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Bhileag 1st Sept 2019

Lapaich: Fr. John Paul will visit the housebound this week – Monday & Wednesday in Castlebay Parish. Tuesday in Northbay & Eoligarry.


Raffle tickets for Mary’s Meals: it is that time of the year when we help support Mary’s Meals. Raffle tickets will be sold after the Craigston Mass this Saturday (31st August). Then on Sunday 1st September raffle tickets will be sold after the Northbay Mass and Castlebay Mass.


Diocesan “Liturgy works” weekend: will take place next weekend from 6th-8th September in the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge. Ideally it would be good for people to go in pairs as the rooms will be shared. Please send a deposit of £20 to Denise MacLean-11 Badden park, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8UL. Cheques made payable to “Diocesan Choir”. On arrival at the Conforti Institute £90 should be paid at reception. The weekend will begin at 4pm. For more information please speak with Fr. John Paul.


Timetable for Visit of the Relics of St. Thèrèse of Lisieux: On Thursday 12th September the relics of St. Thèrèse will arrive at 3pm in St. Columba’s Cathedral. There will be a welcome and blessing of Roses. Then there will be veneration of the relics and silent prayer. Priests will be available to hear confessions. At 5.30pm there will be evening prayer in the Cathedral. Then at 7pm there will be Holy Mass with Bishop Brian and the guest preacher will be a Carmelite priest called Fr. Tony Parsons. At 10pm there will be night prayer.

On Friday 13th September there will be morning prayer at 10am followed by veneration of the relics and confession. At 12 Noon Mass which Children will be the main focus but everyone is invited to go. From 1pm there will be Veneration of the relics and an opportunity to go to Confession. At 5.30pm there will be Evening prayer and at 10pm Night prayer.

Then on Saturday 14th September after the 10am Mass the relics of St. Therese will leave for the Diocese of Paisley and then to the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

If you can go- you should make the pilgrimage to Oban to venerate the relics of St. Therese “The Little Flower”. A very powerful Saint who intercedes in our prayers and accompanies us on our pilgrimage of faith. If you cannot get to Oban -look up the timetable for the other opportunities to venerate the relics of St. Thèrèse.


Warm Welcome: to Fr. John Berry who is on holiday on the island just now. We haven’t seen Fr. John for about 4 years- he has been kept busy back in his own Diocese of Leeds. He will be about on the island for the next couple of weeks -so I’m sure you will bump into him. We wish him a peaceful rest.