Welcome to our parish!

A recent visitor at Sunday Mass remarked on how diverse the community was, worshipping together.

We are proud our community is made up of people whose stories began in 28 different countries, from every continent. That diversity is seen, too, in those families who have lived in Maryhill for generations as well as those who, because of new expanding housing, have come more recently.

We are blessed with people who keep our memory alive and by those new young families who bring energy, life and hope. We are most visible when we celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday, but we seek to reach out every day to the whole community of Maryhill. Rooted in the vision of Vatican II, we want to celebrate the liturgy as beautifully and worthily as possible.

So nourished, we seek to build a community, under God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, a warm and inclusive parish where we share the “griefs and anguish, joys and hopes of all people” (Gaudium et Spes 1).

We want The Immaculate Conception, today, to truly be a safe place where all are welcome – none are judged. You can read more about our church ethos in our response to the Synod called by Pope Francis.


Our Synod Response

Our Parish Priest

Fr. Jim Lawlor, born in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, grew up in Duntocher. He was educated at the junior seminary in Langbank and Blairs and then St Peter’s College, Newlands. He read Modern History at Oxford and was ordained priest on 29th June, 1987. After ten years at St. Kessogs’s in Balloch, he volunteered as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima, Dalmarnock, joining the Chaplaincy Team at HMP Barlinnie. After three years at Our Lady & St George’s, Penilee, he went to St Peters, Partick, also completing a Master’s in Theology at the University of Glasgow. A member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Team for five years, he taught the History of Philosophy at Chesters, subsequently Scotus College, for ten years. He was appointed Parish Priest of the Immaculate Conception in December 2011.


Our schools

Our parish is served by three thriving Catholic schools, reflecting that we are a young and diverse community.

St Marys PS is on the site of the original church and school, dating back to the 1850’s. Damaged in the Clydebank Blitz, the original building was replaced by the present school on Kilmun street. It has a very ethnically diverse roll of 250 children, supported by the Headteacher, Mrs Madeline McGeachy and a young and enthusiastic staff.

St Mary’s Primary School, 2 Kilmun Street, Glasgow G20 0EL

Visit St Marys at www.glasgow.gov.uk /schools/St Mary’s


St Blanes PS was opened 45 years ago in the heart of Summerston, a development expanded way beyond its original footprint. With a similar roll as St Marys, the Headteacher Mrs Lara McVey also leads a young staff and vibrant team committed to the children and the wider community.

St Blane’s Primary School, 23 Arrochar Drive, Glasgow G23 5QB 

Visit  www.glasgow.gov.uk /schools/ St Blane’s


John Paul Academy opened its doors in 1982, just weeks after the visit of Pope John Paul to Glasgow and nearby Bearsden; it is one of the first schools in the world named for the now St John Paul. The school originally had a planned catchment of Bearsden and Maryhill, but that has changed over the years and now embraces a wider area – as far as St Georges Cross and Possilpark. Mr David Owens has recently been promoted to the Headship of a student body of almost 1,000 and staff of 70.

John Paul Academy, 2 Arrochar Street, Glasgow, G23 5LY

See www.glasgow.gov.uk /schools/John Paul Academy

Parish Community Members