Confessions will be heard outdoors on Saturdays at the front door of the chapel house 4.15pm to 4.45pm, and on request. It would be appreciated if food bank donations are not dropped off there between 4pm and 5pm on Saturdays.
Ash Wednesday is on the horizon – 17th February. Easter is early this year.
Looking Forward & Planning Ahead ~ Due to the exceptional circumstances that continue, it still wouldn't be appropriate to resume Parish Pastoral Council meetings. The parish's Planning Ahead group, which has been meeting regularly over the past year, met via zoom last week. Among the items discussed were Ash Wednesday & Lent; Easter card & Messengers; Easter Music video; Instagram (page now created); Public notices re Livestreaming; Updated information leaflet when public Masses resume. You will hear more about these in the weeks and months ahead. Also, preparations and arrangements are well under way for P3 & P4's celebration of the Sacraments. These celebrations, along with P7 & S1's Confirmations are subject very much to loosing of current restrictions. The parish is working on online catechetical material for P3 parents and children. The Youth Ministry Team's thinking caps are on.
Next Planning Ahead zoom meeting will be on 11th February. If you have any matters you would like discussed, please email
Veronica McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN'S LITURGY: Redemptorist Publications is pleased to introduce Celebrate, an initiative to help children grow in their faith. Each week they will provide a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading. Available on the following link: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith
Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) for Primary 3 pupils is due to be celebrated on Saturdays 20th & 27thMarch 10am – 11am. Letters from the school and parish have now been sent out to all families regarding information about preparations and arrangements.
First Holy Communion for Primary 4 pupils will be celebrated on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May. All Masses will be at 2pm. It is uncertain at this stage for us to know what the maximum capacity at each First Communion Mass will be. All parents will receive a letters soon from the school and the parish regarding information about preparations and arrangements.
Confirmations for Primary 7 & Secondary 1 pupils. The dates for these are subject to a loosening of restrictions.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 31st January The Church is called to bear witness to Christ by taking courageous and prophetic stands in the face of the corruption of political or economic power; by not seeking her own glory and material wealth; by using her resources to serve the poorest of the poor and by imitating Christ's own simplicity of life.Pope Saint John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, para. 43
The crib in the church and the two outdoor ones. Last day for them will be Candlemas, this Tuesday, February 2.
Youth Ministry Team’s zoom meeting – 2nd Feb at 7pm.
During lockdown, St Andrew's is closed until further notice.
Mass will be celebrated each Sunday which will be live streamed at 10am. Mass will also be live streamed Monday to Friday at 10am.
While we are in lockdown, and with all the uncertainty that is around, let us keep each other in prayer. Let's pray that these lockdown restrictions and the vaccines will be effective in bringing about the desired result in reducing the present levels of infection and transmission throughout our country.
Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast, especially when the schools are off. Thanks to all of our Parishioners who are donating food and toiletries to our collection point in the Chapel House porch to be delivered to Drumchapel Food Bank. Regularly your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to help, especially during lockdown.
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 – Richard Binns, Elizabeth Cunning, Frances Donaldson, Paul Haggerty, Olwin Jones, Mary Roberts
Anniversaries – Neil Bennett, Hilda Amaya Cardenas, Sophia English, Samuel Galloway, Pat Jenkins, Peter Lafferty, Anne Lawson, Francis McTaggart, Liam Smith