Sunday May 4th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's
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Spean Bridge:

Reader:  Liz Campbell

Prayers: Margaret Muncie

Euch Mins. David MacFarlane Moira Coutts

Roy Bridge:

Readers: Richard Sidgwick  Lorna MacGregor

Prayers: Ishbel Campbell

Euch Mins: Catrina MacDonald, Margaret Sargent

Rory MacDonald

Rota May 10th – May 11th

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. .

Baptism of Alexander Ross MacGregor

Congratulations to Ross and Dawn MacGregor on the birth of heir son, Alexander Roman, who was baptised in St. Margaret's last Sunday, April 27th. It was a great family gathering  with members of both families travelling to be present  for the occasion. The godparents were Ian Francis and Lee-Ann MacPhee,

Ryan Forbes and Aileen Anne MacGregor. Letterfinlay Hotel laid on a a beautiful buffet afterwards for all the guests.

Ross and Dawn have moved home from Inverness to Edinburgh where Ross has set up a new company, and with the help of experts hopes to produce a new blended malt whisky which will shortly be on the market.

No photo of the baptism! I depended on the photographer who promised to send me a photo of the baptism by email, but he must have forgotten. However, I  hope to have a photo  for next week’s Bulletin

Off for a short break

A friend has kindly invited me to accompany him on a short tour of the west coast, starting at Skye and moving north. As I have not been away for a year, I am very much looking forward to the short break.
It is impossible nowadays to get a priest to supply midweek, so I will cancel  the weekday Mass for this coming week. Mgr Donald MacKinnon, St. Mary’s, Fort William, has offered to attend to any urgent needs in the parish should they arise during my absence. He can be contacted at the following number: 01397 70-21784

Consecration of new altar at Glenfinnan

At a very lovely service in St. Finnan’s & St. Mary’s on  Thursday evening, Bishop Joseph consecrated the beautiful new altar in a very moving service.
First, there were the prayers of consecration followed by the litany of the saints, then an urn, with burning incense, was placed on the centre of the altar as a reminder of the sacrifices offered to God throughout the whole of the salvation history of his people when the altar was the main focus of all their offerings to God. The bishop then anointed the altar with the holy oil of Chrism, going to each of four corners where a cross was sculpted into the surface and to the centre of the altar. When the oil was dried off and a film of clear plastic was laid on the surface, the new cloths were draped on the altar, which was then incensed by the bishop, and the first Mass was offered. Fr Tony Woods, the parish priest, is to be congratulated for the meticulous care he took in preparing the ceremony and for producing a beautifully coloured booklet prepared by himself for everyone to follow the service.

Next Sunday - World Day of prayer for Vocations

We are all aware now of the immense shortage of active priests, and that bishops throughout the country have the delicate task of closing parishes and amalgamating them with others because there are not sufficient priests to take care of them.  At one time, Glasgow had 240 priests, today they are only 80, and some of these are due to retire. When I was ordained in 1957, each large parish in our diocese had a curate, and at the Cathedral in Oban where were three priests. Today there  are no assistant priests and the Cathedral has only one priest. One of our elderly priests, Fr Angus McLaughlin, a member of the Dominican Order, had a fall recently and broke his shoulder and is presently in the Belford Hospital, and Fr Tony Woods has been asked to take temporary care of the parish. We remember Fr Angus in our prayers for a speedy recovery. I ask everyone to offer their Mass and communion next Sunday that our young people may listen to the voice of God calling them to serve him in the priesthood and the religious life.

Special collection next Sunday to meet the costs preparing our students for the priesthood