Our Parish Family


In the coming days we will celebrate the funeral rites of members of our parish community who died over Christmas and the New Year:

On Wednesday the 19th of January at 11.00am followed by committal at Wigan Crematorium for Mary Ollerton from Rosewood Close, Abram who died on the 23rd of December aged 84 years.

On Friday the 21st of January at 11.00am followed by burial at Westwood Cemetery for Bill Hoofe from Millers Lane, Platt Bridge who died on the 27th of December aged 87 years.

On Friday the 28th of January at 12 noon followed by burial at Saint John's Churchyard, Abram for Enid Swift from Lee Lane, Abram who died on the 3rd of January aged 85 years.

May the Lord welcome them home


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.