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.

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE

FROM THE MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017 !

Dear friends.

Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, who lives in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour.

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.)

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral !

The annual Mass of Chrism will be celebrated on Wednesday the 12th of April (Wednesday of Holy Week) in the Metropolitan Cathedral at Liverpool at 7.30pm.

This is the occasion when the Holy Oils are blessed to be used in the parishes of the Archdiocese throughout the coming year, and when the priests of the Archdiocese renew the promises of their ordination.

If you would like to reserve a seat on the free coach going to this event, please write your name on the list which has been placed on the notice board at the back of church. The coach will leave from Sacred Heart Church, Hindley Green at 6.00pm prompt, picking up on the way from the former Monaco Ballroom in Hindley and then from Holy Family Church, Platt Bridge. The return departure of the coach from the Cathedral will be at approximately 9.30pm.

PRO-LIFE ACTION

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.

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.”

MIgrant Crisis

RESPONSE TO MIGRANT CRISIS: From Steve Atherton, Archdiocese of Liverpool Justice & Peace Field Worker

Recently Pope Francis said ”Faced with the tragedy of thousands of refugees fleeing from death from war or hunger, heading for the hope of a life, the Gospel is calling us and asking us to be "neighbours" to the littlest ones, the most abandoned ones. To give them real hope. Not just to say, "Be strong, be patient...!" Christian hope fights with the tenacity ofsomeone aiming for a definite goal. I am appealing to the parishes, religious communities, monasteries and shrines of the whole of Europe to show how real the Gospel is by welcoming a family of refugees ….Every parish, every religious community, every monastery and every sanctuary in Europe ought to host a family ….”

Every diocese in England and Wales has responded to this urgent plea for help by appointing a named person to coordinate responses. Preparation is difficult because we are not yet clear what we are being asked to do, or even what the Government will allow us to do. We assume the offer of help is imited to those fleeing violence in Syria although we hope that it is extended to all migrants, including those trapped in the misery of Calais.

WHY SHOULD CATHOLICS PRAY THE ROSARY?

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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