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 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!"
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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A Prayer for the Holy Souls
composed by the Blessed John Henry Newman
O GOD of the Spirits of all flesh, O Jesu, Lover of souls, we recommend unto Thee the souls of all those Thy servants, who have departed with the sign of faith and sleep the sleep of peace. We beseech Thee, O Lord and Saviour, that, as in Thy mercy to them Thou becamest man, so now Thou wouldest hasten the time, and admit them to Thy presence above. Remember, O Lord, that they are Thy creatures, not made by strange gods, but by Thee, the only Living and True God; for there is no other God but Thou, and none that can equal Thy works. Let their souls rejoice in Thy light, and impute not to them their former iniquities, which they committed through the violence of passion, or the corrupt habits of their fallen nature. For, although they have sinned, yet they always firmly believed in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and before they died, they reconciled themselves to Thee by true contrition and the Sacraments of Thy Church.
O Gracious Lord, we beseech Thee, remember not against them the sins of their youth and their ignorances; but according to Thy great mercy, be mindful of them in Thy heavenly glory. May the heavens be opened to them, and the Angels rejoice with them. May the Archangel St Michael conduct them to Thee. May Thy holy Angels come forth to meet them, and carry them to the city of the heavenly Jerusalem. May St Peter, to whom Thou gavest the keys of the kingdom of heaven, receive them. May St Paul, the vessel of election, stand by them. May St John, the beloved disciple, who had the revelation of the secrets of heaven, intercede for them. May all the Holy Apostles, who received from Thee the power of binding and loosing, pray for them. May all the Saints and elect of God, who in this world suffered torments for Thy Name, befriend them; that, being freed from the prison beneath, they may be admitted into the glories of that kingdom, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost Thou livest and reignest one God, world without end.
Come to their assistance, all ye Saints of God; gain for them deliverance from their place of punishment; meet them, all ye Angels; receive these holy souls, and present them before the Lord. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine on them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.