Sunday May 11th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's
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Meeting in Chapel House today after Mass to arrange farewell to Bishop Toal

There will be a meeting in the Chapel House today after Mass to arrange our farewell to Bishop Toal on Sunday, June 1st, when he will make his final visit to us as our bishop. He is being installed as bishop of Motherwell on Monday, June 23rd, at 7 p.m.

He will say the 11.30 a.m. Mass for us on June Ist, and at the end of the Mass he will be presented with a gift from the parish.  Afterwards there will be and opportunity to meet bishop Joseph in the hall, and I would be grateful to our parishioners for any sandwiches or cakes they could provide

I ask the members of the Social Committee to be  present.  Please come along if you wish to help in any way. The hall is booked for the morning, and it would be helpful to have everything arranged the night before.


I had a very restful and most enjoyable weeks holiday, visiting Skye, Wester Ross, Orkney and Sutherland. We were blessed with glorious sunshine almost every day, with just the odd brief shower. Orkney is a most beautiful island with magnificent farms covering the whole island, all carefully managed and cultivated., and where the people obviously love and take care of their island as everything is so clean and tidy. It was a joy to see the Italian Chapel, which is a souvenir left by the Italian prisoners of war  who helped build the Churchill barriers,  and it is lovingly maintained with great respect by the people of Orkney. It is one of the main tourist attractions along with Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement uncovered by a great storm, and the Churchill barriers.

May Altar

The tradition of having an altar to Mary during the month of May is an old and beautiful custom that seems to have died out.  

Most Catholic homes had an altar to Mary, during the month, adorned with spring flowers, and the family would gather round it to say the rosary. It is sad that such a custom no longer exists, or if it does it is in very few homes. It helped to increase out devotion to Mary and gave her a special place in our hearts and homes. It was also an excellent way of teaching children the special place that Mary should have in their lives.

Primroses and bluebells were always the favourite wild flowers that as children we would place in vases around the statue. I ventured once to bring in May flowers for the altar, from the hawthorn tree, but my mother gently told me it was an old tradition that this was the tree from which the crown of thorns was made to place on the heaf of Christ, so they were promptly removed!

If you have a statue of Our Lady, why not make it into an altar for the month of May, and say the rosary or part of the rosary at it. You can be sure Our Lady will bring you many graces.

“Don’t cast a cloot till May’s oot”

Many people, myself included, thought this referred to the end of the month of May, but actually it refers to the May Flower. So, according to the old tradition, once the May Flower blooms, you can start putting on  lighter clothing “Don’t cast a cloot till May’s oot”. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in the Highlands.

There will be no Mass on  Monday morning as I have an early appointment at Raigmore Hospital

Church Cleaning: Sally MacKenzie asks for  volunteers from the parish to help with cleaning St. Margaret’s. Some of who have generously given of their time in the past are now retiring and replacements are needed.

Please contact Sally on 712-414 if feel you can help. .

Spean Bridge:

Reader:  Margaret Muncie

Prayers: Lindsay Simpson

Euch Mins. David MacFarlane, Moira Coutts

Roy Bridge:

Readers: Tony Sargent  Rory MacDonald

Prayers: Richard Sidgwick

Euch Mins: Lorna MacGregor Betty Campbell, Helen MacDonald

Rota May 17th. - May 18th.