Sunday June 29th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's

Spean Bridge:

Reader: David MacFarlane

Prayers: Ellen Gordon

Euch Mins: Moira Coutts  Liz Campbell

Roy Bridge:
Readers:Margaret Sargent Helen MacDonald

Prayers; Catrina MacDonald

Euch Mins: Ian MacDonald, Colleen Porter, Ishbel Campbell

Rota July 6th –July 7th


We remember Ronald Kennedy in our prayers at Mass this weekend whose anniversary is on Tuesday, and for whom Mass will be said in St. Joseph's on that day. May his soul rest in peace.

Mgr James MacNeil appointed administrator of the diocese

When a diocese loses its bishop through age, or his being transferred to another diocese  as Bishop Toal was, an administrator has to be appointed until a new bishop is announced. The administrator will have the responsibility of taking care of any immediate diocesan business that requires attention. Each diocese has a College of Consultors chosen by the bishop to assist him in running the diocese, and it is their duty to choose an administrator. The seven priests met on Wednesday and appointed Mgr MacNeil.  Since the diocesan  office is next door to the  bishop’s house, he will have the assistance of the office staff to help him in his task. We remember him in our prayers that God will guide him in his important role until  a new bishop is chosen.

In an age when the teachings of the Church being brought into question, it is good as we celebrate this feast of Saints Peter and  Paul on Friday to recall that Our Lord built his Church on the lives of these two men of faith - St Peter, our leader in faith, and St Paul, its fearless preacher. They remind us that everything we know and believe comes to us from the apostles. Apart from them, we  would have nothing upon which to base our Christian faith, for the bible needs a teacher.

Peter was a fisherman with little or no schooling who was blissfully unaware of the greater world outside of Galilee. He first came into contact with Jesus  by the lakeshore where his boat served as the master's earliest pulpit. By nature, Peter was full of energy. There was nothing cunning  about him. If he had a strong feeling about something he let you know it. The gospels go to great lengths to stress his weakness, fear  and failures. He had a tendency to act first and think later. Peter was never at his best when on his own imagined strengths. When  he thought he walk on water, he sank. At the Last Supper he made the bold claim to remain a loyal and steadfast friend of Christ to the  bitter end.  Even though they all fall away, I will not.'  awareness our own helplessness.

However,  before the night was over, a servant girl taunted him and his  courage ran out. He denied knowing Jesus three times. Then the cock crew. We can sense his appalling misery as Our Lord gazed him with a look of love. Despite betraying Jesus in his hour of need, Peter experiences forgiveness and is given the wonderful task of looking after all the people whom Jesus loved. One thing Peter teaches us is importance of getting up and rejoining the struggle, no matter how often we may fall. Often failure can be the finger of God pointing the way, awakening within us an awareness our own helplessness.

We first meet Paul in the Acts of the Apostles, on the edge of a murderous mob that is stoning Stephen to death. Luke notes that Paul approved of this terrible deed. Paul was achampion of the  old Jewish religion as well as a fierce foe of the Christian way of life. He even scoured the countryside in search of Christians to persecute them. It was on  one suchescapade to Damascus that his life was suddenly changed. A of light threw him to the ground and he heard Jesus calling out, 'Why are you persecuting me?' At that moment he  realised that to persecute Christians was to persecute Jesus who somehow lived in the members of his Church. From this time forward Paul was driven to share the exciting truth of the gospel. He was a man  of action driven on by the all-consuming love of Christ. His missionary journeys implanting the seeds of the gospel brought  him through much of the Mediterranean world.  they lived, Peter and Paul had different parts to play in the life of the new Church. They were different in background and character and represented two different approaches, which will forever be in creative tension with one another. Peter moved slowly to new ideas.  It was his view that things should remain as Jesus left them and it took nothing less than a special vision before he understood  that the Gentiles were to enter the Church on equal terms with  the chosen people. Paul's idea was that there were issues that  Jesus hadn't dealt with but which could not be ignored.

Both apostles were martyred in Rome under the persecution of the Emperor Nero. According to tradition, Paul was beheaded and Peter met his end by stretching his hands out on a cross, just as his master had done, but requested to be crucified upside down as he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Christ. Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us, and strengthen us in our faith to be loyal to Christ and his Church.

WE remember Bishop Toal very specially on this feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul, that God may guide and strengthen him in his resolve to carry on the great tradition  of the Apostles as he takes on the responsibilities of his new diocese of Motherwell.

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29th

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