Bhileag (Newsletter) 19th May 2024


Mon 20th May……..No Mass

Tue 21st May………No Mass

Wed 22nd May….. No Mass 

Thu 23rd May………No Mass

Fri 24th May……….10.00am VATERSAY

Sat 25th May……… 10.00am CASTLEBAY


NEXT WEEKEND:  25th & 26th May 2024

Feast of the Holy Trinity

Vigil Mass (Saturday)….6.00pm CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses…9.30am  NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY




Fr Colin MacInnes: we warmly welcome Fr Colin to the parishes for this weekend’s Sunday Masses. We are very grateful to have Fr. Colin travel over and celebrate our Sunday Masses.


Communications Sunday: There will be a special Collection uplifted today for Communications Sunday.


Lourdes Pilgrimage: As we all know Canon John Paul and some of the parishioners are in Lourdes this weekend on a Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage finishes today on Sunday (19th May). Canon John Paul will remember you all and your intentions at the Masses that will be celebrated in Lourdes.


Canon John Paul will be back from his pilgrimage on Thursday 23rd May.


Canon Michael Hutson: when Canon John Paul is away Canon Michael Hutson is on standby to help especially if there happens to be a funeral. The Benbecula parish phone number is 01870 602221


Wedding: Next Saturday (25th May) we pray for Nicola MacKinnon & Marc Henderson who will travel over from the mainland to celebrate their Marriage in St. Brendan’s church in Craigston at 2.30pm. Nicola’s family originally come from Barra and she wanted to come to Barra and marry on our beautiful island. We hope and pray that the weather will be kind to Nicola & Marc.


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. We pray for Kalle Currie,  Cairistiona Campbell, Katie MacLeod, Charlotte MacNeil, Eilidh MacLennan, Amelia Monk, Ellis MacDonald, Monica MacLeod, Archie Mac Neil, Colum MacLeod, Kian MacNeil-Smyth & Owen Galbraith.


Canon John Paul 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 today (19th May) at 2pm in Northbay Hall. If you would like to help in some way then come along to the meetings.


Led by the Spirit Consultation: the gathering 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.