Fr. John Gildea
While Father Gildea writes his little bio (no pressure), we will just quietly recognise that he has been our parish priest for over 20 years and he celebrated his 50th anniversary (Golden Jubilee) of being ordained a Priest in June 2013. We will celebrate his 60th next year!!!
Deacon Jim McGraw
A little bit about myself…
I was born in Glasgow and my family moved to Barrow-In-Furness when I was 10 years old. I met Selena when I was 17 and we were married when I was 20. We left Barrow in 1978 and moved to Salford, where we lived for almost 10 years before moving to Warrington in 1988.
I am proud of many things in my life: I am a proud of all of my family, my wife Selena, our son Ian, and our grandsons Joshua and Callum. I am a proud Scotsman, and supporter of Glasgow Celtic, however, one of the things I am most proud of, is being a Permanent Deacon. I had been a reader at mass and then went onto become a Eucharistic Minister, but it’s difficult to explain how my journey then led me to being ordained. All I can tell you, is that I knew there was something within me that was telling me that I had to explore what may or may not be a genuine calling. By the grace of God, after almost 4 years of discernment, scrutiny and studying, I was ordained in July 2008.
I am very proud to serve as a Deacon in our parish. My duties and responsibilities include: assisting Father at mass and various other services such as those around Easter for example. I conduct Baptisms, Wedding services and Funeral services, as well as Eucharistic services. I am also involved in pastoral work such as the Baptism Preparation programme and I am heavily involved in bereavement support, visiting families at home and helping them to put together the funeral service for their loved ones.
We are all servants of the Lord, and as a Permanent Deacon, I am ‘a servant of the servants of the Lord.’ I am here to serve the Lord, to serve my parish, and to serve you.