Our Parish Family


  • Father Joe Weston, Parish Priest of Saint Benedict's at Hindley since 1992, died on the 31st of April in Wigan Royal Infirmary.
  • Bishop Vincent Malone died on the 18th of May in Liverpool Royal Hospital.
  • Father Bernard Eager, formerly Parish Priest of Saint Catherine's, Lowton and once our Area Dean, died on the 29th of June.
The funeral rites of each were celebrated privately with only immediate family present,
as have been the funeral rites of so many others in recent months.

May the Lord welcome them home.


For over a year, Michelle Eckersley from Westhoughton, who was originally baptised into the Anglican Communion, had been joining us for Mass here at Holy Family Church and meeting with our catechists to prepare for her Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church during Eastertime. And then the Lockdown happened! Also during that time, Michelle was diagnosed with serious illness and admitted as a patient to The Christie Hospital. After telephone and email conversations between Father Tony and the Catholic Chaplain to Manchester Hospitals, Michelle was formally received into the Catholic Church and was Confirmed at The Christie Hospital on the 12th of June by the Hospital Chaplain, Father Martin Dowd. We welcome her with great joy into our parish community and into the wider family of the Catholic Church. Please hold her and her family in prayer.


During the Lockdown period we were notified of the deaths of:

Michael James of Bickershaw Lane, Abram (12th of March aged 51 years),

Eugene O'Neill from Belong (2nd of April aged 88 years),

James Caveney from Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge (19th of April aged 71 years),

David Winstanley from Belong (21st of April aged 89 years),

John Cotton from Park Lane, Abram (26th of April aged 90 years),

une Gough from Warrington Road, Abram (3rd of June aged 77 years),

and Sylvia Price from Marlborough Avenue, Spring View (5th of June aged 69 years).

Like so many others at this time, their funeral rites have been celebrated simply with just immediate family permitted to be present. Father Tony offered Mass privately for them upon being told of their passing.

May the Lord welcome them home and embrace their families and friends with deep faith, with strong hope, and with his tender love.


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.