St Columba's Catholic Church, Glasgow

St Columba's Church is a Roman Catholic Parish church in Woodside, Glasgow, Scotland. It was completed in 1941 and designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia. It is situated on Hopehill Road south west of Garscube Road. From 2005 until 2016 it was served by priests from the Dominican Order. Since 2016 it has been served by the Holy Ghost Fathers. It is a category A listed building.[1]

St Columba's Church
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St Columba's Church is located in Central Glasgow
St Columba's Church
St Columba's Church
Location in Glasgow
Coordinates: 55°52′35″N 4°16′00″W / 55.8764°N 4.2666°W / 55.8764; -4.2666
LocationWoodside, Glasgow
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
DedicationSaint Columba
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationCategory A listed
Designated6 April 1992[1]
Architect(s)Gillespie, Kidd & Coia
StyleRomanesque Revival
DeaneryWest End[2]


On 26 March 1937, a Fr Denis Flynn applied for permission to build a Catholic church in Woodside, Glasgow. Soon after was the 1938 Empire Exhibition in Scotland. In that exhibition was the Catholic Pavilion, which was designed by Jack Coia. He was commissioned to design St Columba's Church. However, construction was halted during the initial years of World War II. In 1941, permission was granted for construction to continue and the church was completed during the Blitz. The cost of constructing of the church was paid by local congregation. Each local family paid 6d for the bricks used in construction.[3] It was the only church to be completed in Glasgow during World War II.[4]


The church design is inspired by the Italian Romanesque style with basilica layout. The front of the church, facing west, has a cross-shaped window. While the exterior is made of brick, it is built over a concrete portal frame and has a mansard roof. Over the central door is a sculpture of the Paschal Lamb over central door. The church's stations of the cross were painted by Hugh Adam Crawford and came from the Catholic Pavilion at the Empire Exhibition, Scotland. In the sanctuary is a marble reredos with a carved crucifix by Benno Schotz.[1][3][4][5]


In 2005, the Dominican priests began their service to the parish. They remained in the parish until 2016, when they withdrew from area.[6] In their place, the Holy Ghost Fathers arrived and have served until 7 January 2021, when the Blessed Sacrament Fathers took over the administration of the parish. The Holy Ghost Fathers who went to the south side of the city to be near the Queen Elizabeth University Teaching Hospital of which they also serve as chaplains.

Every week there are three Sunday Masses held in the church: 4:30pm on Saturday, 11:00am and 5:00pm on Sunday. (Please note that Covid modifications apply. Consult the website for more information.) Weekday Masses are held at 10:00am in the Church at Covid times and at non-Covid times in the Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c St Columba's Roman Catholic Church Glasgow from British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 27 October 2017
  2. ^ a b Parishes from Archdiocese of Glasgow. Retrieved 27 October 2017
  3. ^ a b St Columba's Church Woodside, Glasgow from Scotland's Churches Trust. Retrieved 27 October 2017
  4. ^ a b St Columba from Retrieved 27 October 2017
  5. ^ Glasgow 74 to 76 Hopehill Road from Canmore. Retrieved 27 October 2017
  6. ^ Dominicans to Return Communities in Glasgow and Durham to Dioceses from Catholic Herald, 4 July 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2017

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