From the Scottish Isles


Aspects of living in Iona, in the Summer

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A Busy and Social Affair in Mull this Summer


Summer is the time for socialising and festivals and
life on the Scottish Isles is no different.

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The Agricultural Show in Mull this summer
on the boat for mull
On the boat for Mull

Jean Lawson rscj from her home in Cnoc a' Chalmain,
- the Catholic House of Prayer and welcome - in Iona,
took the boat to Mull

for just one of those local island festivals at the
Agricultural Show in Mull.

bunessan prizes
The Betty Logan Memorial Cup - Bunessan Show

The Agricultural Show is held in Bunessan every year in August. 
Bunessan is the small town on the Island of Mull,
the neighbouring island, to Iona.
  Bunessan is famous for the Christmas Carol "Child in the Manger"
written in Gaelic by Mary MacDonald who lived there and the tune is called "Bunessan"

exhibition animals
Sheep of all kinds !

"People are encouraged to enter things as it keeps the interest in the show
and challenges people to make, grow and  exhibit their animals"
Jean tells us.

Jean Lawson rscj

So for those who know Jean’s many creative skills,
it will be no surprise to hear

how she participated fully
in the Show,

contributing some samples
of her work.

Jean had a Carrot Cake and  a Lemon Drizzle Cake
in the Baking Section of the Exhibition.

up close carrot cake up close lemon drizzle cake
Carrot Cake Lemon Drizzle Cake
best model of hat
One of her new creations

As she says she usually enters
'something each year',
Jean also submitted her latest creation
in the knitting,
a hat with colour and form.
The craft tent had exhibits of all kinds,
different jams, knitwear,
needlecraft and

craft exhibition tent
Craft Exhibition Tent in Bunessan in Mull
the bakery table
The Bakery Tent
There was great variety
in the Bakery Tent and
there was also a Competition.
The Betty Logan Challenge
Cup for the Best Exhibit

in the Baking Section

is awarded each year.

Jean was overjoyed this year as she was awarded the Betty Logan Challenge Cup.

prize winning cakes
                                                          The prize winning Cakes

"I won 1st Prize for a Carrot Cake and 2nd Prize for a Lemon Drizzle cake 
and I have won 2nd prize for Lemon Curd in other years."

iona - august 2012
                                                           Iona August 2012

So life on the island of Iona
has a lot more
to it than just
Tourism or,
it's about creating,
growing, socialising,
celebration and
friendship !


Thanks Jean for the photos and sharing this good news with us.
Cnoc a' Chalmain - Catholic House of Prayer - can be contacted
by clicking on the link.


Jesus A Man Of Relationships




How Jesus related with people; the call for us today, especially in community

touching fingers

Jesus and the Samaritan woman   (John 4:3-42)

  • She was practical. She understood “drink” at a literal level at first, and then went on to understand Jesus was talking about the water of life.
  • She was the linchpin - she drew people to Jesus.
  • There was a relationship between Jesus and the woman. It was unusual for men to talk to a woman that they did not know. She was alone and came for water at mid-day - usually women came to a well for water in groups of women, in the morning and evening. It was an unequal relationship, yet it led to a theological discussion. It was a very human relationship, each was very respectful. It was interrupted by the return of the disciples!
  • In community we experience a call to be more tolerant of differences.
  • Our contact with other people is an essential part of our charism as RSCJ - (Const.1815:6)

 Jesus meets the disciples after the Resurrection and forgives Peter (John 21)

  • He cooks breakfast for them, after they have been fishing all night.
  • Jesus forgives Peter even though Peter has let him down in such a spectacular way, and shows how He trusts him, by giving him the responsibility of being leader. New beginnings are possible.
  •   It was a unique relationship. Even though John also had a special relationship with Jesus, Peter’s was also unique in another way.

Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:25-30 , Matthew 15:21-28).

  • She took him on, in a humorous way. It was a transforming moment for Jesus in his awareness of his ministry. After this, the second feeding of the loaves was in pagan territories.  Her challenge widened his sense of mission.
  •  A challenge - showing us how to stand our ground without having a fight!

                                                                                                             The Community 201 Lower Kilmacud Road
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