Sunday February 3rd. 2013 Charity registration No. SC002876   Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Spean Bridge: Reader: Liz Campbell Prayers David MacFarlane Euch. Mins. Liz Campbell, Moira Coutts Roy Bridge: Readers: Val MacDonald, Dominic Sargent Prayers: Tony Sargent, Euch Mins: Rory MacDonald, Ian MacDonald, Betty Campbell Rota February 9th –10th. Bishop Toal to have eye operation in Salamanca The Scottish hierarchy were at the Scots College in Salamanca  recently for their annual January meeting, a place that Bishop Toal knows so well where he was spiritual director to the  students for some years and then rector of the college. Unfortunately, he developed a problem with his eye that had given some trouble last year, and the eye surgeon in Salamaca’s university hospital decided that he should have surgery to try to correct it. The operation will take place on Monday morning, and  he will not be allowed to travel home for some time. I know all our parishioners will remember  Bishop Joseph very specially in their prayers at Mass his weekend, and Mass will be said on Monday morning for the success of his operation. I have sent him an email assuring him of our payers and good wishes. Ash Wednesday, February 13th. — a week Wednesday! The Church still works out the date of Easter by the cycle of the moon, and this year Easter Sunday is almost as early as it can be, March 31st. It seems such a short time since Christmas, in fact our Christmas flowers on  the altar are still looking very fresh — yet Lent begins next week! It is never too early to start thinking what we can do for Lent, and especially in this Year of Faith when we are all asked earnestly by the Holy Father to deepen our understanding and love of the faith. Pope Benedict sees so many in the world rejecting and ignoring Christ and being a law unto themselves, and consequently there is the break down of moral order and family life. There are two very powerful tools that we all have that can help us make our own personal contribution in this struggle between good and evil — Penance and Prayer. Please God, during this Lent we will all make a conscientious effort to make these six weeks very special,  indeed a powerhouse of personal spiritual effort to help change our own lives and the world in which we live. If we make a good Lent, then on Easter Sunday we will know a difference in our lives that may also affect and deepen our future relations with God and the Church Candlemas Day rhyme. Yesterday, February 2nd, was Candlemas Day, but being on a Saturday this year we were unable to have the usual ceremony of the blessing of the candles at a morning Mass. However, there are blessed candles available at the back of the Church. Every home should have a blessed candle in case the priest may have to visit the family to bring the sacraments to a  sick member. The lit candle is a symbol of the living presence of Christ in the Eucharist who is present in our midst. Yesterday was a lovely day — blue sky, bright sunshine and frost. According to the old rhyme, this does not augur too well for the rest of the month! If Candlemas day be dry and fair, The half o' winter to come and mair, If Candlemas day be wet and foul, The half of winter's gone at Yule  Page 5