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Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Gospel of this Fourth Sunday of Advent gives us the account of the Annunciation (Lk 1: 26-38), the mystery to which we return every day in reciting the Angelus. This prayer makes us relive the decisive moment at which God knocked at Mary’s heart and, having received her “yes”, began to take flesh, in her and from her. The Collect of today’s Mass is the same as the one we recite at the end of the Angelus” Pour forth, we beseech you, o Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection”. With only a few days until the Feast of Christmas, we are invited to fix our gaze on the ineffable mystery that Mary treasured for nine months in her virginal womb: the mystery of God who is made man.

Let us turn our gaze again to Mary and Joseph who were awaiting the birth of Jesus and learn from them the secret of reflection in order to taste the joy of Christmas. Let us prepare ourselves to welcome with faith the Redeemer who comes to be with us, the Word of God’s love for humanity of every epoch.

Pope Benedict, Angelus 21 Dec 2008

Mass times for the Week

(25 Dec – 30th Dec)

Monday – 9.30am Eoligarry

11.30am Castlebay Family Mass

Tuesday- 2.30pm St. Brendan’s Home/Hospital

Wednesday- 12 Noon Craigston

Thursday-12 Noon Northbay

Friday-10:00am Vatersay

Saturday-10:00am Castlebay



7pm Northbay (6.30pm Carol Service)

9pm Vatersay

11pm Craigston (10.30pm Carol Service)


9.30am Eoligarry

11.30am Castlebay Family Mass