Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday May 5th. 2013
Spean Bridge: Reader: David MacFarlane Prayers: Liz Campbell Euch Mins; David MacFarlane Moira Coutts
Roy Bridge: Readers: Catrina MacDonald  Helen MacDonald Prayers: Lorna MacGregor Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke, Rory MacDonald, Richard Sidgwick
Rota May 10. – May 11th.
Quite a number of our parishioners have an arrangement with their bank for a monthly payment to be made to the parish. This appears each month in our bank statement and is the equivalent of your contribution for four weeks.  If you sign a Gift Aid form, we can also collect the tax you pay on your offering. It is the parishioners who are at church regularly each weekend on whom we depend to maintain the expense of running the church and maintaining the priest.  If you are away frequently, the responsibly falls on them of maintaining the church for you during your absence. 
If we ponder within our hearts the meaning of this great feast, we may come to grasp something of the confidence which God has in us because the Ascension focuses on what we also must do to be with Christ forever. Where he has gone, we hope to follow. Like the apostles, we are now at the centre of the stage and our call is also to service. We are to continue the work of those who have gone before us and help build up Christ's kingdom. In a world full of so many problems we can help in our own simple way to try to turn sorrow into happiness by being his comforting word and his every smile. Our lives may be the only book of the gospel open for people to read.     Francis, our Holy Father, has preached this so urgently since he was recently elected Pope. He said: What we are, speaks more loudly than either what we say or what we do. Our Christian vocation is to strive to be Christ to others and to see Christ in others simply because we are part of a missionary Church, which was missionary from the very beginning and will be until the end of time. As Pope Francis reminds us, Jesus is counting on us. Our prayer is that Our Lord will renew within us the work of the Spirit so that we may know what is true and have the strength to do what is right.
 Last week the Bulletin asked this question:  Are you often away at weekends? Then why not make out a Direct Debit so that the parish does not miss out on your weekly contribution? This year our Gift Aid has dropped by £400! This is very disappointing –but it need not have happened if those who are often away, and have signed a Gift Aid form, had arranged for a Direct Debit to be made out on behalf of the parish. The instructions are printed again in this week’s Bulletin to remind you, and I would be most grateful if you would consider using this to assure that you give weekly to the support of  YOUR parish. Thank you in advance. I also take this opportunity of thanking everyone for your kindness, your great generosity and for all your loyal support.  May God bless you     Fr Tom