Oratory Church of St Chad
Cheetham Hill Road,
Manchester, M8 8GG
Telephone 0161 834 4104
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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.
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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.
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 after Mass)
Monday - Friday
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
7pm-8pm Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
Your prayers are asked for
Bishop John Arnold
who has been named the new bishop of Salford
O almighty and eternal God, by whose judgment all things are established:
mercifully regard our prayers, and in Thy goodness preserve John, the Bishop chosen for us:
that the Christian people, who are governed by Thy authority,
may under so great a pontiff increase in the merits of their faith.
Through Christ Lord. Amen.
Also remember in your prayers Bishop Brain in his well earned retirement.
He finished his letter to the clergy by reminding them of that great and holy Lancashire lass
Alice Ingham, who straightforwardly declared, "Isn't God great!"
All Saints Day
Sunday 2nd November
Masses as usual for Sunday
8am - Low Mass
11.30am - Solemn Mass
4.45pm - Latin Extraordinary Form Mass
All Souls Day
Monday 3rd November
Requiem Masses at 7am, 12.30pm
Solemn Requiem Mass at 5.30pm
Please bring the names of the departed for whom you wish to pray to the Church at the weekend.
A Requiem Mass is celebrated each day for the repose of their souls throughout the month of November.
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During the School Term there will be an extra Mass on First Fridays at 2pm.
This is primarily for the children of our school, especially Year 3 who are preparing to receive the Sacraments.
It would be a great help if you could come and assist them with the responses, gestures, music (at the moment Terry's Mass in C).
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Blessing of the Church War Memorial
The restored War Memorial to those who died in the Two World Wars
will be blessed during the Solemn Requiem Mass on Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 9th November at 11.30am
The War Memorial for St Chad's School
will be blessed at the end of the Requiem Mass on
Tuesday 11th November at 11am
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary
The Rosary is said in our church at 5pm Monday to Friday
From a Sermon of Cardinal Newman to the boys at Oscott College
on the text "They found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in a manger"
Rosary Sunday - Sunday 5th October 1879
I am not going to make a long address to you, my dear boys, or say anything that you have not often heard before from your superiors, for I know well in what good hands you are, and I know that their instructions come to you with greater force than any you can have from a stranger. If I speak to you at all, it is because I have lately come from the Holy Father, and am, in some sort, his representative, and so in the years to come you may remember that you saw me today and heard me speak in his name, and remember it to your profit. You know that today we keep the Feast of the Holy Rosary, and I propose to say to you what occurs to me on this great subject. You know how that devotion came about; how, at a time when heresy was very widespread, and had called in the aid of sophistry, that can so powerfully aid infidelity against religion, God inspired St. Dominic to institute and spread this devotion. It seems so simple and easy, but you know God chooses the small things of the world to humble the great.
Of course it was first of all for the poor and simple, but not for them only, for everyone who has practised the devotion knows that there is in it a soothing sweetness that there is in nothing else. It is difficult to know God by our own power, because He is incomprehensible. He is invisible to begin with, and therefore incomprehensible. We can in some way know him, for even among the heathens there were some who had learned many truths about Him; but even they found it hard to conform their lives to their knowledge of Him. And so in His mercy He has given us a revelation of Himself by coming amongst us, to be one of ourselves, with all the relations and qualities of humanity, to gain us over. He came down from Heaven and dwelt amongst us, and died for us. All these things are in the Creed, which contains the chief things that He has revealed to us about Himself.
Now the great power of the Rosary lies in this, that it makes the Creed into a prayer; of course, the Creed is in some sense a prayer and a great act of homage to God; but the Rosary gives us the great truths of His life and death to meditate upon, and brings them nearer to our hearts. And so we contemplate all the great mysteries of His life and His birth in the manger; and so too the mysteries of His suffering and His glorified life. But even Christians, with all their knowledge of God, have usually more awe than love of Him, and the special virtue of the Rosary lies in the special way in which it looks at these mysteries; for with all our thoughts of Him are mingled thoughts of His Mother, and in the relations between Mother and Son we have set before us the Holy Family, the home in which God lived. Now the family is, even humanly considered, a sacred thing; how much more the family bound together by supernatural ties, and, above all, that in which God dwelt with His Blessed Mother.
This is what I should most wish you to remember in future years. For you will all of you have to go out into the world, and going out into the world means leaving home; and, my dear boys, you don’t know what the world is now. You look forward to the time when you will go out into the world, and it seems to you very bright and full of promise. It is not wrong for you to look forward to that time; but most men who know the world find it a world of great trouble, and disappointments, and even misery. If it turns out so to you, seek a home in the Holy Family that you think about in the mysteries of the Rosary.
Schoolboys know the difference between school and home. You often hear grown-up people say that the happiest time of their life was that passed at school; but when they were at school you know they had a happier time, which was when they went home; that shows there is a good in home which cannot be found elsewhere. So that even if the world should actually prove to be all that you now fancy it, if it should bring you all that you could wish, yet you ought to have in the Holy Family a home with a holiness and sweetness about it that cannot be found elsewhere.
This is, my dear boys, what I most earnestly ask you. I ask you when you go out into the world, as you soon must, to make the Holy Family your home, to which you may turn from all the sorrow and care of the world and find a solace, a compensation, and a refuge. And this I say to you, not as if I should speak to you again, not as if I had of myself any claim upon you, but with the claims of the Holy Father, whose representative I am, and in the hope that in the days to come you will remember that I came amongst you and said it to you. And when I speak of the Holy Family I do not mean Our Lord and Our Lady only, but St. Joseph too; for as we cannot separate Our Lord from His Mother, so we cannot separate St. Joseph from them both; for who but he was their protector in all the scenes of Our Lord’s early life? And with Joseph must be included St. Elizabeth and St. John, whom we naturally think of as part of the Holy Family; we read of them together and see them in pictures together.
May you, my dear boys, throughout your life find a home in the Holy Family; the home of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Elizabeth, and St. John.