Catholic Church Kilsyth


Mass to Celebrate the closing of the 150th Anniversary Year of St Patrick's Kilsyth.

The Blessing of the
Parish War Memorial.

The Induction of the Altar Servers into the Archconfraternity (Guild)
of St Stephen.

The photographs of Mass in St Patrick's Kilsyth
on Thursday the 17th March 2016.

 

 

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Mrs Alice Conway, an older parishioner, was asked to jointly unveil the new war memorial on behalf of the Parish.

His Grace Archbishop Cushley, blesses the new war memorial.

'My dear brothers and sisters, we gather here this evening in remembrance, in thanksgiving and in prayer, on this, our feast of St Patrick, for those from this parish who gave their lives in the two wars, in service for our country, sacrificing in such a costly way for the sake of others.

O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find their rest, Bless this war memorial in remembrance of our forefathers who died in World Wars 1 & 2'

Miss Daisy McLanachan one of our younger parishioners (aided by her mum Claire) was also asked to jointly unveil the new war memorial on behalf of the Parish.

The Altar Servers gather in the Mortuary Chapel before Mass begins.

Some other Altar Servers are helping by giving out the order of service.

Archbishop Leo Cushley joins the Altar Servers with Fr John Deighan of Milton of Campsie and Father Sullivan of Croy

The service begins with a procession to the war memorial.

The service begins with a procession to the war memorial.

The service begins with a procession to the war memorial.

The procession gathers before the war memorial.

Archbishop Cushley remembers those who have died 'for the sake of others' and 'in service for our country' and concludes his prayer with a litany of the saints.

Miss McLanachan and Mrs Conway unveil the memorial.

Miss McLanachan and Mrs Conway unveil the memorial.

Miss McLanachan and Mrs Conway unveil the memorial.

Archbishop Cushley blesses the memorial with Fr Daniel Doherty watching.
Altar Servers assisting the Archbishop are Lucy Garby and Josh Bolan.

The veneration and incensation of the altar.

The Introductory Rite and Penetential Act.

The Kyrie is sung - 'Kyrie, eleison; Christie, eleison'

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The Gloria is Sung (D. Schutte)

The Collect

The Liturgy of the Word is read by Donald McPhee
First Letter of St Peter, 4:7-11

The Psalm is sung by Parker Trainor
Psalm 116: 'Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among the peoples.'
The Psalm is sung by Parker Trainor
Psalm 116: 'Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among the peoples.'
The Gospel is read by Fr Sullivan of Croy

The Holy Gospel according to St Luke 5:1-11.

The Thurifers are Matthew Carberry and Hannah Davies
The Acolytes are Matthew Carlin and Holly Carberry

The Homily

Archbishop Cushley begins by apologising for being unavoidably 1 year late!

His Grace reminds the congregation of the virtues of St Patrick on this
his feast day, which is also the date of his death.

St Patrick was able to bring the Christian faith to Ireland without any bloodshed,
an almost unique feat in the history of the world.

Sean Davies listens to the homily

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Ceremony of Enrolement of Altar Servers into the Archconfraternity (Guild) of St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr.

The Homily

Ceremony of Enrolement of Altar Servers into the Archconfraternity (Guild) of St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

The Solemn Pontifical Blessing

The Solemn Pontifical Blessing

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Fr Sullivan left and Fr Deighan look on

Assisting the Archbishop is Mr Christopher Venditozzi - Director of Altar Staff at St Patrick's Kilsyth

 

The Solemn Pontifical Blessing

The candidates kneel for the Solemn Pontifical Blessing

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The blessing now over the candiates receive a candle

The blessing now over the candidates receive a candle

The light of the candle representing the Eternal Light of Christ in the World - Lux Mundi Eternam - bourne by each candidate as an outward sign of their purity.
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Nicole Carlin
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lewis Carlin
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lewis Carlin
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lucy Bolan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal..
Lucy Bolan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Reece Cormack
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Reece Cormack
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
James Weldon
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
James Weldon
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lucy Haughton
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lucy Haughton

