May God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace.
In these challenging and unprecedented times, many of us will rely on our faith for courage, strength and guidance. With this in mind, this page has been developed to offer the latest updates on our parish’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as providing resources to support your spiritual life at this difficult time.
In addition to the resources which are available here on our website, you can continue to seek further help and advice by contacting us directly. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance, or if you just need to chat. If you need any support whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Rev. A. Forrest (Parish Priest)
Callum Timms (Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council)
07817 510 850
You can also email us by clicking here.
We are delighted that, following an update in government guidance, public worship can resume. With the exception of funeral Masses which must only be attended by those invited by the family of the deceased, our Masses on Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 10am do not require prior booking. For our Sunday Masses, however, booking is essential. You can book on our Eventbrite page here.
Please continue to follow our updates live here on our website, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email. You can sign up for our emails by getting in touch with us here!
At the beginning of lockdown in 2020, we sent a letter to all parishioners. If you did not received this, we may not have your contact details. You can let us know how to contact you by clicking here. You can also read our letter from last year online, too, by clicking here.
As a parish, we are also sharing regular updates online. These include sharing prayer resources and broadcasting some services live online. To keep up with the latest, have a look at our social media channels. You can like our page on Facebook by clicking here, follow us on Twitter here, and find us on Instagram here. Even if you don't use social media, you can use these links to view our updates without having to sign up.
You can also receive updates from St. Mary's directly to your email inbox. Simply sign up by completing the form here.
The Archdiocese of St Andrew's and Edinburgh are also publishing regular updates on their website. This includes the correspondence sent by Archbishop Cushley to all clergy, updating them on the measures being taken and what they should do during the present pandemic. You can keep up-to-date with these updates by clicking here.
Don't forget you can tune in to our regular live broadcasts online. You can watch our Masses, services and reflections live on Facebook by visiting our page here or simply head over to the Watch Live page of our website here.
The current situation means that we are unable to gather around the Eucharistic table for the celebration of Mass. This is, therefore, a very difficult time for us, and can be disheartening. However, this cannot and must not stop us from praying evermore fervently, remembering that we can still join in prayer in communion with one another, even when we are unable to receive the Blessed Sacrament itself. Our homes and families - the Domestic Church - also becomes increasingly important, and we would encourage you to pray together at this time. We'd like to offer the following resources to help with this:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick,
Pray for us.
Finally, you may be wondering how you can support efforts in our parish, and our wider community, during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are a parishioner, and would like to volunteer to keep in touch with other parishioners or assist with essential deliveries, please get in touch with us by calling 07817 510 850 or emailing us here!
As a parish, we are also pleased to support the Bo'ness and Blackness Community Response which has been set up following discussions at Bo'ness Churches Together, an ecumenical working group in Bo'ness. If you are able to help in your own neighbourhood in either Bo'ness or Blackness, or if you or someone you know needs some help, please get in touch with this group using the form here. You can also find out more about the group and their work here.