in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table."
Masses New Year's Eve: 11.30pm followed by Seasonal Refreshments.
New Year's Day: 10am
The celebrations to mark our parish’s 50th anniversary come to an end this weekend. Many thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated, attended and organised the wide variety of spiritual, social and community events. As well as the Lisbon Lions night providing extra support to the Drumchapel foodbank, throughout the year a total of £6,000 has been raised. The 50th committee members considered a range of charities and decided on four who will benefit. These are St Vincent de Paul for local needs, Unicef, St Margaret’s Hospice and Salvation Army to support victims of human trafficking. Many thanks once again to all.
As we wrap up the Golden Jubilee, I take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone.has been a great year for our parish,that’s all due to all who looked after the 50th Anniversary preparations and arrangements, and to all who participated in and attended and organised the wide variety of spiritual, social and community Golden Jubilee events. We're going to highlight features and events of the year in a Golden Jubilee photo banner, which will be going up soon outside the church door. We have celebrated well, with gratitude, 50 years of parish life and mission. We know, however, that the past twelve months have been less about looking back and more about looking to the present and to St Andrew’s future with confidence and hope. Thank you, once again, everyone. May Saint Andrew continue to intercede for us. Fr Mackle
A huge thank you to those who generously give of their time serving in the piety stall and to those who support it with purchases. The fantastic amount of £1300 profit was raised during 2017, which is a great boost to parish funds.
Confirmation Mass Hymns - Some,the archdiocese has chosen for Confirmation,unfamiliar to many of us in St Andrew’s. Aswould like to support the P7 pupils with well prepared congregational singing,hymnsbe included inweekday and weekendMasses during. The words of some of thewill be made available on supplementary sheets.
Invite someone you know back to Mass this Christmas Season. All of us know someone who has stopped going to Mass. Invite someone you know, who no longer attends, to think about coming along this Christmas.
We look forward to all families, who have had a celebration of Baptism recently, gathering together for the 10am Mass Sunday, 21th January. After Mass, there will be refreshments served in the parish hall to which everyone is invited.
Get a new bike for Christmas? Got an old one you no longer need? We can collect, if necessary and pass it on to someone who needs to get around as cheaply as possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Western Catholic Calendar 2018 is on sale in the Piety Stall priced at £3.20.
Next Soup run is this Friday 5th January. Donations of soup, sandwiches, soft fruit, biscuits etc most welcome. Any queries, please call Phyllis on 570 1343
Parish Library Update. The Parish Library has been updated to include a section for children’s books and DVDs which will be expanded through the course of 2018. Parishioners are encouraged to take advantage of the library and to sign books in and out using the sign out book. When returning or donating books or DVDs, please use the basket provided, rather than putting the books directly onto the book shelves. will help with the administration of the library. Thank you.
Youth – Had a look lately at the youth noticeboard in the porch? New photos added of recent youth events. Next cluster youth event will be early Lent in St Joseph’s. More details in the new year.
Caring Sunday Please return St Nicholas Trust Care Boxes by Jan 8th.
Special Second Collections – 7th Jan - Justice & Peace; 28th Jan – Education Sunday.
First Confession Parents Meeting - 11th January 2018 at 7pm in the upper hall.
First Holy Communion Parents Meeting 18th January 2018 at 7pm.
First Holy Communion dates – Sundays 13th and 20th May 2018 at 12noon Mass.
Confirmation preparation meetings for parents, sponsors and children - Tuesday, 16th January 2018 at 7pm in St Joseph's for parents and sponsors. On the same evening and at the same time in St Joseph’s, catechists of the two parishes will gather with the P7s to lead them in preparing for Confirmation.
Primary 7 Parents - The Piety Stall has a selection of books about the lives of the Saints on sale which may be helpful with preparation for Confirmation.
The Befriending Service is looking for volunteers in the Bearsden/Milngavie area as befrienders to individuals who live in the local area who would describe themselves as either lonely or isolated and would benefit from having conversations with someone for a couple of hours once per fortnight. If you would like to help then contact: Brian McDermott your local Resource Worker on: 0141-345-0432.
Christmas Season Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast. If everyone coming to Mass could donate at least oneof meal in a can (tinned mac n cheese, tinned curry, tinned stew) this would be of great help. Collection boxes are taken from porch every Monday morning. Thank you for your help.
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. Monthly evenings of discernment take place at Turnbull Hall. For information and details, please call Fr Ross Campbell on 339 4315. Email: Ross.Campbell.email@example.com Vocations to the Priesthood leaflet is a good read of several young men who have discerned a vocation to the Priesthood. Copies in the porch.
Padre Pio Prayer Group resumes after the Christmas and New Year holidays on Monday 15th January at 7pm. All welcome. For information or interest, please contact Kay Dick 0141 942 7771 or Kate Hay 0141 931 5154.
The Legion of Mary - new members always welcome. Meets on Mondays at 4pm in the Hut. The Legion, over the course of the next few months, will be visiting this year’s First Holy Communion families. Divine Mercy Novena is prayed weekdays after morning Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. All most welcome.
If you have a disability that affects your attendance at church or participation in any of the liturgies, and would benefit from some assistance or adaptations being made, please let us know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 942 4635.
Pilgrimage to Rome – 15th – 19th October 2018. Open to all catechists, teachers, retired teachers, and anyone else involved in Catholic Education. £850 per person. Single room supplement £60. To book, contact email@example.com See noticeboard for more details. Celebrating the Centenary of the 1918 Education Act
Cluster Group - St Andrew's, St Benedict's and St Joseph's. Next meeting will be 15th January at 7pm in St Joseph’s. We will look at arranging further joint events for the year ahead..
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.
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Louise Dolan, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Joseph McDermid, Charlie Harper, John Gerard Miller, Michelle Rajab, Matthew Craig, Maurice Boyce, Maria Giovanazzi, Jim Cameron, Annamaria McGill, Shona Doherty, Geraldine Moy, Vincent McDonald, Pat O’Neill, Michael Timoney, Baby Julia McLeod, Mary Croswaite.
Recently Dead—James McCourt, Rae Russell, Dr. Brenda Barker, Mrs Kelly, Bruna Marzaroli, Evelyn Conroy, Joseph Ramsey, James Hart, Paul Sheridan.
Anniversaries--Roger Morgan, Isabella Gallacher, Gerald & Fionnuala Wilson, Annie & John Melly.