My grandparents, John and Kitty (Catherine) Boyle lived in Fonthill Road, and as children we spent an awful lot of time with them.
Three of my aunts still lived in Liverpool as we were growing up and on our frequent visits from Manchester we visited them and our cousins often arriving back at our grandparents rather late at night and we NEVER passed the Church without calling in to say a prayer or two. In those days the Church was open until about llpm! How different to today when many Churches are locked during the day!
When I think about St.John's, which I do often, I remember the busy Sunday Masses and the lingering smell of the incense all of which stirs up a longing to go back in the hope of finding it is still the same.
My brother was baptised there in 1943. My aunt and uncle
Bob and Dyllis (Bridget) Hennessey were married there about 1946. Uncle Bob had the Cobblers shop in the street behind the Church. I don't remember the name of the street but his shop was always our first call on arriving from Manchester.
St. John's holds a big place in my heart. .
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