Catholic Church Kilsyth


A Parish Booklet from 1994. Much of it will be dated but it is still of interest.

Front cover
Introduction
This booket came from the work of the pastoral council going round the various parish organisations to make contact with them and encourage them in their work.

I hope that you will find it useful in being aware of what goes on in the parish. As Catholics we are called to worship and serve God together in the Church. We do that in the parish of St. Patrick's, Kilsyth. I hope that this booldet helps you feel that you belong to this parish.

Many people in the parish give freely of their time so that the life of the parish can go on. Please read this booklet so that you can encourage them to continue, and perhaps you will find something in it that you want to be part of. Ring the contact person to find out more.

Some organisations are mentioned which are not parish organisations, but in which parishioners are active, and whose activities we want to note in our parish list of events. If you think others should be mentioned in a future edition please get in touch with me.

Of its nature this is a booklet that is concerned with organised activities. I would like to dedicate it however to the many people who quietly and in a deeply committed way care for their families, the sick and those in need in their day to day lives.


Gerard R. Hand

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ADMINISTRATION
Money Counters
This group of three women has been doing the task for seven years. They meet weekly to count the collection and prepare it for banking.

House
The parish house is the home of the priests, but it also doubles as office accommodation, meeting place for various groups and where people meet the priest on a one to one basis. It also contains the prayer room where The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration thirteen hours a day. To help in the running of the house there are women, who work a total of 32 hours per week. Their duties are domestic, but they also welcome people at the door and on the telephone.

Parish Records
There are a variety of parish records to be stored and kept available for consultation. Correspondence between parishes about marriages and baptisms has also got to be entered into. Miss Maly McCann gives several hours of her time per week to help in this.
Parish Draw
The draw started in September 1993, the work of the 50 promoters is co-ordinated by a committee of 6. The promoter keeps at least 1 book of subscribers and brings it down to the church on a Monday evening. The committee has the task of being in the church on a Monday evening to take the money and to supervise the draw. It is also responsible for the general supervision of the draw. There are 1,080 subscribers approx., who subscribe £1 per week. As of writing in early 1994 the prizes were £300, £100, £50 plus a promoters prize of £20 once per week. Contact person : Therese Symons, 20 Murray Avenue, 824273.

Financial Administration
In a large parish like Kilsyth there is a large amount of parish financial administration ranging from payment of cheques to maintaining records. Vara Canavan gives 6 - 7 hours per week to do the book keeping of the parish.

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Fabric Committee
This group has operated for two and a half years. We have 7 members and meet on a regular basis. The purpose of the group is to plan and co-ordinate the repair, maintenance and restoration of the church property. This ranges from the smallest item through the works being organised for the hall to the major works about to commence in the church. To help in this work there is a group of volunteer workers who do work on the various properties under the stewardship of the parish. If you have any skills in the various aspects of building these would be very useful to the parish and also much welcomed.
Building Fund Group
We have existed as a group since April 1993. We have 6 members and our function is to co-ordinate the various fund raising activities within the parish. Our major endeavour to date is the establishment of the very successful parish draw.

Christmas Fair
We organise the Christmas Fair which acts both as a successful fund raiser and as an opportunity for the parish to get together socially.
Repository
A wide selection of religious objects including statues, crucifixes, mass cards and many other items is available from the repository. The running and care of the shop is done by Mrs Anna Harkins.

Finance Committee
We have existed as a group for 6 months with meetings taking place as and when required in the parish house. Our membership is 3 plus the chairman (Fr. Hand). Our purpose is to plan and co-ordinate the overall finances of the parish.

Covenant Group
The Covenant has operated since 1969, organising the covenant scheme in the parish. This allows the church to claim back the Income Tax paid by tax paying givers on their donations. Clearly, this benefits the church at no cost to the individual member of the scheme. The scheme is run on a strictly confidential basis and to find out more about it call ........................

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CLEANING AND DECORATION

Plants
The lovely plants that you see about the church are taken care of by Sr. Angela. They are tended to after Sunday masses using materials provided by Sr. Angela. Anyone with green fingers interested in helping can call .......................

Posters
The posters at the back of the church, designed by Margaret Brady have consistently provided excellent information over many years.
Flowers
These have been arranged and tended by Agnes Hacket for the last 10 years. Agnes would be interested in help from anyone particularly those with flower arranging skills. Donations are also gratefully accepted. Contact ........................
Church Cleaners
When we attend services we can sit in clean tidy surroundings thanks to the efforts of our band of church cleaners. There are 30 cleaners divided into three groups cleaning on a rota basis every Wednesday mornings afternoons, & evenings. New members would be most welcome. If you can help call ...................
Brass Cleaners
The brassware in the church is kept to a high standard by a group of ladies from Queenzieburn. We meet on a Tuesday morning after mass to do the job. We have been involved in this service for 15 years. If you would like to help call ..............................

