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St. Simon's "Polish" Church, Partick, Glasgow.

 
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:13 am    Post subject: St. Simon's "Polish" Church, Partick, Glasgow. Reply with quote

I ran across this little church on Google street view when looking for something else. (It's on Partick Bridge Street)

It's not really a church memorial nor a unit memorial, so I have posted it here as an "Other Memorial" (but I'm not sure if this is the correct place)


The photos have been provided by my friend Amy Dressier.



There is a detailed history of the church and it's connection to the Polish community at: http://www.stsimonspartick.org.uk/history/ which includes:
"By the turn of the century the church proved too small for the dockers and their families and in 1903 a new St Peter’s was opened in Hyndland St. The Partick Bridge St building served as an extension (known as the Bridge St Chapel) until the Second World War when soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces who had escaped the Nazis and who were based in Yorkhill Barracks needed a church. Since then the building has also been known as the Polish Church. It was the focus of the Polish community in exile and still today the Saturday Vigil (6 pm) and Sunday (noon) Mass are said in Polish by a Polish priest from the chaplaincy in the Polish Club in Kelvingrove. There is also Mass in Polish in St Peter’s on Sundays at 3 pm."





http://www.stsimonspartick.org.uk/history/
includes the following:
In front of church there is a Memorial Stone in Polish which translates:

During the second World War Polish soldiers on leave from the battlefields came to this church to attend Mass together to hear the word of God in their native tongue, to sing their Polish hymns, and to thank Our Lady, Queen of Poland, for this touch of home the Polish community of Glasgow has. Through the years they felt deeply grateful to Father Patrick Tierney for the privilege he has accorded them of celebrating the Polish Mass in this Church and for the many kindnesses received from him and the parishioners.

and in English: ”I was a stranger and you took me in” Matthew 25:35

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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to John (jrah60) for a view of the church.
The memorial plaques are mounted on stones on the bottom right.



and the plaque again - just because it's so stunning!


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