Welcome to St. Bernadette's
Part of The Erskine Parish Community
Part of The Erskine Parish Community
Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - 24th OT(A)
Technical difficulties prevented the Reading and Homily to be recorded in full for the 22nd Sunday OT (A)
Listen to the Sunday Readings and Mission Appeal - 21st OT(A)
Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - Feast of The Transfiguration of The Lord
Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - 17th OT(A)
Parish Liturgy in Erskine
St. John Bosco's
Monday - Exposition,Eucharistic Service 10:00am
Tuesday - Mass 10:00am
Wednesday - Mass 10am, Exposition 10am until 9pm
Thursday - Mass 7:00am
Friday - St. John Bosco's
Saturday - Mass 10:00am
Holy Day of Obligation
Mass - 7:00pm
First Friday Mass with
Anointing of the Sick
Each first Friday of the month, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist at which there will be an opportunity for those who need it to receive the Sacrament of the Sick (Holy Anointing).
If you are sick, or going into hospital soon or starting treatment, then please come along and receive the strength that comes from this Sacrament as well as the prayers and encouragement of the parish community.
If you find it difficult to travel to Mass the please let us know and we may be able to arrange transport for you. This Mass will take place each first Friday of the month in St. John Bosco’s church at 11am.
There will also be tea and sandwiches afterwards. All are welcome. The next Mass will be on the 6th October (please note there will be no Mass at 9:30am).
Vigil Mass 5:30pm
Eucharistic Service 9:30am
Novena to St. Anthony 6:30pm
Wednesday - Exposition 9am until 9pm
Exposition, Morning Prayer 9:00am
Morning Prayer 9:15am
Mass 9:30am, 11:ooam 1st Friday
Saturday - St. Bernadette's
Holy Day of Obligation
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in St John Bosco from 9am until 9pm, and in St Bernadette’s from after the 10am Mass until 9pm.
Mass in A Moment
The Preparation of the Gifts and Altar
Jesus commanded his followers to remember him in a meal. Before the Eucharistic meal begins, the table is prepared. Cloths are laid; bread and wine are brought forward. In a prayer of praise in the Jewish “berakah” style, the priest acknowledges the bread and wine as gifts of God to us, that we will share as divinizing sacred food. The priest’s action of adding a little water to the wine is rooted in the ancient practice of diluting all wine. But his quiet prayer speaks of the profound and unique reality of Christian life: communion of life with God in Christ. The priest’s handwashing is probably rooted in an ancient ritual of purification in preparation for prayer. May the Lord accept the Eucharistic sacrifice for the praise and glory of his name
Whether you are new to or visiting Erskine, seeking information on the Catholic Church, or if you’ve been away from the church for a time, we warmly welcome you to St. Bernadette’s Parish. Why not stay for a coffee after Mass any Sunday. We would love to welcome you!
If you are an existing parishioner, you are encouraged to browse these webpages, and become even more aware and involved in the life of your Parish.
God has been good to us over the years and we have achieved a lot. However we have much more to do. Together we will seek to build our future upon the dreams and accomplishments of those early parishioners who, many years ago, founded the Parish. We pledge to share their vision and spirit with the next generation of believers.
St Bernadette's is a Parish Community whose mission is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We answer this call through our worship, faith and service.
By 1983 the Paisley Diocesan Authorities found it necessary to give Erskine its second Catholic church (the other being St John Bosco's) and Bishop Stephen McGill named Father John Cunney first parish priest of St Bernadette's, Park Mains. Work began to build the new church of St Bernadette in January 1984. The church was formally blessed by Bishop McGill on the 23rd April 1987.
St Bernadette's Church is the focal point of the Catholic community in the 'southern' area of Erskine New Town. The layout is compact, with close linkage of church, meeting room and presbytery, taking cognisance of the fact that the parish is served by the parish priest alone. The curve of the priest's hands in the Sacrifice of the Mass was developed into the walls on either side of the sanctuary, and continued internally in the meeting room entrance foyer and externally at the corner points. It is hoped that the congregation will have a feeling of close unity with the priest and, to assist further, the church plan is elongated breadth-wise rather than length-wise.
The message of Lourdes (France) is highlighted on one of the curved sanctuary walls and complemented on the other by the Risen Christ, thus leaving the focal area of the sanctuary for the altar with only the tabernacle within immediate vision.
Canon John Cunney 1983 - 1995
Canon Desmond Berry 1995 - 2004
Father Oliver Freney 2004 - 2010
Canon James Byers 2010 - 2014 (Fr. Jim died suddenly on the 24th May)
Canon David Boyd 2014
25th Anniversary Mass
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all who came and helped make our Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the church such a special occasion. The whole liturgy was very special. Bishops Philip & John and the other concelebrating priests found the atmosphere very special. To all involved in the preparation, from the garden to the Liturgy, from the buffet to the cleaning up, my sincere thanks.
On a personal note, to make my Profession of Faith before this Parish Community and to have Bishop Philip formally appoint me to the Chapter of Canons of St Mirin?s Cathedral at the Mass was a great privilege, and a memory that will remain with me as long as I live. Thank you all and God bless you.