Newsletter for the 4th Sunday of Easter 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 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.    


Ronnie Gillies, Clement Kirby, Jessie Matheson, Calum Macdonald, Roddie Macdonald, Angele-Ona Laurinaviciene, Ted Timbrell, Peggy Macdonald, Peter Macdonald, Angus Macdougall.

Fabric Committee

We had a successful meeting last Wednesday and are hoping in time to move on with some work in St. Mary’s such as, the back wall, and the painting of the church. There are also jobs in St. John’s and Glenfinnan that are going to be done in the near future.

St. Mary and St. Finnan, Glenfinnan

After a short meeting last week in Glenfinnan it was decided that we will have mass on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of the month. Our next mass will be Sunday May the 2nd at 1.30pm.

Sick Visits

It is hoped that in the near future we will be able to resume our home visits to the sick and housebound. Please inform us if there is anyone who is unable to get to mass and would like a visit.


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In today’s Gospel Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd who genuinely cares for his flock as opposed to the false shepherds who are only interested in themselves. Jesus’ union with his Father flows into his intimacy with us, shown most beautifully in the gift of his life for us. Jesus’ love is not restricted to a select few but rather he draws all humanity into his single flock or family.

The past year has been difficult for everyone and we are grateful for the care or ‘shepherding’ we have received from so many people. Today, on Good Shepherd Sunday, I want to especially thank our priests and deacons for the care they have provided to you and wider society during these challenging times. Although they have been unable to exercise their ministry in the usual ways they have persevered and discovered new ways of radiating God’s care for his flock. I also thank you for the care you are giving to our clergy during these unsettled times.

Let us pray for our clergy, that through ever deeper union with the Lord, they may increasingly die to self and devote themselves to their flock after the heart of Jesus.

I am delighted that Philip Bua will be ordained a deacon for our Diocese on 10th June. Please keep Philip in your prayers.

I appeal to our young men – is the Lord calling you to be a priest? If you think he may be, then please speak to your priest or Fr John Paul MacKinnon our Vocations Director. I ask that you pray each day for Vocations to our Diocese and build a culture of vocation in your families and communities.

I pray that you will know the tender care of the Good Shepherd within your hearts, and I know that he continues to guide us during these difficult times.

May God bless you and your families,

Bishop Brian Mcgee