Barwood Road, Erkine. PA8 6AB
Parish Priest: Fr. David Boyd

St. John Bosco's Parish

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paisley

Our New Elect

Gillian Thompson and Tracy Shaw

They are now on their final stage in preparation Gillian for Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist; and Tracy for Confirmation and First Communion.   They are asked to deepen their friendship with the Lord Jesus and use this time of Lent in prayerful preparation.  We are looking forward to celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation with them during the Easter Vigil.  As an added delight on Easter Sunday morning we will be celebrating Baptism for Gillian’s new born daughter, Olivia and Tracy’s new born son, Riley.  Please keep them is your prayers as they approach the final stages of their journey.

Lenten Faith Café

“Let it be done according to your word. How Mary helps us to be filled with God". Inspirational 5 Sessions Chosen by God; The First Disciple; Mother of all; Queen of Heaven; Help of Christians. Tea/Coffee, 25min DVD, short discussion. Every Wednesday in St. Bernadette’s from 1.00pm and every Monday in St. John Bosco’s after 9.30am Prayer and Eucharistic Service for 5 weeks. If interested please come along.

Lectors, Readers at Mass

Sunday Masses at St. Bernadette's, we try to have two Lectors on the day, with a view to creating  a rota. For the moment, if you are a Reader please pop into the sacristy before Mass.

It is a great Ministry to participate in. If you would like to be included in the rota for either parish please contact Philip James at St. Bernadette's and Jacqueline Callan at St. John Bosco's.

St John Bosco's every Thursday after Morning Prayer and Friday after 9:30am Mass.. All parishioners from both parishes very welcome.

Lectio Divina for Lent Come and join us each Tuesday during Lent where we reflect on the Sunday Mass Gospel. Each Tuesday during Lent at 7:30pm [after the 7:00pm Mass in St. John Bosco Church]. All Welcome.

Singers and Musicians

Your Parish need you. If you would like to volunteer to sing in the Choir or play an instrument please see Liam at St. John Bosco’s and Anne Marie at St. Bernadette’s.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 29th June -6th July 2018

There are still places available on the pilgrimage to Lourdes. The pilgrimage is open to all. Volunteers are needed to help pilgrims throughout the week. In order to comply with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy please contact Anne Louise before the 28th February to register as a helper/ nurse. If you will be in Lourdes at the same time as the pilgrimage and would like to participate then contact Anne Louise for the Diocesan programme. Contact Anne Louise at 01475 638132

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in both Parishes every Wednesday: St John Bosco’s from 9.00am until 9.00pm. St Bernadette’s from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. Come along and pray for the Parish, the Diocese, the Sick and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Beginning Experience

The beginning experience are holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves suffering bereavement through divorce, separation or widowhood.  The weekend will take place from 23rd to 25th March at St Mary’s Kinnoull, Perth. For more details contact Ros on 0131 669 0003  or email  Please also see poster on the notice board. Completed applications should be returned by Friday 9th March.

Food Bank

St John Bosco and St Bernadette’s Food Bank donations started in both Parishes about 3 year ago for Lent and has continued ever since. Please consider donating to the Food Bank as part of your Lenten alms giving. Thank you in advance.

Living Our Faith

Our Passover and Tenebrae event takes place on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30pm in St John Bosco and everyone is welcome. As always our reflection of the Passover allows us to make that connection with Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. This year our Tenebrae (service of shadows) is the Tenebrae of the Nails. It's a great way to prepare for Holy Week so why not come along and join others in quiet prayer and reflection? if you are unsure about it, talk to someone who has been before! There are sign-up sheets at the back of both St John Bosco’s and St Bernadette’s. Please put your name down if you would like to come, just for catering and transport purposes.

Integrating Life and Faith

What is this course about? This course is an opportunity, in a safe space, to explore how faith is lived out in the reality of today’s world – in our relationships, families, homes, workplace and in the events of everyday life, as well as in prayer, in Scripture and in the Sacraments. If you are interested in taking part in this course please put your name on the sheet at the back of the Church.

Mum’s the Word
Prayer Groups

As St Monica prayed for her son we pray for all sons and daughters: “We now humbly ask you to pray with us for our sons and daughters who have drifted away from God and we ask you to add your prayers to those of all mothers who are worried about their children”. If you are interested in joining an existing group or starting a group in your own parish, please email: Eleanor Jannetta at [email protected] Prayer Cards are available from Andy.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Places of St John Bosco

8th to 20th July 2018.  See notice board for more info.

Diocesan Choir

Interested in singing with us at the Chrism Mass? Please join us at rehearsals in St Charles' (Paisley) at 2.30pm on Sunday 11th March. Rehearsal only lasts about an hour. All welcome! If you have any questions, contact Monsignor Denis Carlin - [email protected]

Have you ever considered adoption? 

St Margaret’s Children & Family Care Society are looking for adopters. We pride ourselves on being a specialised adoption service and encourage you to take a look at our most recent inspection report at  Have you ever considered adoption? Could you give a loving, stable home to a child who has suffered abuse or trauma? Do you have what it takes to be a ‘Therapeutic Parent’? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please visit our website at  for more information or call 0141 332 8371 and speak to our duty worker.

St Margaret’s Adoption Society’s primary aim is the recruitment and assessment of prospective adopters. However, in recognition of the complex needs of the children, they have spent a number of years developing their Extended Post Adoption Support Services. Please pick up a copy of the letter from Bishop John at the door of the church which he has written following his recent visit to their Centre for the Family.

Struggling after
an abortion?

You are not alone. Non-Judgemental & confidential help is available. Contact us to ask about free one-to-one counselling by phoning the helpline on 0845 603 8501, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on email [email protected]. You can also talk to a befriender by phoning the helpline in the evening on 0845 603 8501, 7 days a week, 7pm-10pm.

Novena to St Peregrine

Novena Prayer to Saint Peregrine

Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and Mercy. Amen.