Welcome to St Ninian and St Cuthbert’s Parish Website

Welcome to the website of St. Ninian’s and St Cuthbert’s. We are a parish within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell. www.rcdom.org.uk

Weekly bulletins and daily mass readings are available via the site, as well as other information that we hope is of interest to you. We hope you enjoy your visit.

The parish of St. Cuthbert’s, based in Burnbank, opened in 1893, whilst St. Ninian’s, based in Hillhouse, opened in 1958 (more detailed histories are available on the website.)

In 2011 the two parishes formed a linked parish and it was at that time we first became familiar with the growing community of Syro-Malabar Catholics.  In 2016, Bishop Toal designated St. Cuthbert’s Church as the permanent base for Syro-Malabar Catholics residing in the Motherwell Diocese.  Their vibrant and enthusiastic witness to the Catholic faith is now an integral part of our parish identity.

In 2018, the parishes of St. Ninian’s and St. Cuthbert’s officially became what we now call St.Ninian’s and St. Cuthbert’s Parish, still retaining the two church buildings and their separate identities.

Also in 2018, the Syro-Malabar community was established as a Mission by the name of St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Mission, Hamilton, with Father Joseph Vembadamthara, VC as Mission Director.

In April 2021, Father Joseph left St. Ninian’s and St. Cuthbert’s Parish to return to India before taking up another post in Germany and was replaced by Father Johny Vettickal Abraham.

In October 2022, Father Johny and the Syro-Malabar Community relocated to St. John Ogilvie Church, Blantyre.

Also in October 2022, the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Motherwell took the decision to close all the buildings at St. Cuthbert’s for health and safety reasons.

It was further decided at a later date that none of the buildings, including the church, would re-open and that all church services would transfer to St. Ninian’s.

Our Parish Priest is Fr. Charles Dornan.  We also have a Permanent Deacon, Rev. Stuart Dick.

A church is not just a building: it is the people who together worship, pray, serve and grow in the faith of Christ. We are a parish community, caring for its own and ever ready to reach out to the wider community, especially the less fortunate and those most in need. Our parish is greatly enriched by the gifts of its members, bringing their time and talents to some of the many different activities and groups which make up the parish.

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Service Times

Weekday Masses

9.30am (Monday to Saturday)

(Confessions – Saturday 9.00am – 9.25am)

Sunday Masses

Saturday Vigil 4.30pm

(Confessions – 4.00pm-4.25pm)

Sunday 9.30am,  11.00am and 5.00pm