Parish of Saint Conval

Greenfarm Road



Tel. 01505 323751




Canon Michael McMahon and Canon Willie Crawford

would like to welcome you all to our Parish


Mass Times

Sunday: Vigil (Saturday) 5.30pm and 10.30am

Monday – Saturday: 10.00am

Thursday: 7.00pm


25 minutes prior to morning Masses


Thursday: 10.30am – 11.30am and 6.30pm – 7.00pm


Thursday: 6.35pm – 6.50pm

Friday: 10.25am

Saturday: 10.25am and 4.50pm – 5.10pm

Choir Practice

Thursday: 7.30pm in the choir loft

Baptism by Arrangement

Baptism on a Sunday at 11.45am after 10.30am Mass.

Please contact Fr. Michael.

Wedding Arrangements

Please allow a 6 months period of notice to arrange a wedding.

This is to allow for preparation and guidance.

Funeral Arrangements

Please contact Fr. Michael or Canon Crawford.


Parish of Saint Conval - Weekly Bulletin

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 20th / 21st January 2018


Saint ConvalÕs Parish, Greenfarm Road, Linwood PA3 3HB

Tel. 01505 323751  Email:

Canon Michael McMahon and Canon Willie Crawford



Please Pray For Those Who Have Died Recently: Leslie Walker and Neil McKinley (whose body will be received into the Church on Friday, 26th January 2018 immediately prior to his Funeral Mass at 10.00am).


Please Pray For Those Whose Anniversaries Occur About Now: Duncan McCormack, John McMahon, Catherine Lowrie and for the monthÕs mind of Davie Dunnion, Annie Muggins, Madge Lowe, James Lowe, John McMillan, Tommy Fulton, Margaret Madden and Gillian McGourlick.


Last WeekÕs Collection: The first amounted to £660.75 of which £252.90 was gift aid. Thank you for your generosity.


Sunday Teas And Coffees: Tea and coffee will be served in the hall after the 10.30am Mass each week. Everyone is very welcome for a cuppa and a chat.


SPRED: Would you be so kind as to hand in your Advent Collection Boxes for SPRED (Special Needs Religious Education) which the Diocese funds to ensure that Children with Special Educational Needs are also able to understand their faith, and practice it.


Sunday 28th January 2018: Marks the start of a week when we celebrate the importance of educating children and young people in faith. During this Catholic Education Week we are asked to reflect on how we are ÒServing the Common GoodÓ in our homes, schools and parishes. This year – 2018 – is the Centenary Year of the Education (Scotland) Act of 1918 which brought pre-existing and future Catholic schools into the public provision of education. This historic legislation qualified Catholic schools for public funding and opened the door to much more extensive access to Catholic education. Since then Catholic schools have flourished amazingly. Catholic schools have demonstrated time and again that they are much valued and very popular centres of educational excellence, with many pupils achieving academic and personal success. For that reason, Catholic schools are good for Scotland, in Serving the Common Good. There will be a special second collection for Education Sunday on 4th February 2018.


Education Sunday - Appeal For Teachers: Please contact the Scottish Catholic Education Service, email: if you would like further information on becoming a teacher in our Catholic schools.


For The First Two Weeks in Lent we will welcome – on a return visit – from Malawi, 8 boys accompanied by two Priests from the Staff of St. PatrickÕs Seminary and school, where the 10 young people from St. BenedictÕs went in the Summer time. They are staying with Host Families here in Linwood, in Johnstone and in Houston so you will see them at Mass and around the School and the Parish. Fr. Sam Ngoma and Fr. Andrew Chunda (who is the Vicar General of the Diocese) will stay with Bishop John and Fr. Michael for part of their visit and will celebrate Mass with us – they are colleagues of Fr. Daniel whom you all know. They will be experiencing cold and wet in a way that they never do in Malawi and will appreciate the loan or use of some warm fleeces, jumpers, coats and shoes or boots! The boys are small, medium and large and the Priests are extra large! SO if you have anything that fits the bill please let us have it. Important to remember is that if you want it back you must put a label on it with your name and contact number! They will not take warm weather gear back to Malawi and as these 8 boys were selected from 160 applicants it is important that we donÕt give them lots of new clothes or the latest trainers to take home with them – we must be culturally sensitive. They will be able to take back things like pens, crayons, jotters, notebooks and so on that are in short supply in the country and then the whole school can benefit from your generosity. Things like calculators are not appropriate as there are no batteries and limited supplies of electricity, so some thought will be required. Fr. Michael will ask Fr. Sam and Fr. Andrew to direct us as to the most appropriate gifts to give them to take home. They will come to our Hall to meet their Host Families on Ash Wednesday, so if we have some clothes by then we can fit them out immediately.


Lenten Appeal For MaryÕs Meals: Backpacks for Easter! We are being asked to supply and fill the childrenÕs backpacks for distribution by MaryÕs Meals to those less fortunate than us whom they feed daily. The backpacks can be filled with suitable items such as pens, pencils and crayons, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, small notebooks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand towels, t-shirts, shorts, white socks. Decathlon has a suitable sized backpack for around £4.00 so Fr. Michael will buy a supply of them to give you (well, sell to you!) to fill appropriately during Lent.


