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

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Parish priest: Fr. Tom Wynne.  Tel: 01397-712-238    Mobile: 07879297420      St. Margaret’s, Roy Bridge PH31 4AE

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Spean Bridge:

Reader: Margaret Muncie

Prayers: Liz Campbell

Euch. Mins : Moira Coutts David MacFarlane

Roy Bridge:
Readers: Catrina MacDonald  Ishbel Campbell

Prayers: Lorna MacGregor

Euch. Mins: Rory MacDonald, Nilda Hawke Margaret Watt

Rota: July 26th . — July 27th.

Dominic Dobson in hospital.  Dominic took seriously ill on Tuesday evening in Fort William where he was looking forward to the concert of the French Youth Choir. He was transferred from the Belford  Hospital to Raigmore, and then on to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he underwent major surgery. He was critically ill for the first few days, but the news is now more  encouraging.  His sisters travelled from  the south to be with him, and I have  assured them that Dominic has a very special place in our Masses and prayers for a speedy recovery. God bless him.

 300th. Anniversary of the first seminary in Britain, Eilean Ban, Loch Morar

There will be an open-air Mass at St. Cumins, Morar at 1 pm  on August 6th, to commemorate the founding of the first seminary to train students in secret during  the the penal days in Scotland when the practice of the Catholic faith was forbidden. On the isle of Eilean Ban on Loch Morar, hidden among the trees, students were educated in English, Latin, Greek,  Church history,  and prepared to continue their studies at senior seminaries in Rome, France and Spain. The dedicated priests who taught on the island were responsible for assuring that Scotland continued to be served by priests to say Mass and administer the sacraments—all done in secret to a avoid detection  - and prison!
Bishop Toal, and other Scottish bishops, and many priests, will be present, and also a larger number of pilgrims.

Tuesday, July 22nd, is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene—the penitent sinner

Mary of Magdala has been called the second-most Important woman in the Gospels after Mary the Mother of Jesus. She travelled with Jesus as one of his followers. She was present at Jesus' two most important moments: the crucifixion and the resurrection. In the Gospels, she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. The Gospels describe her as courageous and brave enough to stand by Jesus in his hours of suffering, death and beyond. When Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene was there supporting him in his final terrifying moments and mourning his death.She stayed with him at the foot of the cross after the disciples (except John the beloved) had fled. She was at his burial, and she is the only person to be listed in all four Gospels as first to realise that Jesus had risen, and to see him after his Resurrection.

 extravagant life-style, frequenting the lax court of Herod Antipas where she found lovers and threw public opinion to the winds. She became known as an object of scandal, and travellers from the East selling precious perfumes

Mary the sinner

Yet, Mary’s life, according to legend, was not always like this. After her parents’ death, she took her wealthy inheritance and abandoned herself to pleasures and an extravagant life-style, frequenting the lax court of Herod Antipas where she found lovers and threw public opinion to the winds. She became known as an object of scandal, and travellers from the East selling precious perfumes and ointments knew her well as she spent lavishly on their goods which made her more attractive.

She was known to be a to be a high class prostitute and was paid handsomely for her services.

How did this women ever come to know Jesus? Like so many others, she may have gone out of curiosity to see and hear him. She did not as yet realise that it was God's grace that was drawing her to Him. The words she heard that day were meant specially for her, and once the grace of God stirred in her soul, her conversion was immediate. Her head sank beneath the weight of shame and repentance. Tears poured down her cheeks. Her heart was conquered. She knew she was unworthy, but she wanted to see Jesus again to be assured of his forgiveness. She was afraid to approach him, but her pure, perfect love helped her make a bold decision to make a public repentance.

The house of the rich Pharisee, Simon

Our Lord had accepted an invitation to dine with the rich Pharisee, Simon, and the house was filled with respected guests. Mary Magdala made her way through the gathering, and coming up to Jesus fell at his feet. Despite the attention she attracted, and Simon was appalled that this woman should mix with his guests, she threw herself at the feet of Jesus, and with her tears, began to wash them; she dried them with her long hair, and then respectfully kissed them his feet. Lastly, she opened an alabaster box and anointed his feet with costly perfume. The scent filled the whole house. It was the very symbol of her soul, now opened to God, and filled with the perfume of his grace. Our Lord spoke and said to her: “Mary you have sinned much, and your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.” She rose from the feet of Christ, a changed woman, indeed, a saint! This is the love and forgiveness of God that we can all expect, whatever our sins, if , like Mary of Magdala, we have the humility to seek his mercy in the confessional.

Whatever our failings, pray to St. Mary Magdalene for help and strength to be one with Christ again.