The Piety Stall online store has a large selection of First Holy Communion & Confirmation cards & gifts for sale. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organiser’s homes, church house porch or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable.https://www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk/piety-stall.html
Feast Day of the Ascension of Our Lord - this Thursday 13th May. Masses ~ 10am & 7pm (no need to book for these Masses). All pupils & staff of St Nicholas' will be participating online at our 10am Mass. The pupils have been creating lovely artwork for the feast, which will be posted up on our YouTube channel.
Go to www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk
Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for S1 pupils will be at 1.30pm & 3.30pm on 22nd May and 1.30pm & 3.30pm on 23rd May. Please keep the candidates in your prayers. They have been waiting so patiently to be Confirmed. Hopefully, all families are finding the refresher online catechesis for home learning useful. If any assistance is needed at any time, please call or email. An instructional video will be sent out soon.
Pope Francis Faith Award - P7 ceremony & (next year's P6) An Award ceremony will be arranged at the school for the P7 candidates before the end of term. Both parishes will work with St Nicholas’ to run a new cohort next session - it will be ‘opt in’. So, current P5s are invited to think about the PFFA. Candidates will be invited to enrol in the new term and parish sign up will be arranged at this time. St Nicholas' have passed on their sincere thanks to the PFFA team in both parishes for supporting the candidates with their endeavours.
A carpet of flowers for the unborn. On 22 May, at Carfin Grotto, SPUC Scotland will display 14,000 white flower images, one for every child lost to abortion in Scotland in one year, to create a ‘carpet of flowers for the unborn’. Bishop Toal will bless the physical display at 2pm. If you would like to sponsor a virtual flower, please visit www.whiteflower.org.uk or call SPUC Scotland (0141 221 2094) to make a donation.
Remember May last year? Locked down big time we were. It was great you sending in the lovely photos of your May altars. Let’s do the same again this May. Take a photo of your May altar in your home or in class and send it in and our online team will get it posted. Photos can be emailed to email@example.com Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Children’s Liturgy: each week in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading. Available at : https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith This is an excellent resource in these exceptional times of no public Masses with children’s liturgy.
Safeguarding - Attention all volunteers who work in the parish with children and vulnerable adults. If you have still to attend Safeguarding Induction Part 1 and / or Part 2, please contact the archdiocese at SafeGuardingAdministrator@rcag.org.uk or call 0141 226 5898 to book giving your parish and your role. The dates are the following : Induction Part 1 - 8th May 10am, 16th June 6pm, 14th July noon, 28th Aug noon, 8th Sept 6pm. Induction Part 2 10th & 27th May 7pm, 7th & 24th June 7pm, 5th & 22nd July 7pm, 2nd & 19th Aug 7pm and 6th Sept 7pm.
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 9th May The motivating concern for the poor - who are, in the very meaningful term, "the Lord's poor" must be translated at all levels into concrete actions, until it decisively attains a series of necessary reforms.Pope Saint John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei Socialis, para 42
Justice and Peace - Laudato Si' To mark the 6th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on Care for our Common Home, SCIAF and Justice & Peace Scotland are hosting an online event - Everything & Everyone is Connected - on Monday 24th May 2021 @ 7pm Tickets (free) can be booked on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/everything-and-everyone-is-connected-tickets-150471198405
Human Trafficking & Exploitation Awareness Training - Wednesday 19th May @ 7pm. As we leave lockdown restrictions it is very possible that we may become aware of issues in our communities. Book your place on this link, numbers are limited so be quick! <https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-trafficking-and-exploitation-awareness-training-tickets-151495638533
Save the Date!!! Walk, Cycle or Scoot to the Vigil or Sunday Mass ~ weekend 19th / 20th June - An opportunity to take climate change action! More details soon.
0-5 playgroup ~ For over 30 years there has been a 0-5 playgroup at St Andrew’s Parish, it has been invaluable to many children, parents and grandparents all getting to know each other before starting school. Once the current restrictions are lifted there is a great opportunity for someone to start a new group and at this time the lower hall has a lot of flexibility with available times. The group would be a great resource for all families connected with St Nicholas’ Primary. If you would like to know more about starting the group or wish to be updated when a new group starts please contact Aura Murphy on 07881 445565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Scotland Beautiful: Summer Clean 28th-30th May Why not support the Bearsden Summer Clean, by joining Bearsden in Bloom. Membership is free and you will get a free high-visibility jacket and a litter picker. Following the initial event you would be expected to pick litter locally about one a month. If you subsequently decide that it’s not for you, all you have to do is hand the jacket and litter picker back. Bearsden in Bloom also plan to eventually invite members to help with maintenance and establishing new local projects. For an application form email email@example.com Justice and Peace Group
To our Catholic Universe and Catholic Times readers in the parish - You can now get your paper delivered direct to your home every week post free. It's quick and it's simple. Just go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call us on 0161 820 5722 and we will arrange delivery for you.
Just a reminder ~ Confessions are now being heard again back in the church – Saturdays 4.15pm – 4.45pm & Sunday 9.15am – 9.40am, and on request.
Drumchapel Foodbank. Regularly your donations are dropped off at the foodbank by our parish volunteers. Thanks for continuing to give the foodbank your support.
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 – Cathie Devlin, Margaret Dolan, Kay Dyer, Isobel Fitzpatrick
Anniversaries – Margaret Arioli, Alan Baker, Margaret English, John McKinnon,
Camilla Sheridan, Andrew Thompson.