have happy memories of being a curate in Kilsyth from 1993-1996.
Fr Hand and I were known as the 'Towel Priests' he the hand towel
and I the bath towel. We worked well together and with Sister
Angela, who I hear has just died.
I enjoyed going up into the Kilsyth hills and the surrounding
countryside. Mary Currie,
I think, was the housekeeper together with her daughter. We
were always well fed and watered. We used to have a good Altar
boys football team and relished the chance of beating Holy Cross
Croy, the local 'Derby', Edinburgh Diocecse v Glasgow Diocese.
I enjoyed doing sick calls on my bike, wearing my yellow anorak.
One house I want to the lady opened the door and said, "It's
alright son, I've had my gas meter read!"
Fr Hand kindly got me a motor car and while he was on holiday,
I managed to write it off on the M73 motorway. When he returned
I said, "Did you want the good news or the bad news?"
- the good news being, he still had a curate.
I learned in Kilsyth that everyone likes steak pie, steak pie
at funerals, weddings, 1st communions, anniversaries - even
on Christmas Day!
It's a good parish and one that any priest would be proud to
serve. God bless you all!
Fr. Jeremy Bath