Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday November 24th. 2013
Spean Bridge Reader: Margaret Muncie Prayers: Liz Campbell Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, David MacFarlane
Roy Bridge Readers:  Helena Rose  Dominic Sargent Prayers: Tony Sargent Euch Mins: Betty Campbell, Catrina MacDonald, Margaret Sargent
Rota November 30th. – December 1st.
Mass and Confirmations in St. Mary’s next Sunday, December 1st. at 3 p.m. During mass, Bishop Joseph will confirm thirty children from the  Lochaber parishes in St. Mary's on Sunday, December 1st.  Seven children from our parish will be among those to be confirmed: Giorgio Berardelli, Ruraidh Poll, Tyler Whyte, Skye Speirs, Cameron MacIsaac, Gregor Mews and Calum Mews The children are being prepared at the moment for this important day in their young lives when they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and I ask you to keep them very much in your prayers.  This sacrament is closely linked with baptism, and is a further preparation for the children when they will make their First Holy Communion next year. Everyone is invited to tea and sandwiches in St. Mary’s Primary School after the Mass. We hope a number from Roy Bridge will attend the service to support the children.
Next Sunday, First Sunday of Advent
Advent is such a beautiful time of the year full of wonder and mystery, with towns, villages and cities making their own preparations to welcome Christ the Light of the World with all their  colourful illuminations, Christmas trees and shops filled with everything to make the  Christmas special. Amidst it all, let us try to remember what we are truly preparing to celebrate is the birthday of Jesus, not in some royal palace but in  the poverty and simplicity of a stable in  Bethlehem. Pope Francis has had an amazing effcct on the world by his own simple and very ordinary life-style which he insists on living in the Vatican, amid its splendour,  which is more akin to the simplicity of life which Jesus lead while he was on this earth. This Christmas may his example influence us all to have a happy, but simpler, Christmas where we share our Christmas table with the poor by our generosity to charities such as Mary's Meals and SCIAF.
St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter, and it was he who first recognised Our Lord as the Messiah, and took Peter to meet Him. He was martyred by being crucified on a diagonal cross in Patras, Greece, and his relics were later taken to Rome by the Emperor Constantine. Before this happened, tradition tells us that a monk called St Rule took some of the Apostle’s bones to Britain for safety in case the rest were lost, and finally reached a remote part of Scotland. It is also probable that Accas, the Bishop of Hexham, took the relics to Scotland in the early part of the 8th century. The church where the relics were enshrined gave its name to the town—St. Andrews. Thousands came on pilgrimage from all over to honour the Apostle’s relics. St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, inaugurated a ferry service across theFirth of Forth to shorten the pilgrims’ journey, and to this day it is still known as Queensferry. Sadly, at the Reformation, the church was desecrated and destroyed and the relics lost. Let us always remember that Andrew, and his brother Peter, were simple fishermen, who had no idea what lay before them, They accepted Our Lord’s invitation to follow him, and became the pillars of the Church. They were both crucified for preaching the gospel of Christ. Their lives are a reminder to us all that with God’s grace anything is possible in our own lives if we follow God’s Will. Pope Paul V1 gave a relic of St. Andrew to Cardinal Gray, and it is now enshrined on an altar in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.  So St. Andrew has come back to Scotland!  Feast Day, Saturday, November 30th.