Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday April 21st. 2013
Mary Kennedy R.I.P It was with sadness that we learned of the death of Mary Kennedy last  weekend, and our sympathy goes out to her husband Iain, her sons Iain and Charles and her daughter, Carol, and their respective families. Iain and Mary had been married for 60 years, and their marriage was built on their love of their faith, their devotedness to their children and their loyalty and service to the Church. Mary was from Arisaig, and settling down to married life in Lochaber meant that she was never far away from her relatives and close friends of her childhood days. The croft at Lochyside, which belonged to the Kennedy family for several generations, was passed on to Iain, and the great tradition of Kennedy hospitality continued.
In past years, Fr Bradley, a  Redemptorist priest from Kinnoul. Perth, requested to join the diocese and was accepted by Bishop Grant. He was parish priest of the isle of Eigg for many years, and he often had to travel to the mainland on business and for health reasons. In these days, transport and ferries were not as frequent and as accessible as they are today, and Donald Kennedy's home at Lochyside, became a second home for Fr Bradley where he had his own room and was assured of a welcome and the traditional Kennedy hospitality whenever he was in the area. Iain, of course, is renowned as a fine  Scottish fiddler, and he was always accompanied at the piano by Mary, who was a very good pianist. They were a perfect blend, and because they were so popular, they were invited frequently to play at ceilidhs and concerts around Lochaber. They never refused, for most often these were held to help raise funds for charitable organisations. For forty years, Iain and Mary devoted themselves to providing music for hymns for the  Mass every weekend, and they were often asked to play at funerals in other parishes, as the haunting beauty of the highland melodies they played gave a special  dignity to the service. They were awarded Bene Merenti medals by the Bishop as a token of gratitude for their service to the  Church over the years. St. John's church, Caol, was packed to  capacity on Friday for Mary’s Requiem Mass, and it was so fitting that a group of fiddlers played before the Mass and also accompanied the hymns. Before the end of the service, her son,  Charles, gave a moving address for his mother. The interment took place at Clunes cemetery, Achnacarry.  May Mary's gentle soul rest in peace.
  A new financial year for Gift Aid started on April 6th. Because of the generosity of our parishioners,  to whom I am most grateful, each year our parish receives almost £4,000 from the Inland Revenue from the tax reclaimed from our parishioners weekly offerings at no cost  to them. All it requires is to sign a Gift Aid form, and then forget about it.  May God bless you for your goodness and co-operation. There is no involvement whatsoever between parishioners and the Inland Revenue, as the Inland  Revenue leaves the entire responsibility to the Church to ensure that everything is legally recorded Please, if you have not yet signed a Gift Aid form, and you pay tax on your wage, come to the sacristy and complete a form, which takes only a minute, and then forget about it. Of course, you must use a weekly offering envelope for your contribution to be registered. But as you see from the advert above, every pound you contribute to the Church becomes £1.25. The Government is quite happy to refund a percentage of your tax to the Church for they are aware of all the good work achieved by Churches in communities throughout the country. There are still a few yet in the parish who could join Gift Aid, which would greatly increase their contribution and support of the parish.  It is such a pity to lose out on money the Inland Revenue wishes us to have!  Come along and sign and you will be made very welcome! The work for Gift Aid contributions is now all done on the parish computer. Helen MacDonald was trained by our treasurer and ensures all the contributions are registered each week. At the end of the financial year, it only requires Helen to press a button, and it all goes through to the diocesan office in Oban,  and by the end of May we receive a cheque with the sum total of tax recovered from our parishioners contributions.