Each November it is our custom to pray for all the faithfull
departed, however most especially we pray for those who have
died in the past year, in a Mass of Remembrance. We also hold
a special 'Blessing of the Graves' service in Kilsyth Cemetery
in the summer - usually on a (sunny) Sunday afternoon in July.
Since Kilsyth Cemetery is also used by the neighbouring Catholic
Parishes of Holy Cross,
Croy and Saint
John of the Cross, Twechar, the Blessing of the Graves
service is held in conjunction with those Parishes as a reminder
that the Catholic community is wider than just our own Parish.
The families and friends of the deceased over the previous
12 months from all 3 Parishes are especially invited to join
us as well as those who have been bereaved in previous years.
This annual service gives us the opportunity to remember
those who have died and to pray for the repose of their souls
in heaven. The service takes place at the first circle in
the graveyard extension where 3 of those Priests who served
the people of St Patrick's Kilsyth (Canon
McGarvey and Canon
Downie) are buried surrounded by their parishioners.