Star of the Sea, Castlebay, The Isle of Barra. HS9 5XD.
Phone 01871 810267
Email Addres

No Public Mass

In light of the recent announcement by NHS Western Isles of positive Covid-19 cases on Barra- Canon John Paul will now suspend Public Mass on the island from Wednesday 13th January till Wednesday 27th January. There will be NO weekday or Sunday public Mass during that time on the island. Instead Canon John will celebrate his own private Mass. As we all know there is no obligation to go to Sunday Mass at the moment because of the Pandemic. This is just a precaution but it is necessary to remind ourselves that the Coronavirus is everywhere and we have to do what we can to keep ourselves and our islands safe.


We have been very fortunate for the last 10 months not to have had any positive Covid-19 cases on the island but we all knew that one day that would change. We have been very lucky that since Sunday 19th July 2020 we have had Sunday Mass every Sunday which has been a great blessing for the island. However Canon John Paul would like to suspend Public Masses for the next 14 days. He will review things on Wednesday 27th January if public Mass can resume again. It is important for us all to stay at home and stay safe. In our homes we can watch holy Mass again online or spend that quality time in personal prayer.

Please note that any Requiem Masses on the island will take place as normal with only the immediate family involved-with the maximum number of 20.


Even though there will be No Public Mass- the Churches will be open only for Private Prayer on the following days from 10.00am-4.00pm.

Sunday…… Castlebay & Northbay

Monday……All Churches closed


Wednesday…. Craigston

Thursday……. Northbay




When entering or leaving any of the churches please use the hand sanitiser gel and please wear a face covering too. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not enter the Churchinstead you should stay at home and isolate.

If you wish to contact Canon John Paul about anything then please phone 01871 810267 or mobile 07951128475 or email or

Please follow the Scottish Government guidelines of FACTS- Face Coverings, Avoid crowded places, Clean your hands, Two metre distance and self isolate if you have any symptoms. Let us all follow FACTS and keep ourselves and our islands safe in these difficult times.