Newsletter for the 4th Sunday of Advent A

Masses for next week

Monday and Saturday morning there will be no masses. Tuesday there will be no mass in St. John’s, the mass will be in St. Columba’s at 11am. Thursday there will be mass in St. John’s Caol at 10am. Wednesday and Friday there will be mass in St. Mary’s

Weekend Masses as follows. The Vigil St. Mary’s, 6pm, Sunday morning, St. John’s 10am, St. Mary’s 11.15am, and Glenfinnan, 1.30pm, the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

Christmas Mass Times

 Glenfinnan, Christmas Eve 6pm

St. John’s, Caol, Christmas Carols 11.30am, Mass at Midnight.

Christmas Day the 25th, St. John’s Caol, 10aa, St. Mary’s, Fort William, 11.15am



Alick Maclean, John Macdonald, Margaret Gallagher, Bella Macrae, Chrissie Macintyre,        Erin Maquade, Lorriane Sweeney, Jack Sweeney, Maureen Thompson, Margaret Price, Theresa Tumilty, Nell Holness, Cathy Macdonald, Bernard Cairns, Colin Shepherd,          Muriel Bender, Andrew Nisbet, Donald Macmillan.


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.

We give thanks to God for the life of Duncan and offer Rosemary and the family our love and prayers at this sad time. It was a great testament to how Duncan lived his life, that so many people came to give thanks to God for his life. May he sleep in peace and rise in glory.

Pastoral Letter

Bishop Brian has issued a Pastoral Letter entitled, “Discerning Together God’s Path for our Diocese”. Please take a leaflet home and take the time to read it through. The bishop is proposing to come in January to discuss our future together.

Children’s Liturgy

We are hoping to restart the children’s liturgy again in St. Mary’s in January.

Exposition of the blessed sacrament

There will be exposition of the blessed sacrament every Friday morning after mass for half an hour.

Helping local families with Utilities and Food

At our Parish Council meeting we decided to earmark local families which would be most in need of help this winter. It was proposed that depending on the amount of money raised by the parishioners we will then decide how many families we can help.

We thank those who gave so generously to our collection, the monies raised where in the region of £1600 pounds, many thanks indeed for your generosity. Thirteen Hundred pounds of money has already been allocated to those most in need in our community.

It is proposed to have a second collection at Christmas to help those most in need. Please be as generous as you can.

Gift Aid Envelopes St. Mary’s Fort William

For those who pay by envelope your Gift Aid envelopes are at the back of the church.

Fort William Cinema Day

It is proposed that a film and lunch are arranged for the Parishes of Fort William, Caol and Glenfinnan with a visit to The Highland Cinema.

The date chosen is Thursday 12th January. Lunch will be provided from 12.45 with the film starting at 2pm.

The chosen film is the just released film ‘Living’, which is charming and very well reviewed, starring Bill Nighy. It has subtitles.

Lunch will be a combination of pizza and shared platters of salad, smoked salmon, cheeses, salami etc (gluten free food available) with a hot or cold soft drink.

The cost of lunch and the film will be £15, booking will be done via the Highland Cinema online booking platform.

To get tickets, click on the link below