We Remember

in our prayers...

 Sick: John Toohey, Clare O’Donnell, Bridget McNeil, Grace McLare, Mark Allen, Vhari Dunlop, Graham Coyle Rosemary Queen, Jye Orel, Marie Carter, Helen McShane, Cathie Thompson, Bill Sutherland and Alfie Howe

Recently Died: Graham Coyle, Annie Scott, Colette Wevers, Betty Findlay

Anniversaries: Rita Campbell, James and John McGinty

Diocesan Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church

Marriage Counselling has already helped many couples. Here are some testimonies.  "I was at a loss as to where to turn to and saw the counselling service.  I wasn't sure if anything was going to help our relationship at that point but I really wanted to try.  After the first session felt relief that we had got a lot of things out.

The sessions have made us talk much more about things day to day not allowing them to build up.  We respect each other more and, most importantly, we listen to each other - properly listen.  It's the best thing we have ever done for us." (Anonymous).

"By us deciding to come to counselling my husband and I learned to dialogue in the right way and through this understood each other more and this helped sort out many problems we had between us and our families. Since counselling we have learned to love and appreciate each other more and forgive more freely without resentments. We are so glad we went" (Anonymous).  If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling. The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgemental position as the various problematic issues are discussed. Marriage counselling can help you gain perspective on your relationship. Expect help with the following:  Communicate in a more constructive way; Learn why arguments escalate; Reflect on the past and how it presents in your current relationships; Learn the art of compromise. Negotiate and resolve conflicts in a healthier way.  For information or advice please email in confidence counselling@rcdop.org.uk

Hospital Admission Sacrament of the Sick

Any parishioners who are given an appointment for admission to hospital for surgery under anaesthetic should contact Fr. Berry and ask to receive the Sacrament of the Sick before admission, as currently there is only a relatively short time between admission and surgery. Anyone admitted to hospital unexpectedly is probably sufficiently ill to merit receiving the Sacrament of the Sick as a spiritual aid in their illness. Every hospital, including Inverclyde Royal, has a system for contacting the R.C Chaplain urgently in emergencies. This is activated by the patient or family asking the nursing staff clearly to summon the Catholic Chaplain. The same system may also be used to request a visit from the R.C Chaplain but the nurse should be asked to make it clear to the priest that it is not urgent. Because of the way confidentiality rules are now interpreted in most hospitals today, the Catholic Chaplain is often not informed of any Catholic, except in the circumstances detailed above.

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The Holy Father’s prayer intention for January

Promotion of World Peace
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

Project Gambia

Aidan and Rebecca, are visiting our parish this weekend to speak about their work with Deaf children in The Gambia. They will be greatly appreciative of any support received, both prayerful and financial (in the retiring collection).

Protecting your Privacy

The privacy notice contained on our website is that of the Diocese of Paisley, St. Joseph and St Patrick’s is a Catholic parish of the Universal Church in the Diocese of Paisley, which is led by Bishop John Keenan, in communion with our Holy Father Pope Francis, in Wemyss Bay.


We want you to know that Diocese of Paisley respects the information we hold on you and that we take the security of your information very seriously.


New data protection rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), come into effect on May 25th 2018. This new regulation will give people greater control over how companies and organisations use their personal information.


We have updated our Privacy Notice in line with GDPR, which sets out information on how we hold and handle your data. It includes:


  • what kind of information we collect

  • how we use it

  • when we may need to share it


Many thanks for your understanding. You can read our full Privacy Notice at by clicking here or a hard copy can be requested from the Parish.

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