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.
Beyond Level 0 at St Mirin’s Cathedral
Almost all of Scotland’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions ended on Monday 9th August. We give thanks to God for leading us through these most challenging times and we remember in our prayers all those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
The Scottish Government has indicated that face coverings are still mandatory in indoor settings like the cathedral. Those exempt from wearing face coverings in the Protection Levels remain so.
Social distancing rules have been dropped. There is no legal requirement to sit socially distanced in the cathedral. We understand that some might feel anxious about this. There is a lot of space in the cathedral, so we continue to provide limited 1-metre socially distanced seating for those who wish to use it.
Booking to attend Masses is no longer necessary. However, Test & Protect will continue to contact-trace positive cases of Covid. A register with the names and contact details of regular attendees who have attended a Vigil or Sunday Mass since 17th July has been created. If your name is not already on the database, it will be added when you arrive. Additionally, a QR code has been generated for those who can check-in using their smartphones.
To protect your data, your contact details will be stored securely on the parish computer and will only be shared with Test & Protect if required. Please note that if you do not consent to your name and contact details being stored in the parish database, you should let one of your priests know as soon as possible.
Livestream at St Mirin’s Cathedral
Our 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 from the cathedral, click here.
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.
We will 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 for the Boiler Fund. God bless your generosity. Obviously, any extra donations will be greatly welcomed!
The Mass times are as follows:
2.30pm (Polish Mass)
Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral
A priest will be available to hear confessions on Wednesdays from 5pm until 5.45pm, before the 6pm evening Mass; and after 10am Mass on Saturdays. During the pandemic, we are unable to use the confessional boxes because of poor airflow.
This takes place between the 10am and 1pm Masses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and for one hour on Wednesday evenings before the 6pm Mass. The rota of adorers is on the noticeboard at the side door. Please feel free to add your name to any 30-minute slot.
The cathedral is open for private prayer daily from the end of the 10am Mass until 2.30pm. Please use the side door to enter and exit. Anyone visiting the cathedral during these hours should check in using the QR code or fill out a slip and place it in the collection box at the door.