Parish News

St Francis of Assisi

RC Church, Port Glasgow

Parish Priest: Fr. Matthew Carlin

Parish News


ENew GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)

The new GDPR became law across Europe on Friday 25th May 2018. The Diocese of Paisley would like to reassure you that it takes your data very seriously and will protect it in compliance with all aspects of the new regulation. We have established that for Parish groups and ministries there is a legitimate interest for the purpose of contacting you that constitutes the legal basis for holding personal data, and for Gift Aid this is covered by the agreement that you previously signed, so you do not need to do anything else at present. If there is any need to gain your approval for any specific purpose then you will be contacted. The Privacy Notice can be read by clicking here.

The Relics of St Therese of Lisieux

The relics will be in Paisley Diocese from 14th-16th September. The relics will mainly be at St Mary's Church in Greenock from the evening of Saturday 14th until the morning of the 15th. The relics will then be taken to St Mirin's Cathedral on Sunday 15th until the afternoon of the 16th. St Francis' will lead the prayers in St Mary's on Satuday evening, 14th September from 8-9pm. A bus will leave the church at 7:30pm, returning for 9:30pm. Full schedule of the visit can be found on the image slider on the welcome page of the website. All are welcome to come and pray before the relics of the 'Little Flower'. 

Annual Mass for the Sick

Mass with anointing of the sick will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 18th September. 

50th Anniversary of the Parish 

Bishop John will join us for Mass to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Parish of St Francis on Sunday 22nd September at 10:30am. This will be a solemn occasion for the Parish; Bishop John will place relics of St Francis & St Clare of Assisi into the Altar. Refreshments in the Hall afterwards. The Parish was founded on 21st September 1969, the feast of St Matthew. 

Monthly Quiz Night

Our Parish Monthly Quiz Nights return at the end of the month. All welcome to join us at 7:30pm in the Hall on Friday 27th September Funds for this month will be in aid of the pupils of St Stephen's going to Krakow with the Diocese. £60 for the winning team. BYOB, Raffle, Throw £1 at the bottle & more fundraisers

Exploring the Bible

A series of talks to help us get to know the Scriptures better. Ideal for anyone who wants to grow in their faith. The next of these talks will be given by Fr Paul Denney on Exodus at 7:30pm on Monday 30th September. 

Family Ceilidh

The feast of St Francis (4th October) will be celebrated with a family celidh in the hall. Tickets available from the stall or Fr Matthew. £5 adults, £2 under 16s. Food will be available, BYOB. 

Youth to Lourdes 2020

The Pilgrimage will be from Thursday 25th June until Thursday 3rd July 2020 and is open to anyone in present S3, S4, S5 or S6. The cost is £575, with a deposit of £75 reserving you a place. If deposits are paid by or on Sunday 1st September, we offer a reduced price of £535. Places are reserved upon payment of deposit and return of the application form. Next group meeting TBC.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers should take a look at the following document to remind them that Serving and to help the Priest at Mass is a privilige and they must conduct themselves in a peaceful and prayerful manner. Click here to view the document.


Catholic Papers

Individual subscriptions are available of the Catholic Times and The Universe but due to declining sales, we have had to cancel delivery of these papers.


St Mirin's Chaplaincy

Mass will be celebrated at 12:45 from Monday-Thursday and 5pm on Sundays each week in St Mirin's Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley. We are currently looking for volunteers to help staff the chaplaincy at during the day. If you want more information or feel you can help please contact Fr. John Morrison on 0141 8895056 or e-mail,uk .


Diocesan Courage Apostolate

Paisley Diocese has set up a Courage Chapter of pastoral ministry for those in our diocesan community with same sex attraction who are looking to live faithfully their Catholic faith. Courage is an international apostolate with over 100 Chapters worldwide and is endorsed by the Holy See. It aims to help members find peace through fellowship, prayer, the Sacraments, and an appreciation of the Church’s teachings on chastity. For information or advice please email in confidence our diocesan priest chaplain at


Are you being called to become a Priest?

 If you feel you may have a call to the Priesthood please contact Fr. John Morrison 0141 8895056 or email .


Admission to Hospital

If you are due to go into hospital please contact your local Priest to receive the Sacrament of the Sick before admission. Every hospital has a system to contact a Priest in emergencies; a family member simply asks a member of staff to contact the Priest on Call and he will visit. Other non-emergency visits can be arranged via the Hospital Chaplain if required. Due to Data Protection, the Chaplain won’t know you are in the hospital unless you inform him


Gift Aid and Legacies:

UK Taxpayer? Signing a Gift Aid declaration recorded donations to your Parish or the Diocese are increased by 25% at no extra cost to you. Standing order, cheque or by a box of weekly donation envelopes to donate. Gift Aid forms from your Parish Priest or online at Please also consider including your Parish or Diocese in your Will.


Panorama of St Francis'

A panoramic picture of inside the Church building was featured on St Mirin's Cathedral website. Check it out here.



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