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.


November Lists !

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered frequently throughout the month of November for those of your family members and friends whose names are on our November Dead List.

Please place your list of November Names into an envelope with your offering, write “November List” on the front, and pop it into the collection plate at Mass before the end of October.

First Communions 2017 !


If they haven’t already done so, then the parents of baptised Catholic children in Year Four at each of our two Catholic Primary schools will be contacted shortly to invite them to begin to prepare their children to celebrate First Reconciliation (First Confession) and to receive First Holy Communion during 2017.

The Preparation Course will consist of monthly meetings between the parents, their children and our catechists as well as attendance at Sunday Mass each week.



At the heart of the Rosary Prayer is not merely the frantic recitation of many words, but pondering in our hearts and with our minds each of the “mysteries”.

To really pray the Rosary, don’t use your Beads without your Bible!

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.)


This is the name given to a Diocesan Day for Readers and for all those involved in Bible Study Groups, looking in depth at the Gospel according to Matthew, which will be the source of our Gospel Readings at Mass on Sundays in Ordinary Time in 2017.

It will be led by renowned scripture scholar Father Denis McBride and held at Saint Anne’s Parish Centre, Ormskirk, L39 4TG on Saturday the 12th of November 2016 from 10.00am to 4.00pm.


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.

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.


“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.


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