Bhileag (Newsletter) 5th May 2024


Mon 6th May………. No Mass

Tue 7th May………  No Mass

Wed 8th May….. 12 Noon CRAIGSTON     

Ascension Thursday 9th May

10.00am NORTHBAY


Fri 10th May…………10.00am VATERSAY

Sat 11th May………10.00am CASTLEBAY


NEXT WEEKEND:  11th & 12th May 2024

7th Sunday of Easter

Vigil Mass (Saturday)….. 6.00pm CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses……9.30am   NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY

Sacrament of Confession On Saturday in Castlebay from 9.30-9.50am and Northbay from 12 Noon -12.30pm




Bishop Brian McGee: we warmly welcome Bishop Brian to the island and to our parishes this weekend. As well as the Confirmation Mass Bishop Brian will celebrate the Sunday Masses over the weekend. He will head away on Monday to Oban. It’s always nice to have Bishop Brian come and spend some time on the island and to catch up with everyone.


Sacrament of Confirmation: congratulations to Mairi MacNeil, Niamh Davidson, Caralisa MacDougall, Sophie MacNeil, Rachel MacNeil, Ava Walker, Calum MacNeil, Ross Galbraith, Jamie MacNeil & Seonaidh MacLean who were Confirmed by Bishop Brian on Saturday 4th May. Canon John Paul wishes to thank all those who helped prepare the Children for the Sacrament -especially the teachers in the school.


May Devotions: it is the month of May – a special month we turn to Our Lady. An important month when we pray the Rosary. There will be Rosary and Benediction in Our Lady Star of the Sea, Castlebay at 4.00pm today.


Holyday of Obligation: this coming Thursday is the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord- ASCENSION THURSDAY. There will be Mass at 10.00am in Northbay and 7.00pm in Castlebay.


Gift Aid Envelopes: can be picked up from Castlebay & Northbay church. Have you thought about signing up for Gift Aid? Please speak with Canon John Paul for more information.


Tuesday Mass: please note there is no Eoligarry Mass on Tuesday this week.


Led by the Spirit Consultation: the collation of the reports submitted from across the diocese for Phase 2 of Led by the Spirit is now available online at Phase 2’s consultation was focused on the resources we presently have as a diocese. This will help us discern how to best live out our mission which will be in Phase 3 and this will begin in June.


Lourdes Pilgrimage: Very soon Canon John Paul and some of the parishioners are heading away to Lourdes on a Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage is from Wednesday 15th May to Sunday 19th May. If anyone has a particular prayer request- they can write it down and pass it onto Canon John Paul and he will remember your prayers and intentions at each of the Masses in Lourdes. Also when the group prays the Rosary or prays the Stations of the Cross or takes part in the torchlight procession- your prayer requests will be remembered in Lourdes.


First Holy Communions: the First Holy Communions on the island will take place on Sunday 2nd June which is the Feast of Corpus Christi and we look forward to 12 Children making their first holy communion in Northbay Church or Castlebay Church.


St. Barr’s Tea after Mass: today is the first Sunday of the month of May and so there will be tea/coffee in Northbay Hall after Sunday Mass. All welcome! Bishop Brian will also pop into the hall for a wee cuppa!


Silver Anniversary of Priesthood: this year Canon John Paul celebrates his Silver Anniversary (25 Years) of his Priesthood in June. He was ordained a Priest on 24th June 1999 in his home parish of St. Peters in Daliburgh. Canon John Paul will mark the special occasion of his anniversary with an outdoor Mass at Northbay Grotto on Sunday 23rd June at 2.30pm and afterwards food and refreshments in the Church grounds. A meeting to discuss and plan the day will be held next Sunday (12th May) at 2pm in Northbay Hall. If you would like to help in some way then come along to the meeting.