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Bhileag (Newsletter) 30th October 2022

Holyday of Obligation: Tuesday is the Solemnity of All Saints and is a Holy of Obligation. There will be two Masses on that day. 10.00am in Northbay and 7.00pm in Castlebay.


All Souls Day: Wednesday is All Souls Day. It is NOT a holyday of obligation. Mass at 12 Noon in Craigston as we begin an important month of prayer for the “Holy Souls”.


Thursday Mass: please note that for this week only the Mass on Thursday will be in Eoligarry at 10am.


November Lists: One of the important things we can do during the month of November is to pray for our faithful departed. The Month of November is often called the Month of the Holy Souls. There are November lists with envelopes available at the Church entrance. Please write down on the lists the names of any deceased family, relatives, friends, parishioners you would like to remember and pray for. Once you have filled in your list please place the list in the envelope provided (or any envelope) and inside the envelope please place an offering. Please pass the envelopes onto Canon John Paul or to put in offertory basket. These envelopes will then be placed upon the Altar at every Holy Mass and those names you have written will be remembered at the Altar of God at each Mass in November.


Graveyard Rosary: Each Sunday in November we will gather to pray the Rosary in each of our Graveyards. Please note the times and dates and places!! If the weather is poor we go to the nearest Church.

6th Nov- Cuithir Graveyard at 3pm

13th Nov- Vatersay Graveyard at 3pm

20th Nov- Eoligarry Graveyard at 3pm

27th Nov- Borve Graveyard at 2pm


Fr. Stanley Bennie: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of Fr. Stanley Bennie who died recently. Fr. Stanley had for many years been the Episcopalian Priest in Stornoway until he retired and converted to Catholicism and then he was ordained into the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Fr. Stanley did visit a couple of times to supply on Barra. Fr. Stanley gave his life to God and preached the Good News of the Gospel for many years with love and faith. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


Important Online Zoom Meeting on “Heat & Eat Crisis”: Bishop Brian is keen to help in anyway those who feel they might struggle during these difficult times with rise of the “cost of living”. Everyone is affected by it, the cost of electricity and food. Bishop Brian brings to the online meeting Lynda Mitchell from AliEnergy, who support people in the council area of Argyll & Bute and also Kirsty MacLeod from Tighean Innse Gall who gives advice on energy in the Western Isles. Also Frazer Scott from Energy Action Scotland. This coming Wednesday 2nd November at 7pm Bishop Brian invites you online to this Zoom Meeting. Please go to the Diocesan Webpage or facebook page for more information and there you will find the details of how to register. Bishop Brian says “come and join this diocesan-wide event online and hear the ways to meet the “heat & eat Crisis” and maybe help answer some questions for you.” To register for the event go to the following link:  


Remembrance Sunday: the service at the Nask War memorial will be Sunday 13th November at 2.00pm.


Northbay “Church Tea” after Sunday Mass: next “Tea in the Hall” will be the first Sunday of November which is next Sunday (6th November).



Mon 31st  Oct…………   No Mass

Tues 1st Nov…. Feast of All Saints

10.00am  NORTHBAY

 7.00pm  CASTLEBAY

Wed 2nd Nov …. All Souls Day


Thur 3rd Nov….10.00am  EOLIGARRY**

Fri 4th Nov……..10.00am  VATERSAY

Sat 5th Nov…….10.00am   CASTLEBAY



5th & 6th NOVEMBER 2022

32nd Sunday of Year C

Vigil Mass…….  6.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses..9.30am NORTHBAY & 11.30am CASTLEBAY