Town’s MSP congratulates Church on golden anniversary

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:39 on 17 July 2014.
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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth’s constituency member of Holyrood has hailed the work done by Kildrum’s Sacred Heart Church, as the parish reaches its golden anniversary.

Sacred Heart Church, in Kildrum, is famed for its stain-glass windows and is well-known for its unique design, after being designed by famous architectural firm Gillespie, Kidd & Coia.

“Our parish was established in 1958,” a parish spokesperson explained. “Mass was celebrated in Ferrioli's Cafe and then in various school halls until building commenced, 18 March, 1964 on the combined church and presbytery.

“On 15 June 1964 the Foundation Stone was laid by his Grace James Donald Scanlan, Archbishop of Glasgow.  [And] After touring the site of the church, the Archbishop blessed the foundations and then inserted a canister containing a parchment on which was written the inscription sculpted on the stone together with a handful of coins and other objects.

“The inscription reads: ‘Invoking God, James Donald, Archbishop of Glasgow, placed this stone with the legend sculpted thereon, in this building dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the 15th day of June, 1965, Paul the Sixth being Pope’.”

Marking the parish’s 50th anniversary, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s MSP put a motion before the Scottish Parliament that asks Members to congratulate the Church and commend the work undertaken by parish priest, Rev. Fr. John G. Campbell towards “developing community spirit”, after joining the parish in October 2013.

The SNP man’s motion calls: “That the Parliament congratulates the Sacred Heart Church in Cumbernauld on its 50th anniversary on 26 June 2014; commends the priest, John Campbell, and the congregation on reaching this milestone; acknowledges what it sees as the important role that this church and other places of worship have in developing community spirit in Cumbernauld; understands that the mass to celebrate the anniversary received an excellent turnout and that Archbishop Phillip Tartaglia and Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti were also in attendance, and wishes the parish the very best for the future.”

It was then supported by MSPs Joan McAlpine, Jackie Baillie, Christian Allard, Chic Brodie, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Colin Keir, Nanette Milne, Maureen Watt, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Margaret Mitchell, Neil Findlay, Clare Adamson, and Kenneth Gibson. 
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