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A message from Father Forrest and Callum Timms (24th April 2020)

Today, Friday 24th April 2020, Father Forrest (Parish Priest) and Callum Timms (Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council) are writing out to all parishioners who are presently listed on our parish census. We know that not all parishioners can access our online materials, and so we felt that this was an important step in reaching out to as many parishioners as possible. 

It may take a few days for the post to reach you, but if you don't receive our letter within the next week, please be sure to let us know so that we can update your entry on our parish records! You can get in touch with us using the details on our website, here. If you do receive our letter and there are any errors in the information we hold in terms of your name and address, please also get in touch with us at the same link!

You can read our letter online, too, by clicking here.

Resources for use at home

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. While all church buildings are now closed, please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance. If you need any support whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Rev. A. Forrest (Parish Priest)
01506 822339

Callum Timms (Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council)
07817 510 850

You can also email us by clicking here.

Regular Updates

The Archdiocese of St Andrew's and Edinburgh are 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.

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.

Watch Live

Some time ago, the Parish Pastoral Council delivered a project which saw Sunday Mass broadcasted live online for the benefit of our housebound parishioners. At that time, we could never have anticipated the essential role it would play in a situation such as our current scenario. However, we are delighted that we have the infrastructure to enable us to broadcast live to the internet. 

At present, we are live streaming Mass each Sunday at 10am, and Stations of the Cross each Thursday at 7pm. You can tune in live on Facebook by visiting our page here or simply head over to the Watch Live page of our website here.

Prayer

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:

  • The Bishops' Conference of Scotland have prepared a prayer booklet for times when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly. Try using this whenever you would normally attend Mass. You can access it by clicking here.
  • Daily Mass readings, the Liturgy of the Hours, and other prayers can be found on the Universalis website here.
  • Archbishop Cushley has encouraged us to pray the Memorare daily to Our Lady, Health of the Sick, for the intention of a conclusion to the current pandemic. You can find the text of the Memorare below.
  • The Jesuits in Britain have compiled a collection of prayer resources based on Ignatian Spirituality. You can access these here.
  • We are being encouraged to participate in the ecumenical call to prayer, alongside our Christian brothers and sisters. 13 Christian Churches have supported the pledge to light a candle in our windows at home at 7pm each Sunday, and to pray together. You can find out more, and find a suggested prayer by clicking here.

Memorare

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.

Amen.

Our Lady, Health of the Sick,

Pray for us.

Can you help?

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 complete the form 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.

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