Fa­ther John Paul MacKin­non

The Oban Times - - News -

FOL­LOW­ING last week’s tragedy, Barra’s parish priest urged the is­land com­mu­nity to come to­gether and to pray to­gether.

He said: ‘A week which be­gan nor­mally for so many has turned out to be real “liv­ing night­mare” es­pe­cially for two of our is­land fam­i­lies.

‘Today we face the re­al­ity that one of our teenage girls, Laura MacIn­tyre, aged only 15, is in hos­pi­tal in Manch­ester fight­ing for her life with her par­ents by her bed­side.

‘And sadly an­other of our beau­ti­ful teenage girls, Eilidh MacLeod, aged only 14, has died trag­i­cally in Manch­ester be­cause of the ter­ri­ble atroc­ity of the ter­ror­ist bomb­ing.

‘I have spo­ken to both fam­i­lies, to both sets of par­ents and they have asked me to tell ev­ery­one that they are so grate­ful for all your love and sup­port, prayers and mes­sages.

‘Their hearts are bro­ken, their lives have changed for­ever but they are lifted up by the love and sup­port of their is­land and also by the wider world.’

Urg­ing par­ish­ioners, he said: ‘Be to­gether and pray, pray con­tin­u­ously as the early apos­tles and fol­low­ers of Je­sus did in their own time of need.

‘Pray­ing to the Holy Spirit to come down upon our is­lands and com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies, and es­pe­cially upon the MacLeods and MacIn­tyre fam­ily.’

He added: ‘God has a spe­cial place for our dear, beau­ti­ful Eilidh, she will be united for­ever with God’s holy an­gels. She will for­ever see the glory of God face to face and will for­ever be in God’s love. She will for­ever be loved and re­mem­bered by her fam­ily and by all her many friends. Our loss is cer­tainly heaven’s gain.’

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