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

FORTHCOMING DEANERY AND PARISH CHANGES

Many years ago, when the two former deaneries of Ashton-in-Makerfield and Newton-le-Willows were amalgamated, the linking of the thirteen parishes within them into one new and much larger Pastoral Area made very little sense, either geographically or pastorally, and we have been struggling with this tension ever since. With the recent move of Father Ron Johnson, the position of Dean became vacant and, after consultation with the deanery clergy, with the local deans, and with the members of the Archbishop's Council, Archbishop Malcolm has decided not to appoint a new dean but to suppress the Ashton-in-Makerfield Pastoral Area and to allocate the parishes within it to the care of the neighbouring Pastoral Areas.

Arranging a Baptism

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If you want to arrange a baptism don't phone or email - just come along to the church for Mass any Saturday evening (if Sacred Heart) or Sunday morning (both churches) and ask the priest or deacon at the end of Mass for a Baptism Application Form. At least one parent of the child must be a Catholic.

More detailed information can be found here

Revised Sunday Mass Times

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

5.30pm Sacred Heart, Hindley Green

6.00pm Saint Wilfrid, Stubshaw Cross

6.00pm Saint David, Newton-le-Willows

7.00pm Saint Benedict, Hindley

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.

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.”

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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