Oratory Church of St Chad

Cheetham Hill Road, 

Manchester, M8 8GG

Telephone 0161 834 4104

If you would like to support the work of the Oratory Community at St Chad's ,
and the restoration programme of this historic church, please donate using the button below.

We are happy to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £250,000 from the English Heritage Lottery Fund to begin work on the church's restoration. This grant will cover most of the basic structural work of the first stage of restoration; the removal and treatment of the extensive dry-rot, rebuilding of the church steeple, and the building of lavatory facilities.  We still have to raise another £60,000 to complete this first stage, so please be as generous as you can, and  also think about ways in which we can raise this money together.
Thank you for all your generosity so far.
May God bless you.

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When the first Catholic chapel was built in Manchester in the eighteenth century, the first for over 300 years, it was dedicated to St Chad. In having him as its patron the Catholic community in Manchester was keen to show that it was the same living family of faith that has existed here down through the centuries. Whatever the political and religious upheavals of the day, there has always been a group of Roman Catholics here stretching back to the time of the Roman garrison nearly 2,000 years ago. In the 7th century St Chad was the first bishop to preach, teach, govern and sanctify God's people in Manchester.

St Chad's popularity and influence has lived on, not only in the dedication of many ancient churches in the region, but also in the place names of Manchester that were associated with him. "So much did Chad endear himself to those whom he converted, that even to this day we find traces of his missionary labours in the numerous place-names in the Manchester district that have been given in honour of the Mercian Bishop. The valley of the Irk, along which he must have toiled repeatedly, is particularly rich in these name memorials. Chadderton is simply Chad's town, Chadkirk is Chad's church, Cheetham is Chad's dwelling-place, Cheetwood is Chad's wood, Chat Moss is Chad's moss, Cheadle is Chad's hill, Cheadle Hulme is the meadow by Chad's hill, and so forth" (from John O'Dea, 1910, The Story of the Old Faith in Manchester).

His kindly presence and his faithfulness to Christ and His Church won many souls to God in his day. We pray that his personal influence will still be found today as the Catholics of Manchester work to build the Kingdom of God; to hand on what has been given to us from our Fathers and Mothers in the Faith.

St Chad's, Cheetham Hill, Manchester



                8am Mass   (Confessions before Mass)
                11.30am Solemn Mass   (Confessions before Mass)
                4pm Vespers and Benediction
                4.45pm Mass in the Latin Extraordinary Form   (Confessions during & after Mass)

Monday - Friday
                7am Mass
                4.45pm-5.15pm Confessions
                5pm Rosary
                5.30pm Mass  
after evening Mass for 30 minutes  On Mondays - Devotions to St Philip and silent prayer with the Community.
after evening Mass for 30 minutes On Weekdays - The Community meet for silent prayer and devotions, which you are welcome to attend.
                                                                                    On Feast Days this is replaced by Sung Vespers

11am Mass
11.30am-12.30pm Confessions
7pm-8pm Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

7pm-8pm Confessions

Lenten Devotions

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday in Lent after the 5.30pm Mass

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Deanery Station Masses

Every Wednesday in Lent at a Deanery Church

see weekly bulletin for details

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Musical Oratory

Saturday 28th March 7-8pm

Holy Hour of Music and Meditations based around

Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1736)

Voices and Instruments

Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday

Low Masses - 8am 4.45pm (Latin Extraordinary Form)

Blessing of Palms, Procession and Solemn Mass - 11.30am

Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord's Supper and Ceremonies - 5.30pm

Watching at the Altar of Repose until Midnight

Good Friday

Office of Readings and Morning Prayer - 10.30am

Confessions - 11.30am until 12.30pm

Stations of the Cross - 12 noon

Liturgy of the Passion - 3pm

Holy Saturday

Office of Readings and Morning Prayer - 10.30am

Confessions at the usual times

Easter Vigil - 8.30pm

Easter Sunday

Low Masses - 8am and 4.45pm (Latin Extraordinary Form)

Solemn Mass - 11.30am

Solemn Vespers - 4pm

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