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Bhileag (Newsletter) 25th December 2022

Recent Funeral: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of Mary Margaret MacNeil (Tigh a Chriochain in Brevig) who peacefully passed away on Monday 19th December in St. Brendan’s Hospital at the age of 76. The Requiem Mass took place on Friday 23rd December in Our Lady Star of the Sea in Castlebay and afterwards Mary Margaret was laid to rest in Cuithir Cemetery. We extend our prayers and sympathy to all the family at this sad time. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Annual Community Carol Service: on Thursday 29th December at 3.00pm in Northbay Hall. Come along and continue the festive Christmas time with singing carols and enjoying a cup of tea with a few nice mince pies! All welcome.


Church preparations: Canon John Paul wishes to thank everyone who helped clean our Churches and decorate them for the Christmas Masses. Moran Taing! The Churches all look wonderful! Over the Christmas time you should take the opportunity to visit each of the five churches and pray before each Nativity scene and pray for God’s blessings upon you and your families especially as we enter a new year.


Sacrament of Confession: Saturday 31st December:- 9.30am-10am Castlebay & 12noon -12.30pm Northbay


Canon John Paul: will be over on Uist Wednesday &Thursday this week attending the funeral of a family friend.


Pastoral Letter regarding the Diocese: please take home the Pastoral Letter from Bishop Brian which is entitled “Discerning together God’s path for our Diocese”. Bishop Brian will visit every parish in the Diocese during the month of January 2023. He will come to Barra on Tuesday 17th January 2023. There will be a meeting for Castlebay parish at 6pm and then a meeting at 8pm for Northbay parish.


Craigston Church Windows: If anyone wishes to help by giving any donations towards the cost of £8500 for the new Church windows then……………The Parish account details are…..RCD Argyll & the Isles Castlebay Mission    Sort Code 839125    Account Number 65627538. Please make out any cheques to – RCD Argyll & the Isles Castlebay Mission. Any donations will be a great support. Moran Taing! Thank you!


Canon John Paul wishes everyone a very happy & Holy New Year.

May God’s blessings come upon you all for 2023!



Mon 26th December………No Mass

Tue 27th December……….12 Noon  EOLIGARRY

Wed 28th December ……..12 Noon CRAIGSTON

Thur 29th  December……..No Mass

Fri 30th  December……….12 Noon VATERSAY

Sat 31st  December…………10.00am CASTLEBAY



31st December & 1st January

Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

Vigil Mass……. 6.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses.9.30amNORTHBAY &11.30am CASTLEBAY