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

St. Bernadette's
Roman Catholic Church
Erskine
Scotland

Click here to edit subtitle

In Our Parish

Sunday 27th August

Parish Pastoral Council Away Day


Sunday 3rd September

Annual Fete


Celebrate

A Catholic family conference for all ages, from grandparents to children.  Successfully run in 12 regions in England for the last 9 years, Celebrate is coming to Scotland for the first time.  Organised by Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the whole church.  Lively worship, good teaching and good company in a vibrant faith-filled atmosphere; includes mime and drama and all ages of children and youth to help them grow in their faith in a relevant and joy filled way.


This year’s theme is “Seek first his Kingdom”, running in St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire from Saturday 2nd till Sunday 3rd September.  Sunday family mass.  Celebrate appeals to families.  There are streams to accommodate.


For more details and to book see website www.celebrateconference.org or phone Michael Jordan on 07747 388660.  Early bird discount if booked before 31st July.

Solemn Act of Consecration of Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Bishops of Scotland

The Bishops of Scotland will consecrate Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at our annual national pilgrimage to Carfin on Sunday 3 September in this, the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.  The Programme of Events is as follows:  Sat 2 September, Vigil in Preparation.  7.00pm Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Mysteries of the Holy Rosary on the Hour (7.00, 8.00. 9.00, 10.00pm, 10.30pm Benediction.  Light refreshments in the centre during the evening.  Sun 3 September, National Pilgrimage and Solemn Act of Consecration. 1.00-2.30pm Confessions, 3.00pm Holy Mass with Consecration, 5.00pm Rosary and Benediction. Please make the effort to come along to be with our Church and be pray for our nation in this historic moment of our faith.

Venerable Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage 2017

The National Pilgrimage for the Beatification of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair will take place on Sunday 17 September at 2pm (Mass 4.30pm: Preacher Fr Richard Reid CSSR), St Patrick’s Church, 5 South Gray’s Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1TQ. 

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 www.netscotland.org.

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

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!

Parish Fete Sunday 3rd September

Preparations for the fete are beginning to wind up. The first very positive meeting for volunteers took place on Thursday. The next meeting is this Thursday 10th August.


Donations are required for the bottle stall, bric a brac, raffle, toys and games, books and nearer the time, home baking for the stall and tea room. Thank you.

All donations can be left in the hall.


Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Any facepainters out there? Volunteers also needed to man the stalls.


[email protected]

01475 522915 or 07557 970514

NATIONAL YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO IONA 9-10 SEPTEMBER 2017

We have 25 places available for young people who are 16 years or older, wishing to travel with 200 young people from across Scotland to Iona.


Cost £40, which includes bus and ferry travel, overnight accommodation in Oban Youth Hostel, all food and meals. Coach will depart St Mirin's Cathedral,

Paisley at 11am Saturday 9 September. Coach will return from Oban Sunday 10 September departing at 7pm due to arrive at the Cathedral in Paisley at 11pm.


To secure a place please contact, (or your Parent/Guardian contact) Fr Frank Hannigan, Youth Director on 07944343494 or [email protected]

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. 30 September.  11am – 3:30pm

"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.

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 http://www.ksc.org.uk

Struggling after an abortion?

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 www.careinpectorate.com. 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 www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk for more information or call 0141 332 8371 and speak to our duty worker.