To find out more about the groups, click on the relevant group above:
Parish Justice & Peace Group
This Group first met on 8th March 1982, and has met regularly ever since about once a month in the church hall meeting room on Monday evenings (7.30-9.00pm). Membership numbers have varied over time, but we always welcome new members. The activities tend to follow a regular pattern framed by the Church’s calendar, interspersed by responses to specific issues and campaigns; for example, a collection of goods for the homeless and sending cards to prisoners of conscience at Christmas, and the sale of fair trade goods after Mass at intervals throughout the year.
Would you like to join our efforts to promote justice and peace at home and abroad based on the social teaching of the Catholic Church? No prior knowledge or expertise is required, just a willingness to learn and participate in our work on behalf of CAFOD and other agencies, Catholic, ecumenical and secular. We work to improve conditions for those less fortunate than ourselves, and to influence national and international policies and practices of Governments, businesses and individuals for the common good, including environmental issues where they impinge on our activities. All are welcome, the young are encouraged, and your level of commitment can be flexible.
For more information, please contact Ed Murphy: Tel. 0161 973 3766; Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catholic Church’s official charity for overseas mission
Since 1922, Missio has been the Catholic Church’s official charity for overseas mission and was formerly known as the Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF). We bring the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor.
Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and we train and nurture future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place.
In England and Wales funds for the Missions are collected through the famous Red Mission Boxes for collecting loose change. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missions.
If you would like one of these boxes, please contact our Parish agent, Margaret White, on 0161 941 5676.
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
is the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and a member of the Caritas International Confederation, a worldwide network of Catholic relief and development organisations.
Our parish for many years has contributed most generously to this cause.
We take a monthly retiring collection (normally on the 3rd Sunday of every month), and envelopes are always available to enable tax-payers to ‘gift aid’ their donations.
St Vincent de Paul Society (S.V.P.)
Following the amalgamation of the two parishes of St Hugh of Lincoln and St