mary Sloan, John White.
Anniversaries –Alan Baker, Maurice Boyce, Margaret Gallagher, Jim Gibson, Stephen Hartley, Jim Main, Anne McAllister, Edward McGaughrin.