Charity registration No. SC002876   Sunday March 10th. 2013 Page 1 Page 3 Page 2 Page 4 Main Menu The 39th Lochaber Festival gets under way this weekend and I'm sure many of our parishioners will be keen to support our talented youngsters. The festival, of course, runs its classes in various venues throughout  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. However, there are also evening events which you may well feel able to support. Monday evening, starting at 7pm (in the High School Hall) features the older string players in Solo and Ensemble classes. There are several Music School ensembles coached by Clare Reynolds, Deirdre Beck and Peter Rose. Performers to watch out for from the Braes include Rhona MacKintosh, Grace MacKintosh, Anna Berardelli, Heather Millar, Caitrin Edmond, Helena and Francesca Rose - and we wish them all the very best in their performances. Tuesday evening (again in the High School Hall 7pm) features the Lochaber Young Musician of The Year competition. Taking part in this competition  (which is sponsored by the Rotary Club) will be Helena, Francesca and Rhona. On Thursday evening at 7pm, there will be the Grand Festival Concert, featuring performances from many of the successful class winners and, of course,  the presentation of trophies. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear some of our very talented young musicians at their very best. It is such a joy to  listen to real,  live music rather than TV and CD discs.  Even although you may think that you may not be interested, do come along, and I assure you that by the end of the evenings your whole attitude to music will have changed as you watch and listen to  these young people with their incredible talents. Don’t miss this wonderful feast of music, and do come to support our young  musicians. Lochaber Music Festival World Youth Day—A message from Deirdre Beck I am looking to organise a Lochaber Youth group to attend the WYD celebrations in Stirling this year. I have enclosed a poster with the diocese contact details in the churches. Also I would like to come and speak to people at church next weekend the 16th and 17th March. I would come down on the Saturday night to Spean and again on the Sunday in Roy. I would meet with anyone interested after Mass and give them information packs. If you could mention it in the notices this week it would give a bit of advance warning to people. I was lucky enough to be supported by the local people to attend WYD events and feel it is a wonderful experience for teenagers and young adults, and attending an event in Scotland would be a nice introduction without being too far away from home. This year the World Youth Rally is in Brazil where the youth of the world will meet our new Holy Father. I am so delighted that Deirdre has taken on this task, and the children from parishes all over Scotland will meet in Stirling at the same time as the World Youth meet in Brazil. The distance to Brazil makes the cost prohibitive for our children. Visiting Confessor next Sunday—Mgr MacKinnon Preparation for Easter Monsignor MacKinnon, St. Mary’s, will hear confessions next Sunday. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to make use of a visiting confessor. You will find Mgr MacKinnon a very gentle and helpful confessor. The times are as follows: Spean Bridge 3p.m - 3.30 p.m. Roy Bridge 4p.m – 4.30p.m. . Anniversaries: We remember in our prayers at Mass this weekend, Veronica Fox, whose anniversary is at this time and for whom Mass will said at Invergarry this Sunday so that her family may be present. Also Nancy Carmichael, late of Oban., whose daughter, Jean, has asked for Mass to be said for her mother on Tuesday. Eternal rest grant unto them,. O Lord.