St Mary's & St Bernard's

Serving the communities of Whifflet and Shawhead in the Diocese of Motherwell


St Mary's

St Bernard's

Welcome to the Roman Catholic Parishes of St Mary's & St Bernard's in Coatbridge. Our Parishes are part of the Diocese of Motherwell and are served by our Parish Priest, Father James Travers.

St Mary's Parish was founded in 1874 with our beautiful Church opened in 1893. 

In 1973 the Parish of St Bernard's was founded to serve the Shawhead area of Coatbridge with the Church opened in 1974.

Proposed Re-arrangements for First Holy Communions

For the children who are now in P5 who sadly had their First Holy Communion postponed because of the pandemic and restrictions put on us due to lockdown, we have proposed arrangements with Father Travers for them to receive the Sacrament this year in St Mary's Church.

At this point arrangements are only proposed not confirmed. 

These arrangements are as follows:

Date: Saturday 3rd October 2020

Times: There will be two Masses, 11am and 1.30pm.

Attendees: The children receive the sacrament and two parents only. 

NB. Please note that you cannot book for Mass by leaving a message on the answer machine. You must speak to the volunteer on the line in order to book your place. 

Following the guidelines set out by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland regarding the reopening of Churches,

all parishioners who visit the Church

must wear a face mask/covering

and observe social distancing at all times.

The Church will also be cleaned and sanitised following the necessary requirements.


You can find more information regarding the guidance set out by the Bishops Conference here.

Dear Parishioners of St Marys & St Bernard’s, as the weekend Mass will be busy
you may choose to attend Holy Mass on a different day of the week; in the
expectation that crowds will be smaller. Also, please remember that the obligation
to attend Sunday Mass still remains suspended.
Finally, do not attend Mass even one that you have previously booked in for, if you
feel in any way unwell or vulnerable.



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