The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Aiden Canavan

The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Aiden Canavan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Matthew Carlin
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Matthew Carlin
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Matthew Carlin
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Kaiden McCreary
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Kaiden McCreary
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Daniel Horbury
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Daniel Horbury
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Holly Carberry
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Holly Carberry
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Jessica Davidson
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Jessica Davidson
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Kristy Egan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Kristy Egan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Kirstin McKenna
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Kirstin McKenna
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lucy Garby
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Lucy Garby
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Josh Bolan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Josh Bolan

The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Matthew Carberry

The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Matthew Carberry
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Conor McCrossan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Conor McCrossan
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Hannah Davies
The Archbishop confers a blessing on each candidate and receives them into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen and presents them with a medal.
Hannah Davies
The Choir are: Andy Muldoon, Gerry Dalley, John Whyte, Margaret Savage, Mary Chalmers, Phyllis Canavan, Eddie Coyle and Maureen Divers.

The Prayers of the Faithful are given by children from St Patrick's Primary School

Liam Cox reading and Amy Gall waits next

The Prayers of the Faithful are given by children from St Patrick's Primary School

Kaiden Ashmal reads and Anna Boyce waits next

The Prayers of the Faithful are given by children from St Patrick's Primary School

Lucy Bates reads

The offertory procession.

David Trower and Brandon Burns with the gifts. Cross bearer is Conor McCrossan and acolytes are Daniel Horbury and Kristy Egan

The offertory procession.
Sean Davies and George Dailly also carry forward offertary gifts.
The offertory procession.
Sean Davies and George Dailly also carry forward offertary gifts.
Incensation of the gifts before the Liturgy of the Eucharist
Personal preparation - Lava me, Domine
'Lord wash away my iniquity, cleanse me from all my sin'. Meanwhile the congregation are blessed by the thurifer Matthew Carberry aided by Hannah Davies with incense boat.
The Eucharistic Prayer - Eucharistic Prayer No.3
The Preface
The Consecration
The Consecration
The Consecration

The Consecration

 

The Consecration

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The Consecration

 

The Consecration
The Consecration
The Consecration
The Consecration
'Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever.'
R. Amen.
The Communion Rite
Holy Communion
Holy Communion
Holy Communion

Holy Communion

 

Holy Communion

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Holy Communion

 

Cleansing of the vessels
Cleansing of the vessels
A tradional Irish Blessing is sung by the children of St Patrick's School
'May the road rise to greet you, may the wind be always at your back...'
Sung by (l to r): Amy Gall, Lucy Bates, Ellie Gall, Meghan Ross.
The School Choir all join in the Irish Blessing lead by Head Teacher Mr Kris Thomas on the keyboard
Archbishop Cushley listens to the Irish Blessing
Josh Bolan book bearer and Christopher Venditozzi are ready with the book for the final blessing; Kirstin McKenna and Daniel Horbury seated
Concluding Blessing and Dismissal
Recessional Procession to the hymn 'Hail Glorious St Patrick'
Recessional Procession to the hymn 'Hail Glorious St Patrick'

Recessional Procession to the hymn 'Hail Glorious St Patrick'

 

Retired Sacristan Eileen Robinson sits with the children from St Patrick's School

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In the Sacristy after Mass

 

Archbishop Cushley fixes Hannah Davies' St Stephen's medal.
Photographer Paul McSherry arranges the group photo
The newest members of the Guild of St Stephen!
The newest members of the Guild of St Stephen!
Head Teacher of St Maurices High School Mrs Patricia Alexander with her 4 senior Altar Servers l to r: Lucy Bolan S5, Kirstin McKenna S2,
Hannah Davies S3 and Matthew Carberry S1.
Head Teacher of St Maurices High School Patricia Alexander with 4 senior Altar Servers are joined by other St Maurices HS pupils who are in attendance.
Jack McGovern left and Anne Russell right present Mr Gary Marin - who made
the war memorial with a medal and a parish brochure on behalf of the Parish.
Jack McGovern left and Anne Russell right present Mr James Graham - who
did the sign writing on the war memorial with a medal and a parish brochure
on behalf of the Parish.
l to r: Jack McGovern, James Graham, Gary Martin and Anne Russell.

