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Bhileag (Newsletter) 28th August 2022

Recent Funeral: we remember in our prayers the repose of the soul of Calum MacRury who peacefully passed away in his own home in Horve last Sunday at the age of 86. Calum had not been keeping well for long time and he found that peace last Sunday. We extend our prayers of love and sympathy to Peigi and all the family at this time. Calum’s Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday 24th August in Our Lady Star of the Sea and afterwards Calum was laid to rest in Vatersay Graveyard. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


Mass times this week: please note the slight changes to Masses this week. No Mass on Thursday. Mass on Friday in Northbay at 10am and then on Saturday Mass will be on Vatersay at 10am.


Deanery Meeting: Canon John Paul will be heading over to Uist on Thursday to attend a meeting of the Priests of the islands. The Meeting is in St. Michael’s Ardkenneth.


Relic Tour of St. Bernadette: In September and October this year, the relics of St. Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage to England, Scotland and Wales. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes in a special way. The relics of St. Bernadette will arrive in Scotland, at Carfin Grotto (Motherwell) on Saturday 24th September and then on Sunday 25th September at 3.00pm a special National Pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Joseph Toal along with the other Bishops of Scotland and with hundreds and thousands of pilgrims from all over Scotland will gather in Carfin Grotto on that Sunday. One of the main reasons it will be in Carfin Grotto all week is because Carfin celebrates its Centenary this year. If you haven’t been to Carfin then you should think about it. It is a very beautiful and spiritual place.


Diocese of Argyll & the Isles and the Relics tour: the relics of St. Bernadette will be in Carfin Grotto from 24th September -1st October. On certain days each Diocese in Scotland will help lead prayers, and Holy Mass and other liturgies. On Friday 30th September the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles will join with the Diocese of Motherwell and celebrate together the various liturgies on that day. So if you are thinking of going along to the tour of the relics then a good day to be there will be Friday 30th September. Bishop Brian McGee will be there along with hopefully some of the priests of the Diocese. Over the course of the day (from 8am-10pm) a possible outline of things that will happen are- Morning prayer; Confessions, Rosary, anointing of the sick, Holy Mass, Liturgy of Water and of course there will be the torchlight procession.If you cannot make Friday 30th September you can go along on another day that suits you. The important thing is just being there and receiving the beautiful blessings and graces of the relic of St. Bernadette.



Mon 29th August ………No Mass

Tue 30th  August………10.00am  EOLIGARRY

Wed 31st  August …….12 Noon  CRAIGSTON

Thur 1st September…..No Mass

Fri 2nd September…….10.00am  NORTHBAY

Sat 3rd September…….10.00am   VATERSAY



3rd & 4th SEPTEMBER 2022

23rd Sunday of Year C

Vigil Mass …….  6.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses…9.30am NORTHBAY & 11.30am CASTLEBAY