Sacristy
........................ looks after the practical side of the Sacristy by taking care of vestments, altar linen and Sacred Vessels as well as ensuring that the altar is prepared prior to each service.

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Grounds man
One of the parishioners, ................, looks after the garden part of the church grounds. He also helps to keep the rest of the ground tidy. Parishioner Hugh Johnstone is at present landscaping the garden at the front of the church

St Patrick's Hall
The hall plays an important role in the life of the parish, being used regularly by many Parish Organisations and is also used on a variety of occasions as required. For additional information contact ..........................
SOCIAL LIFE

St Monica's Guild
Our guild has been in operation for about 20 years. We meet each Thursday afternoon in the lesser hall. We have almost 40 members, all female. Our purpose is to provide recreation for the more mature generation. We organise various socials and outings throughout the year. We would urge anyone interested to come along and enjoy our tea and company. Contact ...............................

Senior Citizen's Bowling Club
We have been operating as a club for 20 years and meet each weekday morning during the months between October and April. We meet in the lesser hall. We have more than 30 members, all men, from all faiths and none. This is an ideal opportunity to stay healthy and meet friends old and new. Come along any morning.

Women's Guild
We have been operating for 40 years and meet on Tuesdays in the lesser hall from 8 until 10pm. Our function is purely social and we provide a meeting place for Catholic women of all ages. We have 32 members at present but are always looking for more. One of our activities is the making of goods for the Christmas Fayre. If you are interested in our activities, including our famous Halloween party then contact ............................

Youth Club
Our club has been running for 2 years. We operate in 2 groups on Monday evenings, Juniors (8-11)runs from 6 until 7.40pm, Seniors (12-17) runs from 8 until 10pm. We provide many activities for 300 members. These include Pool, football, cooking and many others. the Club is an excellent opportunity for the youth of the parish. Because of the vast numbers involved many helpers are needed. At present we are short of helpers particularly men, so please see this as an appeal for your help and come along or call ...................................

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SPIRITUALITY

Eucharistic Adoration
The prayer room in the parish house has been open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9.00 am - 10.00pm daily since December 1992. Many people commit themselves to an hour a week, while others pray at various times in the week. Although this prayer is done individually, it is prayer for the whole parish and the life of the people. Prayer is at the heart of any parish and this is an important way of sharing in the prayer life of the parish.
Contact:
Eucharistic Ministers
There have been eucharistic ministers in the parish for a number of years. There are about 25 ministers at the moment. The purpose of the ministers is to help the celebration of the mass by assisting in the distribution of communion, and to take communion to those house-bound who want it on a weekly basis. This service helps the house bound to remain part of the parish sacramental community, and at the same time shows that the parish wants to remain in personal and pastoral contact with them. The eucharistic ministers commit themselves to several evenings of formation, and then to several evenings in the year when they try to deepen their appreciation of what they are doing.
Contact: .........................................

Thursday Prayer Group
This group has been in existence for 10 years. of 6-8 people who meet in the convent on evening at 8.00 pm to pray together.
Contact : ......................................................

Readers
There are 18 readers, who take turns reading at the mass. The task of the reader is to proclaim the word of God with faith and understanding. To help in this there is a core group of 3 that helps organise the rota, and prepares several evenings of formation in the course of the year.
Contact: ..............................................

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Children's Liturgy
The children's liturgy takes place at 12.00 noon Mass every Sunday. Its purpose is to help the children appreciate the Word of God and speak and pray about it at their own level. A secondary effect is to help the parents to take part more fully in the Liturgy of the Word. There are 2 groups of 80 children altogether, with 12 helpers. The helpers meet on a monthly basis to prepare the liturgy.
Contact: .................................................
Music
Since music plays such an important role in enhancing the liturgy, we have various music groups for different services. These include:-
Choir - consisting of 22 members, covering all age ranges. The choir normally sing at the 6.30p.m. mass on Saturday and other occasions. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening.
The Guitar group, plays at 9.30 mass on Sunday and rehearses in the church on Fridays at 8p.m.
At the 12 o'clock mass on Sunday there is an organist & cantor to lead the congregation.
If you are interested in singing or as an instrumentalist please come along to rehearsals or contact
..................................... . Choir: ....................................

Vocations Group
This group has existed for 5 years and has 2 members who meet 4 or 5 times yearly with the group from the deanery. The purpose of the group is to promote vocations. A vocations mass is organised annually. The parish can help by praying for vocations and becoming more aware of the need for vocations world-wide and supporting any initiatives within the parish.

