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.
John Law, Barry Judge, Rosemary Archibald, Rhoda Fletcher, Mary Tully, Agnes Delaney, Elizabeth Davidson, Mary MacNeil, Angus MacAllister, Donnie Mcallelan, Catherine Downs, John Valellie, Eileen Mackinnon, Roddy Wright.
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.
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. Over the past week, we have managed to visit nearly all who require or have requested a visit. Please continue to let us know if there is someone who is sick or 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 19th at 7pm, will be in St. Mary’s Fort William at 7pm.
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.
We now are waiting for a date to start the cleaning of the church windows.
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.
The Sacraments, Letter from Miss Shona Maclean Head, Acting Head St. Columba’s
Last week, I met with Fr. David to talk about preparing our children for the Sacraments. We have come to a mutual decision to begin this in August 2021 with the P4, P5 and P6 children. This way we will have plenty of time to plan, prepare and have the opportunity to have Fr David in the school, which we are currently not allowed to do. Our hope is to arrange something special for the children at the beginning of December for their First Communion and First Confession. In January 2022, we will then turn the focus towards the children in P7 who will be ready to begin their preparations for their Confirmation.