Feast of All Saints—Me a saint? You must be joking!
The means to holiness is offered to all of us by Mass, holy communion, the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of reconciliation. Some good people find time to pray each day, and try to live out their lives in the presence of God. If they have a free moment, and live near a church, they will visit our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The rosary is also a part of their daily prayer life, for there is no quicker way to Jesus than through Mary, our mother
True holiness is not beyond any of us, and on the feast of All Saints, the Church honours the countless men and women and youths who lived their lives simply and humbly in this world by serving God faithfully and showing a great love and compassion for their neighbour, and being loyal to Christ, and are now rejoicing in heaven.
At some future feast of All Saints, may we be counted worthyto be among the unknown saints in heaven whom the Church honours on this feast, because we have lived our lives simply and humbly in a service of love for God and for our neighbour, and fulfilled our vocation in life as best we could .
November Lists for the Dead
You will find November lists and envelopes at the back of the church.
Should you wish your loved ones to be remembered in all the masses said during the month of November, write down their names, and return the envelope as soon as possible. During the month, the lists are placed on a small table beside the altar with a lighted candle to remind us that the souls of our loved ones are living in the presence of Christ. Any offerings will go to the work of the church. A plenary indulgence for the holy souls may be gained on All Souls Day by visiting the church and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions.
We remember at Mass and in prayers this weekend, those who anniversaries are at this time:
Jacob MacFarlane, first grandchild of David and Liz MacFarlane who died five years ago in a tragic accident at the age of seven, We remember especially his mother in Austria who still grieves over the death of her beautiful son. The Vigil Mass this Saturday will be said for Jacob and his family
Donnie MacIntosh, Stronaba, whose 17th anniversary is at this time, and for whom the 11.30 a.m. Mass will be said today for the repose of his soul and also that it may bring Barry and her family comfort.
Willie MacKillop and Mrs Mary MacKillop, whose anniversaries are at this time and for whom Mass will be said on Monday morning.
Lorna MacDougall, mother of Sheila Cameron, for whom Mass will be said on Tuesday morning.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
New Baby Girl
Congratulations to Dougie and Deirdre Beck on the birth of their baby daughter, Muireann, who was born in Raigmore on Tuesday afternoon, October 21st, weighing in at 8 lbs 12 oz! Mother and baby are both home and doing well. We hope to have a photo next week. We wish Muireann every blessing throughout a long and happy life.
Booklet on the Penal days of 1745-
This short booklet gives evidence from the letters written by bishops and priests during these difficult years when the Catholic faith was proscribed and banned. Priests were indistinguishable from the people by the clothes they wore, but if discovered, as some were, they were thrown into prison, grievously maltreated and forced into exile. Fr Briody has compiled just a few of the letters from the large archives stored in Columba House, Edinburgh. The booklet is worth reading for it gives evidence of the commitment of the bishops and priests so willing to serve the people at the danger of losing their own freedom, and sometime their lives.
Rota. November 1st–November 2nd