Centre Mr Paul Molloy and his family. Paul was instrumental in researching the details of the each of the casualties from the Parish so that they could all be remembered with as much detail about their military service as possible.
(See WW1 here and WW2 here)


Archbishop Cushley meets 84 year old Mr James Molloy of Canada. Mr Molloy happened to be visiting Scotland when the memorial was unveiled and blessed and and was able to attend the service. James is the namesake of his grandfather who died in World War I and whose name is listed on the memorial.


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Mr Molloy's own family hail from the same town as Archbishop Cushley.

Archbishop Cushley with Cathy Hagan


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Archbishop Cushley speaks to Jim Livingston
Brandan Burns, Archbishop Cushley and Brodie Scott
Gary Martin and his wife Pauline meet with Archbishop Cushley

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Sister Pauline Dempsey and Fr John Deighan share a cup of tea.
Archbishop Cushley thanks James Graham for all his hard work on the signwriting for the war memorial.
George Marshall and Danny Chandler speak with the Archbishop
Archbishop Cushley and Pat Docherty
Peter Rae greets Archbishop Cushley
Ray and Clare Bates have a word with the Archbishop
Alice McGovern shares a few words with Archbishop Cushley watched by Jackie Gribbin.
Kathleen McAteer and Irene Doyle listens to Alice McGovern.

Maura Shevlin, Eddie Coyle and George Dailly

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Retired Sacristan Eileen Robinson greets Archbishop Cushley

Kathleen Haggerty has a chat with the Archbishop
Lewis Carlin shakes hands with the Archbishop
Aiden Gall says hello

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Aiden Gall and his big sister Amy Gall with the Archbishop

Aiden and the Archbishop
Archbishop Cushley and Mrs Catherine Morgan
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The Carberry family with Archbishop Cushley
Matthew, His Grace, mum Debbie Carberry and Holly
The Carberry family with Archbishop Cushley
Matthew, His Grace, mum Debbie Carberry and Holly
John Carberry with Archbishop Cushley
Eddie Coyle, Archbishop Cushley and Maura Shevlin
Eddie Coyle with Archbishop Cushley
Archbishop Cushley and Maura Shevlin
Eddie Coyle, Archbishop Cushley and Maura Shevlin

The members of the Social Committee and Hall Committee without whom the teas could not have happened - thank you!

l to r: Anne Kerr, Anne Marie Davis, Anna Harkins, Mary Lang, Catherine McGrath, Aileen McMenemy and Gerry Shevlin.

Fr Daniel Doherty with Mrs Hilda Anne Parkinson and Mrs Catherine Morgan

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Archbishop Cushley with Lucy and Agnes Bolan

Fr Daniel Doherty with Mrs Hilda Anne Parkinson and Mrs Catherine Morgan
Archbishop Cushley with Lucy and Agnes Bolan

Left, the diploma of enrolement of the Altar Servers of St Patrick's Kilsyth in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh into the Archconfraternity (Guild) of St Setphen. They are mounted in frames which are on the north wall of the Sacrisrty. They are signed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

Right, the prayer of the Guild of St Stephen. Also in the Sacristy.

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Left: The war memorial is now mounted on the north wall of the church and has had the unveiling curtain removed. Spaces have been left at the bottom of the list of names such that if any more casualties are found through further research then they can be added at a later date.

For more on the casualties from the Parish - click here WW1 and here WW2

Right: The mosaic icon of St Patrick donated by the pupils of St Maurices HS in Cumbernauld is now also mounted on the north wall at the top of the centre aisle.

For more on the Mosaic Icon of St Patrick - click here

The Mosaic Icon of St Patrick moved to its current location and the War Memorial was mounted by Mr Paul Waters.

