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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Rev John Morrison steps down as Parish Priest of Saint Patrick’s, Greenock and moves to become Chaplain to the University of West of Scotland [running the Catholic Chaplaincy and Pastoral Centre for Young Adults] and Parish Priest of Saint Fergus and Saint James, Paisley

Monsignor Gerry Gallagher, Parish Priest of Saint Ninian’s, Gourock moves to become Parish Priest of Saint Patrick’s, Greenock

Rev Stephen Baillie steps down as Parish Priest of Saint Charles, Paisley and moves to become Parish Priest of Saint Joseph’s Clarkston and lead Chaplain to Saint Ninian’s High School

Canon Jim Duggan, Parish Priest of Saint Joseph’s Clarkston moves to become Parish Priest of Saint Charles Paisley, lead Chaplain to St Andrew’s Academy, Paisley and Chaplain to Accord Hospice

Rev Gerry McNellis, Parish Priest of Saint Mary’s Paisley moves to become Parish Priest of Saint Ninian’s, Gourock

Rev Jude Okorie, Administrator of Saint Fergus and Saint James, Paisley moves to become Parish Priest of Saint Mary’s, Paisley

Rev Matthew Carlin, newly ordained, appointed Curate to Saint Mirin’s Cathedral, and Assistant Chaplain to Saint Andrew’s Academy, Paisley and Chaplain to the Guides

Rev Jonathan Whitworth, newly ordained, appointed Curate to Saint Joseph’s Clarkston, and Assistant Chaplain to St Ninian’s High School and Chaplain to the Scouts

Remits:- Rev. Andrew Coleman Chaplain, Notre Dame High School

Can. Michael McMahon—Adult Education and RCIA under Education

Rev. John Bollan—Assistant Director of Education

Mgr. Gerry Gallagher—Amoris Laetitia Office

Can. Peter McGarry: Diocesan Officer of Missio

Rev. Douglas MacMillan—Chaplain, UCM, Representative, St Mungo’s Insurance

Can. Tom Boyle—Press Secretary

Rev. Paul Brady—Director of Permanent Diaconate

Rev. Eoin Patten—Chaplain, Innocents

Ecumenical Service

There will be an Ecumenical service in the Paisley RAH hospital Chapel on Sunday 1st October at 7PM in remembrance of infants and children who have died and for their families. Mgr Tormey and Rev Gordon Jones will lead the prayers and reflections.

The Alpha Course

An opportunity to explore the meaning of life.

How does our Christian faith help us to see meaning in our life?

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for everyone and anyone. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions that are too hostile, too silly or too simple. Alpha has no prerequisites whatsoever. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves. All are welcome to join us Thursday 5th October at 7pm in St. Bernadette’s Erskine.  The evening begins with a buffet meal.


The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group has recommended that all volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both, should do the Level 1 training by the end of 2017 and, with the agreement of Bishop John, this will now be implemented as diocesan policy. The next training sessions will take place in:

St. Fergus’, Paisley on Thursday 2nd November at 2pm

St. Colm’s, Kilmacolm on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm

St. Conval’s, Linwood on Tuesday 14th November at 7pm

Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office [email protected] or 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session. There will be limited space at each session, therefore volunteers should register up to one week before the date of the training session.

Youth to Lourdes 2018

We are currently in the process of arranging the Youth Lourdes Pilgrimage for 2018. The Pilgrimage will leave Scotland on Thursday 28th June 2018. We will arrive in Lourdes on Friday 29th June. We will arrive back in Scotland on Friday 6th July. The pilgrimage is open to anyone in the present s3, s4, s5 or s6. The cost this year is £550.00. The deposit to reserve a place is £60. If deposits are paid, however, by or on Sunday 8th October we will be able to offer a reduced price of £510.00 #earlybirdoffer. Places are reserved only upon payment of the deposit and the return of the application form.

Our first group meeting will be at St. Patrick’s, Greenock on Sunday 8th October at 2pm. If you like to know more please contact Fr. John Morrison at St. Patrick’s Greenock on 01475720272 or e-mail [email protected]

Forty Hours Devotion

Holy Family Parish in Port Glasgow will hold their traditional Forty Hours Devotion from 1-3 October, Sunday through Tuesday. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed each day after Mass, the 12 o’clock Mass on Sunday and the 10 o’clock Mass on Monday and Tuesday and will remain available for the public adoration of the faithful until 6 p.m. each day. A Holy Hour at 6 p.m. will conclude each day’s adoration. Different priests of the diocese will speak to us each evening. The recently ordained Fr. Matthew Carlin will speak on Sunday evening, followed by Canon Michael McMahon (St. Conval’s Linwood) on Monday evening and, finally Fr. Eoin Patton (St. Francis Port Glasgow) on Tuesday evening. Please join Holy Family Parish during these days of prayer.

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

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

Synod Booklets

Please return your completed booklets to the box at the back of the church. If you prefer the online version can be downloaded by clicking here. 


Any students from Paisley Diocese studying the Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) who require seminar assistance can contact Marianne Boland on 0141 847 6130 for more information.

20-40 Network Event - Aged 20-40?

We're excited to announce the details of our next event, brunch at All Bar One in Glasgow. It would be great if you could join us for some delicious food, chat and brainstorming ideas for future events. It's on Saturday 30th September at 11am. Everyone who comes to our events is coming on their own, into the unknown, and that takes a lot of courage. We know this and have been in this position ourselves so we understand and promise you a warm welcome. Just email [email protected] to buy a ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can’t make this one. We’re also on Facebook at

October Visit of the Fatima Pilgrim Statue to Paisley Diocese

The Fatima Pilgrim Statue, touring Scotland in this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady, will be in Paisley Diocese from 7th – 16th October. We encourage you to make a personal pilgrimage with your petitions to Our Lady in this time of special grace. On the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Sat 7th October, 4.30pm, Bishop John will welcome the Pilgrim Statue to St. Mirin’s Cathedral in a Welcome Service with Holy Rosary, followed by the Vigil Mass celebrated by Canon Oliver at 5.30pm. Bishop John will celebrate Mass at 12noon on Sunday 8th October in the Cathedral. The Statue will remain in the Cathedral for special services and personal devotion through the following week. It will be taken to Christ the King, Howwood for the last Fatima Vigil of the Centenary Year, Thursday 12th October, and remain for the weekend. Its last stop will be in the Chapel of the Little Sisters’ Holy Rosary Residence on Monday 16th October.

Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 29th June- 6th July 2018.

The Diocesan pilgrimage is open to all, however any pilgrim with an acute medical condition or who is taking regular prescription medication will be asked to complete a medical form. This allows us to ensure that we have a team of nurses and helpers willing to assist you. It also lets us order the correct number of wheelchairs for the pilgrimage.

We are still awaiting the full details and booking forms for the pilgrimage. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list please contact Anne Louise 01475 638132

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

Struggling after an abortion?

You are not alone.

Non-Judgemental & confidential help is available. Contact us to ask about free one-to-one counselling by phoning the helpline on 0845 603 8501, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on email [email protected].

You can also talk to a befriender by phoning the helpline in the evening on 0845 603 8501, 7 days a week, 7pm-10pm.

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.

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