Welcome to St Mirin’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Paisley. Built in 1808, the original parish church was the first stone-built Roman Catholic church in post-Reformation Scotland. In 1948, the present building was raised to cathedral status, following the erection of the Diocese of Paisley in 1947.
Here, you can find out the times of Masses and services. On our Covid-19 page, you can find out more about how we as a parish community are responding to the pandemic and the related restrictions from the Scottish Government and the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. The latest parish and diocesan news can be found on our Bulletin Notices page. You can find out more about our history and our serving clergy here.
The most important information that you might need can be found below, including a list of Mass times and times when the Sacrament of Confession is available.
The First Minister announced on 4th January 2021 that places of worship must close on Friday 8th January, except for the broadcasting of services and for the celebration of funerals and weddings. 20 people may attend funerals; 5 people may attend weddings. Baptisms cannot be celebrated.
Masses will be broadcast daily at 10am on YouTube and 1pm on Facebook. Those who are unable to attend Mass or access the livestream should consider making use of the Dial-a-Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869.
In addition, we will stream Adoration, a recitation of the Rosary and Benediction on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6pm on Facebook. We will meet with RCIA participants on Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30pm on Zoom.
Even in lockdown, the pastoral care of the sick and dying is an essential element of our faith. Therefore, we will continue to respond to requests for these sacramental visits.
Should anyone need to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they should not hesitate to contact Cathedral House to make safe arrangements with one of us.
We truly regret that we find ourselves in this situation once more; be assured of our ongoing prayers for you and your loved ones during this difficult and challenging time. Please do stay safe.
Fr Joe and Fr Ryan
Livestream at St Mirin’s Cathedral
Our in-cathedral webcam streams 24/7. You are welcome to tune in at any time, especially if it helps you to take a moment to pray. To access the livestream, click here.
Please note that from Wednesday 7th January, an additional 1pm Mass will be celebrated daily and streamed on our Facebook page. The livestream in the cathedral will continue to stream on YouTube.
Farewell, Father Laurent
On Wednesday 30th December, Bishop John announced that Fr Laurent Bahati will soon take up the role of Administrator at the parish of the Holy Family in Port Glasgow. He takes up this role as Fr Kingsley ‘Chima’ Opara reaches the end of his service in the diocese and takes up a new position within the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.
Commenting on the support he has received at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Fr Laurent said, “Thank you also for all your support to me. I appreciate all. May God bless and reward you all. It has been my joy to be with you for these 5 months.”
Fr Laurent takes up his new post on 11th January. Please keep him and Fr Chima in your prayers.
Nothing is ever straightforward! As you know, engineers were making final checks before work was to commence and we have been advised that the original proposal was not the most practical solution to our problem. Since the cost is going to be around £100,000, we all must be sure that such an amount of money is being spent in the best and most prudent way. In practice, this means a delay to the commencement of the works, which will now take place early in 2021. As parishioners of the cathedral parish, who will ultimately have to foot the costs, we hope that you agree that a slight delay to ensure that the most cost-efficient and enduring solution is found is worth our present discomfort. A temporary solution to heat the cathedral—especially over the Christmas period—is now being explored.
In the meantime, we will continue to celebrate our Masses in the hall and keep you updated. We appreciate your patience and apologise for the inconvenience.
We are so grateful for the donations that have been handed in so far. God bless your generosity. Obviously, any extra donations will be greatly welcomed! You can donate online via our JustGiving page (click here).
During the pandemic, we have added a second Saturday Vigil and a Sunday evening Mass to our weekly rota.
Please note that from Wednesday 6th January 2021 until further notice, we are unable to gather to worship publicly at Mass.
The Mass times are as follows:
2.30pm (Polish Mass)
A priest will be available to hear confessions after public weekday Masses (10am and 1pm), and after public Saturday morning Masses (10am). Because of restrictions from the Government and the Bishops’ Conference, we are unable to use the confessional boxes at the moment.
Online Offertory Portal
During this time of pandemic, many individuals, families and businesses have been hit financially; the same is true of St Mirin’s parish and of the Diocese of Paisley.
To address this problem, an Online Offertory Portal has been set up by the diocese. Through this portal, the lay faithful are able to support their own parishes as well as other diocesan funds (Vocations, Sick and Retired Clergy, etc.).
Monsignor Joe, Fr Ryan and Fr Laurent really appreciate the support that so many have continued to provide since we entered into lockdown in March.