we rejoice and are glad."
Congratulations and welcome to Gemma and Millie. At the Easter Vigil, our parish community welcomed them into our faith by celebrating their initiation as full members of the Catholic Church. Please keep them in your prayers. They will continue to journey over the next few weeks through RCIA in the Easter period known as Mystagogia (entering into the Mystery), and we’re looking forward to an RCIA Fish Supper Night soon.
Interested in becoming a Catholic?– Please get in touch. The programme of learning and instruction will begin after summer and prepares adults for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please speak to Fr. Mackle if you would like to know more.
SCIAF Wee Boxes to be handed in, please, by Sunday 23rd April.
Association of Bearsden Churches Easter Sunday Songs of Praise 7.30pm in Westerton Parish Church, Crarae Avenue. All most welcome. Tea/coffee served in the hall afterwards.
The church is open until 5pm Mon to Fri. 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 Mon to Thurs. All most welcome.
Lord, Make Me Know Your Ways- Could God be calling you to serve as a priest? Please get in touch to find out more about discerning your vocation. For information and details, please speak to Fr Mackle or contact the Vocations Director Fr Ross Campbell - Ross.Campbell.email@example.com
Calling all boys and girls who celebrated their First Confession ( Sacrament of Reconciliation) during the season of Lent. As we continue to help them grow on their journey of faith and help them appreciate more and more this great sacrament of God's healing love in Reconciliation, there will be an SAS gathering on Sunday 23rd April at 9am in the hall leading into 10am Mass with Children's Liturgy.
First Holy Communion SAS - Sundays 16th April & 7th May 9.00am – 9.45am in the upper hall.
First Holy Communion will be on 14th May at 12 noon.
First Communicants Mass of Thanksgiving at 10am on Sun 21st May followed by a celebratory party.
Confirmation will be celebrated on 8th May at 7pm followed by a reception in the hall. Confirmation ~ SAS & CatClub ~ Sunday 16th Apr 3 – 5pm in St Andrew’s. St Nicholas’ has organised a rehearsal which is for all candidates on Thurs 4th May 1.30pm in St Andrew’s.
Good resources here for Sacramental Preparation https://www.youtube.com/@awordinyourear
Fabric & Finance - I want, on behalf of all in St Andrew’s, to thank Brian Donnelly for very faithfully serving as F&F chairman for many many years. A huge thanks to Brian for all his dedicated efforts and hard work in this important area of parish life. Grateful that he is willing to remain on in the area of parish finance in a supportive role. Gary Wilson has very kindly agreed to take over the office of F&F chairman, for which I am very grateful.
SVDP - A huge amount of thanks to Gerry O’Callaghan and Donal McDermott, who finished up recently being conference members after many years of faithful service. I want, on behalf of all in St Andrew’s, to thank both Gerry and Donal for their dedicated efforts and good work in this vital area of parish life and mission. Gerry will be succeeded as President of the conference by Ricky Jackson, and very grateful to Ricky for his willingness to take over this role. Thank you to Donal and Gerry for being here these past few months to assist with welcoming our SVDP’s new members, Catherine, Audrey and Lorraine.
Caritas Award – If you will be in your final year of school after summer and are interested in becoming a candidate for the 2023 / 2024 Caritas award, let us know.
Laudato Si’ - On Care for our Common Home - Furthermore, when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously. In this context, the great sages of the past run the risk of going unheard amid the noise and distractions of an information overload. Efforts need to be made to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity and not a threat to our deepest riches. (#47)
Really grateful for the donations of jars and egg cartons. The foodbanks thankfully now have enough and no more needed, please, until the next appeal. Many thanks
You can raise FREE donations for the parish every time you shop online. Take a moment to sign up at https://tinyurl.com/standrews-easyfundraising
Parish Bulletin: Items for inclusion should be sent in by 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter, the parish website/by email link (to all those on the Parish database) and on the noticeboards in the Church porch and the Church grounds.
Before receiving Holy Communion, we are asked to make some act of reverence such as a bow.
For women affected by separation and divorce – confidential and peer support Fri 5 May St Patrick's, Dumbarton 6-8pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
Drumchapel Foodbank. Your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to give the foodbank your support.
Our soup-run volunteers continue to collect donations 7 evenings each week from Marks & Spencers Milngavie for delivery to St Gregory’s Foodbank for families and Aspire West end to support those trying to get back on their feet. If you are interested in volunteering once or twice a month, please get in touch with Veronica McLaughlin - email@example.com.
After a special plea by one of our parishioners, whose teenage cousin has had wonderful support whilst currently going through treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, this month we are raising funds for The Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow. One of our parishioners, Dr Karen Keeshan, works there and the centre relies greatly on donations to fund its research, so please come along and help support this very worthwhile research. Karen will be there on the day to answer any questions you may have about the Centre.
Many thanks also to those who helped and came along to the March coffee morning.
The sum of £118.50 was raised for SCIAF’s Syrian Earthquake Appeal.
Recently Dead: Baby Mathias, Louisa Bowden, Tom Cowan, Marie Devlin, Anne Hamilton, Deacon Brian Kilkerr, Linda Lanigan, Sadie McDowell, John McPhail, Mary Murphy, Chris Shevlane.
Anniversary: Bernard Cooper, Alice Drummond, Elise O’Hagan.