Bhileag (Newsletter) 14th January 2024


Mon 15th January……..No Mass

Tue 16th January………No Mass

Wed 17th January…..  No Mass

Thu 18th January……. No Mass

Fri 19th January………..No Mass

Sat 20th January……..  10.00am  CASTLEBAY



20th & 21st  January 2024

3rd  Sunday of Year B

Vigil (Saturday)….4.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses. 9.30am  NORTHBAY & 11.30am CASTLEBAY


Sacrament of Confession: every Saturday 9.30am-9.50am in Castlebay12 Noon-12.30pm in Northbay




White Flower Appeal: next weekend we will support the good work of “The Society for the Protection of unborn Children” (SPUC) in holding a “White Flower Appeal”. It is an appeal in remembrance of those innocent unborn babies whose lives have been aborted. SPUC’s vision is for a world where abortion is unthinkable. This year’s appeal calls for the Government to end the pills-by-post DIY abortion policy. There will be a second collection taken up for the White Flower appeal.


Justice & Peace: Last week’s collection for Justice & peace raised £162.50 for Northbay and £309.67 for Castlebay. Thank you for your support.


Crib Collection: The collection for the Holy Childhood £214.85 for Northbay and £426.40 for Castlebay. Thank you for your kindness.


Funeral Collection for MND: last Saturday we had the Requiem Mass of the late Flora Henderson; who died from Motor Neurone Disease. There was a collection taken up at the Funeral for MND and the amount of £516.50 was collected. The Henderson family wish to thank everyone for their kind donations.


Church cleaning: Canon John Paul wishes to thank all who have helped tidy away the church Christmas decorations for another year. Moran Taing uile!


Castlebay Church Cleaners: would anyone like to add their name to helping keep clean Castlebay Church? Maybe you can team up with someone? Or come together as a family to clean the church? Please let Canon John Paul know if you wish to help.


Sunday Collection basket & Offertory Procession: Canon John Paul is keen to get back to the routine of taking up the Sunday Collection during the Mass again and also for the collection to be taken to the Altar during the Offertory procession. In the next few weeks we will start.


Children’s Sacraments Classes: This week the children will be preparing for their First Confession/First Holy Communion and also the Sacrament of Confirmation. The classes will be in the School. Canon John Paul is very grateful to the teachers who will be helping the children. There are 12 Children preparing for First Confession/ First Holy Communion and 10 Children for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Let us keep all the children in our prayers.


Canon John Paul: will be away from Monday to Friday this week for a short break on the mainland.


Lourdes Pilgrimage: In the next couple of weeks we would like to try and confirm those who would still like to go to Lourdes in May this year. There were 25 names given to Canon John Paul but there are some who have pulled out.  If you would like to go then please tell Canon John Paul so that we have organise a final list of names. It will be 15th-19th May.