Newsletter for the 23rd Sunday of the Year B

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.


Masses for next week

There will be no masses on Monday and Saturday morning of next week. The morning masses are as follows. There will be mass on Tuesday and Thursday, St. John’s Caol 10am, St. Mary’s, 10.15am Wednesday., and Friday. 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 Sunday’s 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.


Roddy MacNeil, Agnes Currie, Jessie Monk, Sister Oswin, Jimmy Mackellaig,                Chrissie McCormick, Rita McCaffery, Margaret Laverock, Peter Macdonald, Peggy Macaskill, Agnes Currie, Bella Macpherson, Colin Clark, Thomas Shaw, Cathie Wood, Francis Ward, Freddie Stephen, Maureen Halligan.

Sick Visits

We apologise for not getting round the sick as much recently. This was due to the high prevalence of covid in the area. We will do our best to get round as many people as we can, when covid cases fall.


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.


Those children who do not attend St. Columba’s and are due to receive the sacraments, that is Primary Four and above, please get in touch with     Fr. David.

Due to restrictions with Covid, this year there will be a Diocesan Sacramental Programme, which will be led by Fr. Ronald Campbell. This will start on Thursday the 9th of September with a Parent and Child Enrolment at 7pm. All candidates must register before the 1st of September to, Fr. Ronald at,

New Church Members

Recently there have been a number of enquiries from people wishing to join the church. Please feel free to approach Fr. David, or Deacon Thomas.

Fr. David Holiday

I will be away from the parish from Tuesday the 7th of September to Tuesday the 14th of September. We give a very warm welcome to Fr. Sandy and thank him for giving me a break.

Covid Measures in the Churches

Covid measures have changed and relaxed slightly, but we have decided to keep all the current measures in place just to make sure everyone is kept safe and well.

Reflection Priceless Gifts

The gift of hearing is a priceless gift. But it is only with the heart that we can hear rightly. The cry of a needy person may reach our ears, but unless it reaches our heart, we will not feel the persons pain, and it is unlikely that we will respond. And the gift of speech is a priceless gift. But again, it is only with the heart that we can speak rightly. For our words to ring true, they must come from the heart. If they come only from the lips, they will have a hollow sound and will have little effect. They will be like a wind that ruffles the surface of the water but leaves the depths untouched.