A few words...
Hope all’s well.
Recently, Pope Francis in a ghostly quiet and rainy St Peter’s Square urged us not to be afaid and have faith in the face of this storm, this global pandemic storm.
He spoke encouraging us and saying to us that in the midst of the storm our faith must continue, our trust in God must continue.
The truth that we are being asked to appreciate in any of the gospel storm scenes (today’s gospel is one of them) is that God is with us. In moments of darkness, of suffering, or of trial, God is with us.
The storms in life, whatever they might be, grief, illness, broken relationship, remind us very much of our need for God and need for each other.
I’ll be taking a wee break tomorrow. Monsignor has kindly offered to give a short video reflection on tomorrow’s Emmaus gospel story.
So I’m now off to do my camera and lights for him.
Have a good day. Here’s hoping we’ll get more of this lovely April sunshine.
A few words......
Hope all continues to be well in lockdown life.
The lovely mosaic we have up beside the organ is a terrific visual aid, especially when there’s a class along from the school.
Our church, thankfully, is good for that, with all the various mosaics - good visual aids.
The mosaic is today’s gospel. Andrew presenting to Jesus the child who has five barley loaves and two fish. The child was willing to hand over to Jesus the little he had.
Jesus takes the little that was offered to him, gave thanks, and the large crown were then fed. There was plenty for everyone.
One of the things the story speaks to us of is human cooperation coupled with divine assistance.
God works with and through what we have to offer. And that’s trust.
What we have to offer might not be much, and it might be material resources, it might be our time, it might be giving a helping hand or a listening ear.
God works in and through what we have to offer, he works in and through our own human cooperation.
By the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s an online message from Archbishop Tartaglia to pupils preparing to receive the sacraments.
Hope you have a lovely day
We pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Jim Main, who has died.
Our deepest sympathies to Rosemary and her family.
The Rite of Committal for Elise O’Hagan will take place in Langfaulds cemetery today, Friday, 24th April, at 10.30am. Once again, our deepest sympathies to Frank and his family. May Elise rest in peace.
We pray, too, for the peaceful repose of the soul of William McInulty whose first anniversary is today.
May God give them rest and peace in the kingdom of light.
The Lovely Month of May starts next Friday.
How about setting up a May altar in your home, if you don't already have one?
There are a lot of good websites (links at the bottom of this message) on how to make a May altar. We may continue to be physically isolated, but we're not separated. We are united as the body of Christ....
We are the Church. Praying during the month of May, joining our prayers with Our Lady's, can help us to realise and appreciate that we are all with one another in prayer.
Why not take a photo of your May altar and send it in and our online team will get it posted.
Photos can be emailed to
RCAG Youth are offering a variety of online opportunities for the young people of Glasgow in this time.
These include Morning Prayer LIVE!, Lectio Divina Online and weekly audiences with guest speakers, amidst other things.
To find out more, please check out www.facebook.com/RCAGYouth
A few words....
Hope all's well.
Back to the Acts of the Apostles today for a short reflection.
It's a short first reading and in it we hear of the scene of Peter and the Apostles very courageously telling the Good News that they had discovered.
Keep in mind that the scene is after Pentecost and it’s quite a contrast with the Gethsemane scene. Then they were afraid and they fled.
What a change in them now that the Holy Spirit has brought about in them. Now they are very bravely and courageously witnessing to the Good News.
Obedience to God and the Spirit of God give them a strength and courage.
We hear Peter saying that he and the Apostles are 'witnesses to all this - we and the Holy Spirit’ - all this is the Good News of the resurrection.
We, too, are called to be witnesses to all this among those with whom we live and work.
It's our work, our vocation, our job as Christians.
We are called to be witnesses to all this day in and day out.
Today’s another day for us to witness, albeit in lockdown, in whatever way we can, and it’s often in the little ways to be Christ like.
I love this quote of Pope Paul VI -
'Modern man, woman listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he / she does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses'
I hope you have a lovely day
You are invited to join us for the NET Thanksgiving Mass which will be live streamed from St Charles Borromeo, Paisley and celebrated by our chaplain Fr Jim Duggan. We will also be joined by two of this year’s missionaries who will participate in the Mass from the US and although we wont ‘see’ the rest of the Team they will be present.
The Mass will be an opportunity for us to thank God for the ways in which He has worked in the lives of the 6,378 young people we ministered to in the past year. Moreover, it will give us an opportunity to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit as we seek ways and opportunities to proclaim the Lord’s message of Hope and Love in these times. Here in St Andrew’s, we’re very grateful to NET for the youth retreat they gave earlier in the year.
Despite the Team having to cut short their time with us this year, and not being able to be 'with them' for this Mass, your virtual presence will be a way of us thanking them for all their work in this past year.
Link to connect to the Mass: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/net-scotland-closing-2
Happy 90th birthday to Kit McCormick!
On behalf of all at St Andrew’s, our warm congratulations.
Kit, many happy returns of the day.
Keep safe and well and a big Happy Birthday to you from us all in the parish.
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