Newsletter for the 6th 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.

Ascension Thursday, Holy Day of Obligation

There will be mass on Ascension Thursday in St. John’s Caol 10am, and St. Mary’s 7pm.

Streaming of masses

For those still unable to attend mass, we will continue to stream mass on “Friends of St. Mary’s” Facebook site.


Sarah Theresa Hayes, Annie and Dougald Macdonald, Mary Brown, Ewen Morrison, Peter Kennedy, Helen Macdonald, Mary Catherine McAuley, Catherine Sutherland.

St. Mary and St. Finnan, Glenfinnan

After a short meeting 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 16th at 1.30pm.

Sick Visits

With some restrictions relaxing slightly, we are now able to visit those who are sick and housebound if they wish. Please let us know if there is anyone in the parish, who wishes a visit or is in hospital.

Caol Chapel House

Please be aware that when coming to mass, there is no longer access to the church down the house side of the building. Please respect the privacy of the new tenants.

Rosary and Benediction

During the month of May, we will have Rosary and Benediction every Wednesday this Wednesday the 12th at 7pm, will be in St. John’s Caol at 7pm.

Church Numbers

Since April the 26th the cap on those coming to mass has been lifted, this makes a huge difference to us particularly in Caol, and Fort William as we have such big churches that we no longer need to be concerned about numbers. The usual regulations regarding social distancing, sanitising of hands, track and trace, and cleaning schedule will be remaining until further notice.

Fabric of Catholic Parishes of Lochaber

We are moving ahead with the work that has to be done in St. Mary’s. We are in the process of getting prices for the professional cleaning of the lead windows, new signage for all the churches. We are also waiting with professional advice on how to deal with the back wall, and then to look at the painting of the church.

St. John’s house and Church, The chapel house in St. John’s has been fully painted, and new carpets, and the house is now rented out. We thank Francis for his continued work in the garden. We are hoping to paint some of the outside of the church in the near future.


Some parishioners are looking at the possibility of options for the church car park, we will keep you informed about progress made.