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. While all church buildings are now closed, 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 to have resumed the public celebration of Mass, in line with the guidance received from the Scottish Government and the advice provided by the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh and the Bishops' Conference of Scotland. This guidance means that some changes have been necessary, and we are required to limit the number of people in the church at any time. Please be assured that regular cleaning is also taking place to disinfect the surface areas within the church, too.
Given the requirement to limit the number of people in the church at any time, booking is essential for our Sunday Masses (vigil Mass at 6pm each Saturday and morning Mass each Sunday at 10am). No booking is required for weekday Masses, which will typically be held each Monday, Friday and Saturday at 10am.
To book to attend either of our Sunday Masses, please follow the following links:
If you have any difficulty booking via these links, please call Callum on 07817 510 850 who will also be happy to assist with bookings. Please also share this information with any parishioners you know who do not have access to the internet.
Please note that the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended, and you are under no obligation to visit the church. Please follow the Scottish Government's guidance in deciding whether or not to visit the church (you should consider whether you are in the shielding category, for example). Please maintain physical distancing at all times in the church and grounds, and use hand sanitiser as you enter and exit the church. As always, you can contact us using the phone numbers and email address above if you have any questions.
For more information on the changes to expect, please also take note of the video below:
Earlier in lockdown, we sent a letter to all parishioners. If you have 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 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 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.