St. Joseph's & St. Patrick's
Roman Catholic Church
Wemyss Bay, Scotland
Parish Priest: Canon Desmond Berry

St. Bernadette's
Roman Catholic Church

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Vigil: 5pm and 10:00am and 5:00pm

Monday to Friday

Mass 10:00am

Holiday of Obligation

Mass 10:00am and 6:30pm


There will be NO Confessions heard in the parish at this time.

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.

The season of Lent is now upon us, a season that coincides with spring in nature. Lent is a season for reflection, a penitential season, a time for honesty and renewal. The ashes that we use as a symbol on Ash Wednesday come from the burned palms from last Palm Sunday. As the people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem they hailed him as King. They threw palm branches like a carpet of welcome before him as he rode the donkey into Jerusalem. But how fickle and frail human beings are. Within days of shouting a welcome to Jesus, so many of those same people were shouting, “Crucify him”. The on-going message to us all is about frailty, humanity, sinfulness.

Lent is a journey to Easter through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. As the days lengthen and spring develops we see the resurrection in nature following the death of winter. Lent is about allowing that new light and life of Jesus to shine in our daily lives. As gardeners and farmers prepare the ground for this year’s crop, so Lent is a time for each of us to renew our spiritual ground, to plant again the seed of God’s love, his Word, and open ourselves through the use of the Sacraments to prepare to celebrate Easter. At Easter we renew our Baptism promises. The resurrection experience begins for each of us in Baptism. At Baptism parents and God-parents are presented with a lighted candle. The light for that candle is taken from the Easter Candle, the great symbol of Christ the Resurrection, Christ the Light of the World. Presenting the Candle to parents and God-parents the priest says, “This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child has been enlightened by Christ. He/she is to walk always as a child of the light. May he/she keep the flame of faith alive in his/her heart. When the Lord comes may he/she go out to meet him with all the Saints in the heavenly Kingdom”. What a wonderful prayer of reflection and challenge to each of us on our journey through Lent.

Easter is a time when many adults who have been going through the RCIA programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) are received into the Church. These people publicly profess their faith in Christ. The journey to Easter for each of them will have been very different, because they each come from a different background of experience and different circumstances that led them to their Easter commitment. However, the faith that they profess and the profession of faith we each make at Easter, renewing Baptism promises, is the same faith. That one faith has as many different experiences and expressions as there are people who profess the faith. As a personal, loving relationship with God we each allow that faith to grow, deepen and develop. That is the life of prayer we express both as individuals and as a parish community. And in the strength of that faith and nourished by Word and Sacrament we are each challenged at the end of Mass to “Go and announce the gospel of the Lord”.

Have a wonderful journey through Lent to Easter.

God bless you all.

Fr Des Berry

Parish Priest

About Our Parish

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.