St. Bernadette's
Roman Catholic Church
Erskine
Scotland
Parish Priest: Fr. David Boyd

St. Bernadette's

A Parish of the Diocese of Paisley

Welcome to St. Bernadette's
Parish Website

Listen to the Sunday's Readings and Homily - Pentecost

Pentecost 2017
-19:13

Mass in A Moment

The Sprinkling and Penitential Rites


Dying Christ destroyed our death; rising he restored our life. This is the cornerstone of our faith and the cause of our celebration. St. Paul says that we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. The liturgy offers us two possibilities for bringing this mystery of faith into sharper focus from the very beginning of Mass: in the “Lord have mercy” we recall that God’s unconditional love and mercy sent Jesus to bring us to fullness of life with God and each other; in the rite of blessing and sprinkling holy water we recall the eternal newness of the divine life we have shared since our Baptism. May almighty God continue to have mercy on us, forgive our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

Parish Liturgy in Erskine

St. Bernadette's

St. John Bosco's

Sunday Mass

Mass 11:00am

Weekday Liturgy

Monday - Exposition,Eucharistic Service 10:00am

Tuesday - St. John Bosco's

Wednesday - Mass 10:00am, Rosary 10:30am

Thursday - Mass 7:00pm

Friday - St. John Bosco's

Saturday - Mass 10:00am

Holy Day of Obligation

Mass - 7:00pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Thursday 6:30pm

Saturday 10:30am

Confessions are also available upon request.

Sunday Masses

Vigil Mass 5:30pm; 9:30am

Weekday Liturgy

Monday 

Eucharistic Service 9:30am

Tuesday

Novena to St. Anthony 6:30pm

Mass 7:00pm

Lectio Divina 7:30pm

Wednesday - St. Bernadette's

Thursday

Exposition, Morning Prayer 9:00am

Friday

Morning Prayer 9:15am

Mass  9:30am

Saturday - St. Bernadette's

Holy Day of Obligation

Mass 9:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday 6:30pm

Saturday 5:00pm

Confessions are also available upon request.

Our Mission

St Bernadette's is a Parish Community whose mission is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We answer this call through our worship, faith and service.

Parish History

By 1983 the Paisley Diocesan Authorities found it necessary to give Erskine its second Catholic church (the other being St John Bosco's) and Bishop Stephen McGill named Father John Cunney first parish priest of St Bernadette's, Park Mains. Work began to build the new church of St Bernadette in January 1984. The church was formally blessed by Bishop McGill on the 23rd April 1987.


St Bernadette's Church is the focal point of the Catholic community in the 'southern' area of Erskine New Town. The layout is compact, with close linkage of church, meeting room and presbytery, taking cognisance of the fact that the parish is served by the parish priest alone. The curve of the priest's hands in the Sacrifice of the Mass was developed into the walls on either side of the sanctuary, and continued internally in the meeting room entrance foyer and externally at the corner points. It is hoped that the congregation will have a feeling of close unity with the priest and, to assist further, the church plan is elongated breadth-wise rather than length-wise.


The message of Lourdes (France) is highlighted on one of the curved sanctuary walls and complemented on the other by the Risen Christ, thus leaving the focal area of the sanctuary for the altar with only the tabernacle within immediate vision.


Parish Priests

Canon John Cunney 1983 - 1995

Canon Desmond Berry 1995 - 2004

Father Oliver Freney 2004 - 2010

Canon James Byers 2010 - 2014 (Fr. Jim died suddenly on the 24th May)

Canon David Boyd 2014

25th Anniversary Mass

On Monday 23rd April 2012 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of our church. Bishop Philip was the Principal Celebrant at our Mass of Thanksgiving and co-concelebrated with; Bishop John, Canon Byers, Canon Cunney, Canon Berry, Mgr Canon Monaghan, Fr. Freney and Fr. Eagers. It was a time of joy and thanksgiving, thanking God for the past twenty-five years, entrusting the present moment to Him and asking his guidance for our parish community for the future.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all who came and helped make our Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the church such a special occasion.  The whole liturgy was very special. Bishops Philip & John and the other concelebrating priests found the atmosphere very special. To all involved in the preparation, from the garden to the Liturgy, from the buffet to the cleaning up, my sincere thanks.


On a personal note, to make my Profession of Faith before this Parish Community and to have Bishop Philip formally appoint me to the Chapter of Canons of St Mirin?s Cathedral at the Mass was a great privilege, and a memory that will remain with me as long as I live. Thank you all and God bless you.