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Bhileag 3rd June 2018

Day for Life Collection: this weekend there will be a second collection for “Day for Life”. Please pick up a prayer card for “Day for life” which focuses this year on the huge problem of human trafficking in our world.

Lapaich: Fr. John Paul will visit the housebound this week on Monday in Castlebay; on Wednesday in Castlebay and Vatersay. On Thursday in Eoligarry & Northbay.

New Parish Emails: Each parish has been given an email address and therefore if you wish to contact either parish by email please use-  or

Safeguarding Letter: please pick up a letter from Bishop Joseph Toal highlighting the hard work of the Catholic Church in Scotland in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. It is an important letter so please pick one up and take home with you.

Mary’s Meals: to help support Mary’s Meals raffle tickets will be sold after Mass in Northbay & Castlebay on Sunday 17th June and then in Craigston Church on Saturday 23rd June.

Vatersay Sunday Mass: today is the first Sunday of the month of June and there will be Mass at 4pm in Our Lady of the Waves and St. John on Vatersay.

First Holy Communion date: let us keep in mind the children preparing to make their first confession and their First Holy Communion. The date for the First Holy Communion is Sunday 24th June. The First confessions will be made just before the date.

Priesthood Ordination: On Thursday 21st June the Diocese will celebrate the ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Emmanuel Alagbaoso. The Ordination will be in St. Columba’s Cathedral at 7pm. Rev. Emmanuel will then celebrate his first Mass on Friday 22nd June at 10am in St. Columba’s Cathedral. It would be lovely to have some from the island travel over for the ordination and support Rev Emmanuel. Bishop Brian extends a warm invitation to everyone. Also please keep in your prayers Ronald Campbell from Benbecula who will be ordained a deacon on Wednesday 13th June in Rome.

Bishop Brian writes: Day of Prayer for the Sanctification for Priests-Pope Francis has stated that the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday June 8th, will be a day of prayer for the sanctification of priests. Happily the Pope’s intentions mirrors our own thoughts regarding the need for clergy to deepen our love for the Lord. I am sure that your people will want to pray for you too. I ask you to encourage your people to attend Mass on Friday and also participate in a Holy Hour for priests. Of course, you may well have your own plans which will be better suited to your parish. I have also proposed a prayer which you may choose to insert in your bulletin so that the housebound and those who cannot attend Church this Friday can still pray for you at home.

Prayer for Priests:Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose Heart constantly burns with love for us, hear our prayers today for our priests. We ask you to bless and keep close to your Loving Heart our Parish Priest Father ………. Inflame him with a love for You and for all people so that he may increasingly become a shepherd after Your own Heart. Consecrate to Your Heart all the priests of our diocese of Argyll and the Isles, both those still working in parishes and those who have retired. Through Your great mercy bring our priests who have served us but have since died into the glory of heaven. Amen.