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A Message from Fr. Desmond

It has been a very sad week for the Church in Scotland with the deaths of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Bishop Vincent Logan; may they both rest in peace and rise in glory. May we also pray for those who have died recently, Father Frank Allinson C.Ss.R., Daniel Dalziel, Ann Reilly, Stephen McWilliams, Catherine Irvine, Mary Ramage, Patrick Kelly, Joseph McLelland. We also pray for Patrick McLindon on his Anniversary and also the Birthday Anniversary of Taylor Panton

The Funeral Service of Patrick Kelly will be celebrated on Saturday 23rd January at 10.30am in the Co-operative Funeral Chapel, Airdrie and thereafter to Glenmavis

The Funeral Service of Joseph McLelland will be celebrated on Wednesday 27th January at 1.30pm at Holytown Crematorium.

It is with great sadness that Father Desmond announces the death of Mrs. Mary Ramage, the wife of Jackie, on Thursday evening in the Monklands. As yet, the Funeral arrangements have not been finalised but we remember Jackie and all the family in our thoughts and prayers.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated from the 18th January to the 25th January

Sunday 24th January is the Sunday of The Word of God. To quote Pope Francis who instituted this Sunday:- A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of The Risen Lord who continues to speak His Word and break bread in the community of believers. For this reason we need to develop a closer relationship with Sacred Scripture otherwise our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, inflicted as we are by so many forms of blindness.

Also, Canon Law has been modified to allow women to have access to the Ministries of Lectorate and Acolytate. To quote Bishop Joseph, broadening the institutionalised access to these ministries into parish life will be a blessing for those who undertake them and offers the possibility of strengthening the worthy proclamation of The Word of God and service at the Eucharist and its distribution.

Tributes to Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Bishop Vincent Logan

Please click on the images below to read the tributes.

ArchbishopTartagliaTribute BishopLoganTribute



The announcement from the First Minister this afternoon means that there will be no public Masses from this evening in St. Edward’s until the 31st January. The only exception to this will be for Requiem Masses to be celebrated and then only 20 worshippers will be allowed to be present.


9.30am Mass will be celebrated by myself every day of the week including Saturday and Sunday. No Vigil Mass will be celebrated. Therefore, Monday to Sunday inclusive Mass at 9.30am which will be live streamed on St. Edward’s Airdrie Facebook.


On Thursday of this week at 9.30am there will be the Requiem Mass for Mrs. Margaret  Stallard. This Mass will be restricted to 20 family members and friends. May Margaret rest in peace and rise in glory.


It is a difficult start to 2021. However, we shall continue to pray for one another in these very challenging times. Father Desmond will try and organise as many spiritual resources on the website as a way of keeping the spiritual life of the parish sustained. God bless and please do keep safe and well.


Many thanks everybody, Very best wishes, Fr. Desmond



Father Desmond wishes everyone a happy new year and would like to draw your attention to some letters from Bishop Toal and Bishop Nolan below.

Bishop Toal - Letter to the Faithful

Day of Peace

Summary of Peace and Justice work in Scotland



  1. Sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the Church
  2. Please keep 2 metre social distance at all times, especially when moving around the Church
  3. Please leave the Church as soon and as quickly after receiving Holy Communion
  4. Please do not congregate either in the porch or in the car park before and after Mass

Thank you for your help, assistance and co-operation in these difficult times. Let us continue to hold one another in prayer.

With Thoughts and Prayers,

Father Desmond



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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