for tomorrow I may have to eat them
This time last year the announcement was made of our new Pope, Francis, who has captured the imagination of many through his words and gestures. He has encouraged us to be a joyful community of believers, completely unafraid of challenges. Reaching out, evangelisation, he says, needs to be marked with joy. One of the ways in which St. Andrew’s has reached out to many over the years is through the parish messenger system through “Reachout”. Whether you’re a regular or have no contact with the church lately, we hope you enjoy receiving Reachout. With deep appreciation to all who produce Reachout, and to all who reach out, every blessing for the Messenger System’s future. Fr. Mackle.
Each week our parishioners are donating large amounts of food which are delivered to the Maryhill Foodbank. We are extremely grateful to all who are helping poorer families in their desperate need. If you have not donated so far, please make an effort to help out this worthwhile cause. Any donation of non perishables should be left in the porch of the church. Our thanks to Stella and Tom Reid who are our organisers.
Our Parish is well blessed with a number of active “Small Groups” In this and succeeding editions we hope to look in detail at some of them. In this Edition we look at:-
A “Special” Parish Group
One such Group brings especial pleasure to an often forgotten section of the community, adults with learning difficulties. Unless you go to 12 noon Mass on a particular Sunday each December, you are unlikely to have seen any of the work of this remarkable and dedicated Group. It is known as “SPRED”, short for “Special Religious Development”.
Our Group currently comprises 7 catechists, 5 special friends, 2 invaluable volunteers and some volunteer drivers. It is one of 27 such groups in our Archdiocese. Meetings are on a Wednesday evening during school terms. Each meeting with Friends is preceded by a preparation meeting for catechists only. The catechists, who have been trained at the Archdiocesan SPRED headquarters at Robroyston, meet 28 times a year. In addition the annual SPRED Mass takes place in December.
We in SPRED believe that our Friends, who are all baptised adults with learning disabilities, are full members of the Church with a right to share in the life, liturgy and Sacraments of the Parish. They have a life of faith which is to be nourished and fed. In all this, they simply need a bit more help than more fortunate Parishioners. They respond with a dignity and warmth that returns to their catechists a huge degree of satisfaction, pleasure and grace.
It takes special qualities to be a SPRED catechist, but it is highly rewarding. If you would like to become involved, in any capacity, do speak to Fr. Mackle, or phone Catherine Suckling (942-6984) or Lorna Donnelly (942 0696).
I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good that I can do,
Or any kindness that I can show to any human being,
Let me do it now,
Let me not defer nor neglect it,
For I shall not pass this way again.
Some of What's on in St. Andrew’s
City Mission Soup Run. Phyllis Littlejohn 0141 570 1343
S.V.D.P Michael Henry 0141 942 1170
Carpet Bowls John Mathieson 0141 943 0855
Pre School Lunch Group Elizabeth Flannigan 0141 563 1229
Mother & Toddler Group Caroline Flannigan 0141 563 7129
R.C.I.A Margaret Barton 0141 563 9043
Assoc. of Bearsden Churches Margaret Sanders 0141 942 7519
Here we focus on 7 from approximately 50 active groups within your parish. If you wish to join any of the groups there is always room for one more
The red light helps us to think of one thing to STOP DOING.
The amber light helps remind us to think of, one thing to GET BETTER AT.
The green light can remind us to make an effort to DO GOOD
Two children’s liturgy groups are available at 10.00 a.m. Sunday Mass, during term time. Primary 1—3 and Primary 4—7