Newsletter for the 30th 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 10.15am on 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 Macdonald, Martin Kelly, Jeannie Flannigan, Kathleen Macdonald, Jane Marie Gray, Lorna O’ Donnell, Betty Fraser, Sidney Macdonald, Mary Macphee, Margaret Ann Walsh, Susan Keenan, Michael Macdonald, Matthew Nixon, John Cassidy. George Macfarlane Senior, Anne Harrison, Michael Haggerty, Kenny Cairns, Susan Keenan, Vincent Maclaren, Margaret Donaldson, David Buchanan, Patrick Quinn, John Delaney, Sandy Gregory, Jim McAllister, Ellen McGinlay.


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.

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.  

Cop 26

As Cop 26 starts in Glasgow this week, we pray that the decisions made will be of benefit to those who suffer most through global warming and climate change.

Mission Sunday

This Sunday is Mission Sunday, where we concentrate on the work of those who give their lives to work in the missions. There will be a second collection at all masses for this very worthy cause.

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.

Church Organ

Several people have asked me recently why we raised money for a new organ, and we do not have one. The simple reason is that the pandemic has made it extremely difficult to purchase the exact organ we are looking for. I can personally assure you that the monies raised £15,000, is still in a separate account waiting to be used for that purpose. 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.

Catholic Parishes of Lochaber Ceilidh

We will be holding a parish Ceilidh on Friday the 19th of November at 7pm in the Railway Club.

Hopefully we will be able to raise some money for the parishes, but more importantly just to get together, in a social setting with one another.