Welcome to St Thomas’s & St Bernadette’s

Welcome to the home on the web of St Thomas’s, Riddrie and St Bernadette’s, Carntyne. In addition to our Mass Schedule and Weekly Bulletin you can read about St Thomas’s history and look at a selection of images of our parish life in the Gallery. See also our Reflections page.

Christmas Mass Times at the Parishes of St Thomas the Apostle and St Bernadette

Christmas Vigil Mass: 5.30 pm at St Thomas the Apostle

Christmas Day Masses: 10.00 am (St Thomas’s) and 12 noon (St Bernadette’s)

Feast of St Stephen (Boxing Day): There are no morning Masses on this day. There is an evening Mass at St Thomas’s at 6.00 pm.

Dear Parishioner

I love Christmas and this is our first Christmas together! Since becoming your parish priest in September 2017 I can honestly say I have enjoyed being with you and look forward, (God willing) to many years together. Being a parish priest as opposed to an assistant priest (curate) is like the move from being a husband to being a Father. As a husband you have responsibilities; as an assistant priest you have responsibilities, but as a Father you are responsible for children and they all need your love and affection. Being a parish priest is like that in a way. I have to find a way of welcoming all the different groups within both parishes! The various groups in the parish all need support and spiritual formation in the sacraments and in the faith of the Church. My hope is to help support all the groups within the parishes and in a very special way, our primary school. With that thought I welcome all of you who may come to our Christmas Masses, especially families with children. It has to feel like home for everyone, as far as possible. Jesus’ first home was crib from which the sheep were fed. Well, we are His sheep and later He will feed us with Himself in the Holy Mass. How can we share our talents to help build … not a crib, but  parishes that are vibrant engaging, evangelizing and welcoming. Isn’t that the greatest need of every human heart – to belong? What would that look like and what small steps can we take to bring it closer? Let’s pray this Christmas for the blessings of the season especially on those who have become disconnected from our parishes and for those looking for a place to belong.

In the name of the Christ child in a manger may Christmas bless you and your families with Love, Peace and Joy.

Fr Neil