Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday September 22nd. 2013
in the desert at upper Egypt. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobias, Azarias makes himself known as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord". He was sent by God to heal the elderly Tobias's father of his blindness and to deliver Sarah, his
daughter-in-law, from the devil that was the serial killer of her husbands. The story ends happily with Sarah's marriage to the young Tobias. Among Catholics, St. Raphael is considered the patron saint of medical workers and also matchmaker, for he arranged the marriage of Tobias  and Sarah. Try to find time to read the Book of Tobit as it is a beautiful and moving story. Tradition also holds that Raphael is the angel that stirred the waters of the pool of Siloam at Besaida where the crippled man was healed.  His name means : God has healed The religious order known as the Blue Nuns
call their hospitals after St. Raphael. He is also invoked by many going on a journeywho ask him to accompany them on the way and help them to safely at journey's end.
Prayer to St. Michael Holy Michael, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. The Lord rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who go about this world for the ruin of souls.  Amen
Cille Choirill—next Mass Sunday October 6th Our next Mass at Cille Choirill will be in a fortnight’s time, Sunday October 6th, at the usual time of 3 p.m. This will be second last Mass of the year, and the final Mass will be as usual nearest to the feast of All Souls on November 3rd. The Mass in August was well attended and the church was full to capacity and shows how precious Cille Choirill is in the hearts of our people, especially those who have loved ones at rest in the cemetery. One again, my sincere thanks to Charlie Toal who is responsible for maintaining the grounds and keeping them so beautifully which brings great comfort to those visiting the graves of relatives.   Collections at the Mass: these go towards the upkeep of Cille Choirill and keeping the building wind and waterproof. I am always grateful for the generosity of those who attend Mass thought-out the  year for this helps considerably to meet various costs.
Annual Collection for students for the priesthood. This should have been taken up in September, but because of the two collections during the month—one for the Mill Hill Missionary Appeal and the other for the Scottish Bishops’ appeal for Syria, the collection for students for the priesthood will now be taken up on October 6th at all the Masses. This is needed urgently, for although we have no students in seminaries at the moment, the diocese still has to pay is propionate share for the upkeep of the  seminary in Rome, which comes to a considerable amount.
The bishop also asks that we pray with great sincerity for an increase of vocations ton the priesthood, At the moment, we have no students preparing themselves for the priesthood, so that we have no future priests to replace those of our clergy who may have to retire because of age. The situation is very serious, but not unique as many other dioceses are in the same situation. We need to pray and pray for more vocations, so keep this in your intentions.
100 Club winners for last nine months January: Tina Jones February: Kirsteen Rodgers March: Eilidh Toal April: Mary Toal May: Robert Langan June: Rita Toal July: Corin Campbell August: Corin Campbell September: Margaret Duffy.
My grateful thanks to Ishbel Campbell for running the Club which helps to finance the heating for our churches throughout most of the year. It took 2,000 litres of oil to fill up our tanks this week in preparation for the winter! The 100 Club  is so essential to meet with ever increasing cost of oil. It is only £15 to join the Club and is such a help!