Sunday May 25th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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


We offer our sympathy to Monsignor MacKinnon, St. Mary’s, whose sister, Rhoda, died during the week after having borne her illness with great courage. Her funeral Mass will b e in St. Mary’s on Monday at 11 a.m.  We pray that God may comfort and console her husband and her family. May she rest in peace.

Mass in  Roy Bridge on Monday will be at 9.30 a.m. to allow me to be present at the funeral

We also wish to offer our sincere sympathy to Mark Reynolds, whose father, Tom, died very suddenly during the week at his home in Wishaw. He had been unwell for some years because of viral infection, and the death of his wife some years ago was an immense loss in his life. However, the marriage of Mark to Clare Sargent, and the birth of their daughter, Chloe, brought him much happiness. He loved coming to Spean Bridge to spend time with them at their lovely home at Nursery Gardens. Mark and his brother, Paul, will have a special place in the Masses and prayers this weekend that God may comfort them at the loss of their father. May God grant Tom eternal rest and the joy of being reunited with his loved one in heaven.  


WE remember in our prayers at Mass this weekend, Mollie Toal, who died on Wednesday, and those who anniversaries are at this time,  Tommy Toal, Mollie’s husband,  John MacInnes and Archie MacInnes, Achluachrach.    Eternal rest grant unto them,. O Lord

Ordination to the permanent deaconate

My nephew, and namesake, Thomas Wynne, will be ordained to the permanent deaconate by Bishop Joseph in St. Mary’s on Monday, June 9th, feast of St. Columba, at 7 p.m.

It is the culmination of five years of very intense study which required long hours of reading and concentration to complete the course which runs parallel to the course for the priesthood. What made it more difficult  was the fact that it was distant learning without the help of a regular tutor, although  every so often there were courses  with tutors at Kinoull Monastery, Perth,  and Maryvale university, Birmingham.

Each month he had to submit essays on most of the subjects required by a student for the priesthood — theology, scripture, church history, sacraments, anthropology, canon law etc… He very often passed his completed essays on to me to read before submitting them to the examiner, which were of the highest university standard, and he gained excellent results for his hard work and the vast amount of reading he had to do.. All this was achieved while still ruining his butcher's business and the busy bed and breakfast business which he and his wife, Sheena, run very successfully. It often  meant getting up between 5 a.m. 6 a.m. to keep up with his studies before helping to serve breakfast to their guests and then open the shop!

An important part of preparation for the deaconate is to develop ones spiritual life, and time must be left aside for prayer and attending Mass, the sacraments and spiritual reading.

The ordination to the permanent deaconate allows the deacon to baptise, perform weddings, take funeral services, bury the dead,  preach at mass, hold Eucharistic services when no priest is available, catechise children and converts to the faith. The deacon’s role is to be of service to the bishop, who can use him to assist anywhere in diocese where help may be required.

 Bishop Joseph is keen that as many as possible  be present for the ordination service, as it is a unique occasion for St. Mary’s parish to have its first ordained deacon.  It would nice to see a number from our own parish present for the occasion at St. Mary’s, as Thomas has given me immense assistance over the past few years. I hope to arrange for a minibus for anyone wishing transport.  I ask you to keep him very much in your prayers.

Novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for the feast of Pentecost starts on Friday.

It will be recited each day at Mass after the Gospel.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the  fire of your divine love.

Spean Bridge:

Reader:  Margaret Muncie

Prayers: David MacFarlane

Euch Mins. Liz Campbell, Moira Coutts

Roy Bridge:

Readers: Val MacDonald  Margaret Sargent

Prayers: Ishbel Campbell

Euch Mins: Lorna MacGregor, Colleen Porter, Ian Macdonald

Rota: May 31st. - June 1st.