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Bhileag 19th December 2021

Covid-19 guidelines:  The Scottish Government are strongly highlighting the need to keep looking after ourselves and looking after others during this pandemic. We now have the “Omicron Variant” of Covid-19 in our Country which seems to pass more quickly between people. Let us all continue to carry on our good work of keeping on top of Covid-19 by wearing our face masks- keep sanitising our hands-go for our vaccinations. We all have to play our important part especially now in the lead up to Christmas.


Requiem Mass: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of Christina MacLeod (of Earsary & Glasgow) who returned home to Barra last Monday so that her final few days could be spent with her family on the island. Christina peacefully passed away late on Saturday 18th December at the age of 87. Christina’s Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday 21st December at 11am in St. Barr’s Northbay and thereafter Christina will be laid to rest in Eoligarry Graveyard. We extend our prayers of sympathy to Hughie and all the family and relatives at this time. Eternal rest grant unto her O lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Recent Funeral: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of  Chrissie MacIntyre (Chrissie a Bhacaidh) of Bruernish who peacefully passed away in her own home at the age of 75 after a short illness. Chrissie’s Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday 15th December in St. Barr’s in Northbay and thereafter Chrissie was laid to rest in Eoligarry graveyard.  We extend our prayers of love and sympathy to all Chrissie’s family. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Lapaich: Canon John Paul will visit some of the housebound this week. If you wish a visit then please call Canon John Paul.


Choir practice: there will be a choir practice in St. Brendan’s Craigston on Wednesday 23rd December at 6.30pm. John Joe will be there to help us. This practise will be for Craigston and Castlebay church.

Northbay Church will be also organising its own practice and details will be announced.


Castlebay Church Christmas clean: Sunday 19th December at 2pm. Many hands make light work!!


Church Christmas decorations: Canon John Paul is very grateful to all who are helping to prepare all our churches for Christmas. Moran Taing!


Sunday Obligation returns: The Catholic Bishops of Scotland have announced that from Sunday 2nd January 2022 the Sunday Obligation returns for Sunday Mass and Holyday’s of obligation.


Christmas Masses: Canon John Paul plans to celebrate Mass in all 5 Churches as follows;

Christmas Eve: 7.00pm Northbay     9.00pm Vatersay     11.00pm Craigston

Christmas Day: 9.30am Eoligarry    11.30am Castlebay


Next Weekend’s Vigil Mass: please note that the Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 6.00pm  next weekend is cancelled because it is Christmas day. It is cancelled only for that day!



Mon 20th December……….No Mass

Tue 21st December……..11.00am NORTHBAY

(Requiem Mass of Christina MacLeod) 

Wed 22nd December……12 Noon  CRAIGSTON

Thur 23rd December…..10.00am  NORTHBAY

Christmas Eve Mass

7.00pm   NORTHBAY (Carol service at 6.45pm)

  9.00pm   VATERSAY

11.00pm  CRAIGSTON (Carol service at 10.45pm)

Christmas Day Mass

9.30am    EOLIGARRY

11.30am  CASTLEBAY



25th & 26th DECEMBER 2021

The Feast of the Holy Family

Vigil Mass………  No Vigil Mass

Sunday Masses…..9.30am NORTHBAY

                                11.30am  CASTLEBAY