Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday July 14th. 2013
Waiting for Mass to begin — Chapel Brae early 1920s
Canon MacDougall succeeded Fr Forbes and was parish priest from 1879-1925 when he retired to Glenfinnan. Between these two priests they spanned 109 years as parish priests of this parish. St. Mary MacKillop spent a week with Canon MacDougall in the chapel house at Bunroy and wrote of him later as a “saintly priest and devoted pastor” On April 29, 1929, parishioner gathered for the final Mass at Bunroy chapel before it was demolished. The Mass was said by Bishop Alexander MacDonald of Victoria, B.C Canada. Our heritage—is it disappearing? Life today is so much easier in comparison with what our forebears had to endure. Nowadays, how easily we can be  seduced by the materialism and pleasures of the world to which we can give an inordinate importance in our lives. We are the inheritors of the faith passed on to us with such great care. Can we pass it on with the same fervour to the next generation or will it be lost for ever by our indifference to the Mass and the sacraments? For those who have neglected their Mass and sacraments over the years, come back, for the Church waits to embrace and  welcome you in Christ’s name.
It was the custom in the old days, when few people had cars and had to walk to church, some a great distance, to arrive early for Mass so that they could have a chat and exchange their latest news. Mass was very important to our forefathers for they knew how previous generations had to maintain their faith in the penal days when priests were forbidden to say Mass, and any house  discovered where Mass had been offered was likely to be burned down. These people cherished their faith, and especially the Mass, and it was due to their determination and loyalty, and that of the missionary priests who served them,  that the faith was handed down intact from family to family, from one generation to the next to the present day. This above photograph would be typical of a Sunday morning in many highland parishes  where parishioners arrived early for Mass: the women would go into church to say their prayers and leave the men outsidem, dressed in their Sunday best, to catch up with the latest news or discuss the week ahead.   Fr Donald Forbes, who was parish priest of Roy Bridge  from 1826-1878, built the church at Bunroy (Chapel Brae). In the earlier days of his priesthood, he also served Glengarry, having to journey by pony in all types of weather. (Today it takes only 30 minutes to travel the 20 miles to Invergarry in the luxury of a car) Over a period of 60 years, he never failed to offer Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. He was a saintly priest and devoted to his parishioners. In later years, people took pride in saying that they had been baptised by Fr Forbes.
Our precious heritage which Pope Francis urges us to safeguard