Latest Parish Updates

Thornleigh Virtual Open Evening 24th September 2020

There will be a virtual open evening for Thornleigh Salesian College from 6pm on Thursday 24th September. Please visit their website for further details


Hope in the Future Stage Four – Launch

You are invited to join a Holy Hour led by Bishop John via live stream on Church Services TV on Sunday 4th October, 3pm from the Cathedral.

In October 2017, we launched our five-year pastoral renewal programme, Hope in the Future. This October, we were due to begin Stage Four – Proclaiming the Good News.

None of us could have foreseen the way this year turned out. We have been unable to access the Sacraments, and many families around our diocese have faced ill health, isolation and the loss of loved ones.

Given the strangeness of our present circumstances, we think it necessary to have a period of reflection to discern what we have learnt during these challenging times and, in doing so, plan for a brighter “new normal”.

When the time is right, we will launch Stage Four of Hope in the Future. But for now, we will take a moment to pause; to remember those we’ve lost and to reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.

A new digital document called ‘Rebuild my Church’ has been published by the Department of Formation which is full of resources to help us through this period of reflection. You can click here to view that document.

On Sunday 4th October, the day we would usually launch the new stage of Hope in the Future, Bishop John will lead a Holy Hour from Salford Cathedral which will be livestreamed on at 3pm.

The theme of the Holy Hour will be Hope in Difficult Times and we hope it will provide parishioners around our diocese with an opportunity to take stock of the last few months.

The focus is not on moving to stage four but rather reflecting on the presence of the Lord all through lockdown and as we continue on our journey. The Lord has, in a very real sense, answered our prayer and stayed with us on our journey.

We need to pause, draw breath, grieve where we need to grieve but also be grateful where we can be and allow ourselves to be renewed.

Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey

Theo The Acolyte!

Many congratulations to Theo upon his institution as an Acolyte on Thursday evening by Bishop John at a special mass at St Thomas of Canterbury church.

Theo with Bishop John and his Mum and Dad

Theo with Bishop John and Fr Chris








Below is a video from Theo explaining the role of an Acolyte and here is the booklet from the special mass.

Acolyte Booklet


Diocesan E Newsletter

Doicesan E Newsletter September 2020

Online Laudato Si Weekend Retreat

Living Laudato Si’: Your Parish and Your Planet – 16th – 19th October 2020 

A long weekend of talks and discussions on zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through your parish.  Led by Boarbank Hall.

Sessions will be on Friday night, Saturday morning and night, Sunday afternoon and night and Monday night (leaving people free during the day on Monday).

Voluntary donations gratefully accepted, but there will be no fee for the weekend.

To attend, please email Sr Margaret Atkins on

For more information click here

God who Speaks – Series of Online Talks

The God who speaks: Following the success of the zoom presentation, The God who speaks through Creation, by Sr, Margaret Atkins, CRSA, the Department for Formation is delighted to announce four further talks:

Wednesday 23rd September  The God who speaks at Mass by Father Eamon Mulcahy, CSSp, Spiritan missionary, theology lecturer, priest in East Manchester and from Levenshulme.

Wednesday 7th October The God who speaks in Letters by Father James Crampsey, SJ, Jesuit priest at the Holy Name Church, Scripture Scholar, and member of the Chaplaincy Team at the Manchester Universities

Wednesday 28th October The God who speaks to us today: Contemporary Challenges through a Biblical Lens, by Father Joe Evans, priest of the Opus Dei prelature, Scripture specialist, and based at Greygarth Hall, Manchester.

Wednesday 25th November The God who speaks in the Gospel of John, by Fr. Michael Winstanley, SDB, Salesian priest and Scripture Scholar, based at the Salesian community in Bolton.

Each evening begins at 7pm and will include time for questions.

To book a place please email indicating which evening (or all four) you wish to participate in.

In 2021 we hope to arranged the remaining four evenings either via zoom or, if circumstances allow, in the originally scheduled venue, the Hidden Gem.

Hope in the Future Prayer Cycle: September – November 2020

The Hope in the Future prayer cycle for September – November 2020 can be found in a word document format by clicking here.  Please join us in praying for those around our diocese.

Caritas September Beacon

Caritas has published its latest Beacon newsletter which we would be grateful if you would share in your parish communities. The newsletter can be found by following this link:

Virtual Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 27th September

On 27th September there will be a virtual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life to Walsingham.

It can be accessed via YouTube on Walsingham Catholic TV ( or at the Basilica live stream

Devotions will be streamed throughout the day, beginning with the Mass at 12.00.  Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day:

Family is Sacred Zoom Course – September 2020

After the success of our first Family is Sacred Webinar in July we will be offering the full 14 week course online via zoom. The first session will take place on Wednesday 23rdSeptember, 7:30pm-9pm and will run every other Wednesday for 14 weeks.

The course is designed to enrich and support marriage and family life and the building up of the Domestic Church. There will be input from various speakers followed by small group discussion and Q&A.

All Welcome! Register your free place by emailing Tuesday 22nd September (Zoom details to follow).

Upcoming Series of Free Online Talks at the Christian Heritage Centre

The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst will be offering a series of online talks,“Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters”, over the next few months.

Exploring some of the great figures of Western spirituality with well-known experts, the series is free to attend online.

It will take place at 7:30pm on Thursdays, beginning on 3rd September and running through till 10th December.

Simply register to receive a link, either online at or by emailing

Theo’s Vocation Story

Recently we welcomed Theo Sharrock, a student for the priesthood to our parish. Theo is a seminarian at the English College in Rome.

Following on from Theo’s introductory message below, please find below a  link to a film from Theo about his Vocation Story.

Theo’s Vocation Story



Parish Draw

A draw has been made for the second quarter (April-June 2020) and was based on 46 paying by standing order, and 9 paying cash prior to the lockdown.

