The Manchester Oratory

St Chad's Church, Cheetham Hill Road,

Manchester, M4 4EX

0161 834 4104 or Email us

Times of Mass & Confessions,

Devotions and Service

Monday - Friday

Mass at 7am & 5.30pm

Confessions at 4.45pm - 5.15pm

Rosary at 5pm


Mass at 11am

Rosary at 11:30am

Confessions at 11.30am - 12.30pm

Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration at 7pm - 8pm

Confessions at 7pm - 8pm


Mass at 8am Confessions at 7:30am

Sung Mass at 11am Confessions at 10:30am

Vespers and Benediction at 4pm

Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 4.45pm Confessions during Mass

Church Opening Times

Please note that as of the 17th May opening times are as follows.

Monday - Friday

6:30am - 6pm


8am - 8pm


7:30am - 6pm

Face Masks

stop people dying

Please wear one in church

The Coronavirus

The Hospital

We have stopped general ward visiting and the weekday Mass at the North Manchester General Hospital.

The Last Rites will always be given.

The Fathers also go to the deathbeds of those with the Virus in our hospital.

Holy Communion

If you cannot receive Holy Communion make a Spiritual Communion (prayers can be found above)

A Spiritual Communion asks the Lord to come to us although we cannot receive Him in the Sacrament. If with fervent hearts we ask this He will always come and abide within us.

There is a leaflet to help you with this part of our Catholic tradition here: SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

Help for those in Need

There is always food available here for anyone in need.

Please make sure that those you know from church and your neighbourhood have everything they need.

The church and Community are going to be significantly down on church collections, etc, which keep the whole place going. We are quite happy to pull in our belts considerably, and thankfully the summer means that the heating bill will be less, but the week by week costs of the church are still significant. Please remember us in this matter - there is a donate button at the top of this page. We feel it is best to honest about this with you. God reward you.

And Remember...

Do not be afraid.

God is God. He has had a lot of practise at it, and he is pretty darn good at it.

He is our loving Father, who turns everything for our good, if we abandon ourselves into His hands.

We share the life of His only-begotten Son, and so: our sufferings are His and His sufferings are ours; our hearts are His and His Heart is ours; our happiness His and His glory is ours. In Him we are given the extraordinary privilege of sanctifying and redeeming the world around us. Offer your sufferings, and your joys too, for the Church, for your family, friends and enemies, work colleagues, neighbours, your contact list... - everyone and everything that is in unique configuration around you. These events and people are there not by accident but by Providence, and it is God's good pleasure that you are the place of meeting between them and Him.

Christ Yesterday and Today + The Beginning and the End

Alpha + Omega

All Time Belongs to Him + And all the Ages

To Him belong Glory and Power + Through every Age and forever

Jesus did not suffer to take away our sufferings, but rather to show us how to suffer and die Through Him and With Him and In Him. Every moment is within the palm of God.

I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has; whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man, God knows me and calls me by name.

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have a mission – I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next… I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness or perplexity or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me – He still knows what He is about. (JHN)

When the first Catholic chapel was built in Manchester after the Reformation in the 18th century it was dedicated to St Chad, the 7th century beloved bishop of this area. 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. They had been brought together by St Chad and flourished in the Middle Ages with a great dvotion to our Lady St Mary. In the winter of persecution they remained steadfast but hidden, bloodied but not beaten, to come out into the open again and blossom in the Second Spring of our holy faith in the 19th century.

St Chad's personal 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.