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St Chad's, Cheetham Hill, Manchester

Weekly Timetable

Masses, Confessions and Devotions

SUNDAY    (The Church is open from 7am - 6pm)

                8am  Mass   (Confessions before Mass)
                11.30am  Solemn Mass   (Confessions before Mass)
                4pm  Solemn Vespers and Benediction
                4.45pm  Mass in the Traditional Latin Form   (Confessions during Mass)

MONDAY - FRIDAY    (The Church is open from 6.30am - 6.30pm)

               7am Mass 
              12 noon Mass on Wednesdays in St Raphael's Chapel at North Manchester General Hospital
               4.45pm-5.15pm Confessions
               5pm Rosary
               5.30pm Mass  
               6pm - 6.30pm on Mondays - Devotions to St Philip and Silent Prayer 
               6pm - 6.30pm on Weekdays - Silent Prayer and Intercessions
               6pm - 6.30pm on Feast Days - Sung Vespers

              Bank Holidays: 7am Mass
                                         10am Mass  (Confessions at 9.40am)
                                         11am Requiem Mass at St Joseph's Cemetery, Moston (May and August)

                                         (NB. No evening Confessions or Mass)

SATURDAY    (The Church is open from 8am - 8.30pm)

                9.30am Mass at St Joseph's Cemetery Chapel, Moston
                11am Mass
                11.30am-12.30pm Confessions
                4pm Mass in St Luke's Chapel at North Manchester General Hospital (Vigil Mass of Sunday)
                7pm-8pm Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

                7pm-8pm Confessions

Virtual Tour of the Church

St Chad in Manchester

When the first Catholic chapel was built in Manchester after the Reformation in the eighteenth century, it was dedicated to St Chad. 
In choosing 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 in Manchester 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.

If you would like to support the work of the Oratorian Community at St Chad's,
and the restoration programme of this historic church, please donate using the button below.

Bits and Pieces 


Sundays in Advent
Meditations by Bishop Bossuet (1624-1704)
2.30-3.30pm in St Philip's Chapel
The mediations can be found in the church porch 

see Fr Christopher for details

The Advent Fast

A few people have asked about fasting in  the Season of Advent, so here are some ideas:


Get up before sunrise and pray, towards the east if you can. The ending of the night, the rising sun, the coming on the clouds, all look expectantly to   the orient, and so at Mass we face east. The Joyful Mysteries seem particularly fitting for the season.

Use your address book or contact list for prayers of intercession. 

Work out how much you spend at Christmas and put 10% in the Poor Box.

Prepare a really good confession – keep the priests in the confessional overtime.

Keep Christmas things until Christmas, food and drink in particular.


On the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete) the fast is relaxed a little, least you should faint on the way. In any case let’s give it a go and allow ourselves to be shaped by the Church’s cycle of fast and feast, her liturgy and her saints. We can really feast for the whole Christmas season if we’ve kept our passions in check during Advent. 

And remember that Father Christmas is watching, so be good!

Christmas Timetable

Christmas Eve - Monday 24th December
7am     Low Mass (of the Ancestors of Jesus Christ)
4.45 - 5.45pm Confessions
10.30 - 11.30pm Confessions
11.30pm     Christmas Carols and the Roman Martyrology and Blessing of the Crib
12 midnight     Solemn Midnight Mass

Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December
8am     Low Mass (Dawn Mass of the Shepherds)
11.30am    Solemn Mass

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
7am     Low Mass
10am     Sung Mass (Confessions before Mass)

Saturday 29th December
as normal

Sunday 30th December
as normal

Monday 31st December
10am Sung Mass & Te Deum

Tuesday 1st January - The Most Holy Mother of God
10am    Procession with Litany of Loretto  & Solemn Mass of Our Lady

Wednesday 2nd January
normal timetable resumes

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