Oratory Church of St Chad
Cheetham Hill Road,
Manchester, M8 8GG
Telephone 0161 834 4104
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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.
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
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
Ash Wednesday - 18th February
Day of Fasting and Abstinence
Masses with the Imposition of Ashes:
7am & 12.30pm
5.30pm Solemn Mass
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Stations of the Cross
Every Friday in Lent after the 5.30pm Mass
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St Chad's Day
Monday 2nd March
5.30pm - Solemn Mass
Preacher - Fr Richard Duffield, CO
Superior of the Oratorian Community at St Wilfred's, York
(Please remember this new Oratorian venture in your prayers)