St. John the Evangelist  Parish, Caol

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History of St. John's Parish 

St. John’s the Evangelist Parish, Caol is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll & the Isles.
The church was blessed on  Sunday, 14th June 1970 by His Eminence Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray,   the Archbishop and Metropolitan of St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh.

The  concelebrants  for the solemn opening were: Bishop Stephen McGill, the Bishop of Paisley, Bishop Colin Macpherson, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Monsignor Ewen Macinnes, V.G and  Fr. John Morrison , parish priest of St. Anne’s  Church, Corpach, which was later closed due to the new church built in Caol. Fr. John Morrison became the first parish priest of St. John’s Evangelis,t Caol.

The town of Caol has approximately up to 800 Catholics of whom some 150 join us for Saturday Vigil Mass (at 7:00 pm) and Sunday Mass (at 10:30 am). Our parishioners come from different backgrounds and we worship and support one another as a family.

The stained glass window at the back of the church which captures the beauty and the nature of Lochaber is a lasting and fitting tribute to Charles Kennedy and his parents, Ian and Mary. The window is for the adornment of the church and the inspiration of people.

It also commemorates Ian and Mary who provided music for the Mass at St. John's church for more than 40 years. Read More
Bishop Brian McGee
Bishop  of Argyll and the Isles Diocese
Our bishop is based at our Cathedral, St Columba’s, in Oban
Fr. Roddy McAuley
 Parish Priest of St. John's the Evangelist
Caol, Fort William and St. Mary and St. Finnan, Glenfinnan.