Bhileag (Newsletter) 26th May 2024


Mon 27th May……..No Mass

Tue 28th May……..10.00am EOLIGARRY

Wed29th May….. 12 Noon CRAIGSTON

Thu 30th May…….10.00am NORTHBAY

Fri 31st May………10.00am VATERSAY

Sat 1st June………10.00am CASTLEBAY


NEXT WEEKEND:   1st & 2nd June  2024

Corpus Christi -The Body & Blood of Christ

Vigil Mass (Saturday)….. 6.00pm CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses……. 9.30am   NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY

Sacrament of Confession: Every Saturday 9.30am – 9.50am Castlebay and 12 Noon-12.30pm in Northbay




Marriage: Congratulations to Nicola MacKinnon & Marc Henderson who were married in St. Brendan’s church in Craigston on Saturday 25th May. We wish Mr & Mrs Henderson every health, joy and happiness in their marriage. Nicola & Marc have made their home in Alexandria,West Dumbartonshire.


First Holy Communions: the First Holy Communions on the island will take place next Sunday (2nd June) which is the Feast of Corpus Christi- The Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ- and we look forward to 12 Children making their First Holy Communion in Northbay Church & 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. First Holy Communion Sunday is always a special day. Therefore let us come together and support the First Holy Communion Children.


May Devotions: today there will be Rosary & Benediction at 4.00pm in St. Barr’s Northbay.


Lourdes Pilgrimage: Canon John Paul and 13 parishioners recently returned from a wonderful pilgrimage in Lourdes. From start to finish the Pilgrimage was very good. Flights and buses to get there and back where all on time. The Hotel in Lourdes was good with good food. It was a time filled with prayer, joy and laughter. Sadly the weather was a bit grey and wet but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Pilgrims. Canon John Paul and the Pilgrims prayed for all parishioners at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. We look forward to the next pilgrimage!!


Recent Baptism: we warmly welcome into the family of the Church Ziggy Cruz Hartley who was baptised on the 13th May (Feast of Our Lady of Fatima) in St. Barr’s, Northbay. We wish Ziggy and his parents and Godparents every health, peace, blessing, joy and happiness.


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.


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.