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St. Valentine’s feast day -  Friday, February 14th.

St .Valentine's Day is always an important one for young people, especially those hoping to find a partner for life. It is with great anticipation that many young people will await the arrival of the post on Friday morning!

Who was St .Valentine? Valentine was a Catholic priest who lived  in Rome during the third century, at the time when Claudius was  Emperor. Claudius was not popular with his subjects, especially the young men in the army.He wanted a large army, and he all the men to be enthusiastic and volunteer.Many did not want to fight in wars, for it meant leaving their wives and families, also the danger of being killed, and they refused to sign up. This made Claudius furious, and he ruled that all men who were not married had to enrol in the army, and he also ruled that marriages were forbidden.

Young people resented this for it was cruel and unjust, and they were unwilling to support the emperor’s law. Valentine was very concerned, and secretly made himself available to marry young couples.The marriages usually took place during the night.  One can imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and himself.  Their vows were whispered while listening for the steps of soldiers outside.  One night, the couple he was marrying just managed to escape in time,but Valentine was caught and thrown into jail, and told that his punishment was death for defying the emperor’s orders.  He devoted himself to prayer, and the legend says that Our Lady appeared to him in his prison cell.

Wonderful things happened.Many young people came to the jail to visit him.  They threw flowers and notes up to his window.They wanted him to know how much they appreciated what he did for them, and that they believed very much in love.  One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard.  Her father allowed her to visit Valentine in his cell. Sometimes she would sit and talk to the saint for hours.  She assured him that he had done the right thing by ignoring the emperor’s orders and ahead with the secret marriages.  On the day he was to die, he left the  jailor’s daughter a note

thanking her for her friendship and loyalty, and signed it - with love from Valentine. This note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day.It was written on the day he died, February, 269.

Now, every year on this day, people remember the importance of true love and friendship.What the emperor tried to destroy only made people more insistent that nothing should ever stand in the way of true love, for in the love conquers all things!

Will you be waiting anxiously for the post on Friday?

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Spean Bridge:

Reader: Lindsay Simpson

Prayers:  Ellen Nicolson

Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz Campbell.

Roy Bridge:

Readers:  Tony Sargent Richard Sidgwick

Prayers: Lorna MacGregor

Euch Mins; Margaret Watt,  Catrina MacDonald, Margaret Sargent

A Thank You to parishioners and friends from Kenny, Tina and the Jones family.

We would like to take this opportunity through the Bulletin to thank everyone in the parish for their on-going support over last year. We did appreciate so much the masses that were said and the cards and gifts we received, which was a very difficult time for us as a family during dear Janet’s illness until finally God called her to himself.  May God bless you all for your goodness.
Kenny, Tina and all the family.