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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The Easter Egg Hunt will take place after 10:00 and 11:30 Mass on Easter Sunday.

We ask that, before the children take to the garden to hunt for eggs, they come into the Church Hall for instructions, as those children who don't visit the hall first will miss out on very important information.

Adults - while the Hunt is taking place, you will have time to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with some special goodies.

As well as the Easter Egg Hunt there will be a Craft Stall for the girls and boys to continue the fun of the day, also a Kids' Easter Raffle with lots of surprises to be won.

So that the Adults are not left out, there will also be an Easter Raffle with lots of goodies to be won, the main prize being an Easter Hamper.

The cost of taking part in the Easter Egg Hunt is £2 per child; the Children's raffle is 50p a stripe, and the Adult raffle is £1 a stripe.

Come along and join the family fun!!

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

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

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?

Race Night
St. Columba's

S3 students are off on pilgrimage to Rome in May. To help subsidise the trip the organisers are holding a fund raising race night in the school on Friday 21st April at 7.30. If you would like to attend please contact the school on 715250. Tickets including hot snack are available priced £5.

The Feast of
Divine Mercy

The Feast of Divine Mercy, 23rd April will be celebrated at St Francis Port Glasgow with a Holy Hour beginning at 2:30pm and finishing with Benediction at 4pm.

There will be limited availability for confession. Parish evening Mass 4:30pm.

Pause For Hope

Bishop John invites you to join him for this Ecumenical Prayer Service for all those affected by Cancer – Bishop John will be joined by Rev Maureen Leitch and the Guest Speaker is Mr Tony Fitzpatrick who was a Player and Manager and now CEO of St Mirren Football Club. St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley - 23rd April 4pm

"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

Music Group

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!

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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.

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