Welcome to our website for the Church of The Holy Name a church of the St Margarets Parish. Through this page we hope to share the history of both the church itself and the parish as well as keep you up to day with the events that will be taking place in the church and community.
The history of the Holy Name must start with the family which has done so much for the parish and for Oakley in general, the Smith Sligo Family. This Cross marks the family burial pot.
Margaret wrote a number of letters to Bishop Gillis in Edinburgh requesting that a priest be appointed in Oakley. Her brother in law Rev William Smith was appointed to the parish in 1858-59. The Catholic population at that time was approximately 5000 which is similar to that of today. Which begs the question where did they all stay?
Inzievar House built by Archibald Vincent Smith husband to Margaret. An industries giant and owner of the Forth Ironworks later he was involved with the Fife Coal Company. The house and out buildings have been redeveloped and are now flats.
The Iron Works was built on the site of the present schools, the white house known as the managers house can be seen in the distance and is still occupied today.
A small family chapel was incorporated into Inzievar House where the family could attend services. The altar used to be in Holy Name School but is now lost. The parish congregation used the Forth Academy built by the family as a school for all denominations in the village. It was not until 1904 that the first Church of the Holy Name was opened which also incorporated St Josephs Carmel, a Carmelite Monastery for the sisters of the Carmelite Order.
Please note that weekday mass times may be subject to change. Feast days and Holidays of Obligation will be highlighted in the News pages.
- Sunday: 09:30
- Tuesday: 10:00
- Thursday: 10:00
Service of the Word with Holy Communion
- Monday: 10:00
- Wednesday: 10:00
- Friday: 10:00
- By arrangement