Welcome to St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church

St Brigid's Church

Welcome to St Brigid's Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland.

St Brigid's is a thriving parish of some 1,600 people, with a proud history in Newmains that stretches back to 1871.

Indeed the chapel/school established here in 1871 is still standing - though it is now a Parish Centre serving the social needs of the whole community.

We became a Parish in 1896 and our present Church was built in 1933. Now we gladly carry the Gospel of Christ into the third millenia.

Visit the heritage section of the website to find out more about the history of St Brigid's.

Words from Father Kelly



The priesthood and religious life are vocations that demand not just personal skills and abilities but the willingness to choose a personal total commitment of the individual to the love and service of the Lord and also to His Church. It requires discernment, it requires guidance, it requires study and above all it requires the development of the gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity given to us in our Baptism. It is a call every Christian receives but it has to be answered more completely by those who feel called to priesthood or religious life.

This past week has been an opportunity for all of us to pray for vocations in general and for anyone we know who might be considering a vocation to the Priesthood or Religious Life. During this week we have been able to follow Pope Francis on his missionary journeys to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius and watch and listen to his meetings of prayer and encouragement he shared with the peoples of these lands. Always full of hope he speaks to the young. With his faith he offers words of perseverance in their trust in the goodness and love of the Lord for them. He invites them to embrace their lives and commit themselves to follow Christ using all the talents God has blessed them with. this is a message all of us should hear, no matter our age, but hopefully many who are contemplating a life dedicated to the service of the Church will hear it and be inspired. 

Our special week of prayer closes but our daily encounters with the Lord in prayer, scripture reflection and sacraments should continue and always include a prayer of love for the Church, a prayer for our priests and religious and for everyone in our family.

Fr Hugh P Kelly

Parish Prayer to St Brigid

Saint Brigid
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater
wholeness in mind, body and spirit.


St Brigid's Cross

The Saint Brigid’s cross is a custom that marks the feast day of St. Brigid, which falls on the 1st of February, the beginning of spring.

The making of the cross has many meanings and stories; one ritual is that the cross is hung over the door as a way of protecting the household from evil spirits and energies.

Another tradition that is practiced is that a new cross is made each year on St. Brigid's day, and the old one hanging from the year before is then burned to keep fire from the household.