Third Sunday of Lent: 4th March 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: Mass 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

Notices

Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend realised £468.07 and the second collection, £98.57. Special Collection next week for Papal & Episcopal Charities and SCIAF.

Fellowship of ‘The Least Coin’: A dish will be placed in the Church Hall for ‘Least Coin’ contributions. Maria Ford will take St Mary’s contribution to the Salvation Army, where the collated Bo’ness contribution will be forwarded to the Treasurer 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 a member of the Pacific Mission Team, organized by Dr. Margaret Shannon on behalf of the women of the Presbyterian Church of the United States.

The Team comprised seven women of different nationalities, who travelled throughout war-torn Asian countries after World War II.

In September 1956, Shanti visited Manila, Philippines, while other members proceeded to Korea (she was denied a Korean visa). She reflected on the experiences of their travels throughout Asia and was inspired to promote reconciliation, justice and peace.

Suggesting that prayer could transcend all national boundaries, she challenged the Christian women from Asia and 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. This was to be a project of Christian prayer and positive action, in which every Christian woman could participate, no matter what her background. Every time a woman prayed, she was asked to set aside the least valuable coin of her currency. This was an encouragement to the women of the Team to demonstrate their unity in Christian faith, regardless of nationality or financial circumstances.

Everyone expressed their solidarity and in 1958, at the first Assembly of the Asian Church Women’s Conference (ACWC) in Hong Kong, it was agreed to launch the Fellowship of the Least Coin.

In Thailand in 1962, a second 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. Solomon was named as Executive Secretary of the FLC and of the ACWC. Since then, the ACWC has administered the FLC Fund.

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.

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

In your charity, please remember in your prayersMaureen Simpson, Eileen Smullen and all the sick and housebound. Also, John Boyd, Robert Clelland, Gordon McFarlane, Flo Snedden and Helen Stirling, whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Mass intentions:

  • VIGIL: People of the Parish
  • SUNDAY: Ben McAllister
  • MONDAY: Annette Dunn
  • WEDNESDAY: Tom Mulholland
  • THURSDAY: Kathleen Lakeland
  • FRIDAY: Annie Andrews & Owen McAvoy
  • SATURDAY: Oonagh Anderson

 

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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

Notices

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

 

First Sunday of Lent: 18th February 2018

Services for the week:

  • SUNDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
  • MONDAY: Requiem Mass at 10.00 am (Ben McAllister)
  • TUESDAY: Communion Service at 10.00 am
  • WEDNESDAY: Communion Service at 10.00 am; Mass & Way of the Cross at 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY: Mass 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

Notices

Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend realised £589.28 and the second collection, £85.56.

R.C.I.A: This week’s RCIA session has been cancelled – but the regular weekly sessions will resume on Tuesday 27th February at 7.30pm in the Hall, when we will continue to consider the Sacraments.

All who are interested in learning more about our Catholic faith are very welcome to attend!

Parish Pastoral Council: There will be a meeting of the PPC.on Thursday 22nd February at 7pm in the Church Hall. All Parishioners are very welcome to attend.

Ladies’ Night at St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk: A St Patrick’s Night 2-course Dinner and Dance will take place on Friday, 23 March. Tickets cost £12.00 and full details are available from the Pass Keepers. For catering purposes, please book your tickets as soon as possible!

In your charity, please remember in your prayers, Maureen Simpson, Eileen Smullen and all the sick and housebound. Also, Annie Andrews, Rena Biagini, Frances Boyd, Agnes Cain, Alexander Clelland, George Madden, Mary Madden, Russell McAllister, Jane McCafferty, Bridget McLaughlin, Kitty McMoran and Ellen Jane O’Kane, whose anniversaries occur about this time, and Fr Carr and Ben McAllister, who died recently.

Mass intentions:

  • VIGIL: People of the Parish
  • SUNDAY: Tom Mulholland
  • MONDAY: Ben McAllister (Requiem)
  • WEDNESDAY: Tom Mulholland
  • THURSDAY: Maureen McAllister
  • FRIDAY: Tom Mulholland
  • SATURDAY: Thomas Stewart Blair

Do You Want to Fast this Lent?

 (In the words of Pope Francis)

• Fast from hurting words and say kind words

• Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude

• Fast from anger and be filled with patience

• Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope

• Fast from worries and have trust in God

• Fast from complaints and contemplate sympathy

• Fast from pressures and be prayerful

• Fast from selfishness and be compassionate

• Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy

• Fast from grudges and be reconciled

• Fast from words and be silent, so that you can understand

Fourth Sunday of the Year: 28th January 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 at 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY: Mass 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

Notices

Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend realised £411.78 and the Second Collection, £90.94.

