Star of the Sea, Castlebay, The Isle of Barra. HS9 5XD.
Phone 01871 810267
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Bhileag 23rd August 2020

Sunday & Weekday Masses: to attend any Mass you must contact with Canon John Paul to see if there is space available at Mass. Please phone or email Canon John Paul. If the weekend Masses are busy you could try and attend Mass through the week . Please try and get in touch with Canon John Paul sooner rather than later about attending Mass. It makes things easier if there are “household bubbles” who can be together on a pew. So think about if you can sit with someone and use that space in the church.

As always if you feel uncomfortable about going back to Church just now during this Coronavirus pandemic -then please don’t go. If you have any hesitation the simple answer is to stay at home and continue to watch Mass online. There is no pressure to go. The Bishops of Scotland have suspended the Sunday Obligation of going to Mass for the time being.

Also if you feel you have any symptoms of  COVID-19 – like a new continuous cough; a high fever; loss or change in sense of smell or taste then please DO NOT go to Church- instead stay home & isolate.


Recent Funeral: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of Ena Thomas (Ena mhicheil ceit of Glen) who peacefully passed away in the Stornoway  hospital on Monday 17th August at the age of 71 after a very short illness. The funeral took place on Thursday 20th August in Our Lady Star of the Sea and afterwards Ena was laid to rest in Cuithir Cemetery. We extend our prayers and sympathy to her husband John and all the family at this very sad time. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Face coverings at Mass: you now have to wear a face covering at Mass. If you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing one, that’s fine. Also those under 5 do not need to wear a face covering


Housebound visits: if any of the housebound would like a visit from Canon John Paul -can they phone him so that a day and time can be arranged for a visit. We are only in phase 3 of this coming out of  “lockdown” in our country and we still have to be very careful about looking after one another especially the elderly. However if any of the housebound (Lapaich) would like a short visit from Canon John Paul with the sacraments please let him know and he will be happy to visit – following all safety government guidelines.


New Dawn  Conference in Scotland: For the past 11 years, each August in St. Andrews on the east coast there has been a “New Dawn” conference which brings together Catholic families, youth, priests, Bishops and religious into the one place and a three day conference of various Talks, of  Holy Mass, of Adoration of the blessed Sacrament takes place. There are always inspiring speakers attending the Conference. Of course this summer we all face “lockdown” because of the Coronavirus pandemic and therefore the “New dawn” conference will go virtual. The virtual “New Dawn conference” will be from the 28th-30th August. For more details and information check website

Youtube at New Dawn in Scotland channel




Mon 24th Aug…No Mass

Tue 25th Aug.. 10am  EOLIGARRY

Wed26thAug..12noon CRAIGSTON

Thu 27th Aug…10am  NORTHBAY

Fri 28th Aug…10am  VATERSAY

Sat 29th Aug…  No Mass



29th & 30th August   2020

22nd Sunday of Year A

Saturday Vigil Masses

4pm & 6pm  CRAIGSTON


Sunday Masses

9.30am   NORTHBAY

11.30am  CASTLEBAY