Telephone: 01475 720223

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Greenock, Scotland

Parish Clergy
Mgr. Gerry Gallagher
Fr. Thomas Erambil


Today’s we return to the theme of SACRIFICE which figured quite a lot in the children’s reflections:

“If you sacrifice something, you go without it. For example, you give up different things or you put someone else before yourself.

We learn about sacrifice through Bible stories and real life examples. For example, when Jesus dies for us on the cross, or when Mother Theresa gave up her wealth and free time to help others less fortunate. We can sacrifice something during Lent and use the time to help someone else. For example, we could give up sweets, phone, tablets. Instead we could help around the house more.

Parish Census

Please return the forms as soon as possible. Pens are available at the doors of the Church if you would like to complete them while at Church. You are asked to give your name and contact details. You are also asked if you would like to take on a role within the Parish, especially if you do not already do so. We already have people doing all these things, but we could use more and so we could better share the workload.

Tea & Coffee

Thank you for £100 which has been donated to SCIAF.


Sunday 25th. March (PALM SUNDAY) at ​St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, from 2.00pm till 6.00pm Join young people from across the Diocese: secondary and young adults. All participants MUST BRING a signed consent form, available from your Parish Priest. Evening meal and transport will be provided. If you would like to come along then please register your interest by contacting Fr Frank Hannigan on 07944343494 or [email protected]


Bishop John invites us to join him at this annual Mass on Wednesday 28th March at 7.00pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley.

PARISH COACH TO THE CHRISM MASS If you would like to go to this Mass on the parish coach, please sign up on the list at the car park side door of the Church. The coach will leave at 5.30pm.

The Innocents

Pregnancy testing and counselling done in confidence, Mondays and Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm. Tel. 01475 743809


Thanks to the Headteacher, Staff and boys and girls of St. Patrick’s School for the beautiful Mass they celebrated with us on Friday morning. We hope they enjoyed their treat on Friday afternoon and will enjoy their extra playtime when the weather improves.

Thanks to the ladies who worked so hard to prepare the hall and the tea and rolls on Saturday morning after our lovely feast day Mass. It was lovely to have a good crowd of parishioners for Mass as well as our guests from other parishes in the area.


While on the subject of thanks—thanks also to the men who cleared our car park and paths during the recent heavy snow. They did a great job of ensuring we could get in and out of the Church for Sunday Mass.


Please remember to take away the SCIAF Wee Boxes for Lent. The focus this year is on the people of Cambodia.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Booking forms are now available for the pilgrimage to Lourdes 29th June - 6th July 2018. Volunteer helpers and nurses are needed to assist pilgrims who require assistance. All helpers need to comply with the Diocesan safeguarding policy. If interested in any aspect of the pilgrimage please contact Anne Louise 638132.


Next meeting. Monday at 6.30pm in the School.


Our parish SVDP would like to thank the anonymous donor of a kind donation which is greatly appreciated and renew their thanks to all parishioners for their continued support of donations of food and toiletries for the homeless.

Hospital Admission - Sacrament of the Sick

Please feel free to request the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick before your admission. Just see Fr. Gerry or Fr Thomas after Mass or phone for a home visit. Please remember that this Sacrament is NOT any longer referred to as the “Last Rites”.

The “Last Rites” are specific to the dying and include the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises, Absolution, Viaticum (=Holy Communion “for the journey”) and a commending to God of the dying person.

The Sacrament of the Sick on the other hand is to strengthen us in our illness, our operation and our time in hospital or at home. The Sacrament of the Sick, therefore, shouldn't and needn't be left to “the last minute”.

WHEN YOU GO INTO HOSPITAL Please make sure that you inform the Hospital at admission that you are a Catholic and that you would wish to have the services of a priest. This is very important because of data protection and privacy laws. This helps to ensure that when the Chaplains make their visits you will be seen and that in an emergency a priest will be called. The day to day chaplaincy is provided by priests from several local parishes.

In addition to the day to day chaplaincy team, we have a priest on emergency call for the hospital 24 hours a day. All the priests of the deanery take it in turn to fulfil this ministry. The hospital wards have the emergency chaplain’s mobile number.

Inverclyde Foodbank

Shower Gel - Deodorant - Shampoo - Toilet Roll - Nappies

These are everyday items we give to men, women and children as an added extra, but essential, part of their food parcel.

We run entirely on donations made by the public and we are always incredibly overwhelmed and blessed by the support we are given. Currently we are running low on the items listed above and are asking for your support once again. If you are able to make a donation of any these items please hand them into the Chapel House or leave at the back of the Church.

Gift Aid & Legacies

If you are a UK taxpayer by signing a Gift Aid declaration your recorded donations to your Parish or the Diocese are increased by 25% at no extra cost to yourself.

You can donate by standing order, cheque or by asking your Parish Priest for a box of weekly donation envelopes. Gift Aid forms can be obtained from your Parish Priest or on-line at:

Please also consider including your Parish or the Diocese in your Will.