Parish News

St Francis of Assisi

RC Church, Port Glasgow

Parish Priest: Fr. Matthew Carlin

Parish News


New GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)

The new GDPR became law across Europe on Friday 25th May. 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.

Altar Servers Practice

There will be a practice for all altar servers on Sunday 24th March at 12pm in preparation for Easter and the Bishop's visit to the parish. Please let Fr Matthew know if you are unable to attend.

Lenten Station Masses

Lenten Station Masses imitate the ancient practice of the Church in rome, where the Pope would celebrate Mass in a different parish each day of Lent. To prepare ourselves for Easter, Bishop John will celebrate Stattion Masses with the people in the cluster areas. At each Mass he will use the readings of the day to preach a short catechetical homily. Please come along to your cluster Mass, or maybe your Lenten discipline could be to travel with the Bishop and attend all of them! The Port Glasgow cluster Mass will be on Wednesday 27th March, 7pm,  at St Francis', Port Glasgow. 


Talks@UWS - Back to Basics Lent Wednesdays

The St Mirin Chaplaincy, 45 High Street, welcomes you to our series of Wednesday 7pm Lenten Talks:

- Did Jesus mean to found a Church? 27th March, by Fr John Morrison

- Do Catholics worship Mary? 4th April 

Talks last around 40 minutes. All are welcome. 


During Lent, Stations fo the Cross will be prayed after each week day Mass. Mass will be celebrated in the Oratory of St Stephen’s on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:25am, starting on Tuesday 12th March. Please encourage young people to attend the Masses in the school. 

Monthly Parish Quiz Night

March's Quiz will be held on Friday 29th March 2019. £60 cash prize for the winning team. This month's Quiz is in aid of Parish Funds.  7:30pm start in the Church Hall with the usual raffle, throw £1 at the bottle and other games. £2 kids, £1 children entry.

New Fertility Care Scotland Clinic in Paisley

From Monday 24th February, Fertility Care will run a clinic in our Diocesan offices on Monday evenings from 7-9pm, running alternate Monday thereafter. They teach the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Fertility Regulation, which helps couples achieve or postpone pregnancy in a natural way and they can help couples optimize their chances of conceiving. The service is free and confidential and no appointment is necessary. Come and visit. Phone 0141 2210858, e-mail


Diocese of Paisley Youth Salamanca Pilgrimage 2019

There will be a Pilgrimage to Salamanca, Spain for school pupils in S3-S6 from Saturday 29th June to Friday 5th July. Pilgrimage cost is £575. For more information please contact Fr John Morrison on 0141 889 5056 or-mail Next meeting TBC.


Diary Dates

The First Holy Communions for Primary 4 in St Francis’ Primary will be Saturday 18th May 2018, and the Confirmations for Primary 7 will be Thursday 23rd May


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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100 Auchenbothie Road, Port Glasgow. PA14 6JD

01475 700700

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