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Sunday August 4th. 2013
Mass at Cille Choirill, Sunday, August 18th There will be Mass at Cille Choirill in a fortnight's time, the Sunday closest to the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.  I would be grateful if our parishioners would let their relations and friends know about the Mass. This feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, body and soul into heaven,  is a reminder that on the last day our bodies also will rise from the grave to be united with our soul in heaven. As always, Mass at Cille Choirill is  also and opportunity  to visit the graves of our loved ones at rest in the sacred soil of Cille Choirill. It is such a consolation for families to see the cemetery so beautifully maintained, and the respect given to the dead.  Mass will be offered for all who lie at rest in Cille Choirill and for all our loved ones.
The Church’s teaching on cremation Many Catholics are unsure about the Church’s teaching on cremation and wish to know about it. The Catholic view of cremation has changed in recent years. Cremation was the common practice of the Roman empire at the time of Jesus. In contrast, the Jewish community followed the practice of burying the bodies of those who had died. In the tradition of his time, Jesus, after his death on the cross, was buried in a tomb, probably a cave. The early Christians appear to have followed the Jewish practice. They buried their dead in cemeteries, or the underground caves we now call catacombs. A special regard was attached to the bodies of martyrs who had died violent deaths rather than deny their faith. Their tombs became places of prayer. The practice of cremation disappeared after Roman times, re-appearing only as a means of coping with the mass deaths and contagion brought by plagues during the Middle Ages. Later there were those opposed to the catholic faith’s teaching on the resurrection of the body. On December 8, 1869, the International Congress of Freemasons imposed it as a duty on all its members to do all in their power to wipe out Catholicity from the face of the earth. “Cremation was proposed as a suitable means to this end, since it was calculated to gradually undermine the faith of the people in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting” In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, cremation again became a common practice in Great Britain and Europe. This occurred for a variety of reasons, including expense, lack of cemetery space, and a disenchantment with the burial procedures that had developed in funeral parlours. The Catholic Church took a stand against this practice, as expressing a denial of Christian belief in the resurrection of the body. The 1917 Code of Canon law forbade a Church funeral for those who were to be cremated. As the practice of cremation became more common, however, the Church’s attitude changed. In 1963 the Vatican lifted the prohibition against cremation. In 1983 a new revision of Canon Law replaced the 1917 Code. The new revision allowed both cremation and burial as means of honouring the body of a deceased Catholic. Today, while burial remains the more typical practice, it’s no longer uncommon for deceased Catholics to be cremated. The Church continues to teach that the bodies of those who have died be treated with great respect and dignity, both as God’s creation and as former temples of the Holy Spirit, and as an expression of our hope in the risen life to come, which Catholics believe will once again unite the human person as body and spirit. The Church asks that the remains of a body that has been cremated be placed in a respectful vessel and treated in the exact same way that a family would treat a body in a coffin. The Church also reminds people that the  cremated remains of a loved one are not to be scattered, kept at home or divided into other vessels among family members, just as it is clear that these practices would desecrate a body in a coffin. It is also acceptable for a remains or ashes to be buried at sea.
Collection for Colour Bulletin £380 My sincere thanks for your very generous response to our three-monthly collection to help with the production of our weekly colour Bulletin. It was very kind of you, and this allows me to meet all the expenses of the costs per copy and also for the good quality paper used for printing the Bulletin. I am always grateful for any local news or any items which may be of interest to our readers. 90th BirthdayWe send our greetings and good wishes to Daphne Rose, mother of Peter Rose and Margaret Sargent, who celebrated her 90th birthday last Sunday, July 28th., and for whom Mass was said. Her  large family gathered together to make it a very special occasion. We look forward to Daphne making a visit to Roy Bridge in the near future. We are especially grateful to her and her late husband for gifting us with such brilliant musicians who have benefited, not only our parish, but also our local school, the Lochaber Music School and many other places in Lochaber with their great skills and commitment.
AnniversariesWe remember in our prayers this weekend, Angus Cameron and Joanne MacDonald, whose anniversaries occur at this times.  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.