Holy Cross Parish Church, Croy

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Parish History

Holy Cross Tin Chapel

The name Croy, in Gaelic, is Cruaidh meaning rocky or ‘barren’. The earliest signs of human settlement in the area date from the first millennium B.C.

Archaeological excavations at the site of the Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall on Croy Hill uncovered traces of a late Iron Age or early Bronze Age palisade, which had doubtlessly protected a primitive community. The same excavations provided ample evidence of a considerably later community dating from around 140 A.D. that of the garrison of Roman auxiliary soldiers and their families. Previous investigation had already yielded up a pagan altar of Roman origin, the earliest evidence of any form of religious practice in Croy.

Corpus Christi Procession

The area is said to have been evangelised by St. Machan 1500 years ago, according to tradition he was Scottish and educated in Ireland.

Opening of the Croy Memorial Tower

Holy Cross was founded in 1902, it was established to serve a mining community born out of the Industrial Revolution. Archbishop Eyre allegedly had a soft spot for Croy and was determined that it should remain within the confines of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. He died just months before the birth of the parish. However the early decision of his successor, Archbishop John Maguire, to send a "missionary rector", Father Francis McCann, on the eve of All Saints Day in 1902 fulfilled his intentions.

Over the years, Holy Cross parish has been well served by a succession of strong, caring priests who have helped create a community of which the whole Archdiocese can be proud. Many who have never been to the village, know Croy for its silver band, its Corpus Christi Procession, its lovely church, and above all its faithful Catholicism.

Croy to this day, is still a vibrant faithful community.

The new housing developments at Craigmarloch, Eastfield, Smithston, Craiglinn and Balloch benefit from our past and will contribute to our future.

Croy parish originally covered the communities of Auchinstarry, Smithstone ,Croy, Craiglinn, Dullatur, Drumglass, Twechar, Condorrat, Cumbernauld and Castlecary.

The estimated Catholic population of Croy parish is now over 3000.