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.
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 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
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
Saturday 21st May
Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood
Throughout the Diocese each church, religious community and school has been allocated a day on which prayer is offer particularly for the intention of vocations to the Sacred Priesthood. This is our day for that prayer.
It will begin with Mass at 11am (the Feast of St Christopher Magallanes, a Mexican priest killed out of hatred for the faith and the priesthood by an atheistic regime in 1927), and culminate with a Holy Hour, the Litany of the Sacred Heart and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
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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
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
12 noon The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
7pm Musical Oratory (Sermons, Hymns and Music)
12 midnight Prayers for the Bishop and Diocese and for our Parish
Sunday 29th May
6am Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament from the Writings of the Saints
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 at the back of the church. Tea and Coffee are available 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,
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
There is welcome for the sinner,
There is grace enough for thousands
For the love of God is broader
There is plentiful redemption
’Tis not all we owe to Jesus;
If our love were but more simple,
Souls of men! why will ye scatter
It is God: His love looks mighty,
But we make His love too narrow
Was there ever kinder shepherd
Fr Frederick William Faber of the Oratory