Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday December 8th. 2013
Visit to Poland for Fr Stan’s First Mass My family have very kindly invited me to join them, along with a large number from Lochaber, to fly out to Gdansk on Friday evening to be present for Fr. Stan’s first Mass on  Sunday, December 8th. I was hesitant for a while because of my chronic back condition, but  my nephew was very insistent that I come with them. I have arranged for Fr. Grier, a Millhill priest who made the missionary appeal here in September, to cover the parish for the weekend while I am away. I hope to be back Monday evening, or early Tuesday morning should the plane be late. The nuns have very kindly offered to accommodate us in the beautiful hostel they run.  Gdansk is on the Baltic, close to Russia, so we will need to take our thermals with us! I have never been to Poland, so this will be a first for me!  Many of us are familiar with the ship- building port of Gdansk because of Lech Wałęsa, a man of great faith who lead the unions to victory against the communists, and paved the way for the visit of Pope John Paul to Poland. Millions greeted the Holy Father despite the attempts of the communists to prevent them, and this was to spell the end of the total power of communism in Poland. An airport has been named after Lech Walesa, where we hope to arrive on  Friday evening in Gdansk.
There is no Bulletin this week, as Father Tom is in Poland, to be present at Father Stan’s first Mass. Details are in the excerpt from last week’s Bulletin below.