Fr Peter Wilkinson from Blackburn will supply for the two weekends:
January 24th to February 1st.
There will be no weekday mass this coming week from Tuesday to Friday.
The weekend masses will be at the usual times. I am unable to make any definite arrangements as yet for weekday masses from February 2nd. onwards as Fr Wilkinson returns to his parish on the Monday morning.
Fr Calum MacLellan
I have made tentative arrangements with Fr. Calum MacLellan, who is retired and living in the chapel house, Eriskay, to come and supply for the remainder of the time I will be away. Fr Calum was here before when we were in Salamanca, and parishioners will remember him well.
I have discussed the arrangements with Bishop Toal, and he himself has also contacted Fr. Calum.
Whatever other changes may be necessary the Bishop will keep in touch with the parish.
I go into Raigmore on Monday for my knee joint operation on Tuesday morning.
I don’t know how long I will be in hospital, possibly a week, and my nephew and his wife, have kindly invited to spend my convalescence with them at St. Andrew's, Fassifern Road.
It will possibly be about six weeks in total before I can get back to some normality and dispense with my sticks etc.
In the meantime, I would appreciate a prayer for Tuesday morning!
David MacFarlane has made incredible progress. He had his hip joint operation on Friday, came home on Tuesday evening, and is already walking around with elbow crutches. George MacRae is also making good progress and may be back home this week His family have been so supportive to him.
Supply Priests during my absence
There will be no Bulletins for the next few weeks until I am back in the parish again.
I hope parishioners find them useful in keeping in touch with what is happening in the parish.
It is not always easy to find news each week, and I would be grateful for any news items of interest that parishioners wish to pass on to me.
Now that Printsmith print the Bulletin, it has taken away a lot of the worry and frustration so often caused by photocopiers breaking down or having a difficult paper jam –which always seems to happen at weekends when no engineer is available.
Of course, the quality of paper and of the print and photographs are much superior now, and make the Bulletin easier to read.
Over the past few years, Bill Priest has recorded the Bulletins on CD discs, so they are always there if anyone wishes to refer to them for any reason in the future.
With the wonder of the Internet, the Bulletin can be read anywhere in the world! I often include items, which. although well known to locals, may be of interest and news to others abroad.
The Colour supplement of Bishop Toal’s ordination was well received by many in Australia and Canada. Robert MacFarlane in South Africa, Katie Jasperton in Canada (sister of Polly MacInnes and Mary Toal and George and Ella Murray, Alberta, niece of the late Chrissie Kennedy, all keep in contact every Saturday when they read the latest Bulletin and find out what is happening in the parish. They will be sad to read about the fire that destroyed the Woollen Mill. We send them our good wishes!