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

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In Our Parish

Sunday 20th August

Annual Fete


Sunday 27th August

Parish Pastoral Council Away Day

Saturday 24 June 2017

SPUC (Inverclyde) is holding a Flag Day in Greenock Town Centre on from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you can spare an hour to help this important cause, please call into to St. Mary's Church Hall (Committee Room), Houston Street, Greenock or phone K. Crossan on 727465. Collectors must be aged 14 years and over.

Monday 3rd July – Friday 7th July New Dawn in Scotland 2017
Youth Gathering

 Madras College, St. Andrews, Fife. The Youth Stream is for young people aged from S1-S6. This is divided into two groups, 12-14 and 15-18. It is an opportunity to have fun, find out more about your faith and to meet many other young people from across Scotland. Every year, many newcomers find a friendly welcome and feel quickly at home. The event finishes on Friday evening with a ceilidh. Cost is £50 (includes all accommodation and food). For further information please contact the New Dawn in Scotland Office [email protected] or 0131 447 6153.

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.

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: rebootlivescotland.eventbrite.co.uk

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!

Diocese of Paisley New Course to Qualify Catholic Teachers

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? Successful completion of this new course, Setting Out on the Road, will grant the CTC to teach RE in our Catholic schools and will be recognised by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in all Dioceses. This four day sessions around This is Our Faith will be completed by directed journal tasks through the academic year. Places are limited so please visit the SCES website and complete the on line application form to apply for a place on this course.

SCIAF - News

Next meeting - Monday 19th June. All welcome 7pm


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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.

Annual Fete

Would you like to be part of the Annual Parish Fete?


What is your favourite part of the Fete? Do you have any new ideas or changes you would like to help implement?

Would you like to help organise the Fete and/or help out on the day?


Please can you fill in one of the info-forms that are on the pews this week or available at the back of the church or in the hall to help shape your Parish Fete! Thanks.

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. 

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.

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

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