The 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome is focused on: A Synodal Church of Communion, Participation and Mission. Ahead of the Synod, Pope Francis invited all Catholics in every diocese across the world to consider and respond to what these issues mean to us all.

Our Synodal journey in Saint Joseph’s began early in 2022, when Bishop John asked all parishes in Paisley Diocese to answer this call. If you are interested in finding out more about the work the Diocese carried out, it can be found on our Diocesan website here.

Saint Joseph’s accepted this invitation and our response can be read here. In turn the Diocese of Paisley collated all parish responses and submitted the summarised findings here.

Some of the issues raised by parishioners were about improvements within our own parish. The Pastoral Council produced a summary of these responses and have spent the last year trying to address the concerns raised. You can find out more about what was said here.

At the Parish Pastoral Council meeting in May 2023, members reflected on progress to date. Our update can be read here.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Pastoral Council work, please email at