Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday July 7th. 2013
Kiera Henderson makes her first Holy Communion in Croydon. Recently, Ishbel Henderson from Garry Bank, Invergarry,  made the journey down to Croydon to be present for her nephew Neil’s eight-year old daughter, Kiera, who was  making her First Holy Communion. Kiera’s mother, Nguyet, is from Vietnam. As you can see  from  the photograph Kiera is a lovely looking young girl, and her parents must be very proud of her.  From the souvenir booklet that Ishbel gave me, the First Communion Mass must have been a very lovely service as lot of effort was put into the  preparation of the Mass. Thirty two children made their First Holy Communion, so it must have been a very happy and joyful occasion for the parents and all the relations of the children. I sent a bible with lots of coloured illustration with Ishbel to give to Kiera along with her own gift, and I received a lovely letter from Kiera in return. Kiera and her parents hope to visit their aunt Ishbel at Invergarry during the summer holidays, so I will look forward to meeting her at Sunday mass at St. Finnan’s Anniversary We remember George Cameron in our rpayers and at mass his weekend, whose anniversary was on Tuesday. Mass was said for George on Wednesday morning at St. Margaret’s. May George's good and generous soul rest in peace.
Feast of Our Lady of Aberdeen, July 9th. Devotion to Our Lady of Aberdeen goes back to the Middle Ages, for devotion to Our Lady has always been an essential part of the faith of the Church from the earliest of times. The original medieval statue is said to have stood in either the Cathedral of Saint Machar or the Mother church of Saint Nicholas in Aberdeen in the time of Bishop Gavin Dunbar,  about the early 15th century, and it was credited with miraculously directing him to the spot where the new bridge over the River Dee should be built.Bishop Dunbar had a special copy  made in silver of the  Madonna, and was his gift to the new chapel which stood by the new Bridge of Dee (1527).Here travellers to the city could pause after their dangerous journey and give thanks to the Virgin for their safe arrival. The chapel was given into the care of the Magistrates of Aberdeen in 1529 and so it remained until 1559, when the first of the reformers reached the city from the South.There is a legend that the reformers, in their zeal, threw the Madonna into the Dee, where it was caught by the tide and floated down to the harbour.Here it was said to have been rescued by the crew of a ship bound for Ostend.This may have happened but it is more probable that it was carefully preserved beforehand. Both the City Fathers and Bishop William Gordon had made arrangements to hide all Church property of value with various families, such as the Gordons of Huntly.What became of most of these sacred and 
valuable items is not known, but the wooden Madonna’s history continues.Whether by design or by accident it was saved and eventually arrived in the Netherlands, where it was installed with great ceremony in the Church of Notre Dame du Bon Succes, Brussels. The Statue, now known as ‘Our Lady of Good Success’ (the title ‘Our Lady of Aberdeen’ came later) and was eventually moved, by order of Napoleon, to the Church of Notre Dame de Finistere, where it still remains to this day. An Aberdeen soldier in the First World paid a visit to the  church to seek God’s protection in the battles, and immediately recognised the old statue of Our Lady of Aberdeen and was overcome with emotion. He told his story afterwards.
Left Bishop Toal presents  Fr Wood with the chalice and paten as the symbol of his office as priest whose principal duty is to offer the sacrifice of the mass for his people. Right Fr Wood and bishop Murray outside the Cathedral, It was Bishop Murray who accepted Fr. Wood as a late vocation student for the priesthood