Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday December 15th. 2013
Spean Bridge: Reader: Liz Campbell Prayers:  Lindsay Simpson Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, David MacFarlane.
Roy Bridge: Readers:  Val Mac Donald, Dominic Sargent Prayers: Tony Sargent Euch Mins; Ian MacDonald, Rory MacDonald, Betty Campbell
Rota December 21st. – December 22nd.
Reception After the Mass, we were taken by coach to the restaurant where 180 guests were received with such great hospitality. The thirty-seven members from the diocese were all placed at one long table, and we spent three wonderful hours being provided with a supply of beautiful food that never seemed to end, for, as you finished one course, another followed immediately afterwards until we lost count. The final course was a barbequed  wild boar, specially shot by Fr. Stan’s uncle as a gift, which concluded the menu! The whole atmosphere was so happy, and the Polish people certainly know how to enjoy themselves. At the end of the meal, we asked Fr. Stan to thank his parents for the  wonderful meal they provided for us, and also  to thank everyone—priests and people for their great kindness and hospitality. It certainly was an occasion to remember. Ceilidh When we returned to the convent, Fr Stan had  a surprise party ready for us in the conference room to celebrate Bishop Joseph's fifth anniversary as a bishop, which was the same date as Fr. Stan's first Mass, December 8th, feast of the Immaculate Conception. Afterwards, we had a great ceildh and sing-song until the early hours when we finally retired to bed after an incredible, memorable and happy day. We spent the next morning visiting the town of Gdansk, most of which was rebuilt with. painstaking care  to be exactly as it was before war. Most of the town  was destroyed by bombing as it was a German submarine base Fr Stan returns to the diocese after New Year, and will supply at Campbeltown for six weeks and then await his appointment from the bishop.
Visiting Confessor next Sunday Afternoon Fr. Roddy MacAulay Spean Bridge—2p.m. to 2.30p.m. Roy Bridge 3p.m. –3.30p.m. Fr Roddy has very kindly offered to come to the parish for Christmas Confessions next Sunday. Pope Francis has reminded us all that confession is one of the great graces God has given us to draw closer to him by increasing in holiness. Please make use of this opportunity and come early if you can.
I am grateful to my nephew for the photographs and sending them to me by email in time for the Bulletin.
The convent where we stayed  surrounded by eighteen inches of snow
The diocesan table at the reception
Three of our party leading the singing