Please check out Mass times and intentions on Our Masses page.
Pastoral Letter Lent 2024
Archbishop Malcolm has sent a Pastoral Letter for Lent and it can be read on our Pastoral Letters Page. It can also be read, along with a video from Archbishop Malcolm on the Archdiocese website.
Oasis of Silence
A variety of courses and retreats are being run by St. Hilda's in Whitby, Yorkshire. Please check out details of the retreats and associated costs on our England and Wales page.
Widnes 9 years on
There are a couple of meetings in our Deanery sharing the story, actions and results from the Families of Parishes project which has transformed the Widnes part of our Deanery. Dates and locations for the sessions can be found on Our Deanery page.
Archdiocese Synodal Council
The report and detailed responses from the ASC held in November, the fortnightly Pastoral Development document and information regarding Lenten Music at the Cathedral are available to view and download from our Pastoral Plan page and also from the Archdiocese website.
Several parisihioners have asked about restarting the 'little church'. It was discussed at the SSPAM parish council meeting and the current thinking is that it could be held once a month initially and then reviewed depending on demand. However, for it to happen we need a group of people to work together. Resources are available to help deliver it but we need volunteers.
Our current plan is to start after the Easter celebration.
If you are willing to be involved, please leave your name and number with Fr. Mark or Deacon Jim, or alternatively email to the parish email address.
If we can build a team to deliver, we will be helping our children to better understand our faith and become active members of our parish.
Thank you in advance.
Tea and Toast Supersized
On Sunday March 3rd, after 11.00 Mass, we will be having an extended version of our regular Tea & Toast hopefully with both members and non-members of our parish. We will be bringing to you a charity event along the lines of the Winter Wonderland, but a little smaller, and the proceeds will be donated to local charities who provide services focused on young persons mental health and awareness.
There will be the usual T&T elements (Tea, toast, coffee, soft drinks) but we will also make available for purchase bacon butties, making it a mini brunch! There will also be a craft stall, one or two games for the kids, music, lots of scrumptious cakes and a mini toy fayre where you will be able to buy heavily discounted children's toys. We will ensure that there is seating available come rain or shine (probably the former) by setting up gazebo's, chairs & BBQ close to the house and the garage so that we are protected from the elements for those who are outside and not in the Millennium Room, which is also available to sit and chat or introduce yourself to some new friends. We would like this to be an extended parish event so feel free to invite your neighbours along too. The more the merrier.
It's only a couple of weeks away so please put it in your diary. It's a lovely way to bring our local community together for a great cause.
Fr. Mark's beautiful new kitchen will be the centre of attention as it's now back to full operation after the recent renovations which can be seen below.
News reached us that Peter passed away on the morning of 31st January. He had been taken into St. Rocco's but sadly died soon after. Peter's funeral will be held at St. Alban's church on Thursday 22nd February at 09.30 followed by committal at the Walton Lea Crematorium and wake at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Peter's family have set up a memorial page on muchloved.com where you can pay your own tribute to Peter and at the same time, make a donation in Peter's memory to the Warrington Wolves Foundation. The link is shown below or just click on the image of Peter alongside:
We welcome three new eucharistic ministers who have done all their training and have passed all of their checks. They are George Lowrey, Margaret Plant and Chris Wright.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Pope Francis Lenten Message
Please take a look at our Vatican page to see the message from Pope Francis.
After many years of support and service to our parish, Pat Howley has reluctantly decided to hand over the reins for the important work she does on our behalf. Therefore we are looking for someone who might be prepared to dedicate maybe 8-10 hours per week looking after cash management & banking processes from our collections and to also take on the relatively simple book-keeping processes that are also necessary which feed into our parish accounts.
If you are interested in helping to provide this service to our parish, please drop us a note at our parish email address, or talk to Fr. Mark, Deacon Jim or any Parish Council member.
Legion of Mary - Peregrinatio Pro Christo (PPC)
We have been contacted by the Legion of Mary to see whether we would like to have a team of their Legionnaires in the parish and the Parish Council have expressed a preference for this to happen either in late May or early June this year.
In practise, this means that a number (up to 12) Legionnaires visit our parish for a week, from Saturday to Saturday, and stay in people's homes within the parish. Therefore, this post is a request for names of anyone who would be prepared to allow one (or more) of the Legionnaires to stay at their home and provide them with a bed, and some breakfast. Anyone prepared to do this will be paid £100 for providing this bed and breakfast service.
If you are interested in helping to provide this service during their stay, please send your name to the parish email address alongside or leave your name with Fr. Mark, Deacon Jim or any parish council member.
You can find more information about the PPC on our Legion of Mary Page by clicking on the image above.
Thank you in advance.
In Memoriam - Frank Hawley
Our memorial page for Frank is now available and there is a link on the "Our Remembrance Page". There are just a couple of small pieces of information awaited, but we wanted to let everyone have visibility of it as it stands. Please take a look and regain fond memories of one of our greatest recent parishioners.
