Advent Day of Confessions - Thursday 19th December priests will be available all day in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (from 7:45am – 5:45pm) for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Our Parish SPRED Mass is at noon today, Sunday. We hope that you will join us for Mass and afterwards in the Lower Hall for homebaking, sales table and chat!
Christmas Reachout is being delivered to around 1300 homes in the parish during the coming weeks. If you normally don’t receive Reachout, and would like a copy, please email email@example.com. It is also available on the website, Facebook and Twitter.
Christmas Masses – Christmas Eve 5pm and 9pm (Carol Service 8.30pm). Christmas Day – 10am & 12noon.
Christmas Mass at Midnight 12pm for the cluster is in St Joseph’s.
Advent Cluster Candlelit Reflection St Joseph’s invites St Andrew’s and St Benedict’s parishioners to an Advent evening of music and reflection in St Joseph’s on Tues17th Dec at 7.30 pm. - followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the hall.
St Andrew’s Day Celebrations– sincere thanks to those who looked after the preparations and the serving on the day at the reception after Mass. Great pics on Facebook & Twitter.
Carol Singing at ASDA—next Saturday, 14th Dec 12pm – 1pm. St Andrew’s parishioners along with other churches will be helping deliver some Christmas cheer to shoppers.
Christmas 5pm Vigil Mass is the most enjoyable and busiest Mass in our calendar. As the church is extremely busy, to help ease congestion and from a health and safety perspective it would be very much appreciated if those in attendance could adhere to the following:
a) Wheel chair users will be asked to sit at the rear of the main church with their carers seated in the blue chairs
b) Prams, buggies and walking frames should be stored in the Upper Hall (passkeepers will ensure their security).
Passkeepers will be on hand to assist with these changes which will hopefully add to the enjoyment of the Mass and your co-operation will be greatly appreciated.
Festive Teas and Coffees -Sunday 15th December. Please join us for mince pies and tea/coffee/mulled wine in the Upper Hall on Sunday 15th December. This is the last coffee morning of this year so, please join us if you can. This month we will be raising funds for the St Nicholas Care Fund. When you give to the St Nicholas Care Fund, you give collectively to so many different kinds of good causes. Many more than you would be able to help individually.
Your support:- Changes lives of children living in poverty; helps parents bring up their families; helps families to stay together by supporting grandparents as Kinship Carers. We take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and generosity and to wish you all, the compliments of the season. Veronica and David Maguire
The Legion of Mary would like to wish all Parishioners a very Blessed Christmas and a huge thank you for your support over this year.
I am sure that everybody present learned a great deal from Deacon Nick’s presentation on prayer, which helped us appreciate the great treasury of prayer we have in our Catholic tradition - highlighted ways of praying - the need for prayer to be a constant - and was lovely to pray Night Prayer together.
The General Election - There is a letter on our website, Facebook and Twitter from the Catholic bishops of Scotland about the forthcoming general election. Printed copies available in the porch, or visit https://rcpolitics.org/elections-uk-parliament/.
Please keep in your prayers Yvonne McCafferty and Jen Wright, who have begun the RCIA journey of preparing to become Catholic at Easter. On 11th Dec there will be the Rite of Acceptance, which involves special prayers for them as part of the RCIA process.
Visit https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council/consultations/school-admission-and-transfer-arrangements-primary-secondary-school to complete the online East Dunbartonshire Council’s school admission consultation form. Please do take part in the consultation. It is of the utmost importance. The closing date has been extended until January 10.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 8 December (Nearest Sunday to International Human Rights Day (10 December)) Since rights and the resulting duties follow naturally from human interaction, it is easy to forget that they are the fruit of a commonly held sense of justice built primarily upon solidarity among the members of society, and hence valid at all times and for all peoples. Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations, 18 April 2008
Bearsden Choir Concert. Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm. In St John’s Renfield Church, Beaconsfield Road, Hyndland (opposite the Nuffield Hospital). Programme comprises Vivaldi’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem. Tickets £10 (£5 Students & children). Details on handbill in Church porch noticeboard, or phone Chris Sanders on 942 7519.
Real Gifts that Change lives The Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 1397) states that "The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognise Christ in the poorest, his brethren.” SCIAF’s Christmas Real Gifts make great presents for family and friends while helping people in poverty to build a better future. Parish catalogue now available at the back of the church. Alternatively you can visit www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts to find call 0141 354 5555.
A musical celebration of the festive season. Kelvin Choir Christmas Concert. St Andrew’s Church. This afternoon, Sunday 8th December 3pm. Tickets on the door
Forthcoming Special Collection –Caring Sunday—15th Dec
Children’s Choir – Dec 15 & 25 at 10am. Asda 13th Dec at 1.30pm, and St Nicholas’ Christmas concerts 17th and 19th Dec. Any queries, please contact Annamaria Strachan 0141-942-9799 or 07749715514—firstname.lastname@example.org
Passkeepers – Due to some people standing down, we are now short of passkeepers for the 5pm Vigil and the 10am Sunday Masses. If you feel you can help, please contact Fr Mackle or Michael Sheerin on 943 093
St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s Youth Ministries Team invite you to join them for Family Carol Singing on Fri 20thDec at St Andrew’s Jubilee Garden (weather permitting), followed by a social gathering in the Hall for some festive treats. Singing will commence at 7pm. You don’t have to be a family to join our family, all welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Donations of festive treats would be welcome, more info to follow.
The 29 Club Winter 2019 Draw took place at the Church House on 30 November 2019 with the following winners:-£1000:No.57 - Dorothy MacLean. £100 : No.198 - Maureen & Rikki Jackson. £100 : No.110- Moira Kelly. £100 :No.70 -Kay Dick. £100:No.87 -Margaret Charrier. £100 - No. 32 - Jacqueline & Alan Burke. My thanks to all 6 parishioners for making the draw and to all you 29 Club members Thank You for your great support!! … finally to the winners .. Enjoy!! All proceeds from The 29 Club are used to support our Parish Development Fund and various charitable causes. Vacancies are available now for the current season with membership at £6 per month or £65 per annum. Come and Join Us !! - (spaces available now!!) Contact Brian Donnelly 942-6085/Fr Mackle on 942-4635.
10th Dec – Legion of Mary – 7pm - Hut
11th Dec – RCIA – 7pm – Church
Please remember in your prayers those in need, those who are sick, and those in hospital.
Recently Dead--Margaret Clark, Winefride Hart, John Donohoe, Eleanor McConville, Rita Kerr, Lily Doherty, Ann McSherry.
Anniversaries--Isabelle Fallon, Roy Chapman.