Sunday August 2nd.. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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

The above photo of Bishop Joseph's first meeting with Pope Francis was obviously a very happy occasion, for everyone in the photo is smiling. The reason for this is that Bishop Joseph is fluent in Spanish, and, of course, Spanish is Pope Francis’ maternal language, and as none one of the other Scottish bishops spoke Spanish,  he and Pope Francis  got on famously together and were able to enjoy a humorous chat  – hence the relaxed Holy Father, and the  laughter!

It is a great joy to welcome Bishop Joseph back home to Roy Bridge where is able to spend a few restful days from his very busy diocese of Motherwell.  We are delighted that he is saying the Sunday mass for us in Roy Bridge and it will feel like old times again.

Before leaving the diocese, Bishop Joseph arranged  for a special Mass at Morar on Wednesday, August 6th,  to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the seminary on the island of Eilean Ban, which was  the first seminary in Britain after the Reformation. He will concelebrate the Mass with members of the Scottish Hierarchy and a large number of priests from the diocese from many parts of Scotland, and also preach the homily,  in the presence of what promises to be a very large number of pilgrims.  Everyone is invited afterwards to the Mallaig Community Centre for refreshments, We pray that God may grant a day of sunshine to celebrate such a wonderful event in the history of the Catholic Church in Scotland.  The open-air Mass begins at 1 p.m.

Pray for Vocations

This also a day which inspires us to pray for more vocations to the priesthood so that the great sacrifices made by the students and priests in the difficult penal days may inspire young men to offer themselves to serve Christ in his priesthood in the present days.  The good news for Motherwell, Bishop Toal tells us, is that they have seventeen students preparing for the priesthood, and that the seminary in Spain is re-opening!  May this increase of students be repeated in the rest of the Scottish dioceses. Let’s pray fervently for this intention.

Bishop Joseph, welcome back home