Bhileag (Newsletter) 16th April 2023


Mon 17th April……….No Mass

Tues 18th April…….10.00am EOLIGARRY

Wed 19th April…….12 Noon  CRAIGSTON

Thur 20th April……10.00am  NORTHBAY

Fri 21st April………..10.00am  VATERSAY

Sat 22nd April….11.00am CASTLEBAY

(Confirmation Mass with Bishop Brian)  



22nd & 23rd APRIL  2023

3rd Sunday of Easter

Vigil (Saturday)…6.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses…9.30am NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY



Divine Mercy Sunday: today at 3.00pm there will be the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayed in St. Barr’s, Northbay.


SCIAF Wee Boxes: if you have a SCIAF Box at home then please hand it into the Church as soon as you can.


Recent Baptisms: we warmly welcome into the family of the Church Fraser McCuaig and Jude Morrison who were baptised on Easter Sunday. Fraser was baptised in Our Lady Star of the Sea in Castlebay and Jude was baptised in St. Barr’s Northbay. We also welcome Alexander MacKinnon into the family of the church who was baptised on Friday 14th April in Our Lady Star of the Sea. May the blessings of the Risen Lord come down upon Fraser, Jude & Alexander and their parents and God-parents.


Visiting Priests: this week there will be two priests visiting the island for a break. Fr Liam McMahon from Glasgow and Fr John Winstanley from Penrith will be here for a couple of days. Fr Liam is a frequent visitor but it will be Fr. John’s first time. We hope they enjoy their short break on the island and that the weather will be kind to them.


Bishop Brian McGee Meeting: the Bishop will be here celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for the children next Saturday. He will be here on the island the day before -therefore the Bishop would like to have the “Led by the Spirit” meeting on Friday 21st April from 6.30pm-8pm in Northbay Hall. Sadly the Bishop has twice tried to have the meeting but both times postponed. We will have only one meeting to cover bother parishes. Please come along and listen to Bishop Brian’s thoughts but importantly to add your own thoughts to the meeting.


Sacrament of Confirmation: we keep the children in our prayers who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation Mass with Bishop Brian will be next Saturday (22nd April) at 11.00am in Our Lady Star of the Sea. There are 19 Children preparing for the Sacrament. As always it will be a wonderful celebration and everyone is welcome to the Mass.


Eoligarry Church Cross: At the moment everyone seems to be in favour of replacing the Celtic Cross above the altar with the new Cross of the Risen Lord. Therefore during this Easter season will be the perfect time to put up the cross with the Risen Christ figure and we will place the Celtic Cross either in the Church porch or above the back wall in the Church.


New Gift Aid Envelopes: the new envelopes are available to collect in the church. If anyone would like to sign up for gift aid please speak with Canon John Paul. If you pay tax then you can give your Sunday collection as gift Aid. Just a quick signature and you can take an envelope home with you or you may wish to set up a standing order through your bank account with the parish.


Lourdes Parish Pilgrimage 2024: we are looking at dates for next year of 2024. We are waiting for possible dates and prices. If it is something you might be interested in then let Canon John Paul know.


Tea in Northbay Hall: on the first Sunday of each month there will be tea in Northbay Hall after the 9.30am Northbay Mass.