First Communion Classes
We hope to start the First Communion classes next week, and we will let the parents know in good time.
Our catechists usually take the children after school on Mondays as it seems the most convenient time for everyone. We will provide the children with nice coloured books which they can use for their communion class homework.
Clergy Meetings in Oban this week
The clergy have their annual meetings in Oban from Tuesday to Thursday, during which a presentation will be made from the priests to Bishop Joseph. It will be nice to have him back in Oban even for a short time. I hope to attend the Wednesday afternoon meeting and the presentation, but I will forego the other days.
Special prayer at Mass each Sunday for the appointment of a new bishop
Before Bishop Joseph left to take up his appointment to Motherwell, he asked that we say a special prayer to the Holy Spirit each Sunday for the appointment of his successor. It can take anything up to a year before a new bishop is chosen for a diocese, but we hope (and pray) that it be much sooner than later. In the meantime, we keep Mgr MacNeil in our prayers who has been appointed temporary Administrator of the diocese.
The introduction of the permanent deaconate has brought many blessings to the Church which is now facing the shortage of priests, and also many of its priests reaching an advanced age. This was made very obvious to me this weekend when Deacon Thomas assisted me at the Requiems Mass for Sandy MacKintosh by reading the Gospel, administering Holy Communion, giving the absolution at the coffin and conducting the committal service at Cille Choirill. I was still suffering from the prolonged effects of a tummy bug, and I certainly welcomed his assistance. Should one of our priests be appointed bishop of the diocese, it willl mean that we are another priest short! At the moment, Fr Tony Wood is also serving Moidart as well as his own parish at Arisaig.
Please try and find a place in your prayers at communion to ask our Lord for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, especially for our diocese. Our Lord himself told us: The harvest is great, but the labourers are few.
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