Articles by Fr. Roddy McAuley

Welcome to the website of St. John's Parish, Caol

Welcome to the Roman Catholic parish of Saint John the Evangelist, Caol, which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain (4406 feet).

The parishes of St. John's, Caol; St. Mary's, Fort William; St. Finnan, Glenfinnan; Our Lady of the Angels, Mingarry and St. Agnes, Glenuig are now called the "Lochaber Cluster parishes" served by two priests, and a permanent deacon.

Fr. David is the parish priest and resides in the parish house in St. Mary's, Fort William, while Fr. Emmanuel the assistant priest resides at the parish house in St. John's, Caol.

You're very welcome to join us for Mass on Sunday, you will find our people very welcoming and hospitable. There is always tea and coffee Served at St. John's, Caol, after Mass on Sunday morning.

Inside the church there is a framed prayer which reads:

Lord, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship;

Narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife.

Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, nor to straying feet.

Make this house a house of prayer and a gateway to your kingdom.


May God bless you, and may you travel safely on our Highland roads.

Thank you for visiting us!

Parish newsletter

For information on the coming week including: Mass times, feast days, anniversaries and devotions, please refer to the parish newsletter.

To download a copy of the newsletter (in PDF format) please click on this link.

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