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Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - 12 November2023

Services this Week

Sunday 12 November 2023

Mass            10.00am


Holy Communion Service     10.00am


Holy Communion Service    10.00am


Holy Communion Service    10.00am

Vigil Mass         6.00pm     (Mass Intention: Jim McBride)

 Sunday 19 November 2023

Mass               10.00am     (Mass Intention: Sandy Spiers (Rip))



In your charity, please remember in your prayers Father Forrest, Jean Blair, Mary Robertson, Lisa Tucker, Jan Stewart, Sadie Clelland and all the sick and the housebound. Also, Elizabet Allison, Andrew Dickson, Frances Wilson and Thomas McLaughlin whose anniversaries occur at about this time.


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The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £466.59,  grateful thanks to all donors.



Advent Festival

Bo'ness Churches come together for this Festival, and each year a different Church hosts the event. This year it is the turn of St Mary's .

Saturday 2nd December  11:00am - 3:00pm.

Come along and view the beautiful decorated 10 Christmas trees in all their glory within the Church. Join us after for a cuppa and some homemade baking.

Sunday 3rd December 6:30pm

Join us in our Carol service where all the Bo'ness Churches are contributing. Also join us after the service for a cuppa and homemade baking. Donations would be gratefully received with all proceeds going to the Bo'ness Dementia club. 

Salvation Army Community Carol Service 

6th December. Bo'ness Town hall. 7:00pm Everyone is welcome. 


SVP News Christmas Lunch for our “slightly older” parishioners will be held on Thursday December 21st at the Corbie Inn. Meal requests will be collected later – note that it will be a meal only. Housebound parishioners we always give a gift token at Christmas time to the housebound. Do let us know of anyone in this position.


World Day for the Poor A special Collection for the World Day for the Poor takes place on Sunday 19 November. The money will go to the Fife Furniture Project, which is run by the Society of St Vincent de Paul. It has helped hundreds of people across the Archdiocese, many in desperate situations, by providing basic furniture and white goods for their home. Please note that the annual collection for the Scottish Catholic Education Service will take place the following Sunday (26 November).


Special Collection for SCES: The annual collection for the Scottish Catholic Education Service will take place in all parishes on Sunday 26 November, which is during Catholic Education Week (actually a fortnight, which runs from 16-30 November).


Synod Synthesis Report: The Report from the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod, entitled “A Synodal Church in Mission,” is available online at:


Job vacancy: The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an Administrator to provide support to the Chancery and Catechetics departments in the Archdiocesan offices at The Gillis Centre, Edinburgh. A full job description is available at To apply, please send CV and a cover letter to by Wednesday 8 November. Interviews scheduled for Friday 17 November.


Diploma in Catechetics 2024: Explore the richness and depth of our Catholic faith with the Diploma in Catechetics from the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, led by Sr Miriam Ruth Ryan RSM. Tune in each Thursday at 7:30pm for an expert-led Zoom Webinar (or watch the recording at your convenience), and further enjoy guided readings, regular one-to-one support, and an in-person retreat. The Diploma in Catechetics begins on Thursday 25 January 2024. Concessions available. Registration and info at Questions? Email 


Archdiocesan Youth Day! A day of faith and fun for p4-7s on Saturday 25 November. Join us as we unpack Jesus the King of the Universe and explore how we can prepare to meet our King this Christmas. Games, talks, sweets, confessions, mass and more! 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Speak to the parish priest to register.


Storehouse Food Bank and The Salvation Army Can you help to supply Christmas Dinners to those in need in the town? We have been asked to supply cranberry sauce, cream, jelly, custard and rice pudding. Also, we are looking for donations of new toys. The deadline for donations is 10th December. Financial donations instead of or in addition to gifts will also be gratefully received.


Dates for Your Diary:

November Service of Remembrance: 16th November 2023 at 7pm

Prayers at Bo’ness Cemetery: 5th November at 11.30am

Prayers at New Carriden Cemetery: 19th November 2023 at 11.30am

St Andrew’s Night Service: 3oth November 2023 at 7pm (tickets are £3 and include a fish supper)

Parents’ Evening for First Reconciliation: 16th January 2024 at 7pm

Parents’ Evening for Confirmation: 6th February 2024 at 7pm

First Reconciliation: 13th March 2024

Parents’ Evening for First Communion: 16th April 2024 at 7pm

Sacrament of Confirmation: 24th April 2024 (at Grangemouth)

First Holy Communion: 2nd June at 1pm

Please note that further information about the sacraments will be issued via St Mary’s RC Primary School soon. If your child does not attend St Mary’s Primary but is due to receive any of the above Sacraments this year (i.e., they are in Primary 3, 4 or 7), please contact Callum as soon as possible on callum,


November Lists: As we progress through the month of the Holy Souls, lists are available in the church hall. Please add the names of deceased relatives, friends and others who you would like to be remembered during our services at this time.


Interreligious Dialogue Colloquium “With the Living God at the Centre” A two-part event on the role of religious experience in interreligious dialogue led by Professor Will Storar. For Catholics interested in or active in Interreligious Dialogue Part 1: Online 7pm November 24th (Open to all) Part 2: Residential at Conforti Centre Coatbridge, 23rd & 24th February 2024 (Limited places) See website