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St Mirin' s Parish was founded in 1808. A new and bigger church was needed by the turn of the 20th century. The present building was opened in 1932.

The Church of St Mirin has served the Diocese of Paisley as a Cathedral since 1948, and is the seat of the Bishop of Paisley. On 19 March 2014 Bishop John Keenan was ordained as the fifth Bishop of Paisley Diocese by his predecessor, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow,  

We are a bustling and busy parish, with three priests, and about 4500 parishioners. We provide Sunday and Weekday Masses with an average attendance of 2000 people a week. We celebrate around 90 baptisms a year, about 20 weddings and 60 funerals a year. The Cathedral hosts a number of Diocesan events throughout the year. The Parish Hall also provides a number of services for the local community, including Scouts and Guides, and many social groups and self-help groups.












The sanctuary of the Cathedral, built with an array of brown, green, pink, and white marbles, has twelve stained glass windows with Angels depicting Symbols of the Eucharist. The words underneath them in Latin read: "The Bread of Angels, Become Bread of Mankind, Heavenly Bread, End of the (former OT) Symbols (of the Eucharist)." You can see, for instance, an Angel with the Manna in the Desert, foretelling the True Bread come down from heaven.


The Main Altar was transferred to the front of the sanctuary, in a previous alteration, to enhance the place of the cathedra (throne) as the Bishop's chair. The words on the Altar read: O Memoriale Mortis Domini. (O sacred memorial of the death of the Lord).


The pulpit stands clear of the main sanctuary depicting the Sermon on the Mount. The words in Latin on the Pillar read: "Be not only hearers of the Word but do what the Word tells you". And the relief work on the pulpit depicts the Sermon on the Mount with the admonishment: "In all that you do accept the Word of God into your heart for it has the power to save your souls".


















The Stations of the Cross painted on ceramic tiles around the Cathedral depict the journey of Jesus to Calvary. They have been restored with refurbished bronze frames: additional spot lighting highlight each station.










The Stations of the Cross painted on ceramic tiles around the Cathedral depict the journey of Jesus to Calvary. They have been restored with refurbished bronze frames: additional spot lighting highlight each station.











The organ loft is home to a Makin three manual digital organ, and is used at all main liturgies.

We have recently completed Phase One of the restoration project with repairs to the roof, and the redecoration of the sanctuary and ceiling, and additional modern lighting.

Phase Two of the refurbishment plan will see new ramps and stairs at the main entrance, with new doors.

Phase three will see the front area of the Cathedral paved and landscaped.

The baptismal font is situated to the right of the sanctuary, but originally was at the entrance to the Cathedral where our book stall is now located. At the original site of the font there is still a beautiful stained glass window depicting Jesus blessing the little children.

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Click HERE to see some 3D pictures of the Cathedral