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A History of the Parish of St. Vincent de Paul, Bramhall

From about 1944, Mass was originally said by a priest from Hazel Grove at the Ladybrook Hotel, Bramhall Green, and this continued until at least 1952. From this time, there is no reference to the Ladybrook Hotel in the Diocesan year book. For several years, the year book refers to Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme as a single parish, and there are no references to Mass being said in Bramhall itself.

From 1965 to 1968, Mass was said in the Scout Hut on Linney Road, and in 1968, the present church building was erected on Handley Road, Bramhall, costing £18,000 and able to seat 280 people. Fr. Edward Carroll, parish priest at Our Lady and the Apostles in Stockport, was responsible for the building and on the 8th of December, 1968, St. Vincent de Paul's became a Chapel-of-Ease served from Our Lady and the Apostles. Fr. Carroll gave it to the local people as a gift from Our Lady and the Apostles. After a number of years, Fr. Ernest Daly, a retired RAF Chaplain and priest of the diocese, moved into the area to be with his sisters, and he supplied Masses at St Vincent de Paul's.

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In 1978, Bishop Eric Grasar established St. Vincent de Paul's as a parish with Fr. Denis Maher as its first parish priest. His Induction Mass took place on the 19th of September, 1978, concelebrated with Canon Harrington and Canon Coonan. Arrangements were also made for Mass to be said each Sunday at the United Reform Church in Bramhall, and the following year St. Vincent de Paul's became a full member of the Local Council of Churches.

In August, 1983, Fr. Peter Robertson succeeded Fr. Maher as parish priest until 1990. During this time, links were forged with Fr. Roger Mount in Papua New Guinea. Fr. Francis McManus took over from Fr. Robertson and was parish priest until he retired in 2004. The Parish Pastoral Team was formed during his tenure.

When Fr. McManus retired, St. Vincent de Paul's was left without a resident parish priest, and Fr. Pat Munroe took on responisbility for St. Vincent de Paul's as well as his existing parish of St Peter's in Hazel Grove. He was succeed by Fr. Sharrocks in 2006.

In 2009, Fr. Geoff O'Grady, of St. Ambrose's in Adswood, then took over responsibility for St. Vincent de Paul's, and continues to this day.

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