The new Tier 4 rules made by the Government state that no cross council boundary travel is allowed and this is now enforceable by law. We have been advised by the Diocese that we should not facilitate cross council travel. Unfortunately, if you live in Milngavie, Bearsden, Clydebank, or Blanefield we cannot add you to our Mass booking lists. The one exception is attending a funeral Mass. This rule applies to weekday Mass too.
From Friday 20th November (6pm) until Friday 11th December, Mass attendance/public worship is limited to 20 persons. During this time it is necessary to have booked a place in order to attend one of the ‘Sunday Masses’ we are offering to our parishioners –
Friday 27th November – 8am, 10am and 7pm (Sunday Liturgical texts and Readings will be used at these Masses)
Saturday 28th November – Vigil Mass – 7pm
Sunday 29th November – 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 3pm and 5pm.
Monday 23rd November (10am) George Durkin – Erskine Care Home (Dorchester Drive).
Tuesday 24th November (10am) – Mary McKinnon – Felton Place.
Wednesday 25th November (10am) – Sr Maureen McCollum – Helpers of the Holy Souls.
As attendance at these Masses is limited to 20 persons – only family members are able to attend.
– May they Rest in Peace –
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION – 2020
Due to (Tier 4) restrictions on the numbers attending Mass/public worship we have had to postpone the Sacrament of Confirmation for our (S1) parish children. We hope to celebrate this Sacrament with our children, their family, sponsors, and school community in the near future – after current restrictions are lifted.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Our parish R.C.I.A. team is offering weekly Advent reflections by Zoom in December. These will take place on Tuesdays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December at 7pm – 7.45pm and you are welcome to join as many or as few as you like. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join these reflections for free or if you have any questions.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2020
Sunday 22nd November is Education Sunday. Archbishop Tartaglia encourages us this weekend to give thanks for Catholic Education and to pray for its ongoing success, to support the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service and all that it does on our behalf, our young people, and our families to promote the positive contribution of Catholic schools in Scotland.
As a parish community once again we take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Mary McLachlan, all teachers, and staff of St Ninian’s Primary School for all they do for our children and their families and the local community on our behalf.
The Scottish Bishops have asked that this year’s Education ‘second collection’ be done online to reduce the potential for virus transfer and money handling.
The easiest access to the link that they have arranged is to log onto the Archdiocese on RCAG.org.uk This will open the Archdiocese front page with DONATE as one of the options. Select donate and enter EDUCATION as your chosen option in the parish or fund field.
This is also the site that many parishioners have used to make donations to our own parish – St Ninian’s – and we have received two payments from the Archdiocese of £365 and £312.63p for contributions made by parishioners. We are not given details as to who makes the payments and consequently I am unable to personally thank individuals but I am grateful for your continuing support. The use of ‘direct debit’ is the easiest way to support the parish and reduce virus transfer. Forms are available as you leave the Church.
A selection of Christmas cards, calendars, and items are available from the ‘Piety Stall’ Christmas stock. Please phone Fr Frank if interested.
To all our parish stewards and cleaners and those taking bookings for Mass for the vitally important services, they continue to offer us. We are, of course, delighted to welcome any further helpers. If you would like to help then please speak to Fr Frank.
SEASON OF ADVENT
The liturgical season of Advent begins next Sunday – 29th November – Cycle B.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK – 16th – 30th NOVEMBER 2020
During this Catholic Education Week, we are asked to reflect on how we recognise Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life in our homes, schools, and parishes.
Our Bishops are currently looking at ways in which we can donate electronically towards the Scottish Catholic Education System which is a designated Archdiocesan Special Collection next weekend. More information will be given next Sunday.