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.  

Below is a video clip explaining the work to restore the turret and
pinnicle on the church tower  which can be seen on the photograph of the church below.

Church Turret Restoration

Thank you for all your generosity so far.
May God bless you.

If you would like to know more about our aims and objectives click the link.

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 Low Mass   (Confessions before Mass)
                11.30am Solemn Mass   (Confessions before Mass)
                4pm Vespers and Benediction
                4.45pm Low 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


Thursday 26th May
Solemnity of St Philip Neri

Solemn Mass at 5.30pm

Novena in Preparation from Tuesday 17th May
Weekdays after the 5.30pm Mass: silent prayer, Litany of the Saint and veneration of his relic
Saturday at 8pm Benediction
Sunday at the 11.30am Solemn Mass

First Vespers of St Philip on Wednesday 25th May after the 5.30pm Mass

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Forty Hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Bl Juvenal Ancina of the Oratory, Bishop of Saluzzo

Friday 27th May beginning at the 5.30pm Solemn Mass
continuously until
Sunday 29th May at the 11.30am Solemn Mass and Procession

Devotions throughout the Forty Hours

Friday 27th May

5.30pm    Solemn Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9pm        Sung Compline

12 midnight    Stations of the Cross

Saturday 28th May

3am    The Seven Penitential Psalms & Meditation on the Passion

6am    Devotions of St Alphonsus

9am    Sung Terce

11am    Mass

12 noon    The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

3pm    Rosary

7pm    Musical Oratory (Sermons, Hymns and Music)

12 midnight    Prayers for the Bishop, the Diocese and for our Parish

Sunday 29th May - The Solemnity of Corpus Christi

6am    Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament from the Writings of the Saints

8am    Mass

11.30am    Solemn Mass, Procession and Solemn Benediction

(If you can commit to an hour of adoration between these public devotions please mark the timetable notice in the church porch. Tea, Coffee and so forth (and now toilets) will be available in the narthex throughout the time of Exposition, but bring your own sleeping bag).

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In the Footsteps of St Chad
Summer Pilgrimage to Lastingham, North Yorkshire
(including Scarborough, Whitby and Rievaulx)

The Crypt of the Abbey Church where St Chad celebrated Mass

The Pilgrimage is in the first week of August - over two nights
see Br Gerard for further details

The Year of Mercy

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.

There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour;
There is healing in His blood.

There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

’Tis not all we owe to Jesus;
It is something more than all;
Greater good because of evil,
Larger mercy through the fall.

If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.

Souls of men! why will ye scatter
Like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts! why will ye wander
From a love so true and deep?

It is God: His love looks mighty,
But is mightier than it seems;
’Tis our Father: and His fondness
Goes far out beyond our dreams.

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.

Was there ever kinder shepherd
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Saviour who would have us
Come and gather at His feet?

Fr Frederick William Faber of the Oratory

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