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

St. Bernadette's

A Parish of the Diocese of Paisley

If you can assist with providing transport to any of the Sunday Masses to others within our parish communities please add your details to the sheets at the back of the church. Likewise if you have difficulties getting to Mass please add your details to the sheet. Where possible we will try and connect those with transport to those without.

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 email [email protected].


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.  Anyone who has previously received training prior to 2015 must attend the level one training again before the end of 2017. The next training sessions will take place. 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 are limited spaces at each session, therefore please register up to one week before the session.

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


URGENT APPEAL from SPRED (a special faith programme to help parishioners with a learning disability) Due to changes within one of our groups (17-21yrs) we find ourselves in need of new volunteers.  We have 6 young people who urgently need your help to become a one-to-one friend so if you are available for a couple of hours on a Wednesday evening please can you consider responding to this appeal?   To find out more details please contact Norma Scott on 0141 884 8866 or email [email protected]

Christmas Lunch

The Picolo Mondo Tuesday 12 December deposit £5.00 per person now due.  Please pay Tony or Margaret Devine by 22nd. October at the latest.


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.

Novena to St Peregrine

Over the past few months some parishioners have been asking that, due to the number of people being diagnosed with various forms of cancer. A Novena be held in honour of St Peregrine. Being able to meet together to say a Novena is not always possible, so the following is suggested. It is suggested that every Thursday at 8:00pm as many people as possible say the prayer for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. 

St. Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forlì, Italy to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth, and politically opposed the papacy.  After he experienced the forgiveness of St. Philip Benizi, he changed his life and joined the Servite order.  He was ordained a priest, and later returned to his home to establish a Servite community.  There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional.  He was cured of cancer, after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb.  He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726.  He is the patron of cancer patients

Prayer to Saint Peregrine

Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and Mercy. Amen.

Floral Arranging

Anyone interested in Floral Arranging should see Rose Spiers who is hoping to start up a small group where you can learn the skills of flower arranging and support the preparation of flowers within the Church.

St. Bernadette's Dresses

St. Bernadette’s Dresses (previously known as Dress-a-Girl) Generosity, skills and enthusiasm have made it possible to send 37 dresses to Malawi this month. Cloth, polo shirts, trimmings, threads and even dresses donated by parishioners have made it possible for the busy beavers on a Friday night to create beautiful dresses. The wider community including Paisley Abbey Stitchers and the Baptist Church have added some dresses to our stock and we are very grateful for all their hard work.

Bernadette’s Dresses: For the next delivery of dresses we would like to include a small sewing kit. Donations of small scissors; black and white thread would be appreciated.

Members of our Arts& Crafts /sewing group assemble these dresses from new polo shirts and fabric donated by parishioners and other friends.

We follow a very simple formula;

  1. Cut the bottom hem off a new polo shirt (if you leave the hem, it makes the finished waist too bulky)
  2. Cut a piece of fabric that (with seam allowance) measures the length of the side seam from under the arm to the hem and 3 times the width of the polo shirt. –this gives a reasonable gather for the skirt.
  3. Sew the short ends of the fabric together and then gather or pleat the skirt fabric onto the hem edge of the polo shirt – you may find the easiest way to do this as follows;-

A, have the right sides of the polo shirt and the skirt facing each other – the polo shirt will be upside down and the skirt the right way up.

B, sew around the waist twice for strength.

C, overlock any seams if you can to prevent fraying.

4. Hem the bottom skirt edge.

5. Add a pocket or two from spare fabric to the polo shirt if it doesn’t already have one.

Thinking About 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.

Renfrewshire Women's Aid Support Group

Meets in St Mirin’s Hall the 2nd Friday of every month. If you’re a woman experiencing domestic abuse, why not come along to the group and have a chat with other women. Or contact Women’s Aid on 0141 561 7030.

Knights of St Columba

His Holiness Pope Francis states; “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever-new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy “Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! “Knights of St Columba the leading men’s lay apostolate organisation in the United Kingdom continues to assist the Hierarchy and clergy in this great Year of Mercy. We would be delighted to welcome like-minded men to our Order, to assist us in serving God by serving others. Web address Bertie Grogan Director membership & Development email [email protected]

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

Gift Aid & Legacies

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You can donate by standing order, cheque or by asking your Parish Priest for a box of weekly donation envelopes. Gift Aid forms can be obtained from your Parish Priest or on-line at:

Please also consider including your Parish or the Diocese in your Will.