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Saint Francis of Assisi RC Church

Port Glasgow

Parish News


New 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.


Priase God, the Scottish Government have announced that Public Mass can resume from Wednesday 15th July. There are a number of conditions we must observe:

- There will be a maximum of 35 people allowed to attend Mass at the one time.

- Places at Mass must be reserved in advance. This will be done via Eventbrite and can be accessed here:

- We must record name, address details and a contact number of each person who comes to Mass.

- All visitors must wear a face covering.

- Individuals/groups must go to designated seats, following one way system.

- Sanitise hands upon entry and exist of church.

- Church and Hall toilets will not be available for use.

- The Sunday Obligation to attend Mass is still suspended. 

- Please take into account parishioners who do not have access to the internet who will not be able to reserve a place. Perhaps you can book a slot for them. If not, please contact Fr Matthew who will arrange for them to attend Mass.

- Pre-pandemic you may have attended Mass every day, but as there are limited slots available please give others a chance to attend Mass. Please avoid booking a slot every day unless you notice there are still some spaces available an hour or so before Mass is due to begin.

Updated Weekend Mass Times 

From the weekend Saturday 5th September, there will be two Vigil Masses: 4pm and 5:30pm and an extra Sunday Mass at 12pm

Weekday Mass for W.B. 21st September 2020:

There will be no weekday Mass (Monday-Friday) this week as Fr Matthew will be out of the parish.

Live Streamed Mass

If you are unable to attend Mass in person, Mass will be live streamed on the parish YouTube channel:


Fr Matthew regulary visits the local foodbank. If you would like to hand in anything for the foodbank, this can be left at the chapel house. At the moment, thee most needed items are: pasta, tea bags, tinned fruit, UHT milk and breakfast cereals. If you are, or someone you know is, in any kind of hardship, please contact Fr Matthew and he will do anything he can to be of service to you. 

Standing Order Form

If you are interested in setting up a standing order form to the parish, you can download it here.  

Online Bible Study

A Fr Matthew will post a short video with an introduction to a passage of Scripture each week. Viewers will then have the opportunity to respond with comments, thoughts and questions, either by commenting on the video or emailing the parish ( Fr Matthew will then make a follow up video later in the week to summarise contributions and answer the questions. 

Faith in the Family

This course focuses on ways that parents/grandparents can accompany their children through their journey of faith. It will be run by Maria Kemp who has successfully delivered it in London for 15 years. The course consists of 10 sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. They will take place each Tuesday morning at 9am in St Francis' Primary, starting 28th January - CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

Monthly Quiz Night

Our Parish Monthly Quiz Nights take place on the last Friday of each month. All welcome to join us at 7:30pm in the Hall on DATE TBC. Funds for this month will be in aid of TBC.  £60 for the winning team. BYOB, Raffle, Throw £1 at the bottle & more fundraisers. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

SPRED Volunteer Appeal

Would you be available on a Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning? They urgently need new volunteers for SPRED who meet in Craigmarloch School. To find out more, contact Patricia Adair on 0141 884 8866 or email

Proposed Parish Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy October 2020.

There will be a parish pilgrimage to Assisi, home of St Francis, from 14th-18th October 2020. Cost approx. £700 which includes flights, four nights half board accommodation in Assisi, airport transfers and a one day excursion. Booking forms available in the sacristy.  When paying deposits, cheques should be made payable to ALBA TOURS LTD.

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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