Weekend Collection: £465. Comboni Sisters: £813. Very many thanks for your generosity.
During Advent there will be retiring collections after each Mass towards the cost of Christmas flowers – many thanks in anticipation for your help!
Fr John would like to remind himself and parishioners (!) to prepare spiritually for Christmas.
There will be teas and coffees after Sunday Mass and hot mince pies!. Please come and join us and have a look at the transformation of the hall! Should anyone like to contribute to the cost of the improvements Fr John will be happy to receive a donation.
The Advent issue of Day by Day is available in the porch at £1.00.
Christmas Cards are now available in front of the window beside the confessional. You will also find Catholic diaries (don’t forget to buy yours early to avoid disappointment!), Advent calendars, calendars for 2020, candles as well as Mass cards.
The Parish Finance Committee (Fr John, Paul Crowe, Archie MacCallum and Janet Webb) met recently. The balance in the parish accounts at 30 September was £93,811, an increase of just under £11,600 since the start of the financial year on 1 April, thanks mainly to receipt of the gift aid tax rebate and to the very successful parish summer fete. Since 30 September, the redecoration of the parish hall has been completed at a cost of £3,565. (Following the flooding of the basement, other painting work has been completed, for which a claim is being made on the insurers.) Earlier in the year, in accordance with diocesan norms, the three lay members of the committee were re-appointed by Fr John to serve for a further 2 years. The committee is very appreciative of the generosity of parishioners and their fund raising work.
Hopscotch Magic and Father Christmas will be attending this year's Children’s Christmas party and all children are invited to come along and join in the fun. The party will take place in the church hall on Saturday 14 December from 2-4:30pm. A practice for the Nativity play will precede the party at 1pm. Attendance forms are available from the Sacristy and from Hilary or Miriam. Completed forms are to be returned by Sunday 8 December at the latest.
“Joy to the World”: Marian Reflections for Advent – 4, 11, 14 December at St Columba’s. A series of talks, discussions and meditations on God’s plan for salvation, seen through the eyes of Mary of Nazareth. The programme is as follows:
Wednesday 4 December at 7.00pm: The Annunciation
Wednesday 11 December at 7.00pm: The Visitation
Saturday 11 December, 12 noon-4.00pm: The Nativity
More details to follow. Please spread the word!
St Columba’s Next Prize Bingo – Friday 6 December at 7pm. All welcome.
ST COLUMBA’S CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE – Thursday 19 December, 7.00pm – 8.00pm. Back by popular demand – a date for your diaries! As per last year, we will be hosting a service of your favourite
Christmas carols, with community singing (that means you!) together with seasonal Scripture readings, with
festive food and drink provided (non-alcoholic mulled wine, mince pies, and other goodies). Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted – suggested offerings are: £5 for adults; kids go free! All proceeds go
towards our Building Fund. Why not invite some friends and come along? Spread a little festive cheer!
Highland Foodbank – Blythswood Care – Reverse Advent Calendar would be very grateful for any donations to add to food parcels which will be given out from their Foodbank Centres in the run up to Christmas. They are also looking for volunteers on 20 December to cover shifts at a charity collection to help support those in need this Christmas. If you have an hour or so to spare please contact Elma on 07876 831175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please see notices in the porch concerning both appeals.