Bhileag (Newsletter) 3rd March 2024


Mon 4th March…….No Mass

Tue 5th March……..10.00am EOLIGARRY

Wed 6th March….. 11.00am EOLIGARRY Requiem Mass

Thu 7th March…….11.30am NORTHBAY Requiem Mass

Fri 8th March……..10.00am VATERSAY (+ Stations of the Cross)

Sat 9th  March…..10.00am  CASTLEBAY



9th  & 10th  March 2024

4th  Sunday of  Lent – Year B

Vigil (Saturday)….4.00pm  CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses… 9.30am NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY

Sacrament of Confession:every Saturday9.30am-9.50am in Castlebay and 12 Noon-12.30pm in Northbay




Funerals:we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of DONALD ELDER of Bruernish who suddenly passed away in his home at the age of only 61. Many of us knew Donald from working on the Calmac boat between Barra & Eriskay which he did for the last 21 years. The Requiem Mass of Donald will be on Thursday 7th March in St. Barr’s Northbay at 11.30am. We extend our prayers of love and sympathy to Margaret Anne and all the family at this very sad time. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

We also remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of JOANNE MacMILLAN (Joanne Ailig Dhuibh) who passed away on Sunday at the age of 87. Joanne for the last year had been in St. Brendan’s home. Joanne’s Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday 6th March at 11.00am in St. Vincent de Pauls in Eoligarry. We extend our prayers of sympathy to all Joanne’s family at this time. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Bishop Brian’s Pastoral Letter:  please pick up a “Pastoral Letter” written by Bishop Brian concerning the “Synod of Bishops” and “Led by the Spirit”. The Bishop invites you to an online meeting on Wednesday 13th March at 6.30pm. To register for the on-line meeting please go to the Diocesan facebook page or Diocesan website for details.


Children for First Confession: the children in the Sacraments Class will make their First Confession on Saturday 9th March at 11am in Castlebay.


Sunday “Stations of the Cross”: this Sunday (3rd March) there will be Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in Northbay.


Weekday “Stations of the Cross”: Also there will be Stations of the Cross on  Friday after the 10am Mass in Vatersay.


Special Collection: last Sunday there was the second collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Formation. Northbay Parish £314.95 and Castlebay Parish  £365.65. Moran Taing!


SCIAF Sunday: next Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Lent and we normally offer special prayer for the good work of SCIAF and also we take up a second collection. Therefore at all Masses next weekend there will be a special collection for SCIAF. Also during the Mass there will be a letter read out on behalf of Bishop Brian McGee who is the Bishop President of SCIAF


Parish 200 Club: are there any final annual subscriptions (£12) to be handed into the parish 200 club???


Diocesan Chrism Mass: this year it will be on Wednesday 20th March at 6.30pm in St. Columba’s Cathedral in Oban. Bishop Brian extends a warm welcome to all!


Craigston Vigil Mass time: at the moment the Craigston Vigil Mass is at 4.00pm for the Winter months (November to March). The clocks will go forward on Sunday 31st March. Therefore Canon John Paul will move the Vigil Mass on Saturday back to 6.00pm after that. Therefore from Saturday 6th April the Vigil Mass will be at 6.00pm.


Episcopal Ordinations: we keep in our prayers Fr Frank Dougan who will be ordained the new Bishop of the Diocese of Galloway on Saturday 9th March in the Church of St. Peter in Chains in Ardrossan. We also keep in our prayers Fr. Martin Chambers who will be ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld on Saturday 27th April in Dundee.