Newsletter for the 33rd 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 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 completed.

Masses for next week

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


Arthur Findlay, Neil Macleod, Donald Macdonald, Neil Maclean, Duncan Gillies, Peter Mitchell, Leo Boyle, Ena Sutherland, Ellen Gallagher, Claire Ryan, Mascelt Monique, Francis Hayes, Danny Haggerty, Annie Tully, Bill Shearer, Annie Macdonald, Angela Adams, Annie Morrison, Mary Flora Mackay, Rose Gardetto, Molly Cameron, Edward Archibald, Margaret Maclean.

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. 


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 £7,750. Many thanks indeed.


Our first Diocesan Safeguarding Day will be held digitally on Saturday 20th November. The Meeting offers an opportunity for everyone involved in ministry with children or vulnerable adults to spend some time together in a supportive and reflective way. Therefore, Bishop Brian invites parish volunteers, Trainers, PSCs, DSAG and DRAMT members to join him for the gathering.

11.00am          Prayer and Spiritual Reflection by Bishop Brian

11.15 – 12.00   An Introduction to IGIv2 by Michael McGrath

12.00 – 12.30   For PSCs only: The Practical Aspects of Safeguarding in Our Parishes by Liz Chaplin

To register for the Meeting please email

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. Tickets cost £5 and are available after each mass this weekend

Mass for the Holy Souls

There will be a mass on Wednesday the 17th of November at 7pm in St. John’ Caol, to remember our loved ones who have gone to God. All are most welcome.

November List

We have a book of remembrance in each church to commemorate the Holy Souls. Those wishing to do this, if you just fill out your list, and put them in the envelope provided, and we will say a mass in their memory.


We are delighted to have a baptism yesterday in St. Mary’s and welcome into the church  Isla Patricia Worsdall, we wish her health and the joy of Christ’s spirit in her life.