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.

Annual Pensioners Dinner

The dinner will take place on Saturday 18th January. There are limited spaces for this event and it is for parishioners only. If you are interested, please sign up at the back of the church. 

Faith in the Family

Starting this month, a course will be offered in St Francis' Primary School for parents/grandparents/carers of school-age children who would like to know their Catholic Faith better, to help pass it on to the next generation. This will be a very user friendly program of 15 sessions run by an experienced volunteer who has led the same course in several parishes in Glasgow. More details to follow. 

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. 

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 31st January. Funds for this month will be in aid of St Francis Primary School Funds.  £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 TBC.

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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