Newsletter for the 1st Sunday of Advent C

Parish Finance in Lockdown Crisis

Many thanks to all who have handed in envelopes and donations during lockdown. It has made a great difference to the finances of the different parishes. Could you please continue to post your donations through the door of St. Mary’s Chapel house, Many thanks indeed.

Painting of St. Mary’s Fort William

The painting of St. Mary’s has started and the first phase of it is know finished. The second phase the ceiling and the back will be done by March of next year once the repairs to the roof are competed.

Masses for next week

There will be no masses on Monday and Saturday morning of next week. The morning masses are as follows. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday St. John’s Caol 10am, Friday at 10.15am in St. Mary’s. The weekend will be as usual. Vigil 6pm St. Mary’s, Sunday morning 10am, St. John’s Caol, and 11.15am in St. Mary’s, Glenfinnan, there will be mass on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, till further notice.

Streaming of masses

For those still unable to attend mass, we will continue to stream mass on “Friends of St. Mary’s” Facebook site. Masses will only be streamed on a Sunday at 11.15am. There will no longer be daily masses streamed.


Tony McHale, Jean Macgillvaray, Anna Macauley, Daniel Sheldon, Michael Loginov, Anton Sporn, Cissie McCorgray, Ina Macdonald, Patrick Curran, John Brady, Willine Macallister, David Buchanan, Peter Ryan, John Kerr, Margaret Barron, Penny Kennedy.

Painting of St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s will be closed this Wednesday the 1st of December, as the painters will be in finishing off some work. Mass will be in St. John’s Caol that day at 10am.


There will be confessions in St. Mary’s every Saturday evening before the Vigil Mass from 5.15pm to 5.45 pm. And on request at any other time.

Altar Servers

If any young person would who has made their first communion, would wish to be an altar server, please contact Deacon Wynne, or Fr. David, at the chapel house on 01397-702174.

St. Mary’s, Fort William

We have now received an estimated figure for the work to make the back wall secure, and the painting of the inside of the church. This will cost approximately £20,000.  I do realise that this not the best time to be asking for money, but this is essential work to the fabric of the church this work will start this Monday the 1st of November. This will mean that all weekday masses will take place in St. John’s until further notice. I am delighted to say that due to a very generous donation, out total is now standing at £9,550. Many thanks indeed.

Catholic Parishes of Lochaber Ceilidh

We thank all those who contributed to the Parish Ceilidh and made it such a fantastic night. A special thanks go to all the musicians and singers, who gave of their time and their talents to make it such a successful evening. The final total of money has still to come in but is around £740. Many thanks indeed. Fr. David.

Choir Practice

Our next choir practice for Christmas will be held in St. Mary’s this Wednesday at 7pm, old and new members are most welcome.

Advent Talks

We will be having Advent talks on the differing themes of the season. Our first talk will be on Thursday the 2nd at 7pm in St. Mary’s, by Fr. Roddy Johnston, all are very welcome.

Katie Laggan

Huge congratulations to Katie Laggan who was 97 years young on Friday. We wish her continued health and happiness.

Christmas Mass Times

Glenfinnan, Christmas Eve 5pm

St. John’s Caol, Christmas Carols, 11.30pm, and Midnight Mass 12pm.

Christmas Day, St. John’s Caol 10am

St. Mary’s, Fort William, 11.15am