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The following address was given before Mass by Mr Gerry Daily on behalf of the 150th Anniversary Committee:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen – a very happy St Patrick’s Day and welcome to our celebration to mark the closing of the 150th anniversary year of this Parish!

You may remember that last St Patrick’s Day Archbishop Cushley had planned to be here with us but was instead called to Rome by His Holiness Pope Francis at the last minute. Fortunately, this year, Archbishop Cushley has graciously agreed to be with us today to help us close our year of celebration and he will be the principle concelebrant of Mass for us this evening.

However before Mass begins there will be a short service at the back of the church to unveil and bless a new war memorial which commemorates those men from our Parish who lost their lives during WW1 and WW2.

You will also notice that the magnificent mosaic Icon of St Patrick gifted by St Maurice’s High School has been moved to a more prominent position in recent days so that it can be seen more easily. Again we thank the pupils and staff of St Maurice’s for this magnificent gift.

It was felt by the 150th Anniversary organising committee that there should be some legacy of our 150th year as a permanent reminder of this important time in the history of our Parish. This period between 2014 and 2018 also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the various battles and events of the First World War. St Patrick’s are the only Church in Kilsyth not to already have a war memorial to remember our own dead as our old war memorial was lost in the demolition of the old church building. So it was felt appropriate that before living memory of what are in many cases our grandfathers or great uncles fades away (or in the case of the Second World War our brothers, our fathers or our uncles) and the memory of these men is lost to history, that we pause and remember them. The memorial will also provide a future focus for our Parish each Remembrance Sunday.

The memorial has been paid for by funds raised by selling the Parish Anniversary brochure and it was lovingly made by Gary Martin of Bonny Wood and the sign writing was done by James Graham of Saloon Signs – both of whom are with us this evening as our guests.

The memorial lists the names of the 59 men from this Catholic Parish of St Patrick’s who were killed in World War 1 and the 12 men of this Parish who were killed in World War 2. The memorial has the symbol of the cross to recognise the Christian faith of the men and it also has the military symbols of the Thistle for Scotland and the Harp for Ireland.

The reason for this is that when men enlisted in Kilsyth especially during the First World War, many of Kilsyth’s Catholics (although not all) were placed with Irish Regiments because of their first generation Irish immigrant heritage. So as a result about half of our casualties served in Irish Regiments and half in Scots Regiments.

We are grateful for the research work which has been undertaken by George MacDonald of this parish over many years and more recently by Pat Docherty, Jack McGovern and Paul Molloy of Coatbridge. We are also grateful for the help and assistance of the Croy Historical Society and in particular Anne Russell - all of whom have contributed historic data about the casualties - and for advice regarding the type and style of the memorial from Danny Rooney.

Web pages on the Parish website (WW1 here and WW2 here) have also been created to publish their regimental and family histories in more detail – in so far as these are known.

We are also joined this evening by Fr Sullivan of Croy which is very appropriate since many of the men from Croy who died in the First World War are also listed on our memorial. Holy Cross in Croy was only erected as a Parish in 1901. This meant that many of the men who subsequently died in WW1 from Croy had been baptised or married prior to 1901, here, in St Patrick’s Kilsyth. In fact St Patrick’s Kilsyth was the centre of a much larger Catholic Parish back then which covered Banton, Croy, Twechar, Queenzieburn, Haggs, Condorrat and even Kirkintillock for a period – so any man from these villages who was baptised or married here at St Patrick’s and subsequently became a casualty has also been remembered on the memorial.

After Mass this evening there will be a tea in the hall to which you are all invited and the remaining unsold Parish Anniversary Brochures which are at the back of the church can now be taken for free – so please help yourself to a copy as you leave.

On a personal note I’d like to say - long may it be before any other young men or women of this Parish ever have to die in fighting a war!

I’d now like to invite His Grace Archbishop Cushley, to unveil and bless the memorial as we remember those from this Parish and from our local Catholic families who perished in two world wars.


Order of Service for the 150th Anniversary Year Closing Mass
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God BlessYou!