- "Give Me Joy In My Heart"
- Sung and played by one of our young parishioners, Sophie Joint.
Something uplifting for Palm Sunday
A few words from Fr Mackle....
I hope you’re all doing okay. This will be a Holy Week and Easter for all of us the likes of which we’ve never experienced previously. Normally there would be a lot of running around by many in the parish attending to all the various preparations for this week. Not this year. Very different. Thank God, though, for the wizardry of mod tech. I know that many of you are greatly appreciative and are enjoying having Mass regularly live streamed from various places, not least our Cathedral. I would encourage you to tune in online Sunday at 12noon on St Andrew’s Cathedral website when Archbishop Tartaglia will celebrate Mass and bless palms.
Palm Sunday Mass presents Jesus giving us an example of patient endurance and faithfulness in suffering. Something we all encounter in life is suffering. We wouldn’t choose to suffer. It’s not something anyone likes. Sometimes we cope with it better than others.
There are a number of things that can help us to cope better with suffering. Know that no one escapes suffering. Mother Teresa suffered from depression. Pope John Paul II suffered a great deal of loss and illness in his life. Not even Jesus could avoid suffering.
Don’t doubt God in moments of suffering. Trust and pray that He will give you strength. ‘I am with you always’ He’s promised. Hold on to St Peter’s encouraging words in times of trouble, ‘Cast all your anxieties on Him, for he cares about you.’
And here’s a challenge - see that good comes from suffering. Not always easy to see or appreciate.
And another thing that can help us cope with suffering is talking to someone you can trust about how you feel. The whole ‘a worry shared is a worry halved’ truth.
Just to remind you, our palms will be blessed here at 10am Mass in St Andrew’s. Very grateful to those who have prepared a Palm Sunday focal point / feature in the church, photos of which are above this message and on our social media.
We long for the day when we’ll all be back together again for Mass. When that day comes, blessed palms will be distributed, little crosses can be made, and, together, we’ll wave our palms high, singing at the top of our voices, “Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory”
Thoughts and prayers of Monsignor, Deacon Tommy and I are with you and all those around you during this very trying time. Take care. Will drop you a few words on Monday, as that would have been the day when all nine churches in Bearsden would have been coming together to pray Stations of the Cross in St Andrew’s.
PS Remember, if you get a chance, email your Palm Sunday branch photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s lovely weather this weekend for getting out and getting a branch from your garden to place at your front window or front door. See here and on our social media for more details.
Images will also be uploaded here.
Palm Sunday ~ How about putting a branch on the door of your house or on your window to celebrate Palm Sunday?
It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, for all of us in the parish to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.
We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ.
We are the Church.
Why not take a photo of your branch and send it in and we’ll post it on Facebook, Twitter and the parish website.
Photos can be emailed to email@example.com
Flourish is available in the window at the bottom of this page or can be downloaded.
It became clear over a week ago that the current crisis would mean that we could not produce Flourish in paper form this month.
Rather than admit defeat, we have been working hard to produce the paper in a digital format with its own website.
This is now complete and the paper is available at
Ironically the new edition had been planned as a relaunch edition. So it has a fresh look and design, new features and a new regular column from respected Vaticanologist John L Allen. I have also run a spread on the Focolare Movement in Glasgow; a new spirituality page using sacred art and poetry to inspire prayer; and a refreshed scripture section from Canon Bob Hill to help people pray the Triduum.
There are also the usual parish tales of good people doing good things, and a special feature on the upcoming anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath 1320-2020.
Perhaps never more than now has a newspaper, telling the story of what’s happening across the Archdiocese and across the world been more necessary.
Thanks for all your support over the years.
The May edition is also likely to be digital.
Cav Ronald P Convery MA (Hons)
Director of Communications
If however your health, or your inability to get to the shops, or your need to care for others, etc., makes it impossible or very difficult for you to fast or abstain from meat, you can choose some other form of penance instead.
If the person to be baptised is in real danger of death, then anyone, even a non-baptised person (e.g. a nurse or doctor, if family members or chaplains cannot access the person), can baptise them (if asked by an adult or if asked by the parents of a child). In such a situation of danger of death, the person who baptises must pour water over the candidate’s head whilst saying at the same time, “I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. A note should be made of this and the parish priest informed. If the person in danger of death survives, the parish priest will celebrate the other parts of the Rite of Baptism once the current restrictions are lifted.
After the current restrictions are lifted, parishes will offer public opportunities for prayer for all those buried or cremated during this time.
Reflection & Rosary with Archbishop Tartaglia.
This Sunday is World Youth Day 2020. Archbishop Tartaglia invites all our young people (aged 16-35) to join him at 2.30pm on Zoom when he will give a reflection on the theme,
“Young man, I say to you, arise” (Luke 7:14) followed by the Rosary.
For more details, or to register, visit www.facebook.com/events/215935279720996
I stumbled across that April Fools’ day may have Catholic origins.
Happy April Fools’ Day.
Monsignor Ryan and I each continue to offer a daily Mass praying for all the parishioners of St Andrew’s.
Please remember the babies and their families whose baptisms were due to take place these weeks.
Remember, too, the couples whose weddings have had to be postponed. And we look forward to the day when our parish’s first communions and confirmations can be celebrated.
As a parish, we pray for all those who work in the NHS and the caring services. We remember too all the pupils and students in our parish, and the staff in our schools, as they continue their education work in new ways.
Thoughts and prayers with you all
We pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Charlotte McDermott whose funeral will take place at Maryhill Crematorium on Monday 6th April at 3pm.
We pray, too, for the peaceful repose of the soul of former parishioner and founder of St Andrew’s SVDP, James Kerr.
Our deepest sympathies to both families.
A Mass will be offered for each in St Andrew’s.
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