Some Pictures of Our Parish & Our Parish History
St Bernard’s Parish is situated in what was originally the housing scheme of South Nitshill, on the South West of Glasgow, just before you head into Barrhead and the Paisley Diocese. Opened in 1960 to serve the original housing scheme, the Parish now serves South Nitshill, Nitshill and Parkhouse, including the various new estates. Our Church building opened in 1963, and was designed by Thomas Cordiner, a prominent architect of the time.
Fr Gerry Dunn arrived in St Bernard’s in 1960, opening the new Parish. Since then a further 8 Parish Priests have served in St Bernard’s. In September 2017 Fr Jim Dean was appointed Parish Priest of St Bernard's Parish. Like his immediate predecessors, Fr Jim is also Parish Priest of St Robert's. In November 2017, Deacon Andrew Davis was appointed to assist Fr Jim in both Parishes. Deacon Andrew has a long association with St Bernard’s, having been a Parishioner since the Parish was established.
In 2015, the Syro Malabar community joined St Bernard’s Parish, and celebrated their various Masses and services in St Bernard’s. Due to the growth of their community, the Syro Malabar community moved out in 2018, to St Conval’s Church in Pollok.
The Parish has seen many changes over the years, and the area served by St Bernard’s has changed significantly, especially in the last ten years. St Bernard's however has always been a strong parish community, and the very committed and highly enthusiastic band of parishioners who participate in the life of the parish help to keep Christ alive in the area.