SSPAM Monthly Meeting
The February monthly SSPAM meeting took place on the evening of Monday 12th February at 7.p.m in the Millennium room. The minutes from the previous meeting can be seen on Our Parish Council pages. Our chairman, John Glynn, has put a few words together about the January meeting.
SSPAM Monthly Parish Council Meeting
On Monday 15th January, we had our monthly SPAM meeting as usual in the Millenium room. As Chairman of the Parish Council I would just like to say how wonderful it was that so many people joined us who have not been to one of our meetings before. The meeting was productive as usual, decisions were made just like normal but it was nice to have input from people who had not attended before which meant we could obtain wider views and opinions. Hopefully, the more people that attend these meetings means we can create a larger team of volunteers to help Father Mark and Deacon Jim in the running of our wonderful church.
Ss. Peter and Michael is unique and it has obviously got lots of people who attend this church who are passionate and really care about our faith family. Let's hope we can push this message out to even more people in the future and please remember, at these meetings we can, and do, make a difference.
God bless from myself and all on the parish council.
Archdiocese Synodal Council Report
We have received and replicated in full on our Archdiocese page, the report of the first Archdiocese synodal council. Please use the links on the right to go to our Archdiocese page. The full report will be made available on the Archdiocese website soon.
February 100 Club
The draw for the February 100 Club took place after 11.00 Mass on Sunday 11th February. February's prize money is £120 and the winning number was number 55. Congratulations to our lucky winner.
There is a day's workshop for anyone interested in beginner's plainchant?
It will take place on Sat 24th Feb 11:30-4pm at St Augustine's RC Church, Grosvenor Sq, Manchester, M15 6BW
Run by Dr Rosemarie Darby of the St Philip Neri Singers. Booking necessary to check availability at:
First Holy Communion 2024
As everyone will have noticed over the last few weeks as we have seen the children attending Mass and being involved in the services, their First Holy Communion journey has already started.
This year's schedule, which they are already about halfway through, can be viewed on our Holy Communion Sacramental Page.
You can view the page by clicking on the image above.
More information about this years' confirmations is included on our Confirmation page. Please take a look to ensure you are comfortable with the Archdiocese plans.
The Frank Hawley Challenge
Just a quick update for those unable to access 'Facebook' - after nine months of fundraising, the official cheque handover was carried out at St. Rocco's Hospice on Saturday 13th. January. 'The Frank Hawley Challenge' raised £13,007.14. This total raised by Frank's nephew Andrew, was further boosted to £17,141.49 which includes the Just Giving Page (Knox & Son), monies raised by his youngest daughter Francesca, Mark and Julia (Rita's sister and her husband) and his long time friend Paul.
Thank you to everyone who donated to any of the fund raising events and to people who gave their time and talents free of charge enabling this amazing sum of money to be achieved.
St. Rocco's are already planning events for 2024, so watch this space!!
Please take a look at our St. Vincent de Paul page for information on the society's initiative in support of primary schools. They are looking for volunteers so, if you are interested give them a call. Contact details are included on the page here.
We will be shortly organising dates for coffee mornings / lunches for those in the parish who appreciate a little extra company or who need help and relief from loneliness or, who just want a chat. Our intention would be to bring people together in the Millennium Room. Please let any of the clergy, parish council members or drop a line to the parish email address alongside if you are interested in being a part of this initiative or if you know of anyone who might benefit from this activity.
Thank you in advance.
SSPAM trip to Lourdes 2023
Whilst the story of the trip is being progressed, you might wish to see the photos from this years pilgrimage. Follow the Lourdes Pilgrimage link on the right of this page to view them.
Having just recovered from this year's pilgrimage, next year's Archdiocese youth trip is already in planning. The Lourdes Youth pilgrimage is announced for 18th to 27th July 2024. See our Lourdes page for more details and how to apply.
Vatican II Lectures
A number of seminars and lectures are available to all. Details of the lectures to be held in Liverpool Hope University can be found on our Archdiocese page. There are also options for viewing online if you cannot attend in person.
Catholic youth Ministry
Castlerigg Manor (The Lancaster Diocese Youth Service) are looking for young Catholics aged 18-25 to join their Youth Ministry Internship Programme. The scheme lasts for one or two years and gives participants wide ranging experience, skills, training, and qualifications as well as the opportunity to work with a fantastic team based in the Lake District. For more information contact:
Journey into Prayer Course
News comes to us of a new course, run over a 6 month period starting in January. The course aims to give a taste of a variety of ways of praying. You can find out more about the course on our Archdiocese page using the link on the right.
Please be vigilant - we have received a note from our gardener that someone has dumped bamboo and hedges behind the garage on the far side of the car park. He has cleared it away for us, but it's not part of his job. If you see anyone "fly-tipping" in our grounds, please let us know either directly to Deacon Jim, or via email to the parish address.