Latest Parish Updates


  1. Be open to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit guide us in all that we do.

  1. We grow together as a Family

Let us be inclusive, look after and reach out to each other the best way we can.

  1. To bring other people to Jesus

Let us live our Faith outwardly and share the Joy of Jesus in our lives with others.


ROME PILGRIMAGE  21st March 2022

The people who have booked for the Pilgrimage should have received a letter from Northern Star Travel with the final invoice and details concerning travelling procedures as they stand at present, these may change prior to the departure date.  Please note if you have not yet paid in full the balance payment is due no later than 24th January 2022.  Please contact Northern Star Travel on 0161 773 2115 to make your payment or if you have any further queries.

A copy of the letter from Northern Star (which will have been sent to the person making the booking) and the current travel rules issued by Northern Star can be found by following these links:

Rome Pilgrimage letter

Travel Rules to Italy


White Flower Appeal 2022 – the Society for the Protection of Unborn children (SPUC)

SPUC will be holding its annual appeal next weekend.

SPUC is currently campaigning to protect Pro-Life speech.  Pro-life witness is being restricted now more than ever; we must be able to speak freely to protect unborn babies.

Please check their website for more info and should you wish to make a donation.


Confirmation programme 

A letter will soon be going out to all Year 8 pupils at Thornleigh regarding  the confirmation course for this year. So it is hoped that this will reach many of the families of young people who feel that they are being called to be confirmed. Below is the information for families of children who are not attending Thornleigh but are Year 8 or above who wish to be confirmed this year. The letter will be available on our website at a later date. All sessions take place early evening on Thursdays and some take place at Thornleigh and some here in the parish. The young people need to attend all the sessions regardless of which school they attend. Please follow the link below to download the letter, view the dates of the Confirmation Sessions and follow the link to register for the Programme.

Partnership Confirmation Programme_Letter 2022

God bless, Fr Chris.

The deadline for return of the form is Monday 31st January


Luke – A Companion on our Journey

We will be hearing The Gospel according to Luke at Sunday Mass for much of the coming year.

Fr Christopher Lough will lead an introduction to this beautiful Gospel and its companion volume, the Acts of the Apostles, outlining some of the main themes and ideas to look out for over the coming weeks and months.

There will also be an opportunity to work in a relaxed way with some of the wonderful stories that St Luke sets before us.

Thursday 27th January 2022, 7.00 to 8.30 pm Via Zoom

To book a place and get the Zoom link, please visit:

The Bolton Unity Project’s ‘Community Winter Walks’

Everyone is welcome to join the Bolton Unity Project (Bolton Christian Community Cohesion, Bolton Wanderers in the Community, Bolton Interfaith Council, Bolton Solidarity Community Association, Bolton Council of Mosques and Bolton Hindu Forum) on a series of 5 ‘Winter Walks’ in January and February aimed at bringing people together from different backgrounds in the Bolton community:

Thursday 20th January, 2pm

Tree Planting with the Woodlands Trust at Walker Fold

Thursday 27th January, 2pm

Rivington Reservoir – Great Hall Barn to Liverpool Castle

Thursday 3rd February, 2pm

Guided walk at Walker Fold by the Woodlands Trust

Thursday 10th February, 2pm

Last Drop Village to Turton Towers

All the walks are fairly gentle and about 2-3 miles in length taking about an hour (although the tree planting activity will be on a steepish slope and could be trickier). Each walk will include a stop for refreshments either during or after the walk.

If you would like to participate in any of the walks please reply to this message or contact Keith Armstrong on who will send you more details of meeting points, directions etc. on the Monday before each walk. Please include the name and email address of each person who would like to attend.

Best wishes,

Keith Armstrong (07500928573),

Bolton Christian Community Cohesion on behalf of the Bolton Unity Project team (Bolton Christian Community Cohesion, BWFC Community Trust, Bolton Solidarity Community Association, Bolton Council of Mosques, Bolton Interfaith Council and Bolton Hindu Forum,)



The combined total collection for our Parish of St Cuthbert from the Winter Collection 2021 from the Red Mission Boxes, including the Brown Envelopes was £696.28.

A very sincere thank you to all members, collectors and direct donors and to all who make donations by Gift-Aid.  Your very generous support of the Missions during this challenging time is greatly appreciated.  Please pray for the work of Missio and find out how your gifts are changing lives at

Any Missio enquiries, please contact Norman Shard Tel:846352 St Joseph’s,  Bernadette Robinson Tel: 492805 St Thomas of Canterbury


Salford Young Adults Retreat

Join other young adults from across our diocese with a weekend of prayer and reflection to help us better prepare for Lent.

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February, young adults will be coming together at Theodore House, Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe for a special retreat to help focus the mind ahead of the Lenten season.

The cost of the retreat is £40 (this has been partially subsidised) and will include bed, breakfast, lunch, and evening meal.

To find out more and register your interest, please email  or scan the code below

Confirmation 2022 – Come Holy Spirit

There will soon be a letter available online on our website and sent to all Year 8 pupils at Thornleigh abut the preparation sessions for Confirmation this year. The plan is for some joint sessions with other parishes at Thornleigh early evening on Thursdays open to all our young people of the parish regardless of which school they attend and some sessions in the parish for own our particular group of young people, also on Thursdays. So this is a time to be thinking about and praying about about being committed to the preparation and receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and making this a priority as an individual and a family.


Diocesan E Newsletter January 2022

Please follow this link to download the latest Diocesan E Newsletter.

Diocesan E newsletter January 2022


Can you draw & paint? Do you enjoy drawing & painting? Do you know of anyone who does?

Would you like to take part in an art project for the Parish? Young or older, even elderly.

Fr Chris wants to form a team or teams to produce some art work for both churches. Just as we need musicians and their talents, we need artists to enliven our faith. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact the office with your name and contact details and we will get back to you.

As a team and as individuals you will be working to a design brief, contributing your ideas in terms of research, sketches, drawings and paintings or design work.  We hope to start this in the new year. More will follow depending on the overall response.



Night Vigil 

Join us every  First Friday of the month.

We will start the whole night from January 2022 @ St Thomas of Canterbury Church



Pope Francis has called a Universal Synod which is taking place in every Catholic diocese across the world. The Synod is themed:

“For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”.

We want to hear from as many people as possible, those involved in the church and those who are not. You can take part by completing an online submission  following this link.

Synod Questionnaire

Please share this link with family and friends. We have until 1st March 2022 to make our submissions then, after national and continental gatherings, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard. Please remember the Synod in your prayers. Your contribution is invaluable and will make a considerable difference to the future of the Church in our diocese and across the world.