Bhileag (Newsletter) 23rd April 2023


Mon 24th April…..11.00am CASTLEBAY Requiem Mass

Tue 25th April……..No Mass

Wed 26th April……No Mass

Thur 27th April…….No Mass

Fri 28th April……….No Mass

Sat 29th April…….. 10.00am CASTLEBAY



29th  & 30th APRIL  2023

4th Sunday of Easter

Vigil (Saturday)..6.00pm CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses..9.30am NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY




Requiem Mass: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of Mary Sarah Campbell (Mary Sarah a’ Bharailte) of Tangusdale & Ardveenish who passed away on Friday 21st April in St. Brendan’s Hospital at the age of 76. May God be gracious and merciful upon her soul. The Requiem Mass will be on Monday 24th April in Our Lady Star of the Sea in Castlebay at 11am. Mary Sarah will be brought into Castlebay Church on Sunday 23rd April at 4.00pm.  We extend our prayers of love and sympathy to all Mary Sarah’s family. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


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


Weekday Mass: Please note there is no weekday Mass Tuesday to Friday this week. Canon John Paul will be over in South Uist with his parents for a few days. He can always be contacted on his mobile number.


Bishop Brian McGee Meeting: Bishop Brian thanks all those who came along to the “Led by the Spirit” meeting last Friday.


Sacrament of Confirmation: we keep in our prayers the children who were confirmed by Bishop Brian on Saturday 22nd April. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit help the children in their journey of faith. The Confirmation Mass was a beautiful Mass. Many thanks to the choir and to all who helped the children prepare for their Confirmation.


Castlebay Church visit of Architect & Stone Mason: last week we had an architect, a stone mason and a lime mortar expert all investigating the various problems with the walls and tower of Castlebay Church. They will all write up their reports of what they have found and hopefully bring it all to the attention of Historic Environment Scotland and hopefully a “plan of action” will start in how we move forward in looking after Castlebay Church. Sadly we still have to be a little more patient as its going to take a while to investigate fully the issues with the Church.


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.