We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage."
Christmas Carols Video - If you didn’t manage to see our Special Christmas Carols Video, you can get it on St Andrew's YouTube Channel on this link.
All the very best for the Christmas Season from all the Parish Musicians.
The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord ~ We invite all families who have had a celebration of baptism within the past year to attend online the live streamed 10am Mass on Sunday, 10th January, 2021, or you might want to attend in the church ( remember, though, you would need to register first with the church booking system and then book seats). Go to the home page on this site here. It’s so unfortunate that we can’t all gather together this year for this Mass, as we normally do, but, hopefully, we’ll get the opportunity to gather next year.
Cribs ~ We’ll be keeping all the cribs (in both halls, in the church and both outdoor ones ) up for 40 days through to Candlemas on 2nd February. Why not keep yours up in your home until then? It's such a terrific visual aid and the 40 days allow us to adore the new-born Christ for longer.
When you’re out for your tier 4 stroll, feel free to call in for a wee prayer before our outdoor cribs. See if you can find our crib in the Spirit of Peace garden.
Stay in and Stay Safe. I would urge you, please, during tier 4, to stay in and stay safe. Attend on your device at home, our Sunday and weekday 10am live streamed Mass, and make a spiritual communion. Go to www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk Or dial-a-Mass on 0141 473 4869. Please, stay in and stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you when we're out of tier 4 and it's safer. Fr Mackle
A huge huge thanks. So many people have been involved in so many ways helping and volunteering, especially this past year ensuring that our church and halls are safe and secure places for public Mass. So many people have helped in all areas of parish life & community. I thank you all sincerely.
Our piety stall staff, during these difficult times, with the help of our online team, rose to the challenge of the past year magnificently by setting up the parish piety stall online. In continuing to operate these past months, order and collect, and delivery of items has worked well.
A huge thank you to those who generously give of their time serving in the piety stall, and to the parishioners who support the stall with their purchase.
The fantastic amount of £900 profit was raised during 2020, which is a great boost to parish funds.
Huge thanks to our Youth Ministry Team who looked after the arrangements and preparations for a wonderful Youth Advent Evening, and big thanks to all our young people who came along to it. It was lovely and prayerful and peaceful and a great preparation for Christmas. Thinking caps are on for future youth events.
Annual Crib Donations are vital for the solvency and running of St Margaret's as the UK's only Catholic adoption agency. As there are no St Margaret's take home Crib Boxes this year because of the Covid restrictions, donations can be made via the St Margaret’s website or by cheque posted to the charity’s office at 26 Newton Place, Glasgow, G3 7PY. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. St Margaret's aims to ensure that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, loving and secure family environment.
Christmas Season Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast. 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 the schools’ Christmas break.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) for Primary 3 pupils will be celebrated on Saturdays 20th & 27thMarch 10am – 11am.
First Holy Communion for Primary 4 pupils will be celebrated on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May. All Masses at 2pm. Until we hear otherwise, it is presumed that maximum capacity at each First Communion Mass will be 50.
Confirmations for Primary 7 & Secondary 1 pupils. The dates for these are yet to be decided.
All parents for all these Sacraments will be advised in the new year regarding preparations and arrangements.
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.
Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace – 3rd January - – Bishop Nolan’s letter for Justice & Peace Sunday can be found on the J&P Scotland website. A portion of our collection this weekend will go toward supporting the vital work of J&P. Follow J&P Scotland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or check out the website for information on current issues and campaigns. If you would be interested in the work of our cluster's Justice & Peace group and for any information, email email@example.com
As seating capacity in the church is much reduced due to current social distancing guidelines, a booking system is required. To register to use the booking system, please go here.
Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended. It is still fine not to go to Mass during these circumstances.
Here's some helpful guidance from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland
Please familiarise yourself with it ahead of attending Mass.
➡️ Read: bit.ly/BackToMass (includes video)
➡️ Phase 3 guidance: bit.ly/Phase3ScotGov
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: firstname.lastname@example.org by12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website.
Recently Dead – Ken Murray, Peter O’Neil, Jim O’Donnell, Bernard Ruddy,
Anniversaries – Gerald Corish, Jean and John Finnerty, Jean and Charles Hirst, Patricia McNeill, Cathie Rowan, Patsy Shiels, John and Rebecca Shiels, Paul Sheridan, Michael and Ada Sugrue, Betty and James Ward