Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday October 27th. 2013
Mary Queen of Scots Exhibition Friends invited me to go with them to Edinburgh on Monday to see the Exhibition in the National Museum. I had read considerably about Mary Queen of Scots, and it was very moving to see so many of her personal items on show. She was Queen consort of the King of France, Queen of Scotland and also rightful claimant to the English.3 throne. She was a highly cultured and devout woman, but was truly a lamb among wolves and could not trust any of her nobles. She was spied upon, falsely accused, and finally sought refuge in England as Elizabeth was her cousin. She was imprisoned from castle to castle, and latterly falsely accused of treason and sentenced to death by being beheaded. We lost a beautiful and highly intelligent queen, and Scotland has a lot to repent of for the terrible treatment she received.
Halloween Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. As the nights became darker, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints and martyrs. The Church feast of , All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over the years, Halloween evolved into a secular, community- based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or- treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats. We honour our departed loved ones the following day, November 2nd, with a Mass for All Souls.
Anniversaries We remember in our prayers this weekend, those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Young Jacob MacFarlane, who died four years in Austria four years ago as the result of an innocent accident. We also remember his parents and grandparents in our prayers. The Vigil Mass will be said for Jacob on Saturday evening.
Donnie MacIntosh, Stronaba, for whom the 11.30a.m mass will be said this Sunday. We keep Barry, his wife, and her family, very much in our prayers. Lorna O’Donnell, wife of Daniel O’Donnell, Caol, and mother of Sheila Cameron, for whom Mass will be said on Monday at 10 a.m. Ronnie MacLeod, Fort William, for whom Mass will be said on Tuesday  at 10 a.m. Eternal rest grant unto them. O Lord...
The miracle of the Eucharistic Hosts on the battlefield of Gona, New Guinea,1943 This extraordinary story was told to Mgr MacKinnon by Fr Anthony Malone, a New Zealand Franciscan priest, who recently helped out at St. Mary's. It appeared in St. Mary’s Newsletter. Fr. Charles Cunningham was an army chaplain with the Australian army as they fought the Japanese forces in New Guinea. He was present at Gona Beach, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles endured by the Australian soldiers. Knowing that many of the men of the 2/16 Battalion would soon be killed or wounded, he chose a site to offer Mass. About 120-150 men followed him to the spot. After giving a General Absolution, Padre Cunningham put aside the hosts he would need for the Mass. Remember that in these days, Mass was said back to the congregation. When Padre Cunningham turned to face the soldiers and give out communion, he noticed that the number present had grown considerably in the course of the Mass. He said to himself, "Well, they probably won't all want to go to communion." He began to distribute the consecrated hosts, but the line of men coming to receive communion seemed to be endless. He started to break up the hosts into smaller pieces, but realised that this would not ensure that every man would receive communion.
Strangely, the supply of hosts had not seemed to lessen. He continued, giving each man the full host. The men continued coming, not just Catholics but men of other Christian denominations and soldiers with no obvious religious affiliation. The hosts continued to multiply. Later, Fr. Cunningham calculated that he has given communion to 450 men. When the line of men came to an end, he noticed that he had three hosts left in the chalice that he was using as a ciborium. Then, out of the corner of his eye, he saw three men overcome their shyness and come towards him from the edge of the crowd. They were the last to receive communion. Padre Cunningham finished the Mass overwhelmed with emotion. Clearly God had intervened to give each of these men the consolation of his presence in the Eucharist. The soldiers had felt the need of Christ and Christ had not denied them. The chalice was used after the war in Albany, Western Australia whenever Mass was celebrated at outstations. Before his death, Father Cunningham told this story to his friend Fr. Noel Fitzsimmons, who wrote it down. It was first made public in the 2/16 Battalion newsletter in June 2004. Fr. Cunningham's chalice is now housed in the Canberra War Memorial Museum.