Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday July 28th. 2013
Sacrament of Confirmation As we are all aware, Bishop Toal has a very heavy schedule with his new responsibility as administrator of Motherwell diocese until a new bishop is appointed, hopefully by the end of the year. He has suggested to his priests, to make his workload a little easier,  that, for  the children who are to be confirmed this year, the service should take place in a central location in the deanery.  For us, and for the neighbouring parishes of Mallaig, Morar, Moidart, Caol, Fort William and Glencoe, that would be St. Mary’s, Fort William. It is an excellent idea which will be of immense help to the bishop and help  to ease his busy schedule. He asks that the catechetical lessons begin immediately when the children return to school after their holidays, and he will suggest a date in the near future for administering the sacrament.  The parents, whose children are due to be confirmed, will be notified when the classes begin in the middle of August. Clergy Appointments in the diocese Bishop Toal has appointed Fr Andrew Barrett, parish priest of Arisaig, to St. Mun’s, Glencoe, and Fr Tony Wood, the newly ordained priest, to be administrator of St. Mary’s Arisaig,. The appointments are due to take place at the beginning of September. Fr Barrett studied canon law, and he takes up his new role as Assessor at the Scottish Interdiocesan Tribunal in Glasgow. This will mean being away from his parish several days of the week, but the work is very essential to help couples resolve canonical difficulties in their marriage. Fr. Tony Wood will enjoy being in charge of Arisaig as administrator, and in time may be appointed as parish priest. We wish both priests every blessing and happiness in their new parishes.
Pope Francis’ first words to the people of Brazil After quick greetings at Rio's international airport, then a chaotic 45 minute ride into the city when the driver took the wrong turning and landed  in the middle of a demonstration, the Pope flew by military helicopter to Guanabara Palace, the office of the governor of Rio de Janeiro state. There he met Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other leaders. In his remarks there, delivered in a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish, the Pope borrowed a phrase from the Acts of the Apostles: "I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ!" The way to reach the Brazilian people is through the heart so let me knock gently at this door. I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you."  Pope Francis said he had come to Brazil, the country with most Catholics in the World, to give an account of the reasons for the hope that comes from faith in Jesus, and  inspire them to offer everyone the inexhaustible riches his love. Acknowledging the hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in the city for World Youth Day, the Pope said they needed space, which they find in Christ since there is no more powerful force than one released from the hearts of young people when they have been conquered the experience of friendship with him. The young need a solid basis on which to build their lives—they need safety, education, work, lasting values that make life worth living. He said he, and the members of his generation, also must give the young the legacy of a world worthy of human life and learn how to awaken in them the greatest potential as builders of their own identity, sharing the responsibility for the future of everyone. He ended his speech by referring to the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city and said: “The arms of the Pope now spread to embrace all  Brazil in its human, cultural and religious complexity and richness”
Anniversaries Masses were said last week for Archbishop Campbell, Angus Campbell and Winnie Wells, whose anniversaries are at this time Eternal rest grant unit them, O Lord….
Spean Bridge: Reader: David MacFarlane Prayers: Margaret Muncie Euch. Mins: Liz Campbell, Moira Coutts
Roy Bridge: Readers: Lorna MacGregor, Catrina MacDonald Prayers: Helen MacDonald Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke, Colleen Porter, Ishbel Campbell
Rota August 3rd. – August 4th.