do the King homage."
Christmas Day Mass attendance – 1682. Previous year’s was 1061.
We look forward to all families, who over the past year have had a celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, gathering together for the 10am Mass next Sunday for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. After Mass, there will be refreshments served in the parish hall to which everyone is invited.
With all good wishes for the Christmas Season and throughout 2016 from Monsignor Ryan, Fr Mackle and Deacon Tommy.
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 return in this Year of Mercy’s festive season.
Special Second Collections – 3rd Jan – Justice & Peace; 31st Jan – Education Sunday.
Updating Parish Register – The Parish Census Team would be very grateful for your help and assistance in updating St Andrew’s Parish Register by providing them with your contact details. Even if you have registered before, all Householders are being asked please to fill up the Census Slips, that will be given out at Masses on the 16th &17th January. Only basic contact details for the adult Householders are being requested at this stage, so it should not take any longer than a minute to complete and hand back this Census Slip. Pens will be available along with containers to collect all completed forms. Many thanks.
The Year of Mercy motto, Merciful Like the Father, (Luke 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure. (see our banner in the porch and in both halls)
Soup Run – this Friday 8th January 7pm in Lower Hall. Donations of soup, sandwiches, soft fruit, biscuits etc most welcome. Any queries, please call Phyllis on 570 1343.
Year of Mercy Healing Holy Hour – Encountering God’s mercy through His saints. Tuesday 5th January at 7pm – 8pm in St Andrew’s, Bearsden. Healing Mass of St. Charles of Mount Argus including: Blessing with first class relic, Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. Sacrament of Reconciliation available throughout.
Church Halls - The church halls are used for a huge range of activities. For the New Year, why not make one of your Resolutions to be to support a local business or charity and the church through taking part in one or more of these activities. These include Scottish Slimmers; two choirs; the University 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; Bearsden Literary Society; prenatal and mother and baby yoga classes; Taekwondo for children and adults; adult art classes; animation classes; digital art classes; and toddlers and pre-school clubs. Both halls are also free at weekends for birthday parties, christenings, anniversary parties, fund raisers, weddings and funerals. For further details, please visit the Halls page of this website available on this link.
Happy New Year from the Halls Committee.
January Meetings – RCIA – 6th at 7pm;
Bereavement Support Planning – 7th at 7pm;
Reachout 8th at 11am;
On-going Faith Formation – 11th at 10.30am;
Census Planning – 11th at 12noon;
Ministers of Bearsden - 12th at 11am;
Cluster Planning – 12th at 7.30pm;
P3 Parents - 14th at 7pm;
Deanery – 18th at 11am;
Liturgy Group 19th at 7pm;
School Council 19th at 7pm;
RCIA 20th at 7pm;
Justice & Peace 21st at 7.30pm;
P4 Parents – 28th at 7pm;
Halls committee 28th at 7.30pm;
Preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion.
Thursday 14th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall for parents whose children are preparing to celebrate Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent 2016.
Thursday 28th January at 7pm in the Upper Hall for parents whose children are preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion in May 2016.
Maryhill Foodbank – Many thanks to all for your generosity over the past year and in particular over the Christmas Season. We continue to help to feed the poor, remembering that Jesus said, “When I was hungry you gave me to eat”.
Parish 50th Anniversary - 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of St Andrew’s parish. We’d like to mark this with a number of celebrations over the course of 2017 that, together, will appeal to our whole parish community. Whether you’ve got some great ideas or are willing to be involved in helping organise, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Father Mackle, Monsignor Ryan or any member of the PPC with your ideas.
NET - National Evangelisation Teams. Their mission is to encourage young people "to love Jesus and embrace the life of the Church". Each year, young Catholics will take up the challenge to spend nine months on a NET team, bringing the Gospel message to young people all over Scotland through peer to peer ministry; young people ministering to other young people. Check out the website and spread the word! www.netscotland.org
Unity Supper at New Kilpatrick Halls on Wed 20 Jan 7.15. Tickets £9.50 from Margaret Sanders 942 7519. Speaker – Gemma Lamarra, SCIAF’s Outreach Manager.
The 2016 edition of The Western Catholic Calendar is on sale in the Piety Stall priced £3.00.
St Aloysius’ College Open Day - Thursday 14 January 2016. See poster for more details.
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Margaret McGuire, Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Paul Connolly, Louise Dolan, Charlie Melly, Ronald Coia, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Baby Eva Berrey, Marie Moy, Margie Cornyn, Michael Moss, Russell Rodger, Eileen Tully, Hil Black, Alexander Pate, Patricia Swiatek.
Recently Dead—Greta Ward, .
Anniversaries—Cathie Rowan, Jack Watson, Rosemary Kirkwood, Patrick & Mary Mulhern, Gerry Walsh.