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Fr Cooke and Fr Bergin s

Fr John Cooke and Fr Bill Bergin

On 5 May Fr John Cooke, Parish Priest 2002 – 2014, returned to St Alban’s Church, Denaby Main to celebrate Mass.  He was welcomed by Fr Bill Bergin, Parish Priest.

Fr Cooke 5 s

Fr John reads the Gospel

Afterwards Fr John attended a party in St Alban’s Catholic Club.  He was entertained by the MacRoibin School of Irish Dancing and the Fitzgerald’s Folk Group.  Parishioners presented Fr John with a cheque and spiritual bouquet.

Fr Cooke 6 s

Mary Phillips presents Fr John with a cheque

Fr Cooke 7 s

Trish Stafford presents Fr John with a spiritual bouquet

Fr Cooke 2 s

Fr John with Barbara and Brian Nally

In the Parish Bulletin Fr John stated, “Thank you very much for the most enjoyable evening; the Mass, the parish party and generous presentation I will always remember with deep gratitude.  God has richly blessed me through the years when it was my privilege to be your Parish Priest.  Thanks be to God, and together may we always keep the faith.  May God bless you always.”

Fr Cooke 1 s

Fr John with Mary and Andrew Bucknell