Sunday September 21st.. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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It is a great joy to welcome Wylie and Margaret Hamilton back to Roy Bridge where they are spending a holiday with Margaret's family at Bohuntine,  Sally, Ishbel and Ronnie. She has also visited her brother, Angus, at Invernevis home, who was so delighted to see her again.

As children, Margaret and I (Fr Tom) often sat beside each other in St. Mary’s primary school, Fort William. We were always so proud when her uncle, the late well-loved Archbishop Campbell, who was bishop of our diocese at the time, visited the school and especially when he came into our classroom.

Margaret trained as a midwife at Stirling Infirmary, along with Mary Toal, and went out to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1956. It was there she met her husband, Wylie, a geologist, and they have been blessed with two lovely daughters, both now married, and they have two grandsons.

May God bless Wylie and Margaret and grant them a safe journey home to Edmonton next Thursday. It was lovely to see them again after so many years.

Winters in Alberta can be wild with deep snow and temperatures as low as –30!  They have a holiday home near Vancouver, close to where one of their daughters lives, so they spend the mild winters there and return to Edmonton in the Spring.  Bon Voyage, and may the angels accompany you!

                                           Next Sunday we have our annual Harvest Thanksgiving Mass. It is our opportunity to thank God for all the food he provides for us, to ask God’s blessing on those who help to produce the food we buy in the shops and supermarkets and to remember the starving children in the world.

Our parishioners are always very generous in bringing a wonderful selection of gifts to be placed below the altar—  fruit, vegetables, baking, tinned goods, flowers etc. as a symbol of thanksgiving to God for providing us with all the food we require.

After Mass, these will be distributed to the senior citizens in our community. Gifts can also be left any time before Sunday at the Chapel House.

I would be grateful if volunteers would come into the sacristy after Mass to fill the bags and  help to distribute them to our senior citizens in the community. Please bring any spare plastic bags you may have at home

Next Sunday

Harvest Thanksgiving

11.30 a.m. Mass