Welcome to St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church

St Brigid's Church

Welcome to St Brigid's Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland.

St Brigid's is a thriving parish of some 1,600 people, with a proud history in Newmains that stretches back to 1871.

Indeed the chapel/school established here in 1871 is still standing - though it is now a Parish Centre serving the social needs of the whole community.

We became a Parish in 1896 and our present Church was built in 1933. Now we gladly carry the Gospel of Christ into the third millenia.

Visit the heritage section of the website to find out more about the history of St Brigid's.

Words from Father Kelly

frkelly2I have just watched Mass streamed from Knock Shrine. Like ourselves here in Scotland they are bearing the restrictions imposed on our lives to counter the spread of the Covid-19 virus, but also like us trying to accept the present cross and also placing their prayers before the Lord and Our Lady for an end to our present sorrowAs Christians we know Our Lord threw down a challenge to us if we want to answer his call "to come follow Him". That challenge we remember from the Gospel "If you want to follow me, then daily you must deny yourself, take up the Cross and then follow me." This week-end we enter the Fifth Week of Lent. The emphasis changes from the personal efforts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to a deeper reflection on the last days of Our Lord's Mission on earth. He follows the Apostles as they leave Galilee to go to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover, to pray and rejoice in the delivery of the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt, to remember how God was with their leader Moses in what humanly speaking was an impossible dream. They were not excited about this particular journey, they knew there was growing opposition to Jesus from their own religious leaders. Jerusalem was now a dangerous place for all of them. But Jerusalem was the place where Jesus' mission would be accomplished. It was here that the humanity of Jesus would meet the power of the Scribes and Pharisees and the anger of the High Priests. He would discover how the message first given to Abraham, taught by Moses and the Prophets could be hi-jacked. The blindness, the hard heartedness, the deafness that Jesus speaks of as He proclaims His gospel reaches its peak. The last two weeks of Lent remind us how Jesus suffered internally and externally. This was something He had to accomplish. He took upon His shoulders the Cross of our sins. He died under the weight of sin but this darkness was not the end. It was only the beginning, He rose in order that we might rise to a glory, to an abundance of life, to something greater than we can imagine.

Our Lenten journey has been different this year because of how our world has been shaken by this world-wide plague. We ask God to take this Cross away like Jesus in Gethsemane before His Passion. We know our God will hear our prayer but we must place out trust in Him till the moment of liberation and maybe after our present experiences a new way of knowing that always Our God holds us in the palm of His hand. Do not let us ever be afraid. 

Fr Hugh P Kelly

Parish Prayer to St Brigid

Saint Brigid
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater
wholeness in mind, body and spirit.

Amen

St Brigid's Cross

The Saint Brigid’s cross is a custom that marks the feast day of St. Brigid, which falls on the 1st of February, the beginning of spring.

The making of the cross has many meanings and stories; one ritual is that the cross is hung over the door as a way of protecting the household from evil spirits and energies.

Another tradition that is practiced is that a new cross is made each year on St. Brigid's day, and the old one hanging from the year before is then burned to keep fire from the household.