Our Parish Family


Being baptised on October 27th is Finley James Shackleton, born on the 30th of April 2019, the son of David and Nicola Shackleton from Ashwood Avenue, Abram.

Being baptised on November 3rd is Emily Katie Osmond, born on the 25th of May 2019, the daughter of Philip and Rebecca Osmond from Pinewood Close, Abram.


Please hold in prayer John Bolger from Prestbury Avenue, Marus Bridge, and once from Ashton-in-Makerfield, who died last Sunday aged 70 years. His funeral rites will be celebrated here at Holy Family Wednesday the 20th of November at 2.00pm prior to committal at Wigan Crematorium. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret and to all his family and friends.

Please also hold in prayer two of our priests of the Archdiocese of Liverpool who died recently: Father Leo Lynch, once Parish Priest of Saint Joseph’s, Bundellsands, and Monsignor Peter Cookson, once President of Ushaw College, Durham, then Parish Priest of Saint Mary’s, Chorley, then Administrator of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

May the Lord welcome them home.

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with the family and friends of Rita WIlkie from Tram Street, Platt Bridge who died on the 23rd of October aged 89 years. Her funeral rites will be celebrated here at Holy Family on Tuesday the 5th of November at 12 noon prior to burial at Hindley Cemetery.

May the Lord welcome her 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.