The Hall: Please note that no one in the Parish House can open or close the hall, take bookings or organise functions. The Hall Keeper – Mr. Frank Murray – has the keys and the Bookings Diary, he has the Booking Forms and the Contract that all users are required to complete for insurance purposes. All these matters will be attended to by him, and by him alone, to avoid double bookings  and other confusions. He may be contacted by email: or tel. 01505 329537 or 07583140638.


Parish Trip: Following the very successful Parish Trip to Donegal last year, we have been asked to look into the possibility of another trip this August or September. Therefore a clipboard will be available at the back porch for anyone interested to put their name on. At this stage doing so will not in any way commit you to anything. It is only to assess whether or not there is sufficient interest to run the trip. Ideally we would like to fill the bus ourselves as this way it really is a Parish Trip. If you think you would be interested, please put your name on the sheet provided. If we get sufficient numbers we are considering Yorkshire, the Lake District or even up north as possible destinations. Thank you.


Weekly Parish Bulletin: Any items for inclusion in the bulletin (including names for the sick, monthÕs mind and anniversary lists) should be put through the letter box of the Parish House or sent by email: by 12noon on the Thursday before publication.


St. MirinÕs Chaplaincy By UWS: Mass will be available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12.45pm in St. MirinÕs Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street Paisley. Please come and join us!


Anthony Gielty - ÔOut of DarknessÕ: Once one of Scotland's most violent prisoners, Anthony's life changed through  a chance encounter with a priest. After a recent and extremely popular talk, Anthony will be returning to give his incredible testimony at the St. MirinÕs Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 beginning at 7.00pm.


The Alpha Course: An opportunity to explore the meaning of life. How does our Christian faith help us to see  meaning in our life? Who is Alpha for? Alpha is for everyone and anyone. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions that are too hostile, too silly or too simple. Alpha has no prerequisites whatsoever. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves. All are welcome to join us beginning on Thursday, 25th January 2018 at 7.00pm in St. BernadetteÕs Erskine. The evening begins with a buffet meal. To help with catering arrangements you can email: to register.

Youth to Lourdes 2018: Our next meeting will be on Sunday, 28th January 2018 at 1.30pm at the St. MirinÕs Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High Street, Paisley. There are still some places available. Applicants should be in the present s3 to s6. The pilgrimage departs for Lourdes on Thursday, 28th June 2018. We will arrive back in Scotland on Friday,  6th July 2018. The cost is £550.00. For further information please contact Fr. John Morrison, email: or tel. 0141 889 5056.


Annual Youth Mass will take place in St. Mirin's Cathedral on Wednesday, 31st January 2018, The Feast of St John Bosco, at 7.00pm. Bishop John will preside. All are welcome!


SPUC Communications Academy: Are you 18-35, a committed prolifer and a passionate communicator? In 2018, SPUC Scotland are seeking to identify and empower Communication Champions to build a better society. We are offering sponsored places at our Communications Academy on 2nd and 3rd March in Dumbarton, where you will learn advanced techniques in communications and media skills. To apply please email: your CV and a short covering note by 2nd February 2018.  


ACROSS: There will be rolls and sausage, teas, coffee and snacks available in St. MirinÕs Hall after the 10.00am and 12noon Masses on Sunday, 4th February 2018.  All money will go to Across to help take the sick to Lourdes.


Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry: To advance the work of the Paisley Synod, the Diocese is exploring a partnership with the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham to deliver some distance learning courses to support our laypeople in various aspects of Parish ministry. We hope to run a course leading to the Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry. If you think this would be of interest to you, please speak to your Parish Priest. There will be an information evening in the Diocesan Office on Monday, 5th February 2018 at 7.00pm. Visit the Maryvale website: for more information.


Diocesan Priesthood: Thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2018? For more information please contact Fr. John Morrison, email: or tel. 0141 889 5056.


Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes: There are still places available on the pilgrimage to Lourdes from 29th June until 6th July 2018. 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 28th February 2018 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, tel. 01475 638132 for the Diocesan programme.


Gift Aid: If you pay tax, ask for a Gift Aid form and with your one-off signature we get an extra 25%.


Legacies: When making your Will have you thought of leaving a legacy to the Parish or Diocese?


  Useful information

Our Lady of Peace Primary School

01505 325840

St. BenedictÕs High School

01505 327500

Clippens School

01505 325333

NHS 24


Alcoholics Anonymous

08457 697555


08457 909090


Child Protection Statement: The Catholic Church in Scotland promotes the safety and wellbeing of each individual and seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members to work together to prevent the physical, sexual / emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.


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Events / Meetings In Our Parish






Easter Sunday 2018

Sunday, 1st  April 2018



ChildrenÕs Liturgy

Every Sunday throughout 10.30am Mass



Legion of Mary

Every Monday after 10.00am Mass



Saint Vincent De Paul Society

Every Monday after 10.00am Mass



Pastoral Council Meeting

Approximately every six weeks as arranged



Charismatic Prayer Group

Last Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm



Craft Group

Every Wednesday at 10.00am




Second and fourth Wednesday of the month



Please pray for the sick people of our parish and their families:

Dear God, we place our worries in Your hands.

We ask that You restore Your servant to health again.

Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will

And know that whatsoever You do,

You do for the love of us. Amen