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Coming to Mass.. If In Doubt.. Stay at Home, Pray at Home

Father Desmond would like to emphasise and stress that as we move forward out of lockdown that parishioners who have any doubts/worries about their health should STAY AT HOME. So the first message is stay at home, pray at home and keep safe. When Mass is celebrated we shall continue to stream the Mass on Facebook. Father Desmond hopes that this message reassures parishioners who are caught in two minds whether to come to Church or not. IF IN DOUBT, STAY AT HOME, PRAY AT HOME AND KEEP SAFE.

Church Opening for Private Prayer

The Church will next be opened for private prayer next Sunday 5th July from 12.00Noon to 2.00pm and next Wednesday 8th July 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Father Desmond re-emphasises that if parishioners are concerned about health issues then they should stay at home and keep safe. We continue to pray for one another in these difficult times.

Yesterday 60 parishioners visited the Church for a visit and quiet prayer. Many thanks to the parish stewards and also the parishioners who cleaned the Church afterwards. Holy Mass will be streamed every day, God willing, at 9.30am.

The sound is not great but hopefully a microphone will be fitted this week to resolve this issue.

Father Desmond would be very grateful if volunteers could e-mail him on to put themselves forward to clean the Church. If there are enough volunteers a rota could be set up for the next 1-2 months. Help needed this Saturday morning at 11.00am to clean the Church; gloves, masks and aprons provided. The cleaning material used will be one recommended by a GP  and is a tablet dissolved in water which will be run over all furnishings in the Church. Any help will be very gratefully received. Please do keep safe and well. Father Desmond remembers all parishioners in his daily prayers and Mass. God bless.

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Holy Mass Online Daily

Father Desmond will celebrate Holy Mass every day, God willing, at 9.30am.

Just a point of clarification, one does NOT need to be on Facebook to access the stream; simply go into St. Edward’s, Airdrie Facebook page and one can click on the stream. Hopefully, a microphone will be fitted over the next few days and the sound will get better. Father Desmond appreciates that it is not ideal but costs have been kept to a minimum and the streamed Mass will help to give a focus to the parish community at this time.

The sound is not ideal and will have to be improved. Also, the signal may not last for the duration so Father Desmond will keep the Masses as simple and as succint as possible. In short, there are bound to be teething problems and Father Desmond asks parishioners to be patient. Mass being streamed is a step in the right direction and Father Desmond is confident that Sancta Familia Media will sort out any snagging issues over the next few days.

Father Desmond

Help in Cleaning the Church

If any parishioners are able to come along this Saturday morning 4th July at 11.00am to clean the Church please e-mail Father Desmond.



Online Donations

As we all know, the current restrictions due to Coronavirus have resulted in our normal services being disrupted.  

These are difficult times for everyone however if you wish to continue to make a donation to the Church the Diocese has placed an online donations facility which can be found here https://www.rcdom.org.uk/

By clicking on the link on the web site, you are taken to another page which highlights four Diocesan funds for contributions and the option to choose any of the parishes in the diocese too, by simply typing in four letters of the parish name or the town.

The four Diocesan funds are : 

  • Diocesan General Funds
  • Retired Priests Fund
  • Student Priests Fund
  • Bishop's Fund

followed by the 60 diocesan parishes.

You will then be directed to an online form which contains details of the Fund/Parish and the donor can choose to make a one-off or recurring donation, and to asked that it be gift-aided.  

Many thanks.



Airdrie Foodbank is looking to recruit additional volunteer drivers to help continue to provide essential community services to people in crisis.

The role would be suitable for someone who is retired/ works part-time, has a full Driving Licence and is able to lift and transport crates safely.

The days and hours can be flexible however Mondays and Fridays between 10am - 2pm are particularly busy and help on these days would be most especially welcome

The Foodbank operates under government guidelines on social distancing

For further information please contact:

Amanda Ritchie -  Development Officer   Tel.No.   07986 888161

St Edwards Parish SSVP Notice: COVID-19 Emergency

Airdrie Food Bank has partnered with Scottish Gas who will deliver food and other basic essentials to the homes of those most in need of help. 

If you or someone you know needs to use this service please telephone St Edwards Parish SSVP HELPLINE number 07592771194.

All you need do is provide the following:

  • Your name & address
  • The number of adults
  • The age and the number of children
  • A contact telephone number.

This information will then be passed to Airdrie Food Bank who in turn will arrange for their partners Scottish Gas to deliver food etc to your home whilst complying with all social distancing rules.

DONATIONS of food and other essentials can be deposited in the food bank basket at Tesco Airdrie or at  Calderbank Parish Church on a Monday 11am to 1pm, St Edwards Parish Hall on a Wednesday 11am to 1.30pm,  Cairnlea Church Hall on a Friday 11am to 1.30pm.  Financial help may be available in special circumstances from SSVP funds.

If you wish or need to visit the food bank in person it will be open and operate under normal rules only on Wednesday & Fridays at the above locations and times.

May the Blessings of St Vincent de Paul & Blessed Frederic Ozanam be with you all at this time.

St Edwards Parish SSVP


Diocesan Prayer Resources

Every Easter joy and blessing. These are difficult and challenging times we are living through and I pray that you are all well. This is to let you know of prayer and meditation resources the Adult Formation Team has put together and which you may find useful. 

Our twitter account has been up and running for some time: @LectioMotherwe1

We have a closed Facebook group—please search Contemplative Theology and sign up.

On the diocesan website there are links to various sites offering some wonderful material. On the Homepage, click Holy Week Reflections and then click Online Prayer Resources -- this will change soon to Online Prayer Resources (on the Homepage.)

Recently we have opened a new Facebook page: Diocese of Motherwell Adult Formation. There are resources there for spiritual and faith formation.

Please go to the "Information Regarding Coronavirus" section of this website for full information on how our Church is helping guide us through these difficult times.

Parish Priest - Father Desmond Keegan C.Ss.R.

St Edward's RC Church

Lady Anne Crescent,




Telephone : 01236 897557

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