Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday June 9th. 2013
Emails are a wonderful modern invention by which you can send letters, photos and documents immediately to anyone  anywhere in the world at no cost. Sister Helen Cameron, Guelph, Canada, is very good at sending me emails and keeping me in touch with the many things she does in her busy life as a nun, teacher and consultant. It all started when she asked for a copy of my book on the life of Fr Alexander Cameron of the ‘45. Last week I sent her the Bulletin with the photos of the young couple coming out from the church, and the Black Watch soldiers forming an archway with their  swords. Sister Helen was able to see the photos before our own parishioners! Later she passed them on privately to her Facebook friend, Lorna, at Achnacarry who keeps the Achnacarry website right up to date, and who was delighted to receive them.  In return, Lorna sent Sister Helen a lovely portrait of the newly-married couple. In Hospital We remember very specially in our prayers this weekend Susan Toal who is in the Belford Hospital. The family are very grateful for all the masses and prayers for Susan, and also for all enquires that have been made from her many friends. Anniversaries On Friday, Mass was said for Katie and Jimmy MacGregor on their anniversary, and their son, Tommy, came from Banavie to be present at the Mass. May their good souls rest in peace. Ordination in Oban, Wednesday July 3rd The Rev deacon, Tony Woods, will be ordained to the priesthood in Oban on July 3rd. He is a late vocation and decided to offer himself for the priesthood after hearing a letter of an appeal for vocations from Bishop Murray which was read out in all the parishes.  He was on holiday from his home in England at the time, visiting his brother in Campbletown, and he was greatly touched by the Bishop's letter. We keep him very much in our prayers. At the Global Holy Hour last Sunday, in union with Pope Francis and Catholics all over the world, one of the intentions was for an increase of vocations to the priesthood  to assure that there will always be a priest to say Mass and administer the sacraments. Pray frequently for this intention A group of 45 Spanish people, who have formed themselves into a guild of St. James of Compostella, will be visiting shrines in Scotland during July by bus and on a walking tour. Their first walk is from the chapel of St. Margaret in Edinburgh to St. Andrew’s and then on to Oban by bus, and walk from Craignure in Mull to Iona. They are walking from Banavie along the banks of the Caledonian Canal to the Commando Memorial where the bus will meet them and take them to Roy Bridge on Friday, July 26th. They will visit our shrine to St. Mary MacKillop, and
then have something to eat in the hall  between 5 –7 p.m., where they look forward to meeting some of our parishioners They are bringing a lot of their own food to share with others, but it would be appreciated if we could get together and provide them with sandwiches and tea or coffee. If you are willing to help, could you please let me know so that we can show them some Highland hospitality. Three of our parishioners have already made the pilgrimage from Le Puy in central France to Compostella — Richard Sidgwick and his son, Dr. Peter, and Kenny MacKintosh. It was on the road to Compostella that Peter met Aimée who later became his wife and they now have two sons.
St. Anthony of Padua, Wednesday, June 13th. Saint Anthony was born in Portugal, and after his ordination he came into contact with Franciscan missionaries on their way to North Africa. His health failed him, and he retuned and was sent to Padua in Italy where he inspired so many by his preaching and won many converts to the  faith. He is the saint most  associated with the return of lost articles and missing persons. He is petitioned for help in finding almost everything that is lost, from car keys and misplaced papers to a lost job, a lost lover, or straying partner. People who are regarded as "lost souls" may are also placed in his care. These widespread invocations to Saint Anthony for finding lost things and restoring missing people relate to an incident in which the saint was invoked to find a very important missing book and the prayer was efficacious; ever since then Saint Anthony has been the Patron of Lost Things. St. Francis of Assisi asked him to teach his friars theology.
Pilgrims from  Compostella to visit Roy Bridge
Cathedral Church of St. James Compostella