as you hold on to the word of life."
Ash Wednesday--6th March - Distribution of Ashes at Mass at 10.00 am and 7.00pm. Ashes can be collected from the sacristy for any housebound parishioners. A day of fast and abstinence. Mass in St Nicholas’at 11am for staff and pupils.
We welcome to our parish this weekend Sisters from the Convent of St Elizabeth in Belarus, who will be selling icons to aid their work in running an orphanage, a nursing home for the elderly, and a home for recovering alcoholics. They also run a farm for the benefit of the local community.
Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter on Preparation for the Sacraments. Copies available in the porch, plus a copy has been sent to the parents of the boys and girls they have presented for the Sacraments this year.
Gospel Reflection Session– this Monday 4thMarch after the 10am Mass in the Upper Hall. The session will reflect on the Gospel Reading for Ash Wednesday. If you can, please join us for tea/coffee and a reflective and enjoyable discussion.
Considering doing something different for Lent?Why not come along to a series of DVD presentations in the upper hall on Catholicism, starting this Thursday, March 7, at 7pm and running for 10 weeks.
Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuseIn accordance with the wishes of Pope Francis to set aside a Day of Prayer each year for those who have suffered abuse, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has designated Friday after Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Friday 8thMarch. There will be a Holy Hourof Acknowledgment, Prayer and Reflection this Friday in St Andrew’s at 7pm.
Dates and Times for Primary Three Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) - During The Season of Lent (6thMarch – 21stApril ) Saturdays 10.30am – 11.00am; & 4.15pm – 4.45pm; Sundays 9.15 – 9.40am. Family members are encouraged too to take the opportunity then to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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, especially during Lent.
The St. Andrew’s Squad- (S.A.S.) for all children in the parish preparing for First Holy Communion. Please come along and join us on Sunday 17thMarch from 9.00 – 9.45am in the Upper Hall. Any queries please contact Margaret Hendry on 563 9993.
Lent Reboot – Youth Event. Saturday 16thMarch 630-830pm, after the Vigil Mass, @St Joseph’s Main Hall, a chance to reboot your relationship with Jesus and your Faith. The invitation to young people in our Cluster, P7-S3. Tell your friends. Take a flyer from the church porch and pass it on! See more information on the St. Joseph’s and St Andrew’s websites and parishes Facebook pages. Games, activities friendship, soup and bread. (No pizza-well, it is Lent!)
17th March - Coffee Morning Please come along and join us after Mass in the upper hall for tea, coffee and some delicious home baking.This month’s coffee morning will be in aid of Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank, which has, for over 60 years, offered compassion, dedicated commitment and excellent care to patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses and also to the older person with complex medical and nursing needs.huge thank you to all who supported last month’s coffee morning. We raised a record sum of £683 for Project Gambia,(£600 from the coffee morning itself and £83 from Margaret Taylor’s baby clothes stall). Needless to say, the Charity were absolutely delighted and there is a lovely ‘thank you’ letter from them posted on the Narthex board.Many, many thanks yet again for your continued support and generosity. It is very much appreciated.Maguire
Children’s Choir – March 10thand 17th, April 21st(Easter Sunday). All at 10am Mass. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 0141-942-9799 or 07749715514—firstname.lastname@example.org
Lentfest 2019--events programme available in the porch. Visit www.agap.org.ukAn imaginative fusion of faith and the arts.
Glasgow Archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage - 12 to 19 July 2019.
Have you or anyone you know ever thought about joining the Lourdes Hospitalite but never quite made it? yearparish would again like to sponsor 3 parishioners to travel withPilgrimage.is a team of doctors, nurses and helpers who are assisted by the St Margaret of Scotland Youth Group to ensure the Pilgrimage is a wonderful spiritual and memorable experience. It should be noted that those being sponsored will require doctor medical clearance before travel.under the care of the Glasgow Lourdes Hospitalite generally stay on site at the Lourdes hospital known as the Accueil Notre Dame.Pilgrimage is open to all ages.you have not been on the Pilgrimage before and are interested or wish to nominate someone, please contact Fr Mackle 942 email@example.com 7th March 2019.
St Nicholas’ Primary Parent Association Family Night 16th March 7pm - 10 pm Milngavie Town Hall Come and join us for St Nicholas’ PA very first Family Night. There will be a DJ, a buffet, a tuck shop, a raffle and hopefully lots of dancing! This is a BYOB event ( please bring your own glasses too ) Tickets are £8.00 per adult, £4 per child ( 4 - 12 inclusive ) Please contact Siobhan McManus 07850 212 951 to purchase tickets.
Please keep Sarah Hartley and Lorenzo Orfaliin your prayers as they prepare to be married at the Bar Convent Chapel, York, this Saturday, 9 March 2019. We’ve had such great support raising our children in this parish! I’ll be sure to share a photo and get them to visit us soon. Thanks very much. Lucy & Richard Hartley and family.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week Fri 8 March is International Women’s Day, a day tocelebrate women's achievements and tenaciously challenge gender bias. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue Psalm 3:25-26
Parish visit to Iona- There will be a meeting for anyone who wishes to come along on 21stMarch at 7pm in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at St. Andrew’s.
Lenten Retreat Days at Schoenstatt –7th, 11thand 15thMarch. £8 includes sandwich luncheon and beverages and all materials. Call 01360 312 718to book.
Messengers Meetingon Monday 11 March -Area Leaders are asked to attend at 7.00 pm andat.30 pm,note earlier start times.
Altar Servers’ Refresher Courses -During the next few months, those involved in the Liturgy at Mass will be undergoing Refresher Courses. The first two sessions planned for all Altar Servers will be after the 12 noon Mass on Sundays 3rd and 31st March at 2pm. Each will last no more than an hour. It will only be necessary to attendoneof these afternoons.
Looking for a Lenten challenge?Please pray during Lent for the Homeless Club users and volunteers at the Wayside Club Centre, 32 Midland St, Glasgow. They also need practical help, with food preparation. Contact Charlie Hegarty on Facebook or 0141 221 0169 (after 7pm), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop -Castlehill fundraising team are organising a charity fashion show at Bearsden Academy on 13th Marchin order to raise funds for the nursery which serves St Nicholas Primary. Clothing from retailers such as Wallis, Marks&Spencer and Next will be available at discount prices. Tickets are £10 and include a buffet and soft drink. For tickets contact email@example.com.
Youth Ministry– Mon 4thMarch 7pm
RCIA- 6thMarch 7pm – Hut
Baptism Preparation– 7thMarch 7pm – Hut
Emmaus – 8thMarch 10.30am - House
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick, and those in hospital.
Recently Dead--Sean Reid, Frances Diver, Pat McDonald,Mrs Collins, Richard O’Connell, John McAdams, James Dempsey, Eileen Ely, Ellen Murphy, Brian Crombie
Anniversaries—Angus MacKinnon, James Kelly, Catherine & Tim O’Sullivan, James McCafferty, Mary McCafferty.