Newsletter for Mary the Mother of God

Masses for next week

Monday and Saturday morning there will be no masses. Tuesday and Thursday, St. John’s Caol, Wednesday and Friday, there will be mass in St. Mary’s at 10.15am.

Weekend Masses as follows. The Vigil St. Mary’s, 6pm, Sunday morning, St. John’s 10am, St. Mary’s 11.15am, and Glenfinnan there will mass on the first and third Sunday’s.



Peggy Cameron, Charles Fitzsimons, Alistair Matheson, Archie Macdonald, John Maguire, Michael Mceleney, Flora Buchanan, Ann Marie Donoghue, Graham Goodman, Margaret Anne Childs, Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Gribben, Ronald MacInnes, Dorothy Anderson,                Roderick Macdonald, Mary Margaret Lucas, Joseph James Rowey, Ian Macdonald,            John Maguire, Mary Ann Cameron, Angus Macmillan, Liz Rogan, David McCook, Stephen Lauder, Rowan Macleod, Mary Macdonald, George McFall, David Macpherson.

Pastoral Letter

Bishop Brian has issued a Pastoral Letter entitled, “Discerning Together God’s Path for our Diocese”. Please take a leaflet home and take the time to read it through. The bishop is proposing to come in January to discuss our future together, the dates are below.

Bishop’s Visits

Glenfinnan Wednesday the 11th of January at 12 noon

St. John’s Caol Wednesday the 11th of January at 6.30pm

St. Mary’s Fort William the 12th of January at 6.30pm

Children’s Liturgy

We are hoping to restart the children’s liturgy again in St. Mary’s in January.

Justice and peace

Next Sunday there will be a second collection for the work of Justice and Peace, please be as generous as you can.

Exposition of the blessed sacrament

There will be exposition of the blessed sacrament every Friday morning after mass for half an hour.

Helping local families with Utilities and Food

At our Parish Council meeting we decided to earmark local families which would be most in need of help this winter. It was proposed that depending on the amount of money raised by the parishioners we will then decide how many families we can help.

We thank those who gave so generously to our collection, the monies raised where in the region of £1,000 pounds at Christmas, many thanks indeed.

Gift Aid Envelopes St. Mary’s Fort William

For those who pay by envelope your Gift Aid envelopes are at the back of the church.

R.I.P. Pat Haggerty

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Pat Haggerty. Pat was such a wonderful man and parishioner. His Requiem Mass will be held in St. Mary’s on Saturday the 7th of January 2023, at 10.15am. To Helen and the family, we offer our love and prayers at this difficult time.

Fort William Cinema Day

It is proposed that a film and lunch are arranged for the Parishes of Fort William, Caol and Glenfinnan with a visit to The Highland Cinema.

The date chosen is Thursday 12th January. Lunch will be provided from 12.45 with the film starting at 2pm.

The chosen film is the just released film ‘Living’, which is charming and very well reviewed, starring Bill Nighy. It has subtitles.

Lunch will be a combination of pizza and shared platters of salad, smoked salmon, cheeses, salami etc (gluten free food available) with a hot or cold soft drink.

The cost of lunch and the film will be £15, booking will be done via the Highland Cinema online booking platform.

To get tickets, click on the link below to book, phone the cinema on 01397 609696, or drop in when you are in town.

Happy New Year

Deacon Thomas and Fr. David would like to wish you all a very healthy and happy 2023.