Pope’s relic received at service in St Pat’s

St John Paul II relic carried into St Patrick's Church
St John Paul II relic carried into St Patrick's Church

Devotees of Saint John Paul II gathered at St Patrick’s, Shieldmuir, on Sunday for the reception of the Saint’s relic in the church.

Parish priest Father Krzysztof Garwolinski spoke of how the late Pontiff had worked tirelessly to create unity between nations and religions.

He welcomed all who attended, particularly official Delegate from the Polish Conference of Bishops Wieslaw Lechowic, staff from local schools, the Polish Consul Jolanta Srebrakowska, Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland, the Knights of St Columba’s current and past Supreme Knights Charlie McCluskey and Pat Leyden and Diocese of Motherwell past chancellor Frank Cassidy.

The church was filled to capacity, with many members of the Polish community and parishioners of St Patrick’s and elsewhere in the Diocese.

Main celebrant at the mass, Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Toal, referred to St John Paul II’s 1982 visit to Scotland.

The relic was brought to the church in procession from the parish hall, accompanied by St Francis Pipe Band from the Gorbals with a guard of honour formed by members of the Knights of St Columba.

Bishop Toal said: “It was a very special occasion to welcome the relic of St John Paul II to St Patrick’s and to recall his great Pontificate and seek his intercession and blessing on the local community and Polish community spread throughout Scotland, to entitle us to recognise his holiness and his saintliness, as we look to the future together in our country and the Diocese of Motherwell.”