Charismatic Prayer Group
We have been meeting for the pat year each Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm in the convent. Our numbers vary between 6 and 10. We meet to pray. We see ourselves as "prayer warriors" who pray in aid of many causes ranging from personal to world-wide.
We are a purely spiritual group. Please come along or contact ..........................................

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PASTORAL
Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council has 16 members made up of the pastorall team, and 13 members of the parish.
Some of the groups were selected at parish meetings and others were co-opted to ensure that all sections in the parish were reasonably represented. The purpose of the group is to prompt and co-ordinate all aspects of life in the parish, and to encourage the development of a sense of community and belonging in the parish. The group meets normally on a Sunday 5 - 6 times a year. Within the group there are sub-groups for special tasks.
Pastoral Team
The pastoral team as a particular way of working, has been in existence since 1987. The 3 members, ..............., meet weekly to pray together and to discuss both the business of the week and to plan on a long term basis. The team provides spiritual and pastoral leadership. They encourage and support the laity to take responsibility for many aspects of parish life, and they help all of us to pray and work together to build up St Patrick's parish.

Deanery
We are 1 of 13 parishes in St Ninians deanery. A deanery exists to help us realise that we belong to a diocese, and that the diocese arranges itself in smaller units to help people pray and work together. St Patrick's has been taking active steps to work with Denny and Banknock to develop formation for eucharistic ministers and readers. Co-operation in youth training is a possibility in the near future. Fr. ............. is the dean.

Sisters
Sister Michael and Sister Angela are the 2 sisters in the parish. Sr. Michael is retired after ministry in Nigeria and at home. Sr. Angela is an active member of the pastoral team in the parish. They see their purpose as being a presence of people living a dedicated religious life in the community. Contact: .................

Evidence for Marriage Tribunals
The appointment of lay auditors to gather evidence particularly for marriage annulments came about in the parish in 1992. At the moment there are 4 auditors from the parish, and they are officially recognised by the diocese. Their purpose is to interview witnesses to gain evidence with regard to petitions for annulment. The interview takes place on a one to one basis, following which the evidence is signed and forwarded to the tribunal. The evidence is totally confidential in keeping with the sensitive nature of the situation. It is hoped that the service of auditors will help reduce the years of delay that as is the situation at present.

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EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS
St Maurice's School Board
The board was formed in 1989 and meets monthly in the school. Our remit is identical to that of the St Patrick's School Board.
Contact ..............................
St Patrick's Parents Association
The association has been in existence for 10 years. We meet on the first Wednesday in the month in the school. We try to raise funds for the good of our children in the school and we have provided computer equipment, funded trips and other things.
We also provide practical help and support to the school staff. We always need more parents to take an active part in our activities as without this support we could not continue to provide this much needed service. Contact ....................................
St Patrick's School Board
The board was formed in 1989 and meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the school library. Our task is to support the school by addressing issues of concern to parents. We have to discharge various statutory duties all aimed towards promotion of contact between the school parents and the community as well as having a voice in the selection of senior staff. There are parent members as well as a member nominated by the Archdiocese.
Contact ........................................

St Patrick's Primary School
The school is an integral part of the life of the parish as the children of today are the adult parishioners of tomorrow. We would hope to engender awareness of all the work taking place in the school. Also we try to foster as many links as possible between the school and the parish generally e.g. the use of prayer partners during sacramental preparation.
Our Head teacher is .............................................

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GROUPS

RCIA
We are a group of 4, comprising 3 lay people and 1 member of the pastoral team. We offer support, information and encouragement to adults thinking of becoming or in the process of preparing to become Catholics. We meet on Tuesday evenings in the Parish House. Our meetings include discussions of readings from Scripture within the context of the modern realities of the church. If you know of anyone who would be interested in becoming a Catholic or finding out more about the faith they can contact either of the
priests on 822136

Advent/Lent Groups
The parish is trying to develop house groups during Lent and Advent. The purpose of these is to encourage a sharing and growth in faith within the parish, and to encourage prayer together, so that we can grow spiritually. The gatherings also provide the opportunity to provide Christian hospitality and friendship. The groups have not happened at every Lent and Advent until now, but the intention is to develop them, so that we can give parishioners an opportunity to share their Catholicism on a more personal level than is available normally to some of them.
Rainbows
The Rainbows are part of the Guide and Brownie movement. It is for girls aged 5-7 years. They meet in the hall on Tuesdays 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Contact person: ......................................

Brownies
Girls between the ages of 7 & 10 are provided with many activities aimed at social and educational development. These range from games to more formal activities. Presently we have 24 members with a waiting list for places. We meet each Thursday in the lesser hall from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Our fund-raising is similar to that of the Guides. More leaders are required.
Contact ......................................