Special Collection today for the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

HCPT Appeal: Next week we will be joined by Orla King, a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier’s in Falkirk, who will be here to make an appeal to support the work of the Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust. Orla will be travelling to Lourdes later this year with a group of other volunteers to support sick and vulnerable young people. However, these pilgrimages are only possible with a great deal of fundraising. Orla will be at both the vigil and Sunday morning Masses, and you’re generosity would be greatly appreciated for this very worthy cause.

Catholic Education Week: Today is Catholic Education Sunday, and marks the beginning of Catholic Education Week. This is an important opportunity for us to celebrate each year the work of our Catholic schools. This year, this is of particular importance as we are also celebrating the centenary of the Education (Scotland) Act 1918 which saw Catholic schools join the state system and laid the foundations for the strong network of Catholic schools which exist today. To mark this occasion, we are welcoming pupils from St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School and St. Mungo’s R.C. High School to our Mass today (Sunday). They will lead our readings and explain to us what Catholic Education Week is all about, explaining the significance of this year’s theme: “Serving the Common Good.” A range of work from pupils at St. Mary’s is also on display at the front of the church.

RCIA: This week we will continue to explore the Creed, specifically looking at our beliefs in the Holy Spirit and in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. All are welcome to join us on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the church hall.

Volunteers wanted: More ‘Collection Money Counters’ – particularly after the Sunday morning Mass – are required. If you can spare about 30 minutes, even if only occasionally, please see one of the Pass-Keepers.

Live streaming parish services: For more information, and to view the live broadcast each Sunday at 10am, please visit www.rcboness.org/live

In your charity, please remember in your prayers, Fr Carr, Maureen Simpson, Eileen Smullen and all the sick and housebound. Also, Alex Davie, John Kilgallon, Granny McDougal, Hannah Kelly, Margaret Liddle, James McIntosh, Michael McKenna, Ellie McSwinnie,  Bessie  Meldrum, Hugh & Unity Mulraney, and John Wright, whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Mass intentions:

  • VIGIL: People of the Parish
  • SUNDAY: Catherine Hodge
  • MONDAY: Isabella McAvoy
  • WEDNESDAY: Catherine Duff
  • THURSDAY: Ellie McSwinnie
  • FRIDAY: SVP Mass for Twin Conference/India
  • SATURDAY: Hannah Kelly

Third Sunday of the Year: 21st January 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 at 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY: Requiem Mass (Maureen McAllister) 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

Notices

Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend realised £495.08 and the Second Collection, £106.98. Thanks to all donors.

Thanks to the Music & Movement Group, for a further donation of £25.

We need help, in the form of more ‘Collection Money Counters’ – particularly after the Sunday morning Mass… If you can spare about 30 minutes – even if only occasionally – please see one of the Pass-Keepers.

R.C.I.A: The next session will be held on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Hall. As we begin this stage of our journey, we will be looking specifically at the Sacraments and the beliefs expressed in the Creed. All are very welcome to attend.

Live-Streaming Parish Services: In recent weeks, you may have noticed a camera and screen at the back of the Church!

We have been trying out a system, to enable us to broadcast Mass and other Services, live and on line, to those, who for one reason or another, are unable to attend our services in person.

Our trials have proved successful and the camera is now permanently positioned on the ceiling!

We have a growing number of sick / housebound Parishioners, and are keen to ensure that they can keep in touch with Parish Services and Events.

With our new equipment, we can broadcast not only to our own Parishioners, but to others, who may live further afield – perhaps overseas – or are members of other churches -perhaps keen to unite with us for a wedding or a funeral.

Please note that we have paid particular attention to personal identities and that no Parishioners will be identifiable on the Live-Stream!

During Mass, the camera will focus entirely on the Altar/Lectern and at other parts of the ceremony (eg Holy Communion or the Children’s Liturgy), the camera will pan to a neutral position, with no identifiable person in focus.

Memorial Book: If you wish to have the name of a loved one inserted into our parish’s memorial book, please give a note with their full name and date of death to a Pass-Keeper.

In your charity, please remember in your prayers, Fr Carr, Maureen Simpson, Eileen Smullen and all the sick and housebound. Also, James Barrett, Richie Blair, Margaret Buchanan, James Joynes, Peter Maguire, Colleen Malarky, Sarah Marshall, Unity Mulraney, Isabella McLaughlin, George Mitchell, Edward Ryan, George Scobie and Kate Tooey, whose anniversaries occur about this time, and Maureen McAllister, who died recently.

Mass intentions:

  • VIGIL: Patrick & Jean Darrien
  • SUNDAY: People of the Parish
  • MONDAY: John Kilgallon
  • WEDNESDAY: James Barrett
  • THURSDAY: Maureen McAllister (Requiem)
  • FRIDAY: Margaret & John Mailen
  • SATURDAY: Mary Kilgallon