Newsletter for the Feast of the Holy Family

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.


Elizabeth Michie, Elizabeth Robertson, Sandra Baucks, John Connor, Joseph Michie, James Merson, Eileen Cameron, Ryan Moynihan Gillies, Joseph James Rowey, Iain Macdonald, John Maguire, Nell Holness, Cathie Mcadonald, Alex Macdonald, Anthony Adams, Rita McLaughlin, George Mulrooney, Charles McLaughlin, Jan Wegner, Betty Anderson, Margaret Wardrop, Margaret Pryce, Harry Deeny, Maichael Mccartney, Neil Macvarish, Canon Calum MacNeill.


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 £11,090. Many thanks indeed.

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

St. Mary’s, Fort William, 11.15am

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.

Gift Aid Envelopes, St. Mary’s

There are now Gift Aid envelopes for you to pick up. Please be careful as some of the numbers have changed.

Merry Christmas to all parishioners

On behalf of myself, and Deacon Thomas, can I thank you most sincerely for your gifts and cards to us, it is very much appreciated. Could we also thank those who have made such an effort this year, to keep the churches open and safe. We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work. Fr. David.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all who made such an effort to get the churches ready for Christmas, it is very much appreciated.