Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday November 24th. 2013
Let us pledge our loyalty to Christ our King
The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living, and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations. If this was a world-wide danger to Christians in 1925, then in this present age  we need to commit ourselves  more devotedly and loyally to Christ in a world that is becoming ever more pagan. If we have to make a change in our lives, NOW is the time to do it. This feast brings the Church's year to a close and with it comes a reminder that the cycle of our own lives here on earth will also reach its completion. The end of the year is review time and affords us the opportunity to take stock of our behaviour as members of God's household. The gospel points out very forcibly that admission into our eternal home depends on the effort we make to aid and comfort the needy. We will be assured of a place in Christ's kingdom only if we treat others as Christ treats them. This is a challenging gospel which takes on exceptional importance as it portrays a powerful image of judgement and
presents us with the stark choice of being for or against Christ. There is no in between. None of us can reflect upon it without seeing areas of our lives where change and improvement are needed. What the Church is emphasising is the importance of turning our lives and hearts to Christ and trusting in his teaching on love. Jesus is still walking the earth in the guise of our neighbour who is suffering and in want. Our shortcoming as a people is that we fail to recognise this fact. He told us on the evening of life we shall be judged upon the love we have shown and the small acts of mercy we have performed. Often a word of encouragement, a little recognition or a friendly smile can mean more to the poor than food, clothing or shelter, as they carry the warmth of acceptance and make them feel valued. Christ becomes real to the people around us only in so far as we reach out and show concern for their welfare and commit our- selves to forming their dignity. Whatever good we do  to others or neglect to do is done to Christ. Christ rules in our hearts and in the world around us when we give of our time, our energy and love in performing practical acts of charity.
Today is our opportunity to show our love to our brothers and sisters who are suffering in the Phiippines from the tornados that destroyed family life and where over 6.500 died. The second collection today will be sent to SCIAF, who, in conjunction with their associates in England and Wales, Cafod and Caritas, will assure that your offerings go direct to their trusted representatives in the Philippines. They will quickly provide water, food, shelter, medicines  which are urgently require by the people, especially women and children.
Janet Jones:  Janet’s condition is giving cause for concern , and we remember her very specially in our prayers at Mass that God may grant her strength in her illness and assurance of his presence with her. Ann MacKintosh  arrived back home on Monday from Raigmore, and, thank God, she is feeling considerably better  after her treatment, We pray that God may grant Ann renewed health and strength through the intercession of St. Mary MacKillop.
Anniversary. We remember John Kerr in our prayers at Mass next weekend, whose anniversary is Sunday, December 1st. His wife, Mary, who often attends Mass in St. Margaret's and at Cille Choirill, will be with is for the Mass. Some of our parishioners may remember John, for he was the popular manager of Low’s until Tesco’s took it over.  May John's gentle soul rest in peace.