Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday October 6th. 2013
Through her intercession to St. Joseph, she fully regained her health.  This is what she says of St. Joseph. I took as my advocate, the glorious St. Joseph, and commended myself earnestly  to him. I found that hw delivered me  from  my troubles and gave me renewed health in body and soul. I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favours which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul. To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succour us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian
and being called His father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth.  I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good.
The schools in the Highland Region broke up on Friday for their half-term break, and we wish the staff and pupils a very happyand relaxing time. It seems no time since the schools reopened in August after thesummer holidays, and here we are halfway through the first term already. When the children return, it will soon be Halloween, and then Advent - and Christmas!  Clocks go back  one hour last Sunday of October, 27th. Lochaber news report  causes concern for Roy Bridge School  by  Stewart   Ross NEW housing and a nursery have sparked a soaring pupil roll at a Lochaber school which will have £500,000 temporary classrooms installed.    Ninety-six pupils currently attend Spean Bridge Primary School - only four short of its capacity - and education bosses had warned that total would be breached next August.    Part of the reason for the increasing pupil roll is that 21 children (is this accurate?) who could be attending Roy Bridge Primary School,
which is only three miles away, are being sent to Spean by their parents instead.    Highland Council's adult and children's services committee last week agreed to install temporary huts costing up to £500,000 at Spean Bridge Primary, which was one of four schools built as part of the local authority's controversial first education Public Private Partnership Local councillors welcomed the investment in modular accommodation and said families living in the Roy Bridge catchment area were  attracted to Spean Bridge - because it had a nursery. Roy Bridge was threatened  with closure several years ago but parents successfully fought a campaign against the move in 2008, prompting a council U-turn. It then had 27 pupils but the Roy Bridge roll has now slumped to 18. The parents of the pupils attending Spean Bridge from the Roy Bridge area have indicated to the council that their nine younger children will follow their brothers and sisters to the same school. Highland Council has estimated the roll could hit a peak of 120 pupils in the next few years. ‘I can understand the parents doing that and it is their choice;' said Councillor Hunter, who added that there were no plans to construct a nursery at Roy Bridge.  Councillor Henderson, who is a member of the Roy Bridge Parent Council, said it was unfortunate the school did not have a nursery but it was not alone in Lochaber. "I can understand what is happening, parents are voting with their feet or their cars;' he said. "It is up to them to decide where they want to put their children” It would be a great loss to the village if we lose out school because of falling numbers. Roy Bridge Primary provides an excellent education, and many of its former pupils have excellent themselves in the arts and in the professions. If the trend continues, it looks possible that our school may close in the  future and that would be a serious blow to our little community. The shop was saved, and is now a great success as a shop-and-café and has made such a difference to the village.  Can we still save our school for it also can continue to make it’s importance presence felt, and be an essential part  of our village? What do you think?