Palm Sunday 13th April 2014

Services for Holy week

  • SUNDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • MONDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am Mass 7.00 pm
  • TUESDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • WEDNESDAY: Mass 10.00 am Ecumenical Way of the Cross 7.30 pm
  • HOLY THURSDAY: Mass of the Last Supper 7.00 pm
  • GOOD FRIDAY: Liturgy of the Passion 3.00 pm Veneration & Way of the Cross 7.00 pm
  • HOLY SATURDAY: Easter Vigil 8.00 pm
  • Confessions: After weekday Masses. Good Friday: After services. Holy Saturday 11.00 – Noon.
  • Good Friday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence
  • Easter Duty Time (reception of Holy Communion and, if necessary, Confession) continues until after Easter.

A Plenary Indulgence is available for all who devoutly make the Way of the Cross during Lent.

The Chrism Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Cushley and Priests of the Diocese in the Cathedral on Tuesday at 7.00 pm

Notices Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend realized £277.80, and the second collection, £165.35. Grateful thanks to all contributors.

 A Lenten Alms Box is in front of the altar. Proceeds will go to charities of the Archbishop’s choice.

Please return your SCIAF “Wee Box” at your earliest convenience.

In your charity, please remember: Sadie Clelland, Jean Cummings, Nancy McCaffrey, and all the sick and housebound. Catherine Foley, William Kelly, Charlie Markie and Chris Ward-Birkby, whose anniversaries occur about this time. Canon Michael Cassidy, the last of the Irish Priests in our Diocese, who died recently.

Mass Intentions

VIGIL: People of the Parish SUNDAY: Robert Meikle

Bo’ness Care & Share Living in Bo’ness and needing assistance but unsure of what help is available to you? Please come along to our first open sessions and help us to help you ! Everyone welcome, come and have a cuppa with us in the Lund Hall, Cowdenhill Road.

  • Tuesday 29th April 1.00 to 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 13th May 1.00 to 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 27th May 1.00 to 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 10th June1.00 to 3:00pm

Storehouse Appeal  We are appealing on behalf of the Storehouse community project, for non-perishable foods, which will be collected and distributed to those in need in the town. Please leave your donations in the Hall and they will be taken to the Storehouse Unit in Links Court.

SVP News A list of the SVP Holiday Caravans is available in the Hall, for any needy Parishioners who would appreciate a holiday.

About Gift Aid 

Can anyone Gift Aid? No. You must be a UK tax payer and have paid as much tax in the year as we are claiming back. Example: If you give £5 each week, we can claim back a further £1.25 for each offering (25p in the £1), as long as you have paid at least £65.00 in tax during the year. (£1.25 [tax paid on £5] x 52 [number of offerings] = £65.00)

As a tax payer, why should I Gift Aid my offerings to the Church? By doing so, the Parish can increase its income at no extra cost to you.

What does it involve? You must sign a simple Gift Aid Declaration form, which states that you wish St Mary’s Church to treat all donations made from the date of the declaration as Gift Aid donations and to reclaim the tax accordingly.

Is there anything else I have to do? you will have to make your offerings using numbered envelopes (or by Bankers Order or cheque) as all such payments have to be recorded by the Parish.

What if my circumstances change? Simply let us know.

Who else will know about my offerings? Be assured that the Church holds all information on Gift Aid offerings in the strictest confidence.

Can I support several charities at the same time? Yes, as many as you like, but you must make a separate Gift Aid Declaration for each charity.

Can I Gift Aid retrospectively? yes, the rules allow us to reclaim tax retrospectively, back as far as six years.