and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
Stations of the Cross during Lent. Fridays at 7pm on our parish’s YouTube channel.
Adoration for Lent: Visit Adorecast Take a few extra minutes each day to have a heart to heart with Christ. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Confessions will be heard outdoors on Saturdays at the front door of the chapel house 4.15pm to 5.15pm, and on request. It would be appreciated if food bank donations are not dropped off there between 4pm and 5.30pm on Saturdays. Many thanks.
Update re the Sacraments for P3, P4, P7 and S1 We are continuing to attend to preparations for the celebration of First Holy Communion for P4s, and Reconciliation for P3s by ensuring that catechesis and sacramental preparation is in place.
First Holy Communion, the dates of which are all arranged during the month of May, will, of course, be subject to us being in a tier which permits us to have 50 people in the church for Mass.
In the case of First Reconciliation, unfortunately, we had to cancel the scheduled March dates due to the current lockdown.
We have, however, a meeting next week with Mrs Grogan to look at options for the Primary 3 children making their first confession hopefully before the end of March. The school and the parish will keep P3 families fully advised of plans. For all families whose P3 children are at schools other than St Nicholas', the parish will keep you fully informed of arrangements.
The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for P7 and S1 pupils will also be subject to which tier we will be in. We will be setting dates for Confirmation very soon.
If anyone has any questions at all about any of the sacraments, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
First Holy Communion for Primary 4 pupils we are hoping will be able to be celebrated on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May. All Masses will be at 2pm. It is uncertain at this stage for us to know what the maximum capacity at each First Communion Mass will be.
A ‘streamed Holy Hour’ online via you tube from St Mary’s, ‘Lent Reflections’. This Monday 8th and Monday 22nd March 6.30 p.m. An evening of Eucharistic Adoration with hymns, readings and reflections to help prepare our hearts for Easter with Deacon John and cantor, Jim McGinlay Search : ‘St Mary’s,Duntocher- You Tube’ or copy and paste the following :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuK-9mvdWnQ2-Hs0f3CI3bA
SCIAF - If you usually pick up your WEE BOX at Mass, this year, you can pick it up from the chapel house porch.
The Piety Stall online store now has a large selection of cards for Mother’s Day and Easter for sale. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organisers’ homes or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable.https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/piety-stall.html
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 7th March (International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March).
Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!
Saint Catherine of Sienna
JUSTICE AND PEACE - LETS TALK ABOUT THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY:
“For human beings to destroy its biological diversity, by causing changes in its climate, to contaminate the earths waters, its air, its land, its life .,,,these are sins”. Laudato Si '.
As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26 - the United Nations climate talks due in Glasgow this November - a critical issue will be how to promote the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives and keep coal, oil and gas in the ground. The fossil fuel industry is one of the greatest contributors to global warming. An area of concern is the ongoing significant investment in an industry that is harming our planet.
Laudato Si' insists that our Church promotes the care of God’s creation. Christian organisations in Scotland and worldwide are coming together in record numbers to consider divesting from fossil fuels and seek investments which benefit both the environment and job creation. The momentum is such that those joining to disinvest will certainly increase.
“Dear Lord, we seem to have reached the tipping point for climate chaos, and as all the world looks to Glasgow in November, let us follow your guidance to care for your earth. Help us ensure a just transition from a carbon economy to a carbon free one “
(Mary Sweetland, Chair of Board, Eco-Congregation Scotland).
St Joseph’s & St Andrew’s Justice & Peace groups
During lockdown, St Andrew's is closed until further notice.
Mass will be celebrated each Sunday which will be live streamed at 10am. Mass will also be live streamed Monday to Friday at 10am. Please visit www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk
Drumchapel Foodbank. The number of families now dependent on the foodbank, and the number of emergencies, are rising fast, especially when the schools are off. 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 lockdown.
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.
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 – Nada Angelini, Allan Bambery, Philomena Boyd, George Clark, Baby Finn, Anne Gilliam, Joe Harkins, Hector McLean, Eddie O’Neill
Six Months’ Mind – Grace Jackson
Anniversaries – Kathleen Ballingall, Graham Jackson, Lawrence Russell