WELCOMING YOU HOME

St. Bernadette's and St. John Bosco parishes are a growing community of disciples of Jesus Christ committed to loving God, loving others and making disciples.

As Roman Catholics, we seek to honour our faith tradition by authentically and creatively presenting it in our community especially to Catholics who have become disconnected from the Church.

 

What to expect when you visit either parish. An authentically Catholic parish community, a warm and open environment where you and your family will feel welcomed and at home. You’ll experience community and a relevant message that isn’t about rules but about you and God. 

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing a word of encouragement to you, during this time of uncertainty. I can only imagine that many of you, and your loved ones, are experiencing fear and anxiety at this time.  There is so much uncertainty, and confusion.   I am sure some of you are feeling the loss of things that we so often have taken for granted, such as visiting family, sporting events, social gatherings and even travelling abroad.

Added to this now, is the loss of being able to come together as a community of believers to celebrate the Eucharist on a Sunday and weekdays as of the 19th of March, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary.  We turn to his intercession and that of the Blessed Virgin, as we pray for ourselves and all those who are suffering because of COVID-19.  These are preventative measure offered to us by the Bishops’ of Scotland on advice from the Scottish Government and health professionals.  I know that they have issued their Pastoral Letter  (reproduced below) with a heavy heart.  Please pray for our Bishop John and all the Bishops’ of Scotland.

At this unprecedented time, we can feel at a loss as to how we, as followers of Jesus, should react.

I would like to offer you three concrete responses that we can engage in proactively:

1. Pray: This may sound trite, but fear turns us inwards. We need to fight the urge to merely self-protect and go before God for all who are sick, dying, and all who are caring for them. Let’s renew our confidence in the power of prayer!

2. Protect: By this I mean that we should be attentive to guard the health of the most vulnerable in our community, including those who are 60 years or older - a significant portion of our parish. Social distancing through limited physical contact and self-quarantining, as needed, can be a gesture of love at this time.

3. Pursue: We remain parishes that are on mission! This is an opportunity for us to turn our gaze outwards. Please think of creative ways to support one another, especially those most isolated and lonely, through phone calls, video chats, etc.
 
I would be very keen to have our churches open for you to come and pray privately.  Therefore, beginning on Monday 23 March, between the hours of 12 midday until 6pm, both churches will be open.  I will be available for confessions on Friday mornings between 10am and 11am in St. John Bosco's and again on Saturday morning between 10am and 11am in St. Bernadette’s.  Please also contact me if you require the Sacrament of the Sick.

I am currently working to set up the capability for Livestreaming Mass and we will offer other Spiritual events on-line.  Please keep checking our website Catholicerskine.websiteFacebook and Twitter account where we will keep you up to date.

It is a great sadness for me personally, that I will not be able to celebrate the Eucharist with you, but please be assured that I will celebrate Mass privately each day and you will all be in my heart and my prayers.
 
Every blessing in Christ
 
 
Fr. David Boyd
Parish Priest

DAILY MASS

There are no public Masses at this time.

It is at this exact moment that our faith is most needed. When you cannot attend Mass, you are encouraged to read the Gospels, pray with your families, and join yourself to the Eucharist—the source and summit of our Catholic faith—by making an act of spiritual communion.

Mass will be live-streamed Monday - Friday @ 9:30am, Saturday @ 11:00am and Sunday @ 10:30am.

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION


“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.  Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.” {Saint Alphonsus}

CATHOLIC ERSKINE
ONLINE COMMUNITY

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BAPTISM

Some parents hesitate to request a Baptism because they do not regularly attend Mass or support the parish. If this is you, you may want to evaluate the reasons you are seeking Baptism for your child. Is it for tradition? Is it an expectation within your family? Is it a social obligation? Or is it a desire to share the life of Christ? The parish community welcomes all to become part of our parish family and to share in that life of Christ. Speak with Fr. David after Mass for an opportunity to assess your needs, discuss our faith and the unique responsibility to share it with the child God has entrusted to you.

HELP US TO SPREAD OUR
LOVE AND FAITH
OUR COMMUNITY

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.  Please join us at any of our Masses, faith-based liturgies, activities, or social events.

ADDRESSES

St Bernadette's

Park Drive,

Erskine

PA8 7AE

Telephone: 0141 812 7018

St. John Bosco

Barwood Road,

Erskine

PA8 6AB

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