We wish Morag Cameron a very happy birthday as she reaches the wonderful age of 105 years on Sunday, November 9th.
Mass will be offered for Morag on Saturday evening that God may continue to bless her with health and happiness. She is so well looked after by her niece Hermione.
Bishop Budd will be here on Monday
I will go off to Perth on Tuesday, and remain there till next Monday. My niece and her husband built a new house in Arisiag, and they have offered it to me to spend the rest of the week there. Another niece, a retired nurse who is moving to Fort William from Irvine, will join me so I will be assured of good meals as she is an excellent cook. I will be back on Sunday, 23rd in the afternoon, and Bishop Christopher leaves the next day to return home. I am most grateful to him for supplying in the parish while I have been on holiday.
Appeal by Xavarian Fathers
The annual missionary appeal this year will be made by the Xavarian Fathers on Sunday, November 30th, the first Sunday of Advent. I know you will enjoy listening to his experiences in the missions and help to support all the good work the missionaries do to bring the knowledge and love of Christ to so many.
We remember in our prayers this weekend those whoa anniversaries are during the month of November:
Kitty Livingston, Lilly Cameron and Mary Cameron.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
November List Masses for the Holy Souls
I will take a copy of the lists with me and say Mass each day for those on the list. I will also ask Bishop Christopher to remembers them in his Masses. .November is a time to remember all who helped us in life -
On Saturday, November 29th, Helena, our sixteen old altar server, will be the soloist at a grand concert at Blackburn, near Manchester, when she will play the Bruch No. 1 Violin Concerto in G minor, accompanied by a full orchestra. It is one of the most popular – and most beautiful – of all violin concertos, and demands great skill. It is usually played by renowned soloists for it demands a great mastery of the violin.
Bruch was a master of writing for string instruments
For violinists, one of the concerto’s most obvious redeeming qualities is the degree to which it acts as a profound showcase for the instrument. The dazzling, virtuoso passages, particularly in the glorious finale, really do make the violin sing as it soars again and again, almost from within the orchestra, to ever loftier heights. The second movement, meanwhile, is pure romance: beautiful, heart-
It is amazing that someone so young as Helena has reached the brilliance as a violinist and has been invited by the conductor of the orchestra to be the soloist for the Bruch violin concerto. This is indeed immense recognition of sixteen-
She has put in a great deal of practice with her father accompanying her at the piano which also demanded great skill as the piano arrangement was incredibly difficult.
I have been invited to be present at the concert in Blackburn, and since the Xavarian missionary is coming to make an appeal that weekend, I will be able to accept the invitation and with great joy and pride listen to our altar server play what is recognised as one of the great concertos. We wish Helena every success on the night and I am sure she will do everyone proud.
Rota November 15th -