a helper close at hand, in time of distress."
Remember the Dead—The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered up every day during the month of November for the Holy Souls. Remembering the souls of the faithful departed, and praying for them is a “holy and wholesome thought.”
The St Andrew's Parish Christmas Fair - Sunday, 16th Nov after 10am and 12noon Masses. There will be a selection of charities at the event. All profits from the piety stall go to Church funds. Tea and coffee will be served at this event after both Masses and donations of home baking would be most welcome (no nuts please) and may be handed in to the upper hall before Mass. This month we are raising funds for ' Inclusive Skating ' a registered charity, whose goal is to develop a programme that will include all skaters with an impairment and will allow them to participate in all competitions and events on an equal basis. The charity is also campaigning for the sport to be included in the paralympics. One of our parishioners, Margarita Sweeney Baird is the founder and driving force behind this charity. So please come along and support this event.
The Readers’ Rota is currently being prepared for the next three month period. It would be very helpful if readers, who are already aware of dates on which they are unavailable to read, could email Catherine Dunipace at Catherine.email@example.com or telephone and leave a message on 0141 570 0974 no later than Wednesday 12th November 2014. Thank you for assistance.”
Children’s Liturgy. All P1 – P3 & P4-P7 leaders / helpers please note that the next two children’s liturgy training evenings will be Thursdays 13th & 20th Nov at 7pm and this Thursday’s will be led again by Ellen McBride, Archdiocesan Trainer for Catechists.
Liturgy Group Meeting – Tues, 18th Nov 7.30pm in the chapel-house. If anyone has any matters they would like discussed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanksgiving Mass for Beatification of Don Alvarro. Thurs 13th Nov at 7pm in St Cadoc’s, Newton Mearns. Principle Celebrant: Bishop John Keenan. All welcome.
Little Arts of Love for Mary’s Meals Art Exhibition. Backdoor Gallery – Dalmuir Library G81 4HR. Local Artists participating. All paintings for sale range from £30 - £1000. All profits to Mary’s Meals. 29th Nov to 10th Jan.
Halls Committee Meeting – Monday, 17th Nov 7.30pm in the Hut. If anyone has any matters they would like discussed, please contact Dorothy email@example.com
Ebola Emergency Disaster Appeal – Help stop the spread. Donations will be gratefully received through the nearest Oxfam Shop or visit www.oxfam.org.uk/ebola.£5 can buy water purification tablets to help stop the spread.
Altar Servers’ Training Sessions. Fr Mackle and Chris Sanders (Altar Servers’ Organiser) would like to meet all Altar Servers to run through serving procedures at Mass. This is part of an exercise involving all participants at Mass, ie Readers, Extra-ordinary Ministers, etc. It is only necessary to attend one of the two sessions which are planned for Saturday 8th November (straight after the Vigil Mass) and Sunday 9th November (straight after the 10am Mass). They are unlikely to last more than half an hour.
Musicians still needed for Vigil Mass We are very fortunate in St. Andrew's to have some excellent musicians which include four organists, a Folk Group and the Young Musicians. However, we are occasionally faced with a situation when, despite this, we have nobody to play. It usually affects Vigil Mass. We are looking for volunteers to fill in occasionally. It would not be an onerous task, possibly once every couple of months. If you feel you could help, please could you contact Fr. Mackle or Susan Morrison (07580086381 or 01415637959) We would be delighted to hear from you.
Messengers Meeting – Monday, 10th November. All messengers please attend meeting in the church. Area leaders at 7.30pm, and messengers at 8pm.
Fabric & Finance Coordinator – We are looking for someone to take over from Brian Donnelly as Fabric & Finance Coordinator from January 2015. If you would like to discuss this, please contact Brian on 942 6085 or Father Mackle on 942 4635.
Choir Dates for this term Nov 16th, Dec 14th, 21st & 25th (to be confirmed). All at the 10am Mass. Any queries, call Annamaria Strachan 942 9799/07749715514, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood? If you think God may be inviting you to such a vocation, and for evenings of Catechesis, Prayer and Fraternity to help discern your vocation (2nd Friday of the month) please contact Vocations Director, Fr Ross Campbell, email@example.com (339 4315)
Padre Pio Prayer Group: Monday at 7.00pm. All are most welcome.
Mass Attendance – 1 / 2 Nov. Vigil Mass - 122; 10am Mass - 331 ; 12 noon Mass – 193. Total – 646
We will soon be starting to ask for nominations for membership on the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), to replace those who stepped down recently after a number of years of faithful service. We thank them for all their good work over the years, and we look forward to appointing new members to the PPC. Members are appointed to serve a three year term and membership is open to active parishioners over the age of 16. The Council is a planning body of parishioners which fosters the full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the Church as lived out in St. Andrew’s Parish. In consultation with the Parish Priest, the PPC actively listens to and identifies the needs and concerns of parishioners and helps develop a plan to respond to those needs. Please think about who you would like to nominate to become a member of the PPC. We are particularly looking for parishioners who would represent, on the PPC, the youth of the parish.
Five things I can do to promote Vocations to the priesthood as an elderly or housebound person. Please pick up a copy of the ‘five things’ leaflet from the porch or pick one up for a housebound parishioner.
Bearsden Choir. Concert on Sat 14th Nov at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral Great Western Rd, comprising music by Vaughan Williams , some rarely performed. Details on handbill in Church porch.
External Defibrillator – We are still looking for more parishioners who would be interested in attending a training session by the Scottish Ambulance Service on Monday, Dec 1st from 6-9pm at All Saints Church. Please speak to Fr Mackle, if you are interested.