The Parish has a wide range of groups for you to get involved with:
Association for the Propagation of the Faith
This international Association supports, through prayer and sacrifice, all the mission dioceses of the world. As Pope John Paul II said, ‘No Christian community is faithful to its duty unless it is missionary. If it is not missionary, it is not even a Christian community! … The poor are hungry for God, not just for bread and freedom.’
In our Parish, Association members assist the missions with their prayers and the famous ‘little red boxes’. These are small red mission boxes held at home and provide greatly needed financial support for the Association. If you would like to contribute in any way, please ring the Parish treasurer, Mr. R. Cavey on 798 0898.
Brownies, Rainbows & Guides
The Brownies and Guides are both members of the Guide Association and meet in groups called Packs, usually aged between 7-10. The 13th Prestwich (Our Lady of Grace) Brownies Pack meets every Wednesday evening during the school term between 6.30-8.00pm.
If you would like your daughter to join the 13th Pack of the Brownies, please ring Mrs. Veronica Bainbridge on 798 8549.
The 8th Prestwich (Our Lady of Grace) Brownies Pack meets every Monday, between 6.00-7.30pm whilst the 8th Pack of the Guides meets between 7.00-8.30pm in the Upper Hall. The leader of the Brownies is Ms. Catherine Rudd who you can call on 07794459792.
If you would like your daughter to join either the 8th Pack of the Brownies or Guides please ring the Assistant Guider, Mrs. K. Rudd on 280 2509 or Ms. Sarah Rudd on 07966211437.
The Parish supports CAFOD’s work in several ways. We raise funds through the ‘Starving World’ boxes and with collections in Mass twice a year for their FastDays. We also run a Traidcraft stall on the first Sunday of each month after both Masses in the Parish Hall that sells an excellent selection of fairly traded goods. If you would like to get involved in either (or both!) of these initiatives you are welcome to contact Vin & Sue Allerton on 773 3318. You can also contact Anne Marie Coppock who manages CAFOD’s efforts in the Diocese. Her telephone number is 705 0605. You can also visit CAFOD’s main website www.cafod.org.uk for more information.
The Calix Society seeks to assist men and women with an alcoholic problem practice the virtue of total abstinence as well as providing spiritual help and support for both alcoholics and their families. Your local contact is the Very Rev. Canon E. Dolan, 624 2762.
The Catenian Association
The North Manchester & Middleton Circle of The Catenian Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Pike Fold Golf Club, Hills Lane, Unsworth, Bury BL9 8QP at 8.00 pm. It is open to practising members of the Church and you must be sponsored by an existing Catenian and have a sound business or professional status. The Secretary is Mr Paul Lamb. Catenian Website Link
Caritas Diocese of Salford is a social welfare charity, formed in 2010 by merging to well-known charities, Catholic Children’s Rescue Society (est. 1886) and Catholic Welfare Societies (est. 1971). Caritas’s mission is to eradicate poverty and disadvantage in the diocesan communities through one-to-one support of families and individuals.
Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
0161 817 2250
Catholic Family Care
Formerly known as the Catholic Needlework Guild, this organisation provides new clothes for those in need. Each member is asked to contribute two new garments and 50p annually. Mrs. Maureen Makin is the contact for this parish.
Catholic Truth Society
The CTS is the Catholic bookshop for the Diocese of Salford. Though currently located on Brazennose Street, Manchester, the shop is due to relocate to the Diocese’s new Cathedral Centre on Ford Street, Salford M3 6DP very shortly. Tel.: 834 5115.
Catholic Women’s League, Whitefield
The object of the League is to promote and support charitable works at parish, diocesan and national levels. Their meetings are held at St. Bernadette’s Social Club on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm. All ladies are welcome.
Churches Together in Prestwich
This initiative seeks to promote Churches of all denominations working towards Christian Unity. As Pope John Paul II said, ‘What we can do together we should not do apart.’ The Council meets throughout the year on a regular basis. Our Lady of Grace is represented by Fr. Allen, Mrs. Sue Bamber and Mr. Leo Brooks. Activities include joint prayer, a Good Friday Walk of Witness, joint support for Christian Aid and unity services.
Katherine House is a spirituality centre located in Salford just off the A56. Currently run by a Sister of Sion (www.sistersofsion.org) the House puts on regular events for those who wish to meet, search and reflect in the faith. Full details of forthcoming events are available from Sr. Brenda Dorrian NDS either by phone, 708 9744 or e-mail, email@example.com. Their website is: www.fcjsisters.org.
Formerly known as the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, Marriage Care aims to help those starting out on married life to begin it well, to sustain it and enrich their relationship throughout its course. A confidential counselling service is available by calling 0845 603 9216.
As soon as you have decided to get married, it is important you talk to your local parish priest to make all the necessary arrangements. At least 6 months notice must be given.
We work with Our Lady of Dolours, Kersal to arrange the course, which runs over 7 consecutive Mondays each year, from January - March.
Please contact the Presbytery for further details.
Parent / Carer Child Group
This group meets in The Cottage every Thursday morning during term time between 9.15 – 11.30am. Parents / Carers with children are all warmly invited to attend. Local contacts: Fiona Hanbury, 07891 062 892 and Paula Berry, 07802 919 800.
The Prayer Group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays, 7.00 – 8.00. All are welcome. Look out for the dates and venue in the newsletter.
In the Sacramental Programme, children receive instruction from a dedicated band of catechists who enable them, with the help of parents and the school, to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Penance and Holy Communion. The parents meet at the same time as the children for a separate discussion about their child’s/children’s instruction. The meetings take place in the Hall. Those parishioners who are involved also serve as Prayer Partners for the children. The co-ordinators are Maureen Makin and Mary Davenport. The Parent Leader is Jacqueline Edgar.
Our Lady of Grace Safeguarding Commission is located at the Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford M3 6DP. The Diocesan Co-ordinator is Fr. Barry O’ Sullivan (817 2206) whilst our Parish Representative is Robert O’ Rourke (773 2324).
St. John Ambulance Prestwich Quadrilateral Division
Learn First Aid and Save a Life! St. John’s trains Cadets aged 10-16 between 7.00 – 8.00 and adults every between 8.00 – 9.00pm every Monday evening in the Hall. The Divisional Superintendent is Mr. John Davis, 798 5899 or you can contact Mrs. Judith Leonard (798 6255) or Mr. Les Davenport (773 5408). St John’s hopes to train Badgers aged 6-10 years in the near future.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a group that works together mainly at Parish level helping people in need. The Society was founded in the 1830s, by a young man called Frederick Ozanam, to alleviate at least some of the suffering of very poor people. It is now a world wide organisation. Our patron is St Vincent de Paul who himself had tackled many forms of poverty in an earlier age.
People are poor where, through lack of resources, they are excluded from ordinary living patterns and face a constant battle to live with dignity. Poverty includes loneliness, the inability to organise a home, being an orphan, having no aim in life, any kind of sickness or depression or being mentally ill, as well as having severe learning difficulties, being homeless, unemployed or suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction. Prostitution can also be poverty as can bereavement and the inability to cope with problems. These are only some examples identified in our societies. Christ said: “You have the poor with you always” (Matt 26,11).
If you would like to respond to the challenge of giving some help where it is needed in this area you are most welcome to join the local conference at Our Lady of Grace. Membership is open to women and men, young and old, of any denomination. All that is required is that members accept fully the Christian ethics of the Society and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. We hope to help in reducing prejudice and to foster understanding between races and cultures. The SVP respects religious liberty and values all people. The motto of the organisation is “Turning concern into Action”
Gift Aid Your SVP Donation
If you are a taxpayer and give regularly to SVP you could increase the value of your donation by 28p for every £1 you give. For a supply of gift aid envelopes please contact Ross Barton on 798 9040.
Meetings are held fortnightly on Thursdays at 8.00 pm in the Presbytery. Please contact: Mrs M Makin (President) through the Presbytery on (0161) 773 2324.
The Walsingham Association was founded in 1933 and exists to spread the devotion of Our Lady of Walsingham as well as support England’s National Shrine of Our Lady.