Newsletter for the 3rd Sunday of Advent C

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. 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 Sundays 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.


Teresa Macdonald, Kathleen Sheldon, Effey Gillis, Margaret Macpherson, John Cameron, Rokas Slwzas, Effie McFall, Hazel Paterson, Annie O’ Neill, Katherine MacKinnon,            Mary Cameron, Joseph Macleod, Neil Maceachen, Murdo Macleod, Mary Ann Kennedy, Sandra Vial, Christina Quinn, Robert Meek, Goergia Thomson, John Mcadonald, Janet Jones, Christina Stage.


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 £9,590. Many thanks indeed.

Choir Practice

Our next choir practice for Christmas will be held in St. Mary’s this Wednesday at 7pm, old and new members are most welcome.

Advent Talks

We will be having Advent talks on the differing themes of the season. Our third and final talk will be on Thursday the 16th at 7pm in St. Mary’s, by Bishop Brian, all are very welcome.

Christmas Mass Times

Glenfinnan, Christmas Eve 5pm

St. John’s Caol, Christmas Eve, Christmas Carols, 11.30pm, and Midnight Mass 12pm.

Christmas Day, St. John’s Caol 10am

Boxing Day, St. Mary’s, Fort William, 11.15am

The Holy Family of Jesus and Mary, Sunday the 26th of December

There will be one mass only, in St. Mary’s at 11.15am.

Prayer Cards for the Synod

There are prayer cards at the back of the church for the Synod. This is an excellent opportunity for each one of us, as baptised Christians to play a deeper role in the life of the church, and to hear and respect your views. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will bring fresh wisdom to our deliberations.

Christmas Carol Concert Live Streamed

Our Christmas Carol Concert will be on Wednesday the 22nd of December at7pm and will be live streamed on “Friends of St. Mary’s”.

Gift Aid Envelopes, St. Mary’s

I apologise that there is no Gift Aid envelopes for St. Mary’s at the moment. Please could you put your offering in a plain envelope with your Gift Aid number on it.