St. Joseph's & St. Patrick's
Roman Catholic Church
Wemyss Bay, Scotland
Parish Priest: Canon Desmond Berry

St. Bernadette's
Roman Catholic Church

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Lenten Talks at St Mirin’s Cathedral

Wednesday evenings 7-9pm

Understanding and Praying the Bible. Fr David Birchall SJ & Dr Catriona Fletcher of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow. Two part sessions – first part is Mass in the Cathedral during which we shall look at ways of using the Bible for Prayer. The second part in the Hall is an introduction to the Bible.

29th March - The Gospels - The story of Jesus for different people. Prayer: Imaginative Contemplation

5th April - The letters of St Paul – Apostle to the gentiles Prayer: Lectio Divina

Annual Passover Meal

Why not start Holy Week with a traditional Passover meal?

The annual inter-denominational Passover meal is being hosted this year by the Church of Scotland Wemyss Bay on Monday 10th April, the beginning of Holy Week. If you would like to go to this traditional meal please let Fr Berry, Marcus Barry or Brian Blacklaw know, or email the address at the bottom of the page.

Song for SCIAF 

Come along and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment in St Patrick's Church, Greenock. Sunday 2nd April at 2pm. Performers will include pupils from St Patrick's Primary school and Notre Dame High. Tickets available on the door are £2 adults, under 18s free. Refreshments will be served after the concert. All money raised will go to SCIAF’s appeal for East Africa.

Marriage Preparation Days 2017 

For engaged couples as they prepare to enter the sacrament of Marriage. These will take place in the Diocesan Offices, Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley, PA1 1HR.  Cost £30 per couple (This includes information pack and lunch on the day)  To book, please speak to FR. Des. 20 May, 30 September.  11am – 3:30pm

The Catenian
Rosary Group

The Catenian Rosary group have been sending unused Rosaries to the missions since 2009. They are appealing for any surplus rosaries to help get them into the hands of those who love and cherish and pray them. Please send to Michael Blackburn, 164 Green Park Road, HALIFAX, HX3 OSP

Music Group

Diocesan Fabric and Finance Information

Summary minutes of the Diocesan Fabric and Finance Meetings are now available on our diocesan website under Curia, Finance and Property.  The latest November minutes discuss matters relating to St. John’s, Barrhead and Our Lady of Fatima, Lochwinnoch, as well as our Fundraising Strategy, procedures for moving the diocese to SAGE accounting and recent information regarding income from rental on diocesan properties. 

Have you ever considered adoption?

St Margaret’s Children & Family Care Society are looking for adopters. We pride ourselves on being a specialised adoption service and encourage you to take a look at our most recent inspection report at Have you ever considered adoption? Could you give a loving, stable home to a child who has suffered abuse or trauma? Do you have what it takes to be a ‘Therapeutic Parent’? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please visit our website at for more information or call 0141 332 8371 and speak to our duty worker.

New iPhone or Tablet

Why not download a Pray as you go app? Good choice in the App stores.

Interested in twitter? Remember Pope Frances and Bishop John have twitter feeds. Also the Diocesan Youth Office

Dpyyouthoffice. Have a look at


Plans for the sacristy will be available in the hall after Mass. These include provision for a different confessional which will allow more space in the sacristy and more efficient use if space. All comments welcome.

Paisley Faith Forum

If Religions are the Cause of All Wars how can they Say they Bring Peace? Mons. Denis Carlin. Thursday 30 March, 7:00-9:00pm. Paisley diocese UWS Chaplaincy. This is part of our Tough Questions We Catholics Get Asked Pope Francis’ Challenge to Young People (II)

Palm Sunday National World Youth Day Gathering

Palm Sunday National World Youth Day Gathering will take place Sunday 9 April at St Mary’s Monastery, Perth. This event is open to all young people from across the Diocese: secondary and young adults. All under 18 participants MUST BRING a signed consent form which is on the reverse side of the flyer. The event will run all day departing at 10am to arrive in Perth for 1.30pm leaving at 7pm with evening meal and transport provided (SEE TIMES ON CONSENT FORM). The programme will include Fellowship, Catechesis, Social Time and Eucharist. If you would like to come along then please register your interest with Fr Frank Hannigan [email protected] or 01505 320198 FB DPYouth Twitter @dpyyouthoffice

Schola Benedicti
singing Stainers Crucifixion

A choral meditation on the Passion of our Lord in St Mirin's Cathedral on Palm Sunday (9th April) at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and available at the door.

