As you will know, the Prime Minister has ordered a national lockdown for 4 weeks, from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December, to curb the spread of the Corona Virus.
Consequently, the church will remain open for private prayer each day (see below for times).
There will be no public Masses. Mass will be said privately each day by the Fathers. We will review these times next week.
Please keep this matter in your prayers. Thank you for your all your prayers, patience and your kindness.
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Everyone in Government and in the Church is really trying to do the best thing in very difficult circumstances, and with competing advice and priorities. If you feel the temptation to give way to anger, to moan and complain, please say a rosary instead. In a moment you can turn the deadly sin of anger, and distrust of God's Providence, into love and patience, and really assist those who have to make decisions and those who feel the consequeneces. That is a very wonderful and beautiful thing. (Fr C)
Church Opening Times
Monday - Friday 7am - 8am & 4.30pm - 6pm
Saturday 10.30am - 12noon & 6.30pm - 8pm
Sunday 12noon - 3pm
Mass via Twitter
just click the Twitter icon at the top of the page
Sunday: 11am Sung Mass
4pm Sung Vespers and Benediction
4.45pm Low Mass (Old Latin Mass - Extraordinary Form)
Monday - Friday 5.30pm Low Mass
followed by Sung Vespers on Feasts
Saturday 11am Low Mass
Sunday: There will be a priest available when the church is open between 12noon - 3pm
Monday to Friday: 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Saturday: 11.30am - 12.30pm & 7 - 8pm
You may make your confession outside, or in the church, or by appointment.
The confessional is cleaned between each penitent.
The Blessed Sacrament with be exposed
for adoration and silent prayer
Saturday at 7pm - 8pm
stop people dying
Please wear one in church
Reopening the Church & Resumption of Mass
Things are changing very rapidly,
so please check this section regularly
(updated 5th November 2020)
Stage One: Reopening the Church for a few hours each day COMPLETE
Stage Two: Resumption of Mass (part 1) COMPLETE
*return to Stage One for 4 weeks*
Stage Three: Resumption of Mass (part 2)
Stage Four: Reopening the Church all day
For the Time after Pentecost
St Philip was greatly devoted to the Holy Spirit. He had received direct experience of the Spirit when praying in the catacombs at night just before the feast of Pentecost. In the darkness a great ball of fire appeared before him. It went into his mouth and chest, causing the terrible physical and emotional heat of the presence of divine love. Philip rolled in the dust to quell the heat, and screamed for even this limited experience to end. When it did cease from the heights of its physical and emotional manifestation, some of the heat of love remained - for God and neighbour most in need. He would draw penitents and the sorrowful to breast, and they were permitted through him to experience the consolation of the Holy Spirit of love, so much as we can bear it in this life.
We now move out into the year in the gift of the Holy Spirit, so there is no need to be afraid. Allow your minds to be on heavenly things, and have that great peace that is secured by the Holy Spirit dwelling within you and through you. Keep bringing your mind back to the place of still and of peace where God dwells within you. Let Him gaze at you, and you at him, and do no more than that, and then God will act freely to make all things well.
This section will be updated as the situation changes
A Message from Cardinal Nichols HERE
Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Say the Rosary everyday (the Rosary is called Corona in Latin).
The Fathers and Brothers are praying for you everyday.
Church & Sacraments
Mass has NOT been cancelled - this can never happen, because without the Eucharist there is no Church.
The Obligation to hear Mass on Sundays and Holy Days has been suspended.
Easter Duties (i.e. Confession and Holy Communion) have been suspended for this year.
Plenary Indulgences can be gained for assisting at Mass via the TV or online, and the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Stations of the Cross, Reading Sacred Scripture for half and hour. Prayer for the Holy Father's intentions (Pater, Ave and Gloria), and go to Confession and Holy Communion when this time of trial is over.
St Rocco, our patron of times of plague, has a shrine in church where the Community pray each day.
Masses from St Chad's will be live streamed on Twitter (at the top of the page). Others can be found at HERE (including from some of the other Oratories and Manchester churches)
We have a YouTube channel, for videos of sermons and devotions, so we are going to have a go. At least our attempts should make you laugh!
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.
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.
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.