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.


A New Work of Mercy !


In his Address for the second World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which was held on the 1st of September, Pope Francis has proposed a new addition to the traditional seven Works of Mercy: Showing Mercy to our Common Home.

Pope Francis writes:


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.)

Donations for Lima, Peru !

For the past few years, via our contact with them through Colette Burke, we have supported the work of Mother Teresa’s Missionary Brothers of Charity in Lima, Peru, who do not fund-raise but rely on donations by Divine Providence.


“Why a Jubilee of Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness. This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential.

Living the Jubilee Year of Mercy !


“The Holy Door will be a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enterswill experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope.” Pope Francis

We are pilgrims eager to grow in our understanding of God as our Merciful Father. During this Jubilee Year let’s each embark on a pilgrimage to pass both physically and spiritually through the Holy Door.

Living the Jubilee Year of Mercy !


There is a temptation to shrug our shoulders at the whole idea of the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy and say: “What has it got to do with me?” or “What difference will it make?” Well, in the letter declaring his intention to call this Holy Year, Pope Francis wrote that just as the love and compassion and tenderness of God lies at the very heart of our understanding of the relationship of Faith, so we are called to make that love and compassion and mercy something which transforms our relationships with others and provides the guiding principle of what we do each and every day.


The annual Come and See Conference by the Irenaeus House of Prayer is an opportunity for celebrating and re-committing to our Catholic Faith.

This year’s conference takes place on Saturday the 29th of October from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Faith Primary School, Prince Edwin Street, Liverpool L5 3LW with keynote speakers being Lord David Alton of Liverpool and Steve Atherton, Justice and Peace Fieldworker of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, in addition to workshops, music and marketplace.

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.


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