St. Joseph & St. Patrick,
Roman Catholic Parish,
Diocese of Paisley.
Parish Priest: Canon Desmond Berry
St. Joseph and St. Patrick is a Roman Catholic community of faith seeking to live the presence of Jesus Christ by the way we worship God, celebrate the sacraments, proclaim the Gospel, and serve one another and our neighbours.
Welcome to our Parish Website
If the “dream” of a peaceful world is shared by all, if the refugees’ and migrants’ contribution is properly evaluated, then humanity can become more and more of a universal family and our earth a true “common home.”
Pope Saint John Paul II, Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2004
Vigil: 5pm, 10:00am & 5:00pm
Monday to Friday
Holiday of Obligation
Mass 10:00am and 6:30pm
Saturday From 4:30pm
We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. Our Catholic faith, founded in Jesus Christ, drives all that we are and all that we do. As a Christ centered parish community we strive each day to live and share our mission with those we touch.
Please join us at any of our Masses, faith-based liturgies and activities, or service activities and social events. Your presence will be a blessing and we hope you come away with the same sense of family and faith we share with each other and with those we serve.
We look forward to seeing you at Mass and to speaking with you personally. May Christ, our beginning and end, be with you always.
Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your servants within the shelter of your Sacred Heart, where none may harm them. Keep unstained their anointed hands; keep unsullied their lips; keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of your glorious priesthood. Let your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labours with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister, be here below, their joy and consolation, and in heaven, their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen. Heart of Jesus, protect and sanctify our priests. Amen.
St. Joseph & St. Patrick's
Wemyss Bay became a parish in its own right on 17th September 1971, when Fr. Vincent Grace took up residence. The whole area was developing and new houses were appearing. Prior to this, it was a mission station existing at Inverkip from 1869 and transferred to Wemyss Bay in 1887, when a neat wooden chapel was formally opened on 28th August, that same year by Archbishop Charles Eyre of Glasgow.
On June 23rd, 1901 the present Church of St. Joseph and St. Patrick, designed by Pugin and built at a cost of 1200 pounds to accommodate 200 parishioners, was formally dedicated. From its inception the mission of Wemyss Bay was served from Largs until the creation of the Diocese of Paisley in 1947 when it came under the control of St. Ninian’s, Gourock. In 1968, Hugh Galllagher was appointed priest-in-charge. On his transfer to St. Columba’s, Renfrew in 1969, Wemyss Bay reverted to St. Andrew’s, Larkfield.
On December 6th 1998, a new parish hall built by Canon Joseph Quinn was dedicated by Bishop John Mone. Over the years, there have been many new housing developments in Wemyss Bay, Inverkip and Skelmolrlie with a huge increase in Catholic population. St. Joseph and St. Patrick is an ever developing community.