Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday June 9th. 2013
He was in the seventy-seventh year of his age. monks buried him within the monastery. After the lapse of a century or more his bones were disinterred and placed within a suitable shrine. But as Northmen and Danes more than once invaded the island, the relics of St. Columba were carried for purposes of safety into Ireland and deposited in the church of Downpatrick.  According to tradition St. Columba was tall and of dignified manner. Adamnan says: "He was angelic in appearance, graceful in speech, holy in work" (Praef., II). His voice was strong, sweet and sonorous capable at times of being heard at a great distance. He was conspicuous for his humility and charity not only
towards his brethren, but towards strangers also. He was generous and warm-hearted, tender and kind even to dumb creatures. He was ever ready to sympathize with the joys and sorrows of others. His fasts and vigils were carried to a great extent. The stone pillow on which he slept is said to be still preserved in Iona. His chastity of body and purity of mind are extolled by all his biographers. Notwithstanding his wonderful austerities, Admanan, the 4th abbot of Iona after Columba,  assures us he was beloved by all, "for a holy joyousness that ever beamed from his countenance revealed the gladness with which the Holy Spirit filled his soul"
St. Columba and the Loch Ness monster.  In his life of St. Columba of Iona, St.  Adamnan, the fourth abbot after  Columba,  recounts how on the 22nd  August 565, “a certain water beast  was driven away by the power of the  blessed St. Columba’s prayer”.  According to St. Adamnan, St.  Columba arrived at the burial of a man  who had been attacked and killed by a savage beast at the River Ness.  
Despite knowing this, St. Columba ordered one of his followers to swim  across the Ness, a command that was immediately obeyed. The follower  of St .Columba was attacked by a monster in the river. But before the  beast could injure his follower, St. Columba made the sign of the cross  in the air and said, “You will go no further. Do not touch the man; turn  back speedily”. This caused the monster to swim away and caused those  who witnessed what St. Columba had done to glorify God.  This account was written around 690, over a century after St. Columba’s  death, and is the first recorded reference to a monster in Loch Ness. The  account has been used both as a support for the existence of the Loch  Ness Monster by some and viewed with great scepticism by others 
Mass in the Cathedral today at 5 p.m. for the 1,400th anniversary of St. Columba’s arrival at Iona The Apostolic Nuncio from London, his Excellency, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, along with the members of the Scottish Hierarchy and  priests from the diocese, will concelebrate Mass in St. Columba's Cathedral today at 5 p.m. A large number of pilgrims is expected from all over Scotland to join in the Mass so the Cathedral will be filled to capacity. The following day, the bishops and clergy, accompanied by 200 pilgrims, will make their way to Iona where Mass will be celebrated in the Abbey. It will be a grand and memorable occasion  to recall the life of St. Columba and the effect he and his monks had in spreading the Christian faith throughout Scotland and the north of England, where a monastery was founded at Lindisfarme. It is so interesting and encouraging that most denominations are affected by the holiness of St. Columba and find a common unity in the way his life has impressed them. Please God, this closeness may increase with the passing of the years until the faith of St. Columba is accepted by all. 
Celtic monks The Celtic spirituality of St. Columba was the faith brought to Ireland by St. Parick and included devotion to the Mass, the Eucharist, Our Blessed Lady and the saints, in union with the successor of St. Peter. St. Patrick was ordained a bishop in Rome by Pope Celestine before being sent on his mission to convert the Irish. He stopped at Tours in the Loire Valley, France, to spend some time with St. Martin at the abbey of  Marmoutiers. The early Irish monasteries were established with the rule of St. Martin, and later came under the influence of St. Benedict. It was in these monasteries where Columba learned his faith and which inspired him  to found other monasteries in Ireland as well as at Iona and throughout Scotland. One of Columba’s monks, St. Maelrubha, founded the great monastery at Applecross in Rosshire,  which became  the centre for converting the Northern Picts. St. Cairell came to the Braes of Lochaber, built a cell at Cille Choirill, and brought us our faith which this district never lost even in the bleak penal days when it was outlawed. We have Mass at regular interval  from Easter to November in our 15th century church, which is on the site of the  6th century cell of the saint.
Spean Bridge: Reader: Margaret Muncie Prayers: Liz Campbell Euhc. Mins; David MacFarlane, Moira Coutts
Roy Bridge: Readers : Val MacDonald, Dominic Sargent Prayers: Tony Sargent Euch Mins: Ian MacDonald, Rory Mac Donald Betty Campbell
Rota June 15th. – June 16th.