Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday October 6th. 2013
Spean Bridge: Reader: Alison MacIntosh Prayers: Faith MacIntosh Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz Campbell
Roy Bridge: Readers: Tony Sargent  Helena Rose Prayers: Lorna MacGregor  Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke Catrina MacDonald, Margaret Sargent
Rota October 12th. – October 13th.
Argyll and Isles—Our Diocese At the moment, we have NO students studying for the priesthood. Thankfully, a new priest, a late vocation, Fr Tony Wood, was ordained in July, and Deacon Stan will be ordained on December 5th in Oban. Three of our priests are in the eighties, and at the moment there is no one to replace them, so our bishop faces similar problems, although on a smaller scale as Glasgow It is the duty of every Catholic to pray regularly and sincerely for an increase of vocations to the priesthood which is the essential channel for our laity to have Mass and the sacraments. Without a priest, there can be no Mass or administration of some of the sacraments. With the help of permanent deacons, however, certain sacraments can still be administered and Eucharistic services take place, with prayers, scripture readings, a homily and distribution of Holy Communion. Special collection today for educating students for the priesthood and contributing to our share in maintaining the Scots seminary in Rome.       Please give as generously as you can to help our bishop meet these obligations
VOCATIONS PIVOTAL IF PARISHES ARE TO THRIVE by Vincent Toal HARD decisions about parish provision have to be made for the Archdiocese of Glasgow to deliver its mission of evangelisation more effectively. That was the clear message delivered by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia as he addressed the assembly of priests for the first time, last month. With resources stretched to the limit to cover the existing number of parishes, and vocations in short supply, the Archbishop was adamant.  How can we solve it? "We have too many parishes for the  clergy to cover in the present and, as far as we can anticipate, in the foreseeable future," he told the priests "The problem was foreseen 20 years ago and has been gradually creeping up on us. But it has now arrived and it will fall to us to face it and solve it." "This is about a Church that has vibrancy, hope and determination to be true to the mission entrusted to us." While nothing has been decided, people need to be alert to the reality and aware of the possibilities, he stressed. "Any decision to merge or suppress parishes will be painful, but it might not come to that if we are creative and willing to let go of some of what we have at the moment."  Archbishop Tartaglia said he did not "relish one bit" the prospect of closing parishes, but the need to balance the
Vocations Weekend—our prayers and support are needed This weekend we are being asked to pray specially for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.  The situation in Europe is becoming critical because of a lack of priests, whereas in Africa and India, the seminaries and convents are full to capacity. Is this a spiritual barometer of how materialism is affecting our youth who now fail to hear the voice of God which never ceases to call: The harvest is great but the labourers are few, pray tothe Lord send more labourers into the harvest fields. In Africa and India where there is poverty and a much simpler style of life, young people are responding to God’s call in an incredible manner. In Scotland, we have a Society for Deceased Clergy where every priest says mass for one of his colleagues who has died. The secretary had been ill for some considerable time, and when he was replaced by a new secretary there was a backlog of  eighteen months. During this time, twenty-four of our retired priest died!  This is an incredible amount  in such a short time  for a small country as Scotland.  It is the same story in England an Wales. Below is a report by Vincent Toal in Flourish of the address given recently by Archbishop Tartaglia to his Glasgow priests. It makes frightening reading, for it applies not only to Glasgow Archdiocese but to our own and other Scottish dioceses.
number of parishes with available clergy was paramount. "As an interim, but probably necessary measure, you should begin working with adjacent parishes to cut down the number of Sunday Masses," he advised the priests. "But, in this, as in everything else, it is good to keep before our eyes our principal mission and purpose, and that is evangelisation. A few statistics highlighted the changed landscape . • Thirty years ago, Glasgow had 300 diocesan priests compared to 150 today - which includes 60 who are either retired, on sick leave or working outside the diocese. Hope for the future Without the contribution of religious orders and priests loaned from Africa and Asia, there are not enough 'home grown' priests to cover all 94 parishes. And, if present trends continue, in 20 years' time there will be fewer than 50 priests in active ministry. Archbishop Tartaglia deplored the lack of vocations, saying that a diocese the size of Glasgow should be attracting between five and ten new enquirers each year. At present it has only two seminarians, with no prospect of an ordinations for another five years. "We should be ashamed and alarmed at the way things are," he said. "But we should not lose hope. The example of some other places shows that this can be turned around."