ORATORY CHURCH OF ST CHAD
CHEETHAM HILL ROAD
MANCHESTER, M4 4EX
Telephone 0161 834 4104
SUNDAY (The Church is open from 7am - 6pm)
8am Low Mass (Confessions before Mass)
11.30am Solemn Mass (Confessions before Mass)
4pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction
4.45pm Low Mass in the Latin Extraordinary Form (Confessions during Mass)
MONDAY - FRIDAY (The Church is open from 6.30am - 6.30pm)
12 noon Mass on Wednesday in St Raphael's Chapel at North Manchester General Hospital
After the evening Mass on Mondays - Devotions to St Philip and Silent Prayer
After the evening Mass on other Weekdays - Silent Prayer
After the evening Mass on Feast Days - Sung Vespers
First Fridays of each month (in term time): 1.45pm Sung Mass with the schoolchildren in church
Bank Holidays: 9.40am Confessions
11am Requiem Mass at St Joseph's Cemetery, Moston
(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
4pm Mass in St Luke's Chapel at North Manchester General Hospital (Vigil Mass of Sunday)
7pm-8pm Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
Saturday 13th May
Our Lady of Fatima
Special Day of Prayer for our Pilgrims
Sunday 14th May
Procession of the Image of Our Lady
at the 11.30am Mass
Friday 26th May
Solemnity of St Philip
Novena in preparation from Wednesday 17th May
Weekdays - after the 5.30pm Mass
Saturday - at 8pm Benediction
Sunday - after the 11.30am Solemn Mass
Thursday 25th May
Solemn Vespers at 6pm
Friday 26th May
Low Mass at 7am
Sung Mass at 10am (with the school)
Solemn Mass at 5.30pm
ST CHAD'S CHURCH AND OUR MINISTRY
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.
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.
RESTORATION of the CHURCH
We were awarded a grant of £250,000 from the English Heritage Lottery Fund to begin work on the church's restoration. This grant covered most of the basic structural work of the first stage of restoration; the removal and treatment of the extensive dry-rot in the north aisle, rebuilding of the church steeple, and the building of lavatory facilities.
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.
Fr Ray, with Architects John Pritchard and Rebecca Mills,
blessing the Golden Cross on the tower that looks over Manchester city centre
at the Topping Out ceremony
In the autumn of 2016 we are in process of applying for grants for the Second Phase of the Restoration. This will be to treat the dry rot in the south aisle and develop access for wheelchairs. If you can help us raise our part of the money for the work please use the donate button above. Please keep this matter in your prayers.
If you would like to know more about our aims and objectives click the link.
BITS AND PIECES
Notes from the Garden
(from Fr Christopher)
If you are preparing your garden for the new season and have any plants looking for a new home, please contact Fr Christopher or one of the under-gardeners. We have very large gardens here and will happily give any new stock a good home. Any seeds you have left over can be given to our 'secret gardeners' at school, who drop them in to spare patches of soil and keep an eye of them, so everyone in the neighbourhood can enjoy the flowers. Again, just hand them to me and we can help the people of Manchester smile when they come across our flowers. Thanks - CH.