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Bhileag (Newsletter) 29th May 2022

Prayers for a special Birthday: on Thursday 2nd June Peigi Haggarty (Peigi Ellie of Borve) will celebrate the wonderful age of 100. Our oldest parishioner and oldest person on Barra. What an amazing age to reach!! All our love, thoughts and prayers are with Peigi as she celebrates her 100th birthday with family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Last weekend after the Confirmations Bishop Brian McGee went to visit Peigi, to pray with her and bring her Holy Communion and to give her a special blessing. Peigi was “over the moon” with such an important guest in her home. Canon John Paul will celebrate a house Mass for Peigi and her family in celebration of her wonderful birthday this week too. We are very fortunate that Peigi is keeping so well and she has her great smile and lovely laugh and has that great sense of humour. Peigi also is a great woman of faith who never forgets her daily Rosary and she still plays her Whist every day and wins consistently. Let us all pray for every health and blessing to come upon Peigi on her 100th birthday. AD MULTOS ANNOS


Synod Questionnaire: if you have completed a Synod questionnaire please hand it into the church or to give to Canon John Paul or to Christine Galbraith or Katie MacNeil. Thank you.


Canon John Paul next weekend: please note that Canon John Paul will be away next weekend and while he is away Fr. David Stewart will look after the weekend Masses.


Fr. David Stewart: we look forward to welcoming Fr David back to the island nest weekend and it will also be the lovely Solemnity of Pentecost next Sunday. Fr David arrives on Friday evening by boat.


Castlebay Church Cleaning: we are going to return back to a fortnightly rota for church cleaning in Castlebay Church. If you can help in church cleaning please let Canon John Paul know and a rota will be organised.


Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Philip Bua: on Tuesday 21st June the Diocese will celebrate the Ordination of Rev Philip to the Priesthood for our Diocese. The Ordination Mass will begin at 7pm and will be in St. Columba’s Cathedral in Oban. Philip’s first Mass as a Priest will then be on Wednesday 22nd June at 10am in St. Columba’s Cathedral. There is an open invitation to everyone to attend.  If anyone is interested in going to the Ordination could they let Canon John Paul know so that numbers attending can be put forward.



Mon 30th May ……..10.00am VATERSAY

Tue 31st May…………10.00am  EOLIGARRY

Wed 1st June …………12 Noon  CRAIGSTON

Thur 2nd June………10.00am  NORTHBAY

Fri 3rd June…………..No Mass

Sat 4th June ………….10.00am CASTLEBAY



4th & 5th June 2022

Pentecost Sunday

Vigil Mass (Saturday)…….  6.00pm   CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses…..9.30am   NORTHBAY & 11.30am  CASTLEBAY