Parish News

Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time: 27 February 2022


  • SUNDAY: Mass at 10.00 am     
  • MONDAY: Mass at 10.00 am    
  • TUESDAY: Requiem Mass for Eddie Tooey (RIP) at 12.00 pm
  • ASH WEDNESDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
    Stations of the Cross and Holy Communion Service at 7.30 pm
  • FRIDAY: Mass at 10.00 am                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • SATURDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
    Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm
  • Confessions: On request to Father Forrest    

Prayer Intentions

In your charity please remember: All the sick and housebound, all  those who have died from or  have been affected by the Covid19 Virus, Eddie Tooey who died  recently and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time (John Boyd, Florence Snedden, Janet Torley, Helen Stirling and Robert Clelland). Also, please  pray for a special intention.


COLLECTION: The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £347.60 - grateful thanks to all donors.

ST PATRICK’S NIGHT: There will be a St Patrick’s celebration in St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th March 2022. The cost for the meal is £12.50 and transport can be provided. Bring your own refreshments! If you are interested then please phone Julia on 07787 778661

THE CATHOLIC DIRECTORY: The current directory is on sale now at £3 a copy. It is available in the hall after Mass.

VACANCY: St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh is looking to employ a facilities manager. The job is 21 hours per week (£16,200 pro rata) and the closing date for applications is Friday 4 March. Job description and how to apply at

AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN MASS: The monthly African/Caribbean Mass for the Archdiocese will be celebrated at St Patrick's, Cowgate, Edinburgh, at 1pm on Sunday 6 March. All welcome.

ONLINE RETREAT: The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow is hosting an online retreat in Lent. Each day features an episode from the life of St Ignatius, music, art, a reading from Scripture and a reflection. Details at

PRAYING FOR OUR SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS: We would like to return to praying weekly for our sick and housebound parishioners at Sunday Masses, and including such prayer requests in our weekly newsletter. To add someone’s name to the list, please email or speak to any passkeeper. Please get agreement from the person concerned, and don’t forget to let us know if they no longer should be on the list.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Pope Francis invites everyone to make Ash Wednesday a Day of Fasting for Peace following events in Ukraine. He prays, “May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: An ecumenical service for the World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, 4th March, at 7pm at the Bo’ness Old Kirk. All are very welcome to attend. 

DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 4th March is a Day of Prayer for all those who have experienced abuse. Please pray for all children, young people and vulnerable adults whose lives have been scarred by the abuse they have experienced at the hands of those whom they trusted. Pray also for all who are engaged in the pursuit of peace, healing and reconciliation for the abused, the needy, the weak and the vulnerable. Please pray that the work of the new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency will help us all to meet our responsibility to respect and safeguard the dignity of all.

 40 HOURS’ DEVOTION: The Archdiocese has asked that 40 Hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is offered in every parish. We will host this Devotion from Sunday 20th March, and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout the day on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Please consider spending time in prayer during these days and sign up in the hall if you can commit to specific times. We will need to know that people will be in the church if it is to be possible to have the church open for the three days concerned.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:  If your children are to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation this year please read carefully. We will be holding parental information evenings jointly with St Mary’s RC Primary School, and these will take place online. The link to join these meetings will be sent by the school, however if you don’t receive it or if your children don’t attend St Mary’s then please email for the relevant link. These meetings will take place on: 

Tuesday 1st March at 7pm for parents of children making their First Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

Tuesday 8th March at 7pm for parents of children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation

Tuesday 15th March at 7pm for parents of children receiving their First Holy Communion

Please also note that the Rite of Illumination will take place at 10am Mass on Sunday 13th March. All P3 children who will receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation should be in attendance.

Telephone numbers in case of emergency:

St Michael’s, Linlithgow (Canon Paul Kelly): 01506 842145; Christ the King/Sacred Heart, Grangemouth (Fr Emmanuel Ndukwu SMMM): 01324 482 253; St. Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk (Fr Jamie Boyle, Fr Martin Eckersley & Deacon Kenneth Mununga): 01324 623 567; St. Alexander’s, Denny (Canon Pat Boylan - Chaplain to Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Strathcarron Hospice): 01324 823 310