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Parish Priest: Fr Andy Graydon
AIM OF OUR PARISH:
During the Parish Renewal in 1980 we established a vision of our Parish as:
"A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."
What we have learnt at St Joseph's Dinnington -
Six Key Ingredients
1 Everybody in the parish is given a voice at key points in the
There is a need to invite the whole parish to 'gather' at key points in the development process. This might be a parish weekend or a retreat or a series of "Tuning In" Meetings.
Although large meetings are very beneficial, they are also difficult for many people in all sorts of ways. So some way of inviting everyone's voice needs to be found. This part of the 'process' will benefit from a re-visit perhaps at least once every two or three years?
There is a need to become clear about what the Parish is about, possibly through a Mission statement. This might be the beginning of the process for some parishes.
During a parish renewal in 1980 we established a vision of our parish as:
"a warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."
Ways of facing the issues of conflict, power and authority need to be found.
We have found that conflict is inevitable and indeed perhaps necessary. It is essential to be able to draw out and listen to what is causing the conflict and to integrate this into the process.
The direction needs to be guided. Things need to happen in between larger parish meetings and the larger meetings need to be prepared for and organised. We have done this through our Reflection Group.
Workload and activity must be shared and indeed the 'organising work' of the priest minimalised. Organising groups need a brief and need to report back ultimately to the full parish.
6 Regular Open meetings including an annual day or event.
Once the process is established, perhaps an open parish meeting three times a year.
The principles of our Reflection Group are:
Different types of organising groups are formed on the basis of the following principles:
The Parish was founded in 1912 and serves 18 villages
1904: A priest from Oldcotes rode to say Mass for people working on the sinking of the Colliery Shaft. Mass was said in one of the Nissen huts in what was called "Tin Town". Patrick Kennedy, an Irish Altar Server, rode on his bicycle to Kiveton Station to collect the Altar Stone for the tin chapel at Dinnington Colliery.
1907: Priest from Maltby took place of Oldcotes priest.
1910: Bishop Poskitt sent a Parish Priest to Dinnington.
1912: Father Angenant, a Dutch Priest, appointed first Parish Priest of St Joseph's by the Bishop of Leeds.
1917: Church opened and blessed by Bishop Cowgill.
1956: Church extended. Bishop Heenan blessed the church extension and told the people that next time he came he wanted to bless a school.
1964: St Joseph's School opened. Bishop George Patrick Dwyer blessed the School.
1981: Fire in St Joseph's Church. Church re-ordered after the fire.
1989: Parish Rooms added to the Church.
200?: New Front window & side windows fitted.
2012: Father Green died Friday 8 June.
1912-1919: Fr Angenant - Longest serving Priest at St Joseph's until Fr Brian Green
1919-?: Fr Whitehead
?: Fr Brady - Sick cover for Fr Whitehead
?-c1943: Fr Whitehead - Returned from sick leave
c1943-?: Fr Scannell - Mrs Cecelia Bass was his housekeeper, who followed him to his subsequent parishes. He baptised Margaret Wareing in 1943, hence we know 1 year he was priest. By the time of his death, he had been made Monsignieur.
?: Fr Forkin - Woke people up on Sunday mornings by knocking on their windows. Conducted Confirmation of Marjorie Woodhead (a convert) and Anne Woodhead (aged 8/9 - see photo). Bishop Poskitt attended.
?: Fr Connolly
c1955: Fr Edward Geaney - Started Mass in Thurcroft. Died 22/02/2001, aged 88yrs. Born County Cork and ordained 1937. Served in Leeds, Dinnington and Goldthorpe. He was Parish Priest at Bentley for over 35yrs when he died. Picture c.1955.
?-1964: Fr Kavanagh
1964-1970: Fr John Harland Jackson - Preached the famous sermon about St Joseph: ‘He was no bloody pansy he was a full blown man’. Born in 1922. Died 17/06/2005. Studied for priesthood at Ushaw College. Ordained 13/04/1947 in Leeds. Served as Curate at: Christ the King, Leeds; St Thomas More, Sheffield; Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Leeds; & St Wilfrid's, Ripon. Fr Jackson moved from Dinnington to St Philip's, Leeds. In 1977, became Parish Priest of Blessed Sacrament, Athersley. His final appointment was at St Patrick's, Harworth, where he ministered for over 20 years.
1970-1977: Fr Patrick Waldron - Housekeeper was Mrs Margaret Winifred Wareing, who followed him to Fagley. Knew the Manager of Huddersfield Town and took the young people of the parish to Old Trafford and allowed Mr Capper to take the top class to see the Aussies at Chesterfield
1977-2008: - Fr Brian Green - Ordained on 19 July 1953. Fr Brian was the young priest who attended the opening of the school with Bishop Moverley. He chose the hymn 'Light up the fire', to everyone’s amusement, when the church was re-opened after the fire. Father Brian has been going to Ireland for 50 years now. Father Green died on Friday 8 June 2012 after a major stroke aged 84.
2008-to date: Fr Andy Graydon - Ordained on 21 July 1979. He came from English Martyrs, Mexborough to Dinnington.