Star of the Sea, Castlebay, The Isle of Barra. HS9 5XD.
Phone 01871 810267
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Bhileag 13th March 2022

Second Collection for Ukraine: everyone has been saddened by the invasion of Russia into Ukraine. So many families torn apart by the war. So many women and children now becoming refugees in nearby countries. Millions of people have fled for safety to other Countries. Villages, towns and cities in Ukraine now turned into ruins. So many charities are collecting to help the people of Ukraine. We will take up a second collection today and it will be given to SCIAF and they will transfer the money to CARITAS who are one of the main charities involved in helping the people of Ukraine at this sad time. Last week Northbay Parish second collection was £214.10 and Castlebay second collection raised £265 therefore £479.10 will be sent to SCIAF to help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Moran Taing!


Prayers for the people of Ukraine:  Our Holy Father Pope Francis asks us all to keep praying for peace at this time in Ukraine. Let us use this Lent as we pray each day to offer our own special prayers for the people of Ukraine and to pray for peace. May Our Lady the Queen of peace intercede in our prayers.


The Scottish Catholic magazine: the latest publication is available at the church entrance. Canon John Paul is happy to hear positive feedback from parishioners that they enjoy reading it.


The SCIAF “Wee Boxes”: please pick up your SCIAF box at the church entrance. SCIAF is focusing on Climate change and our fight to look after the world and the climate. SCIAF will also be helping projects in Malawi this year.


Stations of the Cross: on this 2nd Sunday of Lent there will be Stations of the Cross at 4.00pm in Our Lady Star of the sea, Castlebay.


Lenten Prayer Books: there are some prayer books available in the church entrance. Lent is a wonderful time to pick up our prayer books and walk closely with our Lord for the next 40 days of Lent.


Sunday Mass Obligation: the obligation for Sunday Mass began last weekend with the First Sunday of Lent (6th March). Therefore we are now encouraged to return back to Sunday Mass each Sunday from now on. As the Prophet Joel in the first reading for Ash Wednesday writes “The Lord speaks, come back to me with all your heart, turn to the Lord your God again for he is all tenderness and compassion”.


Sacrament of Confession: Lent is a penitential time when we turn to the mercy and forgiveness of God. Our focus in Lent is on the Cross. The Lord Jesus died on the Cross to take our sins away. It is only through the Sacrament of Confession that our sins are taken away. As St. Padre Pio beautifully said “Confession is the soul’s bath”

Every Saturday in Castlebay from 9.30am – 9.50am.

 Every Saturday in Northbay from 12 Noon – 12.30pm.


Canon John Paul: will be away from Monday to Friday this week on the mainland. You can always contact him on his mobile phone Tel; 07951128475.



Mon 14th March …..No Mass

Tues 15th March……No Mass

Wed 16th March ….. No  Mass

Thur 17th March….No Mass

Fri 18th March……..No  Mass

Sat 19th March ……10.00am  CASTLEBAY

(Feast of St. Joseph)



19th & 20th  MARCH  2022

3rd Sunday of Lent -Year C

Vigil Mass……. 6.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses…9.30am   NORTHBAY

11.30am  CASTLEBAY