Newsletter for the 31st 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.


Painting of St. Mary’s Fort William

The painting of St. Mary’s will start this Monday the 1st of November, all midweek masses will take place in St. John’s Caol at 10am, for the foreseeable future.


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, Thursday, Friday at 10am in St. John’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 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.



Roy Stirling, James McAllister, Teresa Dougan, Sarah Kelly, Mona Timbrell, Marion Drummon, Irene Quail, Mary Macdonald, Adam Maclean, James Findlay, Alice Findlay, Mary Ellen Timbrell, Paddy Heron, Kenneth MacNeil, Janet Gillies, John Cairns, Teresa Dougan, Christina Mackinnon, Maisie Donaldson, Patrick Flannigan, Shona McMaster, Brian Wynne. 

Dave Ford R.I.P.

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Dave Ford, to his family and friends we offer our love and prayers. Dave’s funeral service will be on Wednesday the 3rd of November at 10am in St. John’s Caol.

All Saints Day

Masses for all Saint’s Day will be as follows, St. John 10am, St. John’s 7pm.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Brian, regarding the Synodal Process

There is a letter from Bishop Brian, explaining the Synodal Process. Please take a letter as you leave mass today, as this will give us all a better idea of the process. 

Colin Macdonald R.I.P.

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Colin Macdonald. To Colin’s family and friends, we offer our love and our prayers at this time. There is no date for a Requiem Mass at this time.


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 £5,500. Many thanks indeed.

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

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.