Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday August 4th. 2013
Feast Day of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Thursday August 8th. Mass in Roy Bridge 10 a.m. his Thursday we celebrate the feast of St. Mary MacKillop, and Mass will be transferred from St. Joseph's, Spean Bridge, to St. Margaret’s, Roy Bridge.   It is three years since many of us were in Rome to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop by Pope Benedict on October 20th, 2010. was a day we will always remember and a day that so many had waited for with patience over the years, and it was a great privilege to be there, and also for the special Australian Mass the following  day in St. Paul’s  Outside the Walls. Mary's place in the education of children in Australia, especially children in the outback, is monumental and the Government wished to recognise in their own particular way the important work did in responding to the needs of children all over the continent and further afield. Her name was emblazoned all the country as Australia's first canonised saint, and the people, Catholic and non-Catholics, had every reason to be very  proud of her. Although she had her family roots in Roy Bridge,  of which she was very proud, she was still very much an Australian, and her zeal and determination to help and educate children, at the same timefounding and developing her order of nuns, demanded incredible stamina and courage  No matter what difficulties she faced, even being unjustly excommunicated by Bishop Quinn, who later asked her forgiveness, she never complained and put her total trust in God's Holy Will. Such was her dedication to her religious sisters that she travelled a great distance alone on horseback throughout a wild night to be with one of them who was dying.  There is no doubt that St. Mary MacKillop will play an important part in the life of many in Australia because of the immense love that poured from her heart and her desire only to do God's Will at all times. Her mother, Flora, had  a  great influence on her life, and it was from her she learned to put God’s Will first in her life, no matter the circumstances.   St. Mary’s feast day is also a special day for me, as I arrived here in Roy Bridge on August 8th, 1996, seventeen years ago, and they have been wonderfully happy years.
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.
August 13th. 2013