Sunday May 18th. 2014                                                                                         Charity registration No. SC 002876

St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's
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Bishop’s Farewell—meeting.

We had an excellent meeting last Sunday after Mass, and I am grateful to the large number who came to offer help. What has been decided is that several parishioners will make pots of soup, and there will be  lots of fresh crusty bread.  There will also be warm sausage rolls, and we ask our parishioners if they would good enough to bake sufficient cakes etc to go along with a cup of tea/coffee. This will give parishioners and friends an opportunity to meet the Bishop Joseph and bid him a personal goodbye.  

I ask that as many parishioners as possible come to the 11.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 1st.  so that it will be a  full church and a truly parish farewell!

Record of a Generous People

A history of the Catholic Church

In Argyll & the Isles

Some considerable time ago, Bishop Joseph commissioned author, Dr.John Watt, to write a history of our diocese, and it is truly a magnum opus covering from St. Columba to the present day.

Foreword by Bishop Joseph Toal:

“Dr John Watts in A Record of Generous People tells the story of the continuity of Catholic faith through these fourteen centuries down to the special year, 2013, marked by the Universal Church as a Year of Faith.

The early centuries of the Celtic monastic communities, followed by the establishment of the Medieval Dioceses of Argyll and the Isles, the turmoil of the Reformation and the consequent struggle for survival, and the stabilising of Highland Catholicism through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are covered in the early chapters. The main body of the book focuses then on the re-establishment of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles with the restoration of the Scottish Hierarchy in 1878 and its subsequent history. This is done through a thoughtful analysis of the tenure of each bishop, from Bishop Angus MacDonald and his successors to the present incumbent, who writes this foreword. Each of these men led their clergy in the service of the people of the Diocese and each in their own time with their own strengths and weaknesses, added something to the rich tapestry of the history of the growth and the struggles of this small but significant diocese in the Scottish Catholic Church.”

This 300 page book is a unique history of our diocese, its Cathedral and parishes and all who served in them. Parishioners who have an interest in the history of the Church in the Argyll & the Isles diocese will find in these pages a wonderful source of important information covering the past 1.400 years.

The book costs £16, and I have only ordered six copies. If the present number of copiers are sold, anyone wishing to buy a copy should place their name on the sheet provided.

Encouraging early results of Gift Aid and the  new scheme for “loose cash”

During the week, our Diocesan Treasurer, Roy Maxwell, paid us a visit to show Helen how to send the results of all her hard work directly to the treasury in Oban. The special software works miracles with all the names and amounts that have ben fed into it. This year, for the first time, the Inland Revenue is granting a percentage of the loose change which parishioners put in the offertory and special collections. By “loose change” they mean any person who is not eligible to sign a Gift Aid form, whatever he/she puts in the basket, the parish can claim a certain amount of tax from it.  The results recorded on the computer are as

follows:  Gift Aid….£4,500    Loose Cash….£3,000. This means that the parish will receive a cheque for £7,500 sometime in late June or July.

I wish to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their kindness, generosity and support.  May God bless you all for your goodness.

Anniversaries: We remember in our prayers those who anniversaries are at the time: Major and Mrs MacDonald, Blarour, for whom Mass will be said this Sunday, Nan and Eck Simpson, for whom Mass will be said on Monday,  Maurice Cameron for whom Mass was said last Friday, and Dugald Cameron for whom Mass will be said on Wednesday.  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spean Bridge:

Reader:  Liz Campbell

Prayers: Ellen Nicholson

Euch Mins. David MacFarlane Moira Coutts

Roy Bridge:

Readers: Catrina MacDonald,  Ishbel Campbell

Prayers: Lorna MacGregor

Euch Mins: Nilda Hawke, Rory MacDonald, Margaret Watt

Rota May 24th.  -  May 25th.