and from the river to the ends of the earth."
Tour of the school – St Andrew’s Primary – Pre-5 Open day - this Thursday 8th December at 9.30am. An opportunity to tour the school and meet the staff.
The school’s ECO group of enthusiastic gardeners planted a good variety of bulbs in our Jubilee Garden last Thursday. We look forward to them visiting us again on 15th Dec. Their homework - to come up with suggestions for a name for the garden.
Altar Servers’ Awards. Two Servers are due to be enrolled officially into the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen (Emmet Flanagan and Caitlin McLeod at the 10am Mass on Sunday 4th December). Each will receive the familiar bronze medal on a red cord, as they have demonstrated, by assisting at Mass regularly for over two years, their commitment to their parish ministry by serving at the Altar. At the same time, acknowledgement of long-standing service is also being made to Caragh Pryce and Joseph Sheridan who have both served faithfully for over five years, this recognition being marked by exchanging their red cords for yellow cords. Well done and congratulations to all concerned. We are very fortunate at St. Andrew’s to have a number of good and committed Servers. Although four youngsters have recently started serving, there is a real need for more Altar Servers: any approach to Fr Mackle or Chris Sanders will be most welcome.
Sign-up Sundays for young people. Many thanks to those who have signed up to become a reader, or to help at coffee mornings, or to take part in the offertory, or to become a passkeeper, or to be part of a music group - we'll be in touch soon.
Please Note New Year’s Eve Masses – 6pm Vigil & 11.30pm followed by refreshments. New Year’s day Masses – 10am & 12noon.
St Andrew’s Parish Library- As many of you have noticed, a bookcase has been placed in the porch. We would like to fill the shelves with books of a spiritual nature which parishioners can borrow. We hope by this means to help each other deepen our faith and intensify our practice of the faith. We would be grateful, therefore, if you could provide any books of a spiritual nature which you no longer need. Please put them on the bookcase. You will be able to borrow books for as long as you wish but we do ask people to return them when they have finished reading them so that others may also benefit from reading them. There will be a sign in / sign out sheet.
Many congratulations to Elizabeth Reid and her fellow students on completing the two year archdiocesan Catholic Theological Education course. They will all be commissioned by Archbishop Tartaglia for the ministry of Catechist at an awards ceremony on Monday 5th December at 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral with refreshments in Eyre Hall afterwards. All most welcome.
SPRED - Please come and support our parish SPRED group as we lead the liturgy at 12.00 Advent Mass on 11 Dec. We would love you to join us afterwards in the Lower Hall for tea, coffee and a chat.
The Christmas Reachout and 2017 Golden Jubilee Calendar If there is someone you know, who is not in the messenger system, who might like to receive a Jubilee Calendar and Reachout, pick up copies for them from the porch. They’re free.
Kelvin Choir Christmas Concert – 11th Dec at 3.30pm in St Andrew’s Church. Tickets £5/£3 (children). See poster for details or visit www.kelvinchoir.com
Westerton Male Voice Choir - Spirit of Christmas Concert. St. Andrew's Church - Thurs, 15th Dec, 7.30 - 9 pm followed by a "festive afterglow" in hall 9 - 9.30pm. Evocative Christmas music across the range of classical, sacred and traditional carols. Tickets £10 (children under 16 free). Call Owen McHugh on 07954952885.
Big Clean for Christmas: In preparation for Christmas, the church will be cleaned on Thurs 22rd Dec after 10am Mass. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible (men as well as women) to come along and help with this essential task.
Advent Appeal - Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast. If everyone coming to Mass could donate at least one item of food, this would be of great help. Collection boxes are taken from porch every Monday morning. Thank you for your help.
Smart Junior Chef Course. Hands-on cookery course. January to April 2017. For girls aged 14 to 17. 10 sessions. Saturdays 10am – 12 noon at Hazlewood House, 52 First Gardens, G41 5NB. Parents and grandparents welcome. Discover the chef in you. The course starts at 10.00 am on Saturday 14 January 2017 and has a total cost of £50. Pick up a flyer from the Church Porch. For more information call 427 7036.
Christmas Soup Run will be on Friday 16th Dec taking hot drinks and mince pies on our visit to the gentlemen at the Bellgrove Hotel. We also hope to take Christmas parcels of toiletries, underwear, socks, books and sweets. Your donations will be gratefully received. If parcels could be wrapped and labelled with contents that would be very helpful. Please place in box in the porch. The folk group will provide a Carol service which is always appreciated. Any excess food or gifts will be taken to the Wayside Club. Many thanks for your wonderful support throughout the year.
Children’s Choir - December 11th, December 18th & December 25th. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 0141 9429 799 or 07749715514 -firstname.lastname@example.org
St Andrew’s parishioners will be helping to spread some Christmas cheer to ASDA shoppers with carol singing from 12noon – 1pm on Saturday 10th Dec. Funds raised will be for Glasgow City Mission and St Margaret’s Hospice. Organised by ABC.
The annual St Andrew’s Family Christmas Party with entertainer - Saturday 3rd December 2-4 pm. Family tickets £6. Wrapped gifts can be donated and will be given to a charity for boy or girl. Contact Christine 07885974038 or Romina 07469195329 . Alternatively, pop into the St Andrew’s Toddlers and Lunch club between 10.30-1.30 on a Thursday .
Toddlers and Lunch Club – runs Thursdays term time in the Lower Hall. Toddlers 10.30-12, and lunch club 12-2pm. Contact Romina email@example.com
Poinsettias for the sanctuary for Christmas will be gratefully received. Please hand in the weekend 17th/18th Dec preferably not before.
6th Dec at 11am – Deanery;
8th Dec at 7pm – PPC;
12th Dec at 7pm – Youth Committee.
Please remember in your Prayers -
Sick—Paul Morton, Dante Biagioi, Louise Dolan, Ronald Coia, Douglas Dalby (Snr), Baby Finn, Joan Davis, Margie Cornyn, Patricia Swiatek, Gilbert O’Rourke, Joseph McDermid, Charlie Harper, Bruce Davidson, Paul Sheridan, John Gerard Miller, Maureen MacIntosh, Davie Peacock, Anne Rodgers, Diarmid O’Hara, Barbara Holland, Michelle Rajab, Matthew Craig, Maurice Boyce, Margaret Kieran, James Keegan, Martin Reynolds.
Recently Dead— Maimie Brady, Herbert Bowden, James Cooper, Kay Reilly, Ann Galloway, Brian O’Neill
Anniversaries—John & Norah Travers, Rev. John McKelvie, Rev. Gillespie, Baby Aurelius McKinnon, Margaret McKinnon, Frank Creighton, Ray Chapman, Hugh Burnett, Ramona Sumagang, Lifardo Sumagang (Snr)
Months Mind—Robert Mowat, Kenneth Fearon