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

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Papal charities collection — next Sunday

This collection which goes towards allowing  Pope Francis to send immediate aid to countries where there have been disasters was accidentally missed out last Sunday. Possibly I did not make the announcement clear enough in the notices.  This will be taken next Sunday only at

St. Margaret's as we had the collection last weekend act Spean Bridge.

SCIAF Lenten collection has now reached £550!  Well done everyone. The Wee Boxes should now be returned.

Spean Bridge:

Reader:  Margaret Muncie

Prayers: Liz Campbell

Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, David MacFarlane

Roy Bridge:

Readers:Val MacDonald  Dominic Sargent

Prayers: Tony Sargent

Euch Mins: Ian MacDonald, Rory MacDonald, Betty Campbell

Rota: April 26th - April 27th

WE wish all our parishioners, readers at home and abroad, and visitors to the parish a very happy and blessed Easter.

The roads are extremely busy, and the good weather has attracted lots of holiday makers, so we pray that all our tourists will drive safely and so enjoy the countryside and their visit to the Highlands..

The scenery is quite spectacular at the moment with blue skies and the mountains still covered in deep snow.

It promises to be a very busy weekend on the ski slopes.

I hope that wherever our visitors go they will receive a true highland welcome. I know our hoteliers and Bed & Breakfast establishments do their best to please  everyone.

Divine Mercy Sunday

From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930’s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners. The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread. The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. On October 5, 1938, Sister Faustina (Helen Kowalska) died in her convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She came from a very poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible years of the first World War. Sister had had only three years of very simple education. Hers were the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as a porter. On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:

"In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription:  Jesus, I trust you.

Some time later, Our Lord again spoke to her: "The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross....Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.

On this first Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, Our Lord wishes us to know, through his message to Sister Faustina, the infinite depth of mercy that is in his heart for everyone of us, even the greatest sinners. This appearance of Our Lord reinforces the occasion when he also appeared to St, Margaret Mary in her convent at Alacoque in France, and revealed his Sacred Heart to her with rays of fire coming from it. He promised that sinners would find an ocean of mercy in his heart. These two appearances of Our Lord are witness to the burning love he has for us all, for he redeemed us at the great price of his suffering and death, and we are all precious to him.