Sunday February 10th. 2013 Charity registration No. SC002876   Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Our sick: We remember in our prayers Catherine Jones who had major surgery recently and is now convalescing at her flat in Glasgow. Thank God, the operation appears to have been a success, and we look forward to Catherine coming back home to Inverroy to convalesce. We also remember very specially in our prayers her sister, Janet, who also had major surgery in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary some months ago, and is having a difficult convalescence. Both sisters will be remembered constantly in my Masses and the prayers of our parishioners, as will their parents, Ken and Tina, who have been under such a strain, and also travelling back and forth so frequently to Aberdeen and Glasgow. We have put the  healing of the sisters in the hands of St. Mary MacKillop, and I invite all our parishioners to join in our crusade of prayer that, through St. Mary’s intercession in heaven, both sisters will find healing and renewed health. Novena leaflets to St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop can be found at the back of the church.  Please take one and join the parish in prayer. Roy Bridge and its people must have a special place in the affections of St. Mary in heaven.  World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Monday (feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) If you have ever been to Lourdes, one of your lasting memories will be of the hundreds of sick who are brought to the grotto each day in wheel chairs by volunteer nurses. It is a very moving sight, forit is seldom you see so many sick and disabled people together. But what is so wonderful is the atmosphere of Lourdes.   Irrespective from whatever country people come, and they come from all over the world,whatever language they speak, because of our united faith and love for Our Lady,  you feel the Church is just one big family, and the sick especially share in everyone’s prayers. Irrespective from whatever country people come from, and they come from all over the world,whatever language they speak, because of our united faith and love for Our Lady, feel the Church is just one big family, and the sick especially share in everyone’s prayers. On February 11, 1858, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette in the grotto at Massabielle while her sisters had gone on ahead to gather firewood. There were 18 appearances in all, the final one being on July 16th. of the same year. Ridicule turned to belief as thousands thronged the grotto, yet no one but Bernadette had seen the Lady. At the request of her parish priest, she asked the Lady her name, and the reply was: I am the Immaculate Conception. There was no way Bernadette could have known what this meant. After many exhaustive investigations and the living proof of so many miracles, the accepted that Our Lady had appeared to Bernadette. Sometime later, Bernadette entered a convent in Nevers, south of Paris, where in the few years that were to remain to her, she lived a life of holiness and virtue.                           Message from Pope Benedict  "On this World Day of prayer for the sick, I  wish to encourage and bless the efforts of those who work daily to ensure that the sick, especially the incurably and terminally ill, together with their families, receive adequate and loving care. The Church, following the example of the Good Samaritan, has always shown particular concern for the infirm. Through her individual members and religious orders and institutions, she continues to stand alongside the suffering and to attend the dying, striving to preserve their dignity at these significant moments of human existence. Many such individuals - health care professionals, pastoral agents and volunteers - and institutions throughout the world are tirelessly serving the sick, in hospitals and in palliative care units, on city streets, in housing projects and parishes. May the Blessed Virgin, our Mother, comfort those who are ill and sustain all who have devoted their lives, as Good Samaritans. To all the sick and those who care for them, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and peace in the Lord.” Bishop Toal I received this message from Bishop Joseph with an update about his operation. “Just a short note to bring you up-to-date with my condition. I had the operation on my eye on Monday - the lens was removed and some repair done (soldering by laser) so that there is less chance of further problems. Having seen the surgeon again on Tuesday, he told me to come back on February 21st. Since gas is put into the eye to help the recovery process you cannot fly until it dissolves, so the decision about travelling home cannot be made until I have my check-up. I feel reasonably well. It is best not to put much strain on the eye at present so as recommended I can have a good rest and return very refreshed. I thank everybody for the support of their prayers and their good wishes. We have the World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Monday, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, so all the support given to me encourages me to pray for all the sick known to me, especially those with chronic and terminal illnesses. It has been good to have had this reminder to hold the sick in my own prayer and to ask the Lord for their healing. With my prayers and good wishes “ Incorrupt body of St. Bernadette in the convent chapel at Nevers.