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.
Increased Capacity at St Mirin’s Cathedral
In Protection Level 3, there is no numerical cap on congregations for public worship. The capacity of the cathedral will be determined by how many households can gather while maintaining 2-metre physical distancing. We have determined that a total of 67 units, seating groups of up to 2, 3 and 4 people, will be able to gather safely in the cathedral.
Almost every available pew will seat three units of varying sizes, so please follow the directions of the volunteer stewards, who will guide you to your seat following strict instructions from Fr Joe and Fr Ryan. We will maintain a one-way system to keep everyone safe. Once Mass begins, the front doors will be closed, and it will not then be possible to gain access to the cathedral for Mass, although at least one side door will remain open for ventilation purposes.
We will still be required to meet ‘Track and Trace’ requirements. Therefore, it will still be necessary to book to attend Vigil and Sunday Masses. However, please book only one ticket per household unit. Those who attend weekday Masses need not book in advance but will still have to provide names and phone numbers when they arrive at the cathedral. Therefore, at all Masses, it is very important that you arrive as early as possible after the doors open (half an hour before Mass begins), so that the stewards have time to meet ‘Track and Trace’ requirements.
Please note that for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, the maximum permitted number is 50 until we go to ‘Level 1’ of the Scottish Government’s Protection Levels, when the permitted number goes up to 100.
We will continue to broadcast daily Masses live at 10am and 1pm for those who cannot attend Mass physically, but of course physical presence is vital for the celebration of the sacraments. Those who are unable to access a livestreamed Mass should consider making use of the Phone Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869; this is a freephone number.
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! You can donate online via our JustGiving page (click here).
During the pandemic, we have added a second Saturday Vigil to our weekly rota.
The Mass times are as follows:
2.30pm (Polish Mass)
A priest will be available to hear confessions behind a screen in the sacristy after 6pm Masses on Wednesdays and after 10am Masses on Saturdays (unless this Mass is a funeral Mass). Because of restrictions from the Government and the Bishops’ Conference, we are unable to use the confessional boxes at the moment.