Based on the total money collected – £550 a reduced draw was made, and allocated 4 prizes of £50 each. This is a similar proportion to the £600 paid out for the total money received in the first quarter.

The winners were:-
Book 21.   Pat Mackrill
Book 52.   Kathleen Delaney
Book 92.   Marie Shipperbottom
Book 152.  Jennifer Kay

The draw for the current third quarter ( July – Sept 2020) will be carried out on similar lines with the prize money based on the total money raised by the end of September.

Congratulations to all the winners!

If you would like to take part in the Parish Draw please contact for further details.

Offertory Collection

Although income is significantly down due to the lack of the weekly offertory collection, expenditure on the maintenance of the parish remains much the same. The Parish recognises that many individuals and families will also have been financially affected by the present situation and may not be able to continue contributing or may need to reduce their normal contribution. However, if you are in a position to do so, you may wish to consider one of the following options:

  1. Set up a standing order to the Parish (electronic payments).

If you wish to use this option, which is already used by a number of people in the parish, please contact the parish office by e-mail  at  giving your name and contact telephone number. You have the option to make regular monthly or one-off payments.

  1. Set aside at home your weekly donation.

Each week, perhaps after you have celebrated Holy Mass via the streamed service, you could put aside your donation.  Once you are able to return to church, you can donate the accumulated money. If you routinely use the offertory envelopes, essential for gift aid donations, then please place the money in your envelopes. When you are able to return, you can pick up your envelopes for the year starting April in the church porches.

Thank you for your continuing financial support to our parish.


Sacramental Programme

This is a message from the Sacramental Programme Team.
If you have a child on the current cohort of the Sacramental Programme who doesn’t attend school at St Joseph’s or St Thomas of Canterbury and usually attends the sessions at St Thomas of Canterbury, please can you you send a quick email to:
We need to email some very important information to you concerning the current Sacramental Programme.
Children on the current Sacramental Programme who attend at St Joseph’s and who also attend school at St Thomas of Canterbury will have already been sent this information through the usual channels.
Please spread the word to friends and family for whom this might apply.
Many thanks from the Sacramental Programme Team.

Missio APF

MISSIO APF- MILL HILL The total collection for St Cuthbert’s Parish, raised by the Spring Collection 2020 from the Red Mission Boxes, including the Brown Envelopes, was £390.  Sincere thanks to all who pray for and support the work of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, the Philippines, Pakistan and India.  There are now additional challenges, caused by the Corona Virus Pandemic, for many of the poorest and most vulnerable communities.  Red Mission Box collections in the parish will be resumed when possible.

Please go to to see alternative ways to make a donation.


CAFOD works in countries with limited healthcare systems, where people do not have access to clean drinking water or reliable food supplies and where social distancing is pretty much impossible.  Because of this, the communities CAFOD works with are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.  Please would you visit the CAFOD website at and consider making a donation, including Gift Aid where appropriate, and sign their petition urging our government not to forget these nations who are part of the global Christian family and far worse off than the UK.


Joshua and Woolly Need a Haircut!

For our younger (and not so young) members of the Parish, join Joshua, Woolly and Fr Chris as they need a haircut!



Thank you! Together we have fed more than 20,000 people since the 1st March. Here are some words of thanks.



An Adventure with God – The Camino – Part Five The Arrival

Fr Chris first stepped onto the Camino in 2012 and completed his journey on foot to Santiago de Compostela in 2016, 3,000 km later.

Here Fr Chris shares his diaries from his spiritual journey along the Camino. Please follow these links to download the different instalments of Fr Chris’s book:

An Adventure with God – The Camino

An Adventure with God – The Camino – Part 2 – Leaving Home

An Adventure with God – Part 3 –  The Journey

An Adventure with God – Part 4 – The Journey

Here is the final instalment of Fr Chris’s book – The Arrival.

An Adventure with God – The Camino – Part 5 – The Arrival_compressed

Update on St Joseph’s

  1. Use for Prayer

The Diocese is exercising firm control over the opening of churches. The aim remains to offer an opportunity for private prayer at St Joseph’s church as soon as circumstances permit.

  1. The Hall, Land and Presbytery

Negotiations for the possible sale of the hall, land and presbytery at the St Joseph’s site have been ongoing despite the lockdown. It seems likely that firm news on this will become available within the next month. Full information will be shared as soon as possible.

  1. Repairs and Redecoration

Arrangements have been made for necessary repairs to the roof to be carried out while the church remains closed. Some redecoration of the eastern aisle wall is also to be undertaken to improve the environment for worship.


The Mercy Brothers Garden Lockdown Concert

Join four members of the legendary Mercy Brothers in a socially distanced concert from the garden. Fr Chris is joined by Fr Nick, Fr Mark and Fr Joe for three numbers from their garden set. Sit Down!

‘Elegy’ for the Covid 19 victims and in support of all frontline workers

Stephen J Woods piano teacher and composer (also former parishioner) has written an ‘Elegy’ which you can see following the links below. He has composed and played the music  to help three charities  (Cafod, Salvation Army & Unicef) and their current Covid appeals. To see and hear the music follow the You Tube links: (Scenic video) (Solo performance)

If you like the music and would like to donate;  full details about the Elegy and the offer are on the  website:

In a nutshell, pay £3.95 + £0.99p (or more) to one of the above charities; forward him your confirmation e-mail from the charity and then you will receive the sheet music and recording of Elegy:2020 from him completely free of charge!

Coffee Morning

Every Thursday at 10.30am (after mass) there is a virtual Coffee Morning hosted by Anne-Marie on Zoom. If you would like to take part then please email Anne-Marie and she will send you an invitation and link to join.