History of St Aidan's Parish

The first Parish priest took up his appointment at St Aidan’s on 19th February 1960. At that time most of the houses in the parish were still under construction and the roads were very rudimentary.

The church hall was built before the church and served as the mass centre in the early days of the parish. Work began in April 1960 and the hall was formally opened November 6th 1960. One couple remembers being married in the hall and after Mass seeing the guests changing the seating around for the reception.

Work began on the church in October 1965 and mass was offered in the new church foe the first time on July 17th 1966. The church was officially opened by the Right Reverend Francis Thomson, Bishop of Motherwell on Sunday 9th April 1967.

To Mark the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the parish , and the same anniversary of the neighbouring Church of Scotland Parish of St Mark’s, the then Parish Priest, Rev John J. Burns and the then Minister of St Mark’s Rev. Harry Findlay set up the Mission of Friendship to Coltness. This ground breaking ecumenical initiative involved every house in the joint parishes being visited by a member of St Aidan’s and of St Mark’s. The Mission of Friendship led to a continuing friendship between the parishes and their congregations. The Mission of Friendship was repeated to mark the 40th anniversary of the two parishes.

A splendid stained glass window of Our Blessed Lady was installed above the main entrance of the Church in 2008.


O loving God, who called your servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and gave him the gifts of gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant that we, following his example, may use what you have given us for the relief of human need, and may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of our Redeemer Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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