Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday August 11th. 2013
Spean Bridge: Reader: Alison MacIntosh Prayers: Faith MacIntosh Euch. Mins: Liz Campbell, Moira Coutts
Roy Bridge: Readers: Tony Sargent  Helena Rose Prayers: Nilda Hawke Euch Mins: Catrina MacDonald  Margaret Sargent.
Mass at Cille Choirill next Sunday at 3 p.m. We always have Mass in August on the Sunday close to the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. I would be grateful if our parishioners would let their relations and friends know who may wish to come to the Mass and have the opportunity of visiting the graves of their loved ones. Welcome to Fr Peter Monsignor Wilkinson, known to us all as Father Peter, is spending the weekend at Upper Inverroy with Peter and Hazel Rose, and has very kindly offered to say the 11.30 a.m. Mass today. At one time, Fr Peter was appointed by the English Hierarchy as senior Catholic chaplain with the responsibility of assuring there were chaplains available throughout England and Wales for the spiritual welfare of Catholic prisoners. It was an important role he carried out with great care and concern for several years before returning to parish work. He missed this year’s Burns Supper because of his mother’s health, but we hope he will be able to come next January and earn his keep by piping in the haggis! Annual Collection next weekend for sick and retired priests of the diocese This collection helps the bishop to assure that the priests of the diocese who have retired, or who may be sick, are well cared for. At the moment, there are four  priests who have retired because of ill health. Sadly, two of our retired priests died in the past year. It was a great joy to have Fr Tony Wood ordained for the diocese at the beginning of July. He has been appointed as administrator of St. Mary's parish, Arisaig. Looking to the future, there could a serious shortage of priests in the diocese in a few years time unless there is an increase of vocations to the priesthood—something we must all pray for. Clifford Millen R.I.P We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Clifford Millen who died in Inverness last week, and also to his sister and brothers at Spean Bridge, Virginia, Hector and Gerard. Clifford had been ill for some time, but his condition deteriorated very rapidly and  he died peaceful in Raigmore Hospital The funeral took place on Thursday morning at Inverness, where the family live, which was also the feast of St. Mary MacKillop. Mass was offered at St, Joseph's during the week for the repose of Clifford’s  soul and that God might comfort his loved ones.  May he rest in peace. Congratulations to the The Braes on reaching its 100th birthday with a truly beautiful colour edition. It was fortunate to have Peter Wilson as its first editor, who is highly professional and had been the night editor of the The Sun for many years before retiring from London to Spean Bridge.
When the team got together it stated that its aim was to inform people in our wonderful neighbourhood on what is happening in the area and give a forum for publicizing any events or news they feel will be of interest to the community...and to help our community continue to flourish. It has certainly fulfilled this ambition in a spectacular way. For local people, it is now essential reading and something to look forward to at the beginning of each month, and visitors also find it interesting to know what is happening in the area. From the early black and white editions it has now graduated to  full colour on the front and back pages—and sometimes on the centre pages as well! The editor now is Margaret Sargent who uses her skill as a former teacher, and photographer,  to assure that the articles in The Braes continue to be interesting, some of them contributed by herself. The magazine is fortunate to have such devoted and loyal committee members, and has the added advantage of a former professional type-setter. In years to come, The Braes will be a mine of information for people researching the past or looking for particular information. We wish it every blessing and continued success for the future as it records all that happens of interest in our local area. Anniversary We remember in our prayers at Mass this weekend Allan MacKenzie, father of Frank, whose anniversary was on Thursday and for whom mass was said on Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord Back to normal! For two weekends we had no organists for St. Margaret’s or St. Joseph's because of birthday celebrations in Blackburn  and holidays—and we certainly missed them, but  the congregation rose to the challenge and surprisingly did very well.  However, it helped us all realise that so often we take our organists and their  music for granted!  Welcome back!