Sunday July 6th. 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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Schools close for summer holidays

Summer holidays are here once again, and the six weeks.  The end of term Assembly in Spean Primary school was very special, for the staff and pupils, and a large number of parents and friends were saying goodbye to Miss Betty MacLachlan who is retiring after forty years teaching. The children provided excellent musical entertainment for the occasion with songs, solo musical performances  and the addition of the new school orchestra. Afterwards, everyone gathered outside as Betty planed a tree in her honour and as a reminder of all the years she taught in both Spean Bridge schools. Betty was voted  by both pupils and parents to carry the Commonwealth baton next Saturday from Aonach Mor Hotel to the Post Office.

We wish the staff and children of both Roy Bridge and Spean Bridge school a very lovely and relaxing holiday with lots of sunshine, and Betty many happy years of retirement

Bishop’s Fund—special collection nexct weekend

Each year there is a collection to help the Bishop meet all the expenses involved in running the diocese.

This includes office staff, travelling and many other items. This will go towards helping whoever will be our new bishop.

Bishop Toal left the diocese in a sound financial position so his successor will not have the added worry of paying off any debt or loans.

When will a new bishop be appointed?

There is quite a process to go through. Usually, the hierarchy have a list of three possible candidates for each diocese should a vacancy occur, and these are suggested to the  Holy Father's representative in London, the Nuncio, Archbishop Mennini. He will also make inquiries from clergy and laity under an oath of secrecy to seek further opinions and even of other possible candidates. When  three  names are finally chosen, these are submitted to the Holy Father to make his decision. Of course, he  will freely very much on the information supplied by the Nuncio. How long will this take? It can take almost a year, as it did in the case of Bishop Toal when he was appointed Bishop of Motherwell. However, there is hope that this time it will be greatly shortened, and perhaps we may have a new bishop before Christmas.

In the meantime, we pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance that God may grant a worthy successor  to Bishop Joseph.

French boys’ choir to sing in St. Mary’s

on Tuesday 15th July at 7.30 p.m.

This is a rare opportunity to listen to a famous French boys’choir.  Don’t’ miss it!

A BOYS' choir from France will be performing a diverse repertoire when it appears at St. Mary’s, Fort William, a week next Tuesday, July 15th.

Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Andre de Colmar is composed of 50 boys between seven and 20 years and is part of International Pueri Cantores Federation.

The boys develop their potential by a demanding musical training: they rehearse twice a week and frequently perform in France and abroad during concert tours. Since 1987, the choir has sung in 23 countries and across many French regions.

There will be a collection to support the travelling expenses of the choir before the end of the evening.

Chris Bond  R.I.P.

It was with great sadness that the community in Roy Bridge learned of the sudden death of Chris on Monday evening. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his wife Cindy and his children Stephen and Kate that God may comfort them in the loss of a cherished husband and dear father.

Chris was so well-known in the village through his involvement with the hall, and especially since he took over the running of the Post Office where he was always so kind and helpful. Chris was trained as a security specialist, and was always employed by film companies when they were filming in the area

Over the past few years, he had not enjoyed good health and finally decided to give up the Post Office.

Despite his illness, Chris was always cheerful and courageous, and he and Cindy the children had hoped to back to the Liverpool area on holiday this coming week to meet relations and old friends.

It is over 22 years since the family came  from Liverpool to the village where they very quickly made themselves part of the community and got involved in village  life, and, of course, their children went to the local school

Chris’s funeral will be on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Kilmonivaig Church. May he rest in peace


Please note a change to the time of Masses on  Monday and Wednesday

Monday 9.30 a.m.  Wednesday 9 a.m.


We welcome my nephew, Deacon Thomas, to Roy Bridge this Sunday to take part in the Mass

Prayer for the appointment of a new bishop

Father, Eternal Shepherd of your people, you lead your Church with unfailing providence; you guide and nourish your flock with steadfast love. In your goodness grant to your Church of Argyll & the Isles a holy, wise and gentle Shepherd under whose watchful care we may grow in faith and proclaim your love.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


Spean Bridge:

Reader: Alison MacIntosh

Prayers: Faith MacIntosh

Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz Campbell

Roy Bridge:
Readers: Lorna MacGregor, Catrina MacDonald

Prayers: Richard Sidgwick

Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke, Ishbel Campbell, Colleen Porter

Rota July 12th — July 13th