The collection for our Lenten almsgiving to SCIAF will be in a fortnight’s time, and the total of the appeal will go to the Embéra families of Colombia . The Embėra people have lived in harmony with the Choco rainforest in Colombia for hundreds of years, but rich landowners and big companies are forcing people off the land so that it can be used for mining, banana plantations and cattle ranches. They are cutting down forests, destroying farmland and polluting the rivers with chemicals. Most Embéra families eat just one meal a day. If there's no food, they go hungry.

Our Lenten alms will help these people start a new life again.

The WEE BOXES should be handed in at the end of Lent. The total from these will also go the Embera families..

Have you collected your Wee Box yet?

Sunday March 16th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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

 What we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father Jesus comes only from Scripture and it is so little. He was a carpenter, a working man, but also was a compassionate, caring and upright man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his. But as yet was unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. He planned to divorce Mary according to the Law, but quietly,  as he was concerned for her suffering and safety.

Joseph was man of deep faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him and not knowing the outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately, and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary home as his wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and made his way to Egypt with his young wife and the baby, where he remained until it was safe to return to Nazareth.

Joseph loved the Child Jesus with a true fatherly love, and treated him as his own son. When he was twelve-years old, Jesus was lost in Jerusalem, and on finding him, with such relief, Mary said to him: Your father and I have been searching for you...

Joseph died before Jesus started his public ministry. No wonder Joseph is the patron of the dying, for at his death bed were Jesus and Mary whose presence we all would wish to have at our death.

In the Old Testament, there was another Joseph, (Joseph of the coat of many colours), who was the Pharaoh's wise and respected Prime Minister. The Israelites would say: “If you need anything go to Joseph!” and this is true of St. Joseph of the New Testament. He provided for Mary and the Child Jesus in all their needs. St. Teresa of Avila said: “I know by experience that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me”.

St Joseph is the patron of our church in Spean Bridge where we have a lovely statute in his honour. Because of our Lenten programme, mass on Wednesday will be in St. Margaret’s at 7.30 p.m., preceded by Stations of the Cross.

The days are now getting a little longer, which may encourage more parishioners to come out for Mass to honour St. Joseph.  

I am sure that most of us include the prayer we all learned as children as part of our night prayers. There is no more beautiful way before going to bed to make this part of our night prayers:

Jesus Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus Mary and Joseph, may I breath  forth my soul in peace with you.