Our History

The Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel began life in January 1924 as a Mass Centre, served from the parish of Stock. The first church was opened on 27th May 1928 and the first resident priest was appointed in 1932. The parish was formally established in 1935.

The second church (which is now Our Lady’s Hall) was opened in November, 1951.

In autumn 1971 the construction of the present church began. It was completed in 1972 and opened on 20 December. The architects were Burles, Newton & Partners and the building cost about £30,000 (without fittings). The church was consecrated by Bishop Casey on 8 December 1976, when the relics of the martyrs Saints Clement and Victoria were inserted in the altar.

Parish Priests and Priests in Charge

  • 1932-1933  Fr Henry Healy (Priest-in-charge)
  • 1933-1936  Fr Harold Cahill (Priest-in-charge)
  • 1936-1955  Fr William Loveland
  • 1955-1967  Fr Bernard Collings
  • 1967-1969  Fr John Gallagaher
  • 1969-1975  Fr Malachy Kelly
  • 1975-1989  Canon Vincent Hurley
  • 1989-1997  Fr Francis Hastings
  • 1997-2002  Fr George Towler
  • 2002-2010  Fr John Glynn
  • 2010-2012  Fr Dan Mason
  • 2012- 2019 Fr John Corbyn
  • 2019            Fr Mark Reilly