blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed at 10am Mass today here in St Andrew's, but distributed at a later time when circumstances permit.
How about putting a branch on the door of your house or on your window to celebrate Palm Sunday? Photos on this link
Holy Thursday. Mass will be celebrated at 5pm in the parish. Omitted will be the washing of feet, and the end of Mass procession. The Blessed Sacrament will be kept in the Tabernacle.
Good Friday. The adoration of the Cross by kissing it shall be limited solely to the celebrant. This will be at 12noon in our parish. A special intention will be included for those who find themselves in distress, the sick and the dead.
The Easter Vigil can be celebrated in parish churches with the priest only present. Monsignor and I have decided rather than celebrating an Easter Vigil, each of us will celebrate separately Mass on Easter Sunday. We pray that Yvonne and Jen will experience the joy of initiation before too long.
Holy Week Family Resources
Some great resources for children to use during Holy Week on this link. Although they have been prepared by catechists in Edinburgh they are available for all dioceses to use. Even although palms can't be distributed this year, there’s a crafty solution.
Do remember that all Liturgies will be conducted without a congregation present.
Archbishop Tartaglia intends to conduct the Palm Sunday and the Triduum Liturgies in St Andrew’s Cathedral and live-stream them at the following times:
- Palm Sunday 5th April 12 noon.
- Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday 9th April 6pm.
- Good Friday 10th April 3pm.
- Easter Vigil 11th April 8.30pm.
Keep up to date with parish and diocesan news and information on our Facebook, Twitter & website. There’s a sheet you can use at home when Mass isn’t being celebrated publicly. Printed copies available from the house porch. Our Cathedral is live streaming Masses. Visit www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral
Monsignor and I are offering Mass separately each day on our own and remembering you all in our prayers. I hope that you and all those around you keep well. Take care. Fr Mackle
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.
At this time of crisis, we are drawn to think of the needs and circumstances of others, and not just of ourselves. Social Justice is a term used to denote the ideals of the dignity and harmony of people in societies characterised by a wide and fair distribution of economic resources and political power. This should be at the heart of our Catholic daily lives not just now, but always.
Society ensures Social Justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social Justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority.
Social Justice can be obtained only in respecting the transcendent dignity of humanity. The person represents the ultimate end of society, to whom it is ordered: What is at stake is the dignity of the human person, whose defence and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator, and to whom the men and women at every moment of history are strictly and responsibly in debt. Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn1928-9
Drumchapel Foodbank: Many families are having a very hard time because of the Coronavirus and schools being closed, and foodbanks everywhere experiencing great demand. Donations of food items should be placed in the chapel house porch and they will be delivered to Drumchapel every Monday by our parish volunteers. Your generosity is appreciated very much.
Soup run volunteers are delivering hot food 6 times a week to Drumchapel Foodbank, St Gregory's Foodbank and Aspire QMD
Youth - In this time of no public Mass and many in isolation, AoG Youth Team are working hard at creating ways for our young people to be able to join as a community and be nurtured in their faith. They'll live stream a time of Morning Prayer focussed on the Gospel of the Day each weekday morning at 0800 and provide opportunities for young adults to meet virtually for times of Lectio Divina. They'll also be streaming Stations of the Cross and the Holy Rosary at different points whilst continuing to explore other ideas. Find Archdiocese of Glasgow Youth Team on Facebook and Instagram by searching ‘RCAG Youth’.
The care of the sick is a core pastoral duty of the Church. Priests would never opt not to attend to the sick, but these extraordinary times of the sick in hospital or in self isolation call for priests to carry out their duty in a different way. I hope you will find the "Will God forgive my sins even if I can't get to Confession?" information on the website, Facebook & Twitter helpful. If any who are sick in the parish , and who are able to do so, would like to have a chat on the phone or pray together on the phone, please don't hesitate to give me a call on 942 4635. Fr Mackle
Funerals: Given the restrictions, a Funeral will be the Committal, whether an interment or a cremation. The parish will be guided by the Funeral Director regarding number attending. Mass will be offered in private on the same day for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
First Confessions, First Holy Communions, and Confirmations have been postponed / suspended for the time being. Once this is all over and Masses resume, arrangements will be made for the children to celebrate these sacraments.
Have you ever considered adoption as a way to grow your family? Could you provide a loving, stable family environment for a child who needs a forever home? If you would like to find out more about the adoption process, please visit www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk or contact us on 0141 332 8371 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - Palm Sunday (5 April)
And so at last the poor have hope, and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut. Job 5:16
Vision Aid Overseas - Do you have old spectacles at home you no longer use? If so we are collecting old glasses for Vision Aid Overseas to recycle during Lent. Please put any unwanted spectacles in the box in the house Porch.
How can we develop our thinking as Catholics? Find out on the website run by the US-based Word on Fire Institute, founded by Bishop Robert Barron. On wordonfire.institute you can access videos on his YouTube channel, which address issues ranging from moral teaching and theology to myths about the Catholic Church.
Recently Dead – Charlotte McDermott, James Kerr
Anniversaries – Sarah Kearney
Thank you - St Andrew's web.