Our Parish Family


Veronica Murphy from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Formation Department has sent us the following feedback: “During the recent “Listening Exercise” that was carried out by a small group among Holy Family parishioners, a number of reasons for celebration were identified: Holy Family is a very welcoming parish community, encouraged by the good leadership provided through its ordained ministers, Father Tony and Deacon Mike. Parishioners receive excellent teaching through the homilies and there is appreciation of the effective preparation for the sacraments that is made available to all. Despite having undergone a downward turn in the past, there is evidence of a new cycle of regeneration within the parish. People appreciate the liturgy and feel there is a good music ministry.”


Be more involved in the celebration of the liturgy at Holy Family Church as an Altar Servers (male or female of any age – see Deacon Mike at Mass any Sunday) and as a member of the Choir (pop upstairs and see Cecilia Hughes any Sunday).

More singers would give a greater encouragement for everyone to join in the singing; more Altar Servers would enable us to use incense and candles-bearers occasionally at Mass.


The role of the Catechist is fast becoming a vital part of the life and ministry of our Archdiocese and our parish communities and we are truly grateful to those in our parishes who have undertaken to oversee and lead the various new initiatives which will help and support our parents to prepare their children to receive the Sacraments of Initiation and, in the very near future, to accompany those who will begin the journey leading them to Full Communion with the Catholic Church.

If any others would like to join our team of catechists in this exciting and developing ministry (maybe some of you who have been catechists in the past) please do contact either Mary Marsh.

Our deep sympathy and prayers are with the family and friends of John Renshaw from Park Lane, Abram who died on the 25th of September aged 82 years. His funeral rites will be celebrated in the Chapel at Wigan Crematorium on Wednesday October 11th at 1.00pm.

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We welcome into the People of God and into our Parish Community:

Bradley Lucas Pawlowski, born on the 9th of June 2014, son of Lukasz Pawlowski and Simona Trnkova of Trent Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, who is being baptised at Holy Family Church on October 8th by Deacon Mike.

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We hold in prayer before the Lord Father Gerald Hurst of Belong Village, Platt Bridge who died on the 15th of August, the feast of Our Lady's Assumption into heaven. He was 88 years of age and in the 63rd year of his priesthood. His body will be received into Holy Family Church for Mass at 7.00pm on Thursday the 31st of August celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm.

His Funeral Mass, also at Holy Family Church, will be celebrated on Friday the 1st of September at 12 noon by Bishop Malone, followed by burial at St Oswald's, Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Until the Mass of Reception on Thursday, Father Gerald's body will rest in R. Banks' Chapel of Rest in Templeton Road, Platt Bridge should any wish to visit and pray.

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