Newsletter for the 28th Sunday 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.    


Archie Mackay, Sandy Campbell, Sandra Campbell, George, Stoney Bridge, South Uist, Thomas Brash, Alastair Weir, Kenny Cairns, Nellie Rennie, Davie Allan, Hamish Stewart, Helen McGinley, Roddy Maclean, Hamish Mathieson, Hannah Murphy, Calum Maclean,         John MacDougall, Angus Rory Grant, Donald John MacNeil, Ian MacDougall, George Downs, Flora Gillies, Connie Swift.

Sick Visits

We managed to get round all the sick in Fort William last week, and all of Caol, anyone wishing a visit please let us know.


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.

R.I.P. Marie MacNeil and Ronnie Gillies

It is with great sadness we announce the deaths of Marie MacNeil, and Ronnie Gillies, to their family and friends, we offer our love and prayers. The funeral masses are as follows, Marie’s, Monday the 11th of October 7pm in St. John’s Caol. Ronnie’s, Thursday the 14th of October at 10am, St. John’s Caol. 

St. Columba’s School

We wish the teachers and pupils, a very well deserved, October break.

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.

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.

Railings in St. Mary’s Fort William

You will see that work has started on the new railings at St. Mary’s, we look forward to seeing them completed in the next few weeks.

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.  and it is hoped that it will start around the end of October. We will set up a separate fund to finance the project.

St. John’s Caol Church and Sacristy

A huge thank you to all who turned out in such numbers to help with the clearing of the church and the sacristy. It has made a great difference. Thanks again, Fr. David.

Fort William Community Larder

There are leaflets at the back of the church explaining the good work that Fort William Community Larder does, for those struggling in any way. If you know of anyone who may need that help, please let them know.