Bhileag (Newsletter) 21st January 2024


Mon 22nd January…….No Mass

Tue 23rd January……..10.00am EOLIGARRY

Wed 24th January…..  12 Noon CRAIGSTON

Thu 25th January…….10.00am NORTHBAY

Fri 26th January………10.00am VATERSAY

Sat 27th January…….. 10.00am  CASTLEBAY



27th & 28th  January 2024

4th  Sunday of Year B

Vigil (Saturday)… 4.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses….9.30am NORTHBAY & 11.30am CASTLEBAY


Sacrament of Confession: every Saturday9.30am-9.50am in Castlebay12 Noon-12.30pm in Northbay




White Flower Appeal: today 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. As well as ending the lives of precious babies, this policy lacks safeguards against illegal late-term abortions and puts mothers at physical and psychological risk. 86% of GP’s are concerned that this scheme leaves women vulnerable to coerced abortion. There will be a second collection taken up for the White Flower appeal.

There is a SPUC Postcard which can be filled in and sent to SPUC or can be left in the parish and it will be sent on your behalf. Please fill in a postcard and support the good work of SPUC.


Recent Baptism: we warmly welcome into the family of the Church Conall Iain MacNeil who was baptised on Saturday 13th January (the Feast of St. Mungo) in St. Barr’s Church in Northbay. We wish Conall every health, joy, peace and happiness and every blessing upon his parents & Godparents.


Parish Dues: normally we hand them  in before Christmas but they can be handed in just now during the month of January.


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: 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.


Lourdes Pilgrimage: In the next week 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 still like to go then please let Canon John Paul know so that we have organise a final list of names. It will be 15th-19th May.


Healing for victims of abuse: Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered from sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect in childhood, adolescence or adulthood, including those abused by a religious/member of the clergy. If you are interested in this confidential healing retreat please contact Grieg to Grace (Scotland) at The retreat will be held in St. Mary’s Kinnoull in Perth from15th-20th April.