St. Bernadette's
Roman Catholic Church
Erskine
Scotland
Parish Priest: Fr. David Boyd

St. Bernadette's

A Parish of the Diocese of Paisley

Welcome to St. Bernadette's
Parish Website
Part of The Erskine Parish Community

Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - 24th OT(A)

24th Sunday OT(A)
-22:21
Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - 23rd OT(A)

Technical difficulties prevented the Reading and Homily to be recorded in full for the 22nd Sunday OT (A)

23rd Sunday OT(A)
-25:30
Homily 22nd OT(A) Part
-17:28

Listen to the Sunday Readings and Mission Appeal - 21st OT(A)

Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - 20th OT(A)
21st Sunday OT(A)
-17:28
20th Sunday OT(A)
-23:06

Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily -  Feast of The Transfiguration of The Lord

Listen to the Sunday Readings and Homily - 17th OT(A)

Transfiguration
-20:26
17th Sunday OT (A)
-29:31

Parish Liturgy in Erskine

St. Bernadette's

St. John Bosco's

Sunday Mass

Mass 10:30am

Weekday Liturgy

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).

Sunday Masses

Vigil Mass 5:30pm

Weekday Liturgy

Monday 

Eucharistic Service 9:30am

Tuesday

Novena to St. Anthony 6:30pm

Mass 7:00pm

Wednesday - Exposition 9am until 9pm

Thursday

Exposition, Morning Prayer 9:00am

Friday

Morning Prayer 9:15am

Mass  9:30am, 11:ooam 1st Friday

Saturday - St. Bernadette's

Holy Day of Obligation

Mass 9:30am


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.

Confessions


Tuesday
6.00-6.45pm (St. John Bosco)

Wednesday
9.00-9.45am (St. Bernadette’s)

Thursday
7.30-8.00am (St. Bernadette’s)

Friday
9.00-9.20am (St. John Bosco)

Saturday
9.00-9.45 (St. Bernadette’s)
5.00-5.20pm (St. John Bosco’s)

Sunday
9.30-10.15am

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.

Our Mission

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.

Parish History

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.


Parish Priests

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

On Monday 23rd April 2012 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of our church. Bishop Philip was the Principal Celebrant at our Mass of Thanksgiving and co-concelebrated with; Bishop John, Canon Byers, Canon Cunney, Canon Berry, Mgr Canon Monaghan, Fr. Freney and Fr. Eagers. It was a time of joy and thanksgiving, thanking God for the past twenty-five years, entrusting the present moment to Him and asking his guidance for our parish community for the future.

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.