Sunday June 15th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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

Email: frtom@rcroybridge.co.uk          Parish web site:  www.rcroybridge.co.uk           Weekly Bulletin On line:   www.gaeldom.com/bulletin  

Gift Aid—Refund claimed from Inland Revenue £6,828

Last financial year, our parishioners who signed a Gift Aid form contributed £17,818. 56 between the offertory and Special Collections.
The income tax returned from these donations comes approximate to £4,256

The Inland Revenue now allows us to claim income tax from the new Small Donations Scheme (the loose cash in the baskets) which came to £10, 288.60, and the tax recovered from this was £2,572.15 making a grand total in all of approximately £6,828.  The tax from four of our special collections, which goes directly to the diocese to assist the bishop with diocesan expenses, came to £197.70

May God bless you all for your great generosity to your parish and for the wonderful support you give it. We have a considerable number of pensioners in our parish,  yet the giving per capita must be among the highest in the diocese.


Formerly, all the laborious book work for Gift Aid was done by Margaret MacDonald, which took a lot of time and required great accuracy, and was a tremendous help to the parish. Since the last few years, all the parish finances have been computerised and this is now in the skilful hands of Helen MacDonald who faithfully enters all the details each week. At the end of the year, the computer automatically shows the total giving and also the amount of tax the parish will receive from the Inland Revenue. This all goes to the diocesan office in Oban at the press of a button, and they then make the claim on our behalf.  Such is modern progress.



Photo and article of Bishop Joseph's Farewell Mass in this week’s Scottish Catholic Observer

I ordered ten copies of this week’s Observer in case any of our parishioners would like to have a copy and read about our Farewell Mass.  The price is £1 per copy, and it contains a lot of other interesting reading about the Church in Scotland, including the ordination of Thomas Wynne in St. Mary’s last Monday.


Bishop Joseph's installation as the new Bishop of Motherwell next Monday,

June 23rd in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Good Aid.

The bishop asks us to keep him very much in our prayers as he undertakes the new responsibilities of the diocese of Motherwell. Geographically, it is very much smaller than the diocese of Argyll and the Isles which is vast in comparison. It covers most of Lanarkshire with its main towns of Motherwell, Wishaw, Hamilton, Airdire, Coatbridge, East Kilbride, Easterhouse, Rutherglen, Uddingston etc...The Bishop will now be able to go from one end of his diocese to the other in probably less than an hour. Quite a change from Argyll and the Isles which could take days to visit a parish!

Statistics of Motherwell Diocese

Number of priests in the parishes……………..…….109

Permanent Deacons…………………………………17

Students in Major Seminaries ………………..……...12

Number of Parishes ………………………………...74

Religious Communities of Men ………..……………..5

Religious Communities of Women Sisters  ………….14

Estimated Catholic population in the Diocese...161,980

Statistics for Argyll & the Isles Diocese

Number of priests…………….……...26

Permanent Deacons…………………..2

Students at Seminary…………….……2

Number of parishes……………….….25

Religious communities of Women……..4

Estimated Catholic population..10,385

Special Collection at all the weekend Masses for  A Day for Life:  This helps the Church support the preciousness of life and also to help our youths who have to face a very material and irreligious world today.


Corpus Christi—the Body of Christ: Next Sunday is the beautiful feast of the Body and Christ,  the Eucharist, which is the very beating heart of the Catholic Church with Christ's presence continually with us in the Blessed Sacrament. The Mass is the most wonderful prayer we can offer to Almighty God, for it also the memorial of the sacrificial offering of Christ to his Father in his Passion and his death on the Cross.

June 15th is  always special to me as it is the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood 57 years ago.


Spean Bridge:

Reader: Lindsay Simpson

Prayers; Ellen Nicolson

Euch, Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz Campbell

Roy Bridge:

Readers: Tony Sargent, Helen MacDonald

Prayers: Lorna MacGregor

Euch Mins: Margaret Watt, Catrina MacDonald, Margaret Sargent.

Rota: June 21st- June 22nd

Shorter Bulletin: To make life a little easier, the Bulletin  will now be shorter, but occasionally it will revert to four pages.