Sunday April 5th  2015                                                                                                                          Charity registration No. SC 002876

St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's
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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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I wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed in a special way to the Holy Week Services:
Deacon Tom for his invaluable help and his homily Holy Thursday evening, our organist and choir, our faithful altar severs, our parishioners in our three churches who arranged  the Easter flowers for the altar, and to those who cleaned our churches. May God bless you all for your goodness.

I am truly blessed with parishioners who take such an active and enthusiastic part in contributing to the good of the parish.

Congratulations to Stephanie Spiers

Stephanie, one of our very faithful altar servers, won the solo verse category for girls, aged 11-12,

at the recent Lochaber Music Festival, and was awarded it with distinction. Stephanie is a very clear speaker and an excellent actor, and always has an important part in her school plays.

Of course, she had a very good tutor for the Music festival in Maureen McSherry who is very knowledgeable about speech delivery.

We look forward to hearing more of Stephanie's progress when she goes to Lochaber High School in August where there are lots of opportunities. Well done!

The scoutmaster of Giorgio’s local scout troop heard that the Inverness branch of the HPTC (Handicap Children’s  Pilgrim Trust) go to Lourdes each Easter with a group of children who have health difficulties. He contacted the Inverness secretary and asked if Giorgio could join this year’s pilgrimage, and he was readily accepted. Giorgio is affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic condition causing muscle weakness which usually affects only boys. At the moment, there is no known cure, but Giorgio’s parents, Paulo and Elspeth and family are very positive and Giorgio himself is a wonderfully brave boy after all the cardiac operations he has come through since he was a baby. Elspeth organise a sponsored cycle run last year from Glasgow to Falkirk to Edinburgh to raise funds for the cause, and it received enthusiastic support and realised many thousands of pounds.

Travel arrangements
Giorgio will join the bus coming from Inverness with the other children, at Dalwhinnie on Easter Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The flight to Lourdes will leave Glasgow in the afternoon and  will arrive in Lourdes early evening. The children will be accompanied by nurses and doctors.

There will an excellent programme in Lourdes suited to the children. They will meet hundreds of other children at morning Mass at the grotto who come from all over the country.

After Mass there may be a visit to the baths where they will be lowered in to the Lourdes water by special attendants.

During the morning, they can visit the town and call in at one of the many cafes for a cool drink.  In the afternoon there is the Blessed Sacrament procession from the grotto to the large square in front of the basilica of Our Lady.  Here the sick are individually blessed with Blessed Sacrament, usually given by a visiting pilgrim bishop.

Miraculous cures sometimes take place either at the baths or  at the blessing of the sick.

During the week they will take part in the stations of the cross and visits to the Blessed sacrament, and little talks given by priests. There will also  is also be  plenty of time to explore the town in groups and visit the many shops with all their souvenirs of Lourdes.

The parish will also play its part.

During the week, the rosary will be said each morning for  Giorgio before Mass, and a Mass will also be said to our Lady of Lourdes  for Giorgio that he may find renewed health if it be God’s will through Our Lady’s intercession, and given strength and courage for the future. I ask you all to remember Giorgio in your prayers

Our Lady of Lourdes  and St. Bernadette, pray for him

Giorgio Berardelli goes to Lourdes