History

The parish began after the World War II when many areas of the city were devastated with the bombing and many families were moved to new areas of the city where new homes were being built. A large pre-fabricated estate of some 1,200 dwellings was established in Gateacre and Childwall Valley.

In 1947 Richard Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool appointed Fr. Martin Burke to establish a new parish to satisfy the spiritual needs of the large Catholic community that began to take shape.

As there was no church for Catholics in the area, it was the vicar of St Stephen’s Church of England Church, Mr Royden who gave permission for Mass to be said in the Church of England school in Gateacre Village. The first Mass took place there on 4th May 1947. A new pre-fabricated Church of Our Lady of the Assumption was blessed and opened by Archbishop Downey on May 29th 1949, on Childwall Valley Road.

The 1960’s saw the continued growth of the parish with new houses being built in the Lee Park Estate and Childwall Valley Estate, replacing for the most part the pre-fabricated homes.  Also private homes were a being built in the Gateacre Park Drive estate.

The small pre-fabricated church was by then too small for the needs of the large community.  In 1963 Fr Henry McCaffie who would see the church’s opening had asked a parishioner to put the Sunday collection on a horse called Curry; when it promptly won the proceeds of £3000 paid for the land on which the church, parish club and presbytery would all sit. Later, the new church was opened by Archbishop Beck on 29th March seating 750 people and at a cost of £200,000. With the continued growth of the area, the Parish was divided into three and two new parishes were created.  St. Cyril of Jerusalem in 1968 on the Naylorsfield Estate and St. Gregory’s in 1970 on the Netherley Estate.

Our Lady’s, St Cyril’s and St Gregory’s parishes were closed in 2005 it became part of a larger parish of St John Almond that included the churches of Our Lady, St Cyril, St Gregory and St Paschal Baylon. When St Cyril’s closed in 2009 and the latter two churches in 2011 a new parish was founded.  Today the new parish incorporates Netherley, Childwall, Gateacre and Belle Vale with seven thousand houses and a population of fifteen thousand people.

Parish Priests

Rev Philip Inch 2008-2015 (St John Almond and in 2011 Our Lady of the Assumption)

Rev Stephen Pritchard 2015-

 

St Cyril, Netherley: Parish established 1967 

Parish Priests

Rev John Phelan 1966-1980

Rev John Grady 1980-1982

Rev James Matthews 1982-1986

Rev Anthony Callaghan (Deacon-in-charge) 1986-1992

In 2005 it became part of  St John Almond Parish that included the churches of Our Lady, St Cyril, St Gregory and St Paschal Baylon.   Church closed in 2009.

 

St Gregory: Parish established 1970

Parish Priests

Rev Michael J Ryan 1970-1982

Rev Patrick J MacNally 1982-1989

Rev Paul Glover 1989-1993

Deacon Rev Lawrence Prior 1993-1999

From 1993-1999 it was part of the Montfort Missionaries’ team ministry with Our Lady of the Assumption and St Cyril’s.  Subsequently served from Holy Family Church.  In 2005 it became part of St John Almond Parish that included the churches of Our Lady, St Cyril, St Gregory and St Paschal Baylon.   Church closed in 2011.

 

Parish Priests of the former parish

Rev Martin Burke 1947-1952

Rev George Hickson 1952-1957

Rev John Carr 1957-1962

Rev Henry McCaffrie 1962-1969

Rev Martin Ring 1969-1991

In 1991 the parish was accepted by the Montfort Missionaries, who had a team ministry with St Cyril’s and (later) St Gregory’s

Fr Sean O’Haire 1991-1995 (Society of Montfort Missionaries)

Fr J Frederick Mathews 1995-1999 (Society of Montfort Missionaries)

Rev William Murphy 1999-2008 and formed a new parish dedicated to St John Almond. 

The parish of Our Lady of the Assumption was closed in 2005 and the church community became part of St John Almond Parish. The new parish was opened in 2011.