Second Sunday of Lent: 25th February 2018

Services for the week:

  • SUNDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
  • MONDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
  • TUESDAY: Communion Service at 10.00 am
  • WEDNESDAY: Communion Service at 10.00 am; Mass & Way of the Cross at 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY: Requiem Mass (Helen McFarlane) at 10.00 am
  • FRIDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
  • SATURDAY: Mass at 10.00 am; Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm
  • CONFESSIONS:  Saturday, after morning Mass and from 5.30 – 5.55 pm


Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend raised £412.28, and the Second Collection raised £89.09. Grateful thanks to all contributors.

First Confessions will take place on Thursday evening, 1st March, at 7pm in the church.

St. Mary’s Primary School Breakfast Club: From 1st March to 30th April 2018 you will have the opportunity to vote for the Breakfast Club to receive funding if you are shopping in Tesco. If you are shopping in Tesco you will be given a blue token and you can place it in the slot for St. Mary’s Breakfast Club to help them secure much-needed funding.

Parish Pastoral Council: Thanks to all who attended the PPC meeting on Thursday night. At the meeting, members reviewed the results of the parish survey and work has commenced to develop this into an action plan. The PPC looks forward to sharing this with you in more detail.

Annual Parish Assembly: As part of the constitution of the Parish Pastoral Council, an annual parish assembly is required to be held. This will take the form of a meeting after Sunday Mass on 18th March 2018, beginning at 11am, and will include an update on the activities of both the PPC and the Fabric and Finance Committee, and an update on the information we have available regarding the process of parish clustering. All parishioners are welcome, and are encouraged to join us for this meeting.

Bo’ness Churches Together World Pay of Prayer will take place on 2nd March at 7.00pm. This event will be hosted by our friends in the Salvation Army hall. This year we learn about the smallest country in South America.  Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign state on the north eastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. All are very welcome to attend.

 Fellowship of the Least Coin: A dish will be placed in the Church hall for contributions to Least Coin. Maria will take St Mary’s contribution to the Salvation Army where the collated Bo’ness contribution will be sent to the Treasure of the Fellowship.

The idea for the Fellowship of the Least Coin emerged as a vision from God to Mrs. Shanti Solomon of India. She was part of the Pacific Mission Team of seven women from different countries that travelled in Asian countries after the World War II, in September 1956. It was organized by Dr. Margaret Shannon on behalf of the women of the Presbyterian Church of the United States. Shanti Solomon, who was refused a visa to Korea, went to Manila, Philippines while other members of the team proceeded to Korea. She reflected on the experiences of their travel in the war-torn countries of Asia and was inspired to promote reconciliation, justice and peace.

On the return of the team, she suggested that prayer could transcend every national boundary. She challenged the Christian women of Asia and the women from the Presbyterian Church of the United States to combine their efforts and resources and launch a project of justice, peace and reconciliation on an international basis. It was to be a project of Christian prayer and positive action in which every Christian woman could participate, no matter what her economic position was. Every time a woman prayed she was to set aside a “least coin” of her currency. It was an encouragement to the women of the team to demonstrate their unity in Christian faith, regardless of their country or economic circumstances.

They all accepted it as their sincere desire to express their solidarity with suffering humanity and with women of every nation. In 1958, at the first Assembly of the Asian Church Women’s Conference (ACWC) held in Hong Kong, the ACWC agreed to launch the Fellowship of the Least Coin. At the second Assembly in Thailand in 1962, the Assembly voted to make the promotion of the FLC a basic outreach programme of the ACWC. The East Asia Christian Conference (EACC), now known as the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) administered the FLC fund from 1958-1970. In 1970 Mrs. Shanti Solomon, the founder, was named the Executive Secretary of the FLC and of the ACWC. From then on the ACWC took the responsibility to administer the FLC Fund.

In your charity, please remember in your prayers, Maureen Simpson, Eileen Smullen and all the sick and housebound. Also, Helen Ward-Birkby, Roseann Temperley, Gloria Dunn, Danuta Wojtasinka, Andrew Cummings, Annette Dunn and Peter Malarky whose anniversaries occur about this time, and Helen McFarlane who died recently.

Mass Intentions:

  • VIGIL: People of the Parish
  • SUNDAY: Ben McAllister
  • MONDAY: Tom Mulholland
  • WEDNESDAY: Tom Mulholland, Ben and Maureen McAllister
  • THURSDAY: Ben McAllister
  • FRIDAY: Tom Mulholland
  • SATURDAY: Maureen McAllister