Dear Friends,

Firstly a deep thank you to all of you who sent me cards and came to visit me in hospital during my illness, I am deeply grateful for all the kindness and support you gave me which made me feel so much better. As St Paul tells the Philippians “it is right for me to think this way about you all, because you hold me in your heart” what better way could I sum things up. I will seeing the Doctor on 10th June and all being well I will be back here on the 12th June.

However as a result of my illness the Bishop has asked me to move to St Hilda’s Tottington with effect from 28th June 2013.

So I will sadly be leaving you all after 4 very happy years here in the parish of St Gabriel & All The Angel’s and St John the Baptist RC Church, Rochdale. We have done so much together and again you have all been very supportive to me. I am sure that the new Parish Priest Fr Michael Johonnett will receive the very same help and support when he comes here at the end of June.

So thank you for all you have done for me, and every good wish for the future.

Fr Chris McGrane. Parish Priest.