Welcome to the website for the Roman Catholic community which is served by the churches of The Sacred Heart at Hindley Green, Saint Benedict at Hindley and The Holy Family at Platt Bridge. It is part of the wider community of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.

All Are Welcome Here

To be seen at the entrance to our two churches in Hindley Green and Platt Bridge ......

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. You’re welcome if you are Old Wigan, New Wigan, Not Wigan, or just passing by.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s christening.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like ‘organised religion.’ We’ve been there too! If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, ‘work too hard,’ don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.





Just once a year, during Holy Week in every diocese throughout the world, the diocesan family gathers to celebrate the Chrism Mass.

In the Archdiocese of Liverpool it will be celebrated this year on Wednesday of Holy Week, the 28th of March, at 7.30pm. The priests of the Archdiocese will gather to renew their Commitment to Ordination before the Archbishop and their parishioners, and the three Holy Oils will be blessed and consecrated before being taken to all the parishes of the Archdiocese to be used with families and individuals throughout the coming year in the celebration of the sacraments.


Colette Burke returned from her latest visit to the Missionaries of Charity in Lima, Peru recently and brought with her their thanks for your continued support.

Brother Juan writes:

From the Archbishop's Desk


One of the hazards of being tall is that I look up more than I should. Inevitably, I trip over things from time to time, which brings me down to earth with a bump. Sometimes people think that I'm being rude because I don't acknowledge them if they are below my line of sight, and that can get me in trouble too. Of course, there are some advantages to being tall too, such as being able to see over the heads of people in a crowd, or lifting luggage onto the rack in train.

But being able to look over and beyond our past and present experience and see further, is something that everyone can do.

Revised Sunday Mass Times


With some recent changes at Haydock and Croft, the following are the revised times of Sunday Mass as currently celebrated in the churches of the Ashton-in-Makerfield Deanery, Pastoral Area 21:

Saturday Evening Vigil Mass

5.00pm All Saints, Golborne

Local Food Bank Support

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The Brick is a crisis intervention service based in central Wigan and whose aim is to help rebuild the lives of those in need. They help in many ways with Life Skills classes and assisting people to get into work. But one vital and much needed part of their mission is to help families in crisis by providing a food bank.


The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is being forced by their leader Cathy Warwick to support a campaign to allow abortion up until birth for any reason whatsoever.
She did not consult with her members on their views before implementing this new policy and 900 midwives have signed an Open Letter called “Not in our Name” to oppose her actions and to express their anger and disappointment at the way this policy was imposed on them without their consent.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (which is Latin for "Divine Reading") is a new way of praying. Actually, it's not new at all, but as old as the hills, going right back to the early Church and even further back into Old Testament times; but it has recently become very fashionable, if one can use that word with regard to prayer.

(Check out Lectio Divina on YouTube: Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto is a good one to follow.)

To You Who Bring Small Children To Church:

The following was seen on a Parish Website:

There you are sitting in worship. Your child or toddler is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little rowdy. You try to silence them - and nothing! You try to pacify them with food or toys - and nothing! Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: You pick them up and, before a watching audience, you make the march out of the church. And all the while, you’re feeling a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my child.”


Catholics pray the rosary because it's a powerful prayer to God, through His mother, Mary.

Praying the rosary has been a tradition in the Church for a long time. It's a bit fuzzy who made it more formal; some say it was Saint Dominic. What matters is that this prayer is super-powerful!

Throughout history, many saints have highly recommended that we pray the rosary.

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