- 18th February 2015
- 9th February 2015
- 21st January 2015
Welcome from Fr Tony McGrath
I was born in Manchester and when still a baby my family moved to Sale. I attended St. Joseph’s Primary School and then St. Ambrose College before completing a degree in history at Sheffield University. I have been blessed to have been able to spend time in Canada, South Africa, and India. I worked in the IT industry, but after attending a youth retreat at Walsingham in 1999 my life took a new direction. I applied for priestly training after working as a lay chaplain for several years at St. John Plessington Catholic College in the Wirral. After completing a year at the seminary in Valladolid, Spain I was sent to the English College in Rome where I have just completed seven years of formation. I was ordained priest at St. Joseph’s, Sale on 19th July 2014. I’m very pleased to have been appointed to Our Lady and St Christopher’s parish and look forward to meeting you all. Blessings, Fr. Anthony McGrath.
Farewell address from Fr Edmund
I want to express my thanks to Father Michael for the example of priesthood that he has given me in these early days of my priestly mission, and to the Bishop for sending me to this parish back in August, 2011. I must admit I did come with some trepidation, given the feast I arrived on, 29 August, was the Beheading of John the Baptist! I want to commend to you Father Tony who will be coming in March as assistant priest. He is a good man, he will work hard for you, and he has many gifts that will help Father Michael and the parish grow in deeper love of Jesus Christ and fidelity to his Church and it’s teachings. It has been a privilege to come to know so many of you: to share your joys and your sorrows, to see your children grow up, to baptise your little ones, to hear your Confessions, to anoint you, to bury your departed loved ones, and to care for you in moments of deep loss, or else rejoice with you in times of great joy. If you have felt loved, it was Christ loving you. If you felt forgiven, it was Christ forgiving you, if you felt consoled if was Christ consoling you, if you felt challenged it was Christ challenging you, if you felt inspired it was Christ inspiring you, if you felt cared for it was Christ caring for you. But if you have ever felt hurt, dismissed, or ignored it was only me, never Christ. For St John Vianney tells us that the priesthood is the ‘love of the heart of Jesus’. Priests are weak men, too. If good has come to you from my time here, it comes from Christ, if any hurts have come they have come from me alone. ‘When we see a priest,’ St John Vianney tells us, ‘we should think of Jesus’. Thank you for allowing me to begin to grow into my priesthood here, and if I have given you anything, be sure you have given me more, ten, a hundred times besides. I love being a priest and this parish and all of you will have a special place in my heart for how ever many more years the Lord desires me to serve him.
200 Club Winners for January
Congratulations to the 200 Club Winners for November and December who are as follows: Hazel Grimshaw, Kathy Burton, Hayley Standing & Tom Worth. Cheques will be ready shortly. The February draw will take place on Saturday 28th February.
A massive Thank You goes to all the females within the Parish who attended the recent Fashion show, held at St Christopher’s School on 16th Jan. The fundraising event was very well supported, raising £850 towards the building fund. Photos from the event can be found in the Gallery section