Sunday March 9th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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

The following is an excerpt for this month’s letter from Bishop Toal to the clergy of the diocese.

Rite of Candidacy for Thomas Wynne:

Thomas is in his final months of preparation for ordination to the Permanent Deaconate and he will be accepted as a Candidate for Holy Orders at Mass on Sunday 23rd of March during my pastoral visitation to St Mary’s, Fort William.

Thomas’ Ordination as a Deacon will be the Feast of St Columba, 9th June, in St Mary’s, Fort William at 7pm.

Let us pray for Thomas and his wife Sheena and their family as he prepares for ordination.

 Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross are one of the most traditional and time-tested ways in which we can increase our devotion to the  Passion and Death of our Saviour. The saints tell us that the shortest way to holiness is to have a devotion to Our Lord’s sufferings.  It also helps us in our devotion to Our Lady who was with her Son the whole of his journey to Calvary until they finally laid his dead crucified body in her arms at the foot of the cross.


Try to make the Stations of the Cross part of  your Lenten devotions and this will help to prepare you for the final three days of Holy Week.


Stations of the Cross

St. Margaret’s: Sunday 6 p.m. and Wednesday 7.30 p.m. followed by Mass

St. Joseph's: Tuesday morning 10 a.m. followed by Mass

Weekday Mass during Lent

We are fortunate to have daily Mass in  our perish throughout the week each morning at 10 a.m. alternating between St. Margaret’s and St. Joseph's.

There are many parishes where this is now longer possible because of the shortage of priests.

Our new priest, Fr Stan Pamula,  has been asked by Bishop Toal to help out in Motherwell diocese, as one priest was trying to serve two parishes, which meant weekday masses were limited.

Mass is the most wonderful prayer we can offer to God our Father, the gift of his own Son whom the Father gives us in return in Holy Communion.

Why not try to come to even one extra Mass during the week, and it will bring you many graces for yourself, your family and loved ones.

Prospective Seminarian: Bishop Toal tells us about a new student for the priesthood

Emmanuel, our prospective seminarian, from Nigeria has been in Rothesay for the last month with Fr Michael Hutson, during which he also participated in a Seminary Applicants Weekend with the other Scottish applicants. He will spend some time now in St Peter’s, Daliburgh, and some of the other Island Parishes, and will then come to Oban in time for the Chrism Mass and Holy Week.

Sacrament of Reconciliation During Lent:

            Bishop Toal encourages the faithful to go to the sacrament during Lent. In a recent address Pope Francis’s message was “Be courageous and go to Confession”. He said:

“Though this sacrament is a great treasure, we may be tempted to dismiss it, perhaps due to laziness or embarrassment, or because of a diminishing sense of sin and its effects. Too often we see ourselves as the centre and measure of all things, and our lives can go adrift. The Sacrament of Reconciliation calls us back to God, and embraces us with his infinite mercy and joy. May we allow his love to renew us as his children and to reconcile us with him, with ourselves, and with one another.”


Spean Bridge:

Reader: Margaret Muncie

Prayers: Liz Campbell

Euch, Mins; Moira Coutts David MacFarlane

Roy Bridge:
Readers: Margaret Sargent,  Helen Rose

Prayers: Tony Sargent

Euch. Mins: Rory Mac Donald, Colleen Porter, Lorna MacGregor

Rota: March 15th - March 16th

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Short Bulletin: Sorry for the short Bulletin as it has been a very busy and sad week.