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Parish priest: Fr. Tom Wynne.  Tel: 01397-712-238    Mobile: 07879297420      St. Margaret’s, Roy Bridge PH31 4AE

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Feast of St. Andrew, Patron of Scotland

Transferred this year to Monday, December 1st

St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter, and it was he who first recognised Our Lord as the Messiah, and took Peter to meet Him. He was martyred by being crucified on a diagonal cross in Patras, Greece, and his relics were later taken to Rome by the Emperor Constantine. Before this happened, tradition tells us that a monk called St Rule took some of the Apostle’s bones to Britain for safety in case the remainder were lost, and he finally reached a remote and safe part of Scotland. It is also probable that Accas, the Bishop of Hexham, took the relics to Scotland in the early part of the 8th century.

The church where the relics were enshrined gave its name to the town—St. Andrews. Thousands came on pilgrimage from all over Europe to honour the Apostle’s relics. St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, inaugurated a ferry service across the Firth of Forth to shorten the pilgrims’ journey, and to this day it is still known as Queensferry. Sadly, at the Reformation, the church was desecrated and destroyed and the relics lost.

Let us always remember that Andrew, and his brother Peter, were simple fishermen, who had no idea what lay before them, They accepted Our Lord’s invitation to follow him, and became the pillars of the Church. They were both crucified for preaching the gospel of Christ.

Their lives are a reminder to us all that with God’s grace anything is possible in our own lives if we follow God’s Will.

Pope Paul VI gave a relic of St. Andrew to Cardinal Gray, and it is now enshrined on an altar in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.   So St. Andrew has come back to Scotland  

Please try to come to Mass on Monday to honour our national patron, and pray for the future of the Church in Scotland

Rota December 6th - December 7th


We remember in our prayers at Mass this weekend, those whose anniversaries are at this time:
Merac MacDonald, Joe Beattie, Ena MacGregor and Angus MacKintosh. Mass has been said for the repose of their souls. May they rest in peace.

Spean Bridge:

Reader: Liz Campbell

Prayers: Ellen Nicolson

Euch. Mins: Moira Coutts, David MacFarlane

Roy Bridge:

Reader: Rory MacDonald  Dominic Sargent

Prayers: Tony Sargent

Euch. Mins: Nilda Hawke, Catrina MacDonald, Margaret. Sargent.

Our Christmas cards will ensure that you send the true message of our Saviour’s birth to your friends. It is almost impossible nowadays to obtain a religious Christmas card in the shops,  so our display will give you an excellent selection at very attractive prices. I am grateful to Marie-Ann Wardlaw for providing the Christmas stall at the back of the church.

Please obtain your Christmas cards as soon as possible. When they are gone– they are gone, for only a certain amount has been ordered.