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 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.



Following the announcement from the Scottish and UK Government on MOnday 23rd March 2020, all churches and places of worship will be closed for the forseeable future in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Should you need to contact Fr Matthew, for any reason, please phone the parish house. 

Bishops close all Catholic Churches in Scotland. Statement released 24th March 2020:
"The outbreak of Covid 19 virus in Scotland demands from all of us a response which recognizes the serious threat to all people, especially the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, and our duty of care to them. Having given due consideration to the words of the First Minister last evening, we, the Bishops of Scotland, agree that our churches should be closed during this period of national emergency for the common good. There will be no celebrations of baptism or marriage but we will continue to offer prayers for those who have died and for their families who mourn their passing. The Church is not only a building but the people of God at prayer wherever they may find themselves. We encourage all Catholics and all people of faith to pray unceasingly in their homes for our nation at this time in particular for our political leaders, our health care professionals and all those suffering from the virus. May this lived Lenten experience lead us to new life and healing at Easter."

Live stream Mass

Mass is celebrated daily at 11am and is live-streamed on our parish Facebook page. 

May Devotions

Rosary and Benediction will be live streamed on the parish Facebook page at 3pm each day throughout the month of May.

Standing Order Form

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

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 Friday 27th March. Funds for this month will be in aid of New Dawn Scotland Youth Group.  £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


The RCIA, the process by which we receive new adult members into the Catholic Church at Easter, has begun. If you feel like you would be interested in becoming a Catholic, please speak to Fr Matthew. 

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. These will resume as a more regular Bible study group, every second Monday at 7:30pm from Monday 10th February. More information to follow. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020

Bookings are now being taken for the diocesan pilgramage to Lourdes, 26th June - 2nd July 2020. See poster in foyer for more details. 

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.

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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