Whoever remains in me bears much fruit."
Pope Francis Faith Award update St Andrew's & St Joseph's are working with St Nicholas' to try and resume the PFFA and support it remotely. Class teachers are now delivering PFFA to the current P7s. The school has taken the decision to forego enrolling this year's P6s for the award, which is understandable at this time. News soon of an Advent Calendar activity for all P7s
A message to the young people of St Andrew's & St Joseph's ~ We have not been able to have our usual cluster gatherings in recent months but, as we approach Advent and Christmas, we want to create an opportunity for young people to come together. There is a limit to what we can offer but we plan to have an Advent service in St Andrew's on Thursday 10th December. This will be prayerful, gentle and very, very cheerful with happy readings and bright music - even if we are not allowed to sing! The service will begin at 7pm and will only last for about half an hour. This should be a great way to remember what Christmas is really all about! Because of the restrictions we are all now familiar with, we need young people of both parishes who want to come along to sign up for an allocated place. If you are in P6-S6 – and with a parent’s permission – please let the Youth Ministry Team know you would like to be included on firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 24 November. Hope you can make it! The Youth Ministry Team
This Sunday is Catholic Education Sunday, marking the start of a week when we celebrate the importance of educating children and young people in faith. Archbishop Tartaglia’s Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education Week has been emailed out, as well as it being posted on our social media platforms.
This year’s Catholic Education Sunday lecture will be given by Dr Rebekah Lamb on Thérèse of Lisieux: A Doctor of the Church for Our Times. Sat 28th November 11am-12.15 via Zoom. The annual Cardinal Winning Lecture Mass will be celebrated before the event—at 10am by Fr Stephen Reilly—and this can be attended via YouTube. To obtain the links for this event, please register by at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cardinal-winning-lecture-2020-registration-126250563835
Our final First Communion Mass for this year is today at 2pm. Please keep the boys and girls, and their families, teachers and catechists in your prayers. They have waited so patiently for this celebration on their journey of faith. Mass is being live streamed and videoed for family and friends.
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.”
Memorial Mass for all families who have lost a loved one over the past year and indeed for all the faithful departed will be live streamed next Sunday 22nd November at 2pm on our YouTube channel via www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk As a community, it is important for us to remember those who have gone before us in faith. A memorial candle will be lit during the Mass for each loved one who has died over the course of the past year.
SPRED Christmas wares are online now here. It will be first come, first served, as items are limited. Nearer the end of November, look out for our tasty marmalade.
Just a reminder - Primary Three enrolment for the Sacraments, and Primary Seven enrolment for Confirmation - please collect a form before or just after daily or Sunday Mass.
The Piety Stall online store now has a large selection of cards and gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Mass Cards, Sympathy Cards and Thinking of You Cards for sale, as well as Christmas cards, Advent calendars, candles and Christmas Eve boxes. Orders can be placed and either collected from the organisers' homes or delivery can be arranged if collection isn’t suitable, all on this link.
St Andrew’s Soup Run – Christmas Gifts Appeal for the Wayside centre for distribution to homeless in Glasgow as well as other centres if possible. Your help is needed to make this happen, please! This year, unfortunately, all donations will need to be gift wrapped by you or put in a gift bag and include all the items on the list below. These should be brought to church on one weekend only before or after each Mass on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December. Please make clear whether the gift is for male or female. Please include these items : a hand written Christmas card, small selection box or Chocolates, hat, gloves, scarf, underwear, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush and ladies to include sanitary products. Many many thanks Veronica McLaughlin
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - World Day of the Poor (15 November)When a system fails to feed the poor it is time to look out for one that does. Archbishop Frederick Keating of Liverpool (1921 – 1928)
As seating capacity in the church is much reduced due to current social distancing guidelines, a booking system is required. To register to use the booking system, please go to www.standrewsbearsden.co.uk Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended. It is still fine not to go to Mass during these circumstances.
Here's some helpful guidance from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland
Please familiarise yourself with it ahead of attending Mass.
➡️ Read: bit.ly/BackToMass (includes video)
➡️ Phase 3 guidance: bit.ly/Phase3ScotGov
Drumchapel Foodbank - 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.
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: email@example.com by 12noon on the Wednesday before publication. Copies of the bulletin are available on Facebook, Twitter and on the parish website
Recently Dead – Milda Biggs, John Bowers, Raymond Bruce, Sister Doreen Grant, Nan Hannah, Theresa McAndrew, David O’Hagan, Robert Whyte, Thomas Wiggins,
Anniversaries – Maria Farmer, Ann Ferguson, Margaret Monaghan, Thomas O’Donnell