Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday October 20th. 2013
Mission Sunday — next Sunday  The theme for this year’s Mission Sunday is inspired by the book of Jeremiah, where the Lord declares "Do not be afraid ... I will rescue you".  In this appeal, parishioners are invited to support the work of dedicated missionaries in India and throughout the world. Every day they live out these words as they reach out to those most vulnerable in our society, sharing His love by offering practical, emotional and spiritual care. In India, child trafficking and child labour is the reality for 12 million children. Every day countless young children are stolen from, or sold by, their families into domestic work and prostitution against their will. Many are also forced to become street beggars just to survive. With the support of the Pontifical Mission Societies, local missionary Sister Clara and her fellow Salesian sisters, work tirelessly throughout Chennai, India, to rescue young girls from this tragic reality and to provide them with a safe haven at their Marialaya Children's Home, dedicated to Our Lady. The sisters also offer counselling, medical care, education and spiritual formation to the girls, helping them see their worth as a beloved child of God.
The story of Sister Clara  and Vandoosha 10 year old Vandoosha (on Sister’s right) is one of the girls who have been rescued by Sister Clara and her fellow sisters at Marialaya. Due to extreme poverty and desperation, Vandoosha was sold at the age of five by her stepmother. Unable to escape this horrible situation, she was set to work as a domestic helper for their neighbour.  Shortly after, this neighbour sold Vandoosha again to a businessman in Chennai to work as the domestic helper for his family. Arriving in Chennai, Vandoosha was forced to work from 5am to midnight every day, to do all the washing, cooking and laundry for the family. Vandoosha even had to look after the family's two year old son. She was constantly frightened as they would abuse her whenever she did not do the work to their liking. One day, exhausted by the day's work, Vandoosha fell asleep. The older son in the family took a pair of scissors and cut her ear. Thankfully one of the neighbours heard her cries for help and called the 1098 child line.
The 1098 child line is run by Marialaya in an extraordinary collaboration with the local police. This crucial outreach service identifies children at risk, rescues them from extreme and desperate situations and refers them to the police as well as children's homes such as Marialaya. Children from all over India know that if they are in danger, they can call this number, free of charge, or go to a booth, at any time, day or night, and they will be rescued and provided with a safe haven. Hundreds of girls like Vandoosha have been rescued thanks to community members calling this service when they have seen a child who is distressed or vulnerable.     Today, five years after Vandoosha was rescued, the memories of her time as a domestic worker are still very confronting and fresh in her mind. However, thanks to Marialaya, Vandoosha is happy and healthy and doing exceptionally well at school.     Having experienced severe heartbreak and numerous challenges in her short life already, Vandoosha does not take anything for granted, including her education. She is determined to study hard and one day become a police officer, so that she can give protection to street children and bring them to the safety of Marialaya
Next Sunday’s  Second  Collection for the Missions will go towards helping Sister Clara and the Marialaya Home in India
Invitation to Rev Stanislaw Pamula’s ordination at Oban, Thursday, December 5th Deacon Stan has sent an invitation to our parishioners to come to his ordination to the priesthood on Thursday, December 5th at 6 p.m. in Oban. It will be a very joyful occasion, as many in Lochaber have looked forward to his ordination.  There will be refreshments after the ceremony in the Cathedral Hall. Should you wish to attend the ordination, please contact Mgr. MacKinnon at St. Mary's to book your place on the bus.Tel: 01397-70- 2174 . There are just a few places left, so hurry! We keep Deacon Stan very much in our prayers as he prepares for his ordination. He will say his first Mass in his home town of Gdaňsk, Poland,  on Sunday December 8th, feast of the Immaculate Conception, and a number from Fort William intend to fly out to be present at his first Mass. 
Spean Bridge: Reader: David MacFarlane Prayers: Margaret Muncie Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz Campbell
Roy Bridge: Readers: Ishbel Campbell  Richard Sidgwick Prayers: Rory MacDonald Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke, Colleen Porter, Margaret Sargent
Rota October 26th. – October 27th.