'For God will guide Israel in joy by the light of his glory,

with mercy and integrity for escort.' (Baruch 5;9)

Pomponio Amalteo: 'The Prophet Baruch', 16th cent

Museo Civico di Gemona

Looking Ahead

As we see the COVID Omicron variant spreading in Scotland, we know from experience that our situation can change. With that very much in mind and aware that regulations and restrictions may return, we are looking ahead to the celebration of Christmas. It is our hope that we will be able to have greater numbers at all Masses than last year. 

However, some control and organisation will be necessary. Booking for Christmas Masses will be required. 

Masses will be: Vigil (24th December) 6pm; 'Midnight Mass' - 9pm;

Christmas Day - 9am and 11am.

As before, please indicate your preference (this cannot be guaranteed) by email to backpew50@gmail.com. You will receive an acknowledgement of your reservation.

Thank you for your understanding of the very tentative and cautious approach to this matter.

'(John) went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.' (Luke 3;3)

Mattia Preti: 'The Preaching of the Baptist' c.1665, 

Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco

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Return of Sunday Mass Obligation


See the Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Scotland

on the 'Church Re-opening' page of our website.

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Manuscript Illumination: Cathedral Building

Church and Hall Fabric Reports


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Welcome to St. Joseph's Parish, Helensburgh!

Recently, Pope Francis described 'parish' as "an environment for hearing God's Word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach. worship and celebration. In all its activities, the parish encourages its members to be evangelisers."

(Evangelii Gaudium §28)

We try in St. Joseph's to create that environment.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website. 

Our Parish

In 2015, we marked our 150th anniversary as a parish in Helensburgh. As far back as 1865, there was a Catholic worshipping community in our town. From very humble beginnings, the parish has steadily grown and we are indeed fortunate to have a Church which is a beautiful, dignified setting for the celebration of Eucharist, for prayer and for gathering this Christian community.

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