Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday April 21st. 2013
For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said: I have  made you the light of the nations, so that my salvation may reach the  ends of the earth.”   Looking back and looking to the future  In this Diocese we are looking forward to the celebration of the 1450th   anniversary of the arrival of St Columba and his monk companions on  Iona on Pentecost Sunday 563. They arrived as missionaries from Ireland  and through their preaching the Christian faith spread across the  Highlands and Islands, and then to other parts of Scotland and the North  of England. They were wonderful men filled with the power of the Holy  Spirit as they brought the Good News of Jesus Christ into the darkness of  
a pagan world. We see signs today that many people seem to turn away  from the Gospel or have been little touched by it, and we need more of  those who will speak in Christ’s name and rekindle the flames of faith  in our land. The Church in this Year of Faith wishes to renew our sense  of mission, and the fervour of St Columba and the Celtic monks in  making Christ known to the people of our time. While all the faithful  witness to Christ by the example and quality of their Christian lives, we  need those also who will dedicate themselves as today’s missionaries  and will bravely speak in Christ’s name to the needy people of our  time. If you are one of those whom the Lord is calling, will YOU  now respond?  Prayers for vocations   I encourage you all to pray then for vocations, not only today but  frequently. If you know any young men, or perhaps older ones, whom  you think could be priests why not suggest this possibility to them or  pray for them in a particular way. Many of us who have been ordained  heard the Lord’s call at a young age and were encouraged by our  families and the Church to respond positively – for some this must still  be the case and we should be willing to recognise God’s grace at work  and cooperate with it. Let us rediscover the possibility that the Lord  calls young people from our parishes, schools, communities, and let us  strive to allow his voice to be heard and his call to be answered.. Let us  pray frequently also for our bishops, priests, deacons and religious  sisters and brothers, and especially for Tony Wood as he prepares for  his ordination as a priest of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. May  Mary, the Mother of the Church assist our prayers and help us to be  attentive to the voice of her Son Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Our loving  Lord and Saviour.   Yours in the Lord,  Rt. Rev Joseph Toal, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.
Renée Cassis R.I.P. Renée died peacefully in the Belford Hospital on Saturday morning after a long illness which she accepted with tremendous courage and cheerfulness for although she often had great discomfort, she still tried to live as normal as life as possible. She was Swiss and came from the French canton, and although she had perfect English, there was always a touch of that lovely French accent in her voice. She made her home here in Roy Bridge and had a caravan on Danny Millen’s site until she bought a fine new house at Glen Spean Park. Her friendship with Danny continued over the years, and latterly she came to rely on Danny as her health deteriorated, May God bless him for his kindness to her and the great care he took of her during these latter days, and his many visits to her in the Belford.
She received communion regularly at home, and and also the sacraments of the sick  I was with her for some time a few days before she died, and she was quite aware of my presence and we said some of the prayers in French with which she was so familiar, and was again anointed with all the Church’s  blessings. Mgr MacKinnon was also a frequents visitor. She loved animals and had three delightful dogs and a very special parrot called Josephine. No arrangements can be made as yet for her funeral until Monday when her solicitor will make known her wishes. May Renée’s soul rest in peace, and may she now enjoy the presence of Christ in heaven who makes all things new, and freedom from all her pain an discomfort she suffered for so many years.
Anniversary: Pat Toal’s anniversary is on Saturday, April 27th, and Mass will be said on Sunday, the following day,  for the repose of his soul so that many of his family may be present. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.