Girl Guides
Girls aged from 10 to 15 years are given the opportunity to develop social skills, community values and self discipline through the character building activities offered by our company. Presently there are 12 members of the group who meet weekly in the church hall on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 8.00pm. We run coffee mornings as a means to supplement the small weekly subscription.
Anyone interested in the Guides either as a helper or prospective member contact ...............................

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Young Adults (previously Damascus Group)
Our group provides a forum for young people to find out more about themselves and their faith. We organise and take part in various activities ranging from discussion weekends to youth masses, Taize nights and social events. We are frequently involved in charity fund-raising events such as band nights. We have about 40 members ranging in age from 16 to 35 (2/3 female). We have room for many more at the inn! For further information contact .....................................

Chaplain to St Maurice's Fr. .................is chaplain to St Maurice's High School, which around 300 of the parish attend. The chaplain tries to provide spiritual leadership and education, religious services, and pastoral support in the school. He encourages a sense of Christian conununity in the school,
and also tries to help local parishes and school to develop their common interest in the growth in faith of the pupils and staff. The chaplain would find it useful if he was informed of any activities being planned for the youth e.g. youth Masses, because he could help the planning from the school. Contact Fr. ...........................
OTHER
ACROSS
Parishioners are involved in this charity which helps sick people travel to Lourdes and other continental destinations by the Jumbulance. Across has been involved in the parish fund-raising and providing helpers.
Contact: ..........................

Knights of St. Columba
The organisation encourages its members to take part in the Church's work of evangelisation through retreats and works of charity. The Kilsyth members are members of Council 603, Kirkintilloch. They meet 2nd and
4th Sundays in
St. Ninians Church Hall.
Contact: .......................................................


Columban Singers
The Columban Singers are not a parish organisation, but many parishioners take part in it. They were founded in 1950 and are a male voice choir. They do a lot of charity work, and do some club work to raise funds for the choir. They practise in Kilsyth Academy at 7.30 p.m. on a Thursday evening. Contact: ..............................

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Amnesty International
Our group in Kilsyth has existed for 2 years. There are 8 of us who meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in the parish house. We organise as a voice against human rights violations throughout the world. Our group is open to all on a non-denominational, non party political basis. We are a local branch under the guidance of a head office in London. If you or anyone you know would like to become involved please contact .........................................or come along to a meeting.
CARING
Pro Life
Our group has existed in Kilsyth for 25 years. We meet on the first Friday of each month at 7.00 p.m. in the Convent. We have 6 members and many supporters. We try to raise awareness of Pro Life issues through caring and education. We also provide support and practical, confidential help to mothers. We also are a political pressure group affiliated to national organisations. We are very dependant on the parish for support both financially and by prayers. For further information contact ...................................
Saint Vincent De Paul
The society has been in existence for a very long time. Our purpose is to offer practical help to the poor and needy. The group at present has 3 members who meet on Sunday's at 1 p.m. Within any caring Christian community there must be provision for the needy. S.V.D.P. goes towards making that provision.
Passkeepers
Our group, consisting of 20 men & 1 woman, endeavours to ensure the smooth running of all services by co-ordinating and organising the seating of the congregation. We also organise the collection of the Offerings. If you feel that you would like to help out at any of the services please contact ...................................
Altar Servers
We are a group of boys & girls ranging in age from 8 upwards. Our job is to help at all the services assisting the priest. In addition to the formal parts of the job there are also social activities. Parents, why not encourage your children to become involved? Contact Fr. .................................
Justice & Peace
Our group was formed in 1988 to promote ideas of justice and peace with particular interests in the works of SCIAF and SPUC. We are a campaigning organisation focusing on social injustice. At present we have 10 Members, all female, and meet monthly. New members are always made welcome irrespective of religion, age or Gender!!. For further information contact .......................................
Nearly New Shop
The shop has operated in the Hall gallery for 3 years. We sell good quality nearly new goods to raise money for charities. We always need donations of such items. Our team of 8 ladies sort, display and sell the stock. Any help you can give either in goods or in time would be much appreciated. This shop provides a very worthwhile service. For further information contact .................................
Funeral Teas
Our group has been in existence for 5 years. We are 30 in number and divide ourselves into 3 work groups. We provide a catering service for bereaved families. This is of practical help but also shows parish support in times of greatest need. Work groups respond as required on a rota basis co-ordinated by Sr. Angela. Although membership is all female at present any men wishing to become involved in setting up tables and so on in the hall would be most valuable as would anyone else interested in helping in this invaluable service
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