"Fasting is not only about abstaining from food. It also means sharing food with those who are hungry."
Pope Francis - March 2017

There are many demands on your generosity, but please do think about a donation to the food bank.

Matthew 25: 35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.


Giving Hope on a Difficult Journey by Dr Adrian Treloar. Turnbull Hall, University of Glasgow, Saturday 29th April 2017 at 10:30am. Dr. Treloar is on the Board of "Catholic Medical Quarterly" and writes extensively on Catholic Matters with authority. His talk will be of great interest particularly to those working in the field of Dementia. This is part of the Scottish Catholic Medical Association series.

'Let's go Taize'

Hidden Treasure Retreat Weekend – Birmingham - From Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May. Need some time in prayer? Exams pressure? Give some time to God! PAISLEY YOUTH & GALLOWAY YOUTH Invite all 16’s - 35’s to come together for an amazing retreat experience. Cost £100. Includes: Registration, Travel, B&B, Lunch & Supper, Weekend Pass for Birmingham Transport. Contact: Fr Frank Hannigan [email protected] or 01505 320198

40 Days for Life

From March 1 through April 9, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Hardgate Road, off Shieldhall Road, Govan, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Rose Docherty – [email protected].

Beanfeast Childrens’ Charity tearoom

Can you volunteer a few hours work in Beanfeast Childrens’ Charity tearoom? Beanfeast runs tearooms in the Sheriff Courts of Paisley and Greenock to raise funds for local children’s charities. They have raised £120,000 in the last decade for the Children’s Hospice, Clippens School and others. They urgently need volunteers to give a few hours serving teas and coffees, weekday mornings and lunchtime.

If you are willing and able please contact Phil at [email protected] or tel. Pamela on 01505 345 467. It’s great fun and good causes!

Diocese of Paisley New Course to Qualify Catholic Teachers

St. Mirin’ Hall, 7-10 August, 9:00am-3:30pm. Are you a Teacher who does not have a Catholic Teacher’s Certificate but want to teach religious education in Catholic schools, or if you have the CTC would you like to update your knowledge and skills in using This Is Our Faith?

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Hospital Admission Sacrament of the Sick

Any parishioners who are given an appointment for admission to hospital for surgery under anaesthetic should contact Fr. Berry and ask to receive the Sacrament of the Sick before admission, as currently there is only a relatively short time between admission and surgery. Anyone admitted to hospital unexpectedly is probably sufficiently ill to merit receiving the Sacrament of the Sick as a spiritual aid in their illness. Every hospital, including Inverclyde Royal, has a system for contacting the R.C Chaplain urgently in emergencies. This is activated by the patient or family asking the nursing staff clearly to summon the Catholic Chaplain. The same system may also be used to request a visit from the R.C Chaplain but the nurse should be asked to make it clear to the priest that it is not urgent. Because of the way confidentiality rules are now interpreted in most hospitals today, the Catholic Chaplain is often not informed of any Catholic, except in the circumstances detailed above. 

Could you become a Knight of St Columba?

The Knights of St Columba are the leading men’s lay apostolate organisation in the United Kingdom and continue to assist the Hierarchy and clergy in thisgreat Year of the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima. We would be delighted to welcome like-minded men to our Order, to assist us in Serving God by Serving others. If you are interested please contact Bertie M Grogan email([email protected]) or visit