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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Dates For The Diary

Sunday 28th

There will be a special collection for Communications.

May 23rd

Lourdes Hospitalité Film Night

Film night in the Little Sisters,Union Street Greenock at 7pm. Will be showing Je m'appelle Bernadette. Refreshments will be provided, all welcome.

Friday 26-Sunday 28 May


Living Theology is a weekend course in theology for all who are interested in going a little deeper into aspects of the Catholic Faith. This year there are four presenters:

Fr James Crampsey SJ speaking on the parables of Jesus.

Rev. Kensy Joseph SJ on Science and Religion.

Dr Catriona Fletcher on “The Future Church in Scotland”

Rev. Henry Longbottom SJ on nations working together.

Cost £45 includes sandwich lunches.  Students and young adult just give what you can afford.

Details online:

Living Theology is held at the ISC 35 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE (near St Aloysius Church)

June 2nd

Family Quiz\Games Night

St Columba’s High School @ 7pm in School Assembly Hall Please contact the School Office for Tickets : £2 ( Adult ) £1 (Child)or [email protected]

All welcome.

All proceeds raised, fund school activities for our young people.

June 3rd

Vigil of Pentecost

To mark this a Day of Prayer and Reflection will take place at St. Mirin's Cathedral and Hall, Paisle. This will commence in the Hall at 10am and the day will include Prayer and Praise, talks by Bishop John Keenan,  John Jackson of the Risen Christ Community and Anthony Gielty, author of 'Out of Darkness.'  There will be the opportunity for Prayer Ministry. The celebrations will conclude in the Cathedral at 5:30pm with the Vigil Mass of Pentecost. Bishop John will be the principal concelebrant and homilist.

Tea/coffee will be available. Please bring a packed lunch. All welcome.

Sunday 4th June 2017

Centenary of Fatima Family Gathering  

Christ the King Church, Howwood 2:00pm - Family activities and prayer service at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. 3:00pm - Mass celebrated by Bishop John Keenan with music led by the Diocesan Youth Music Group, followed by BBQ

Friday 9th June 

Paisley Synod Anniversary Mass

St. Mary’s Church, Greenock, at 7.00pm. Bishop John invites parishioners and delegates to join our priests in celebrating the first anniversary of our Synod where we have the joy of publishing and distributing our Canonical Synod Document which guides our implementation this year and in the years ahead. All welcome. Refreshments afterwards.

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

A Major Event of New Evangelisation

Chris Stefanick is founder of Real Life Catholic which has brought hundreds of thousands of people back to the Catholic faith.  Real Life Catholic’s purpose is to ignite a bold, contagious faith in the heart of every Catholic by building a movement of Catholics who share the beauty, power and truth of the Gospel with a world that has largely forgotten.  Thu 27 July 7.00pm, Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.  For tickets (£10 or £8 unwaged) contact the Archdiocese of Glasgow RE Department or tel. Christine (0141 226 5898) or through Eventbrite:

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

General Election Bishops' Letter

This General Election presents us with an opportunity to reflect on Catholic social teaching. As Christians, we have a civic and moral duty to engage with our democracy. As Catholics, we believe that ...

You can read the full text of the letter by clicking here.

Parish Pastoral Council

Next Meeting - 15th June

SCIAF - News

There will be a meeting of all those interested in helping SCIAF in the next couple of weeks. If you feel you could help in any way please let Fr Berry know.


SCIAF’s very first fundraising 5k Fun Run!

Come along and take part. This will take place on Saturday 24th June at 12 noon in Strathclyde Country Park at the Water Sports Centre. The fun run will help raise vital funds for our life-changing work to support some of the poorest communities around the world.

Keen runners can zip round the beautiful route. Families and friends can come together for a fun day out. For others, a pleasant morning stroll to help people in need overseas will be inspiring. Whatever your level of fitness, come and join us. Face painting, music, games, home baking and stalls will provide something for everyone.

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


You can help Cormack Smith raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page -

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Diocese of Paisley and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!

Caritas Award

The Caritas Award ceremony will take place on Thursday 8th June 2017 at 2pm in the Clyde Auditorium.

"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.

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.

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?

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!

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

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