Charity registration No. SC002876   Sunday March 17th. 2013 Page 1 Page 3 Page 2 Page 4 Main Menu Programme for Holy Week           Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper at 7.30 p.m.                    Night prayers at the altar of repose 10.30 p.m.              Good Friday: Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion  and Death 3p.m           Stations of the Cross and Kissing of the Cross 7.30 p.m.                                               Easter Vigil: 9 p.m.   Easter Sunday Masses: Invergarry 9 a.m. Spean Bridge 10.15 a.m. Roy Bridge 11.30 a.m.                       Today is St. Patrick's Day and we wish all our parishioners of Irish origin every blessing on his feast day. The Catholic Church all over the world owes so much to the Irish emigrants who had to leave their homeland to seek a better life else  because of persecution, and also because of the terrible blight in 1848 which destroyed the potato crops on which most rural families depended for their food. But they also brought with them their deep faith which future generations maintained passing it on their families. The faith in Scotland benefitted so much from the thousands of Irish who came here seeking menial jobs. From their generosity churches were built, and they also supplied clergy to serve in the parishes. Today, many of the children of these have  reached the heights in many of the professions. What is true of Scotland is also true of America, Canada and Australia where the Irish continue to have .such an influence in  these countries. Many came to work in Lochaber to build dams, tunnels and pipelines for the aluminium factory at Fort William.  These men were highly prized because of their skill and their workmanship, which is still evident today after almost 90 years. Our own parish benefited from the Irish families who came to seek work here and set down their roots—and are still with us today. Sadly, in these days many young Irish people are seeking a more secure life in other  countries because of downturn  in Ireland’s economy. What is Ireland's  loss is other countries’ gains, but we pray that better conditions may yet prevail to stop this exodus with the hope that many may yet return to their homeland. May St. Patrick take care of all his Irish children. Roy Bridge Primary School children had a great afternoon on Friday raising funds for Red Nose Day. The children were all dressed up as chefs and helped to serve the beautiful selection of cakes baked by their parents and  friends of the school A happy group of children dressed and ready to serve