Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile."
"HOORAY & WELCOME EVERYONE St. Andrew’s & St Joseph’s lunch club new season kick off ~ this Thursday 7th Sept in the upper Hall 12.30pm until 2.30pm and thereafter every 1st.&3rd Thursdays of each month. We look forward to seeing you all again and remember to bring along your friends and have agood time in good company.
RCIA will begin toward the end of this month of September. Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic ? Do you know someone who is? Please speak to Fr. Mackle if you would like to know more about the RCIA process.
"Creative Crafternoon" next Saturday 9th September from 2p.m. to 5p.m. There's no need to bring anything. Just come along. Wide range of activities arranged. A chance to pick up a few hints. Pop in even just for a look. Activities for children too. Light refreshments will be served. It will be a great afternoon. All most welcome ~ ‘Make time for Creation’
Children’s Choir Dates at 10am mass St Andrew’s Church. If your child is not at St Nicholas’ and they would like to join the choir, please contact Annamaria (firstname.lastname@example.org/0141942 9799) to arrange rehearsal links. Sept 17th. Oct 8th. Nov 12th. Dec 10th, 17th, 25th
Laudato Si’ - On Care for our Common Home - The poorest areas and countries are less capable of adopting new models for reducing environmental impact because they lack the wherewithal to develop the necessary processes and to cover their costs. (#52)
SEASON OF CREATION - WEEK 1 The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the Voice of Creation and the cry of the poor. This week, the Scottish Laity Network has organised a Zoom session on Thursday 7th September, 7.00 - 8.30 pm, on “Flowing within the Divine: A Spirituality for ALL Seasons”. Register through their website, http://scottishlaitynetwork.org.uk
Can you help? Volunteer driver and assistant needed, please, to bring a parishioner from the Kessington area to Mass once a month. If you can help, please contact Charles on 07463 770191
Don't criminalise compassion. Gillian MacKay's Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill will soon be debated in Holyrood. This will remove a lifeline for vulnerable women and discriminates against pro-life Scots. Please contact your MSP to make your views known. Write to all your 8 MSPs at once by going to an easy to use we took : www.spuc.org.uk/nobufferzonesScotland
All P3 parents intending to present their child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent 2024,please collect before Mass an enrolment form from the sacristy. Forms to be returned, please, by Sunday, 29th October 2023
P4 parents are not required to re-enrol. Your form and all the details on it from last year (P3) will automatically roll on to the P4 list.
P7 parents should collect an enrolment form for Confirmation. All forms are to be returned, please, by Sunday, 10th September 2023.
There will be a Confirmation Meeting for all Parents and Sponsors on Thursday 28th September at 6.30p.m. in St Nicholas' Assembly Hall.
FYI - The upper hall’s new patio doors are now fully installed. Feel free to take a wee walk round to see them. Paving work will begin soon on the new patio area. We’re hoping to install a new window just along from the doors subject to planning permission. Plus, plans for next year are for some central heating and redecoration work to be done on the upper hall. We are currently obtaining costs for resurfacing work to the church entrance and driveway.
As well as our parish trying to build up numbers again for Masses after the Covid era, we're hoping too for a return for many to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Weekly Confessions are on Saturday 10a.m. until 11a.m. and 4.15p.m. until 4.45p.m. & on Sunday mornings 9.15a.m. until 9.40a.m. The Confessional has a glass panel fitted in the door which simultaneously allows transparency and privacy. Meditative music is played during Confessions to add to the penitent’s privacy.
It is pleasant to spend time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is such a priceless treasure ~ by praying before it, we are able to make contact with Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament. Saturdays 10a.m. until 11a.m. Confessions throughout.
Confessions also on Saturdays 4.15p.m – 4.45p.m & Sundays 9.15a.m – 9.40a.m
The Church is open until 5p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call in and enjoy the peace and quiet, and take time to sit in the stillness in the silence of God.
Tea is served in the hut after daily Mass Monday to Thursday. All most welcome.
Before receiving Holy Communion, we are asked to make some act of reverence such as a bow.
Bereavement Support Group is willing to help anyone seeking assistance. If you have suffered a bereavement (not necessarily recently) and feel you could benefit from talking to someone about it, please call 0141 942 4635 or email email@example.com
For women affected by separation and divorce – confidential and peer support Friday 6th October 2023 St Patrick's, Dumbarton 6-8p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Forthcoming Special Collections:10th September ~ SPRED, 22nd October ~ Missio Scotland
You can raise FREE donations for the parish every time you shop online. Take a moment to sign up at https://tinyurl.com/StAndrewsBearsden2023
Drumchapel Foodbank - If you are able to take your donation straight to the Foodbank at Ladyloan Pl, G15 8LB, that would be good. If not, do leave your donation, please, in the house porch. Many thanks.
Our soup-run volunteers collect donations every evening from M&S Milngavie for delivery to St Gregory’s Foodbank and Aspire West End. If you are interested in volunteering once or twice a month, please get in touch with Veronica McLaughlin - email@example.com.
Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The Parish Bulletin is available weekly on our website/by email for all those on our Parish database and on the noticeboards in the Church porch and the Church grounds.
Recently Dead: Tony Connolly, Eleanor Cordiner, Dorothy MacMillan, Joan Mannion, Philip McEntee, Con McGinley, John McGinley, Ian McKenzie, Mary McLernon, Kathleen McNamara, Frank McShane, Teasy Murty and Andrew Wales.
Anniversaries: Sister Mary John Duffy, Tricia Johnson, Maureen Love and Mary Murphy.