GALLERY



This Section is devoted to our Church and Neighbourhood; 
the things that go on around us (often involving dogs).
If you have any pictures, historical bits and pieces or stories please let us know.



A view looking east across the Valley of the River Irk
The Manchester City Football Stadium is in the centre

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The Angel Steps leading to Angel Meadow (note Pippo's tail leading the way)
In the meadow are thousands of burials, from the very poorest of the city, very many of them of children. 
These steps are so called because of a vision of angels seen here in the mid 19th century guarding the graves.

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Blackjack Brewery on Irk Street
(for tasting notes see Fr Ray and Pippo)


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Three Rivers Gin Distillery on Red Bank
Named after the three principle rivers of Manchester (Irwell, Medlock and Irk)
(for tasting notes see Br Gerard)

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St Patrick waiting for the Irish Parade to go past the church

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Fr Christopher holding forth from the pulpit at a Missa Cantata in May for the school children.

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Some of the flowers that the children brought for our Lady's image. 
St Philip and St Benignus (his skeleton) either side.
There were some plastic windmills but they'll have to wait till next time for a picture. 

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The Newman Shrine with the reliquary bust containing some of his hair

As there are no skeletal remains of Newman we were able to give a substantial amount of his hair for the ceremony of beatification. It had been kept by a lay-sister at the Selly Park convent in Birmingham, where he went to have  his hair cut. She placed it in an envelope and wrote on it 'Fr Newman's hair'. The packet was given to us by a local priest who had received from the convent, and we in turn gave it for the beatification. It is wonderful to think that this unknown lay sister whose job was to cut the clergy's hair is responsible for the relics we have.

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Fr Richard on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 
turning the first sod of the new grotto 

Work in progress

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Getting ready under St Chad's banner for the Italian Procession
at the old St Michael's Church on George Leigh Street,
which was the original site of St Chad's School in 1847, next to a pub called The Two Terriers (see below).

Someone has had enough

on route

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 Angel Meadow then 
St Chad's tower can ben seen across the Irk Valley.

Angel Meadow now 
The new Coop Building opened by the Queen (and someone wanting the ball to be thrown).


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New arrival to the Community - Midge
Pippo showing him the way around the watering spots of Angel Meadow

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What wonderful beards!
Fr Christopher and Pippo caught by a photographer 

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A normal Saturday morning at Victoria Station
A locomotive aptly called The Jacobite
The Jacobite army camped on the hillside where the church is built around St Andrew's Day 1745, 
and so the area became known as Scotland

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After Sunday Mass 
Part of a panoramic photograph for a local study 

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All Saints and All Sous Day 2017
Here are some wonderful photographs taken by Hugo Cassanova

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Angelic Picture
in Winter Habits


and then there's the summer look...


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And so, back to people...

The Ladies' Confraternity summer outing into deepest Staffordshire
To sites associated with Bl Dominic in July 2018

At Aston Hall



At Swynnerton with the ever-wonderful Fr Paul of the Birmingham Oratory




The Prefect of the Ladies' Confraternity and the Prefect of Sorting out Coaches and Pubs
having it over with the ever-ebullient Sr Valerie, OP at St Dominic's convent in Stone 




Archeological dig on Aspen Lane by Angel Meadow
The cellars of the early Victorian dwellings and a cobbled street uncovered
New buildings arriving soon

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The War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2018
Remembering the parishioners and scholars of St Chad's
who gave their lives in the Great War

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Manchester by Accent
We are Broad Northern (with an artsy tinge) - of which we all approve

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The Community

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Enrolling in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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In No Strange Land (Francis Thompson)

The kingdom of God is within you

O world invisible, we view thee, 
O world intangible, we touch thee, 
O world unknowable, we know thee, 
Inapprehensible, we clutch thee! 

Does the fish soar to find the ocean, 
The eagle plunge to find the air-  
That we ask of the stars in motion 
If they have rumor of thee there? 

Not where the wheeling systems darken, 
And our benumbed conceiving soars! -  
The drift of pinions, would we hearken, 
Beats at our own clay-shuttered doors. 

The angels keep their ancient places-  
Turn but a stone and start a wing! 
'Tis ye, 'tis your estrangèd faces, 
That miss the many-splendored thing. 

But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)  
Cry- and upon thy so sore loss 
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob's ladder 
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross. 

Yea, in the night, my Soul, my daughter, 
Cry- clinging to Heaven by the hems; 
And lo, Christ walking on the water, 
Not of Genesareth, but Thames!  



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