Sunday April 20th. 2014                                                                                       Charity registration No. SC 002876

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St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's

HCPT Pilgrimage for disabled youth to Lourdes

Bishop Toal will accompany the pilgrims

Bishop Toal leaves on Easter Sunday evening to join the annual Youth HCPT to Lourdes, which lasts a week.It demands a lot of intensive and caring work among the disabled and sick youth, but is very rewarding when you witness the wonderful example which youths give  —  their courage, their cheerfulness and the challenge they accept to face the daily difficulties of life.  Their carers are devoted men and women, doctors and nurses, priests and many young people, who give up their free time to accompany the youth at their own expenses and help to look after all their various needs.
It means a very early start in the morning to attend to their toiletry, help them with their breakfast and have them ready to be at the grotto for Mass. The rest of the day is taken up by caring for them until time to go to bed.We keep Bishop Joseph in our  prayer because he has had a particularly busy period over Holy Week running two dioceses.  He returns again to Lourdes in July to lead the annual Motherwell pilgrimage!

Spean Bridge  -  Masses on Tuesday and Thursday are cancelled this week  because of funerals at St. Margaret’s

Sadly, there have been six funerals in the parish since the end of January, but we have also had a wedding a baptism, and another two baptisms shortly, Victor Berardelli on Easter Sunday, and Alexander MacGregor,  son of Ross and Dawn MacGregor,  on the Sunday after Easter.

An Easter Morning Meeting — Jesus and his mother, Mary.

As the dawn approached and light began to filter slowly into the room, a woman could be made out in the shadows sitting motionless, her head bowed and her hands clasped together. Her veil and her outward apparel were folded over a chair close to her. As the light increased, traces of tears became visible on her cheeks; the sad-looking eyes were down cast and her face showed obvious signs of sorrow and grief. She stirred slightly wrapped her mantle around herself, for the room had cooled during the night. The world outside remained silent, for it was too early for anyone to be abroad. There was a sense of deep loneliness, made all the more apparent, by the grey light of early morning.

    Suddenly, there was another presence in the room, and the room was filled with the most beautiful light dispelling all the darkness and shadows. The figure of a young man appeared before her and a voice said to her: “Mother”. Mary immediately recognised the voice of her son. With joy, she thew herself into his arms. Her own voice was so filled with emotion that she could scarcely pronounce his name, "Jesus”.

    The union of mother and son in the dawn of the Easter morning was so beautiful.

Was it a dream? No truly this was Jesus, her son. It was only two days previously on Calvary she had held his lifeless in her arms, covered in blood from the , the wounds of the nails of the cross and his pierced side.

All the intense sorrow of the last few days melted in the glow of the warmth of his presence. Jesus was alive! Mother and Son talked together. What they said to each other we can only imagine, but it must have been so beautiful.  By now, the sun was fully up, and although Jesus had gone, the room was now filled the and hope of that first Easter day, and Mary was radiant with joy.

    May this Easter assure us that the presence of the risen Christ is within the heart of each of us.If you still mourn the loss of a loved one, let Christ dispel the sorrow in your heart and give you new hope your grief.Our Lady understands those who have crosses to bear. It was at her request, that her Son changed the water into wine at Canna. May her prayers also help to change whatever sorrow we may have deep with in us into a consoling spiritual joy. May she help us all to renew our trust in her Son and his promise of resurrection so that we may know our loved ones who have gone before us are safely him in heaven, and made new in Christ   

Remember the words of the angel to Mary of Magdala at the empty tomb: “

“Why look for the living among the dead. He is not here. He has risen”

Christ is truly risen from the dead.  Alleluia.