Welcome to St. Paul’s R.C. Church
Hyde is a town in the foothills of the pennines. A 30 minute drive brings you to some stunning countryside.
The Parish church was opened in 1848 and currently has a population of 2790 souls. Some seventeen parish priests have Served the parish over these years and the current parish priest is Father Denis Maher. An Irishman born in Tipperary in 1940. educated at Thurles Christian Brothers school, and ordained at Thurles cathedral in 1964.
Saint Paul’s is situated as one of three churches which are about the furthest geographically from the home of our bishop Mark In the diocese of Shrewsbury. A diocese consisting of a hundred and eleven parishes.
Father Denis manages to include within his duties, being chaplain to the police in Manchester, to Tameside general hospital (with shared duties). Visits to the schools, and extra, special Masses for the pupils.
Reverend Father Denis Joseph Maher is our current Parish Priest and has been with the Parish since 1996. Father Denis, as he likes to be known was born in Ireland in 1940 and enjoyed his younger years living on a farm. he was educated at Thurles Christian Brothers school in Ireland and from there had aspirations of becoming a Priest.
He was ordained in Thurles Cathedral on 14th. June 1964 and took up his first appointment as curate at St. Saviour, Great Sutton between 1964 and 1970. From there , he was transferred to St. Peter’s, Hazel Grove from 1970 to 1972 and then on to St. Lawrence’s at Birkenhead as a curate from 1972 to 1976.
Father Denis temporarily stayed at St. Joseph’s Stockport Between 1977-1978 before transferring to St. Vincent de Paul parish in Bramhall as parish priest 1978-1983. From there, Fr. Denis was parish priest at Our Lady Of Fatima (barnton) 1984-1986.
Before his appointment at St. Paul’s in Hyde, Fr. Denis spent an enjoyable 10 years as the Parish Priest at St. Hugh of Lincoln in west timperley until 1996.