Sunday March 2nd. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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


SCIAF’s Lenten appeal for the Embéra families of Columbia


The Embėra people have lived in harmony with the Choco rainforest in Columbia 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.

That's why SCIAF is working with the Church in Colombia to help families like Fabio and Criseria, whose pictures appear on the WEE BOX, grow enough food to eat and protect their way of life for future

generations.


They were given seeds and tools to grow bananas, rice and corn. Their village also got help to set up a small fish farm. By selling some of the fish and bananas, they earn money to buy other essentials like clothes and medicines. Criseria told us: My main worry is that there isn't enough food for my children. This project not only gives us another source of food, it is also a source of income.


Please make a point of taking a WEE BOX home with you this weekend, put it in a prominent position in your home, and when you want to make a small  sacrifice  by not buying your usual little luxuries  papers, magazines, sweets, biscuits etc... put what you would have spent on them into the SCIAF’s WEE BOX.   Also, occasionally when you may have some loose change in your purse or pocket, deposit some of it into the WEE BOX. You will be surprised by the end of Lent just how much have saved to help the Embéra people of Columbia.


Thank you
I received the following  email during the week from Kenneth Grant, Anne Mackintosh's cousin.
Could you please pass on our thanks to all parishioners and members of the community.
Sandy and the family would like to thank all those attended Ann’s funeral and who gave so generously to the MacMillan Nurses at the Belford Hospital.  The sum of £1000 was donated, a wonderful tribute to a lady who was very appreciative of everything which these nurses did to make her life more comfortable during her prolonged illness.
Tragic accident
Our love, prayers and sympathy go out to Dawn Gordon, Spean Bridge, whose partner, Brian Whyte, was killed in a road accident on Saturday afternoon close to Inverlochy Castle. It is terrible tragedy for he leaves behind four lovely children, three sons and a little daughter, who were his pride and joy, and his bereaved and loving partner, Dawn.

Bryan was such a good father to his children and worked very hard to provide them with everything they needed. He and Dawn had made all the arrangements for their forthcoming marriage, which was to take place in St. Margaret's in six week's time, and this adds to the immense sorrow of the tragedy.




My grateful thanks to all the members who have so generously renewed their subscription. Already the total is over £1,400, which is an immense help to keeping our churches nice and warm. The diocese changed its bank from the RBS to the Co-operative Bank, and the parish account is working perfectly, but there have been a few administrative hiccups transferring the 100 Club funds from the Bank of Scotland, which the 100 Club used,  to the Co-operative Bank, but this should be sorted out this week. It means that there has been a delay in processing the cheques, so if you notice in your bank statement that your cheque has not yet gone through,

I ask our parishioners to keep Dawn and her children very close in their prayers at mass this weekend, and also Bryan’s mother, Liz,  who lost her husband, Jim,  last October, and all the members  of both families. May God grant eternal rest  to Bryan, and may he give Dawn all the grace and strength  which she will need so much during these difficult days. I visited Dawn and her family to assure them of our prayers and of any help they may need. God bless them.



My grateful thanks to all the members who have so generously renewed their subscription. Already the total is over £1,400, which is an immense help to keeping our churches nice and warm. The diocese changed its bank from the RBS to the Co-operative Bank, and the parish account is working perfectly, but there have been a few administrative hiccups transferring the 100 Club funds from the Bank of Scotland, which the 100 Club used,  to the Co-operative Bank, but this should be sorted out this week. It means that there has been a delay in processing the cheques, so if you notice in your bank statement that your cheque has not yet gone through, this is the reason.  Everything should be normal shortly.

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