Bhileag (Newsletter) 30th June 2024


Mon 1st July………No Mass

Tue 2nd July…….10.00am  EOLIGARRY

Wed 3rd July…..12 Noon  CRAIGSTON

Thu 4th July…….10.00am  NORTHBAY

Fri 5th July……….10.00am  VATERSAY

Sat 6th July………10.00am  CASTLEBAY


NEXT WEEKEND:   6th & 7th July  2024

( 14th Sunday of Year B )

Vigil Mass (Saturday)…..6.00pm  CRAIGSTON

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


Confessions on Saturday: Castlebay 9.30am-9.50am & Northbay 12 Noon-12.30pm




Canon John Paul’s Silver Jubilee Mass: Canon John Paul wishes to thank everyone who came along to the Silver Jubilee Mass last Sunday and to thank everyone who helped “behind the scenes” to set up the Northbay Grotto area. A lot of hard work went on in setting up the Grotto and the Grotto looked great. It was a wonderful and happy celebration. Everyone’s prayers were answered when the sun came out. It was the only decent day of weather we have had for the whole month of June and it happened on Canon John Paul’s Jubilee. It was truly a great blessing!!!

Canon John Paul wishes to thank Pauline and the choir for the lovely music. Thanks to everyone at the Garadh Bagh Tuath for the food and everyone who helped provide food and baking and their time to help. Thanks to the outside bar with the popular cocktail of “JP25” went down a treat. Canon John Paul wishes to thank everyone who donated towards the gifts for him. It was so lovely that Canon John Paul was presented his parish gift by Peigi Ellie who at 102 came along and joined the celebration. Thanks to the Youth who gave the Papal Blessing and other lovely gifts to Canon John Paul. Thank you to all who helped at the ceilidh in the Hall especially to Catherine Lillian for being a wonderful MC. It was great to see the youth sing and dance and play their musical instruments at the ceilidh. We are blessed with so many great talented youngsters on the island. He wishes to thank everyone for the many beautiful cards he has received. Canon John Paul could not have asked for the Silver Jubilee celebration to go any better. It was a great, happy, joyous occasion for the island and for our parishes. AD MULTOS ANNOS!


Recent Funeral: we pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret MacNeil (of Loch na Obbe in Northbay) who passed away on Monday 24th June in St. Brendan’s Hospital at the age of 88. Margaret’s Requiem Mass took place in St. Barr’s Northbay on Thursday 27th June and thereafter Margaret was laid to rest in Cuithir Cemetery. We extend our prayers of love and sympathy to all Margaret’s family at this sad time. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Peter’s Pence Collection: this weekend is the Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul and we normally take up a special collection called “Peters Pence”. It is an annual collection in favour of the Holy Father’s apostolic and charitable ministry.


Tea/Coffee after Northbay Sunday Mass: normally we do this on the first Sunday of the month however since the Fisherman’s Mass is on next Sunday we will delay till Sunday 14th July.


Bishop’s letter for Election Day: the Catholic Bishops of Scotland have written a letter about the Elections that are planned for Thursday 4th July. Copies of the letter are available in the church. Please take one home with you.


Fisherman’s Mass & Blessing of Boats: is next Sunday 7th July at 2.00pm at Castlebay pier car park. Let’s pray for some good weather and lots of fishing boats and others boats to come along for their blessing. There will be a bucket collection to support RNLI and Stella Maris and there will be fresh Herring being cooked. Everyone welcome to come along and support our Fishermen!


Sea Sunday: all over the country next weekend parishes will be praying for all Seafarers and Fishermen on Sea Sunday. There will be a second collection at all the Masses for Apostleship of the Sea.


Eoligarry Church new path: on Monday 17th June there was a new concrete path made from the Eoligarry Church gate to the steps of the Church. Canon John Paul wishes to thank all those who gave of their time to organise the work and to complete the work. Many thanks to John MacLennan Contractors Ltd for organising the concrete. It was a great “team effort” and the final outcome is great. It has been on the “to do list” for a number of years but now it has been completed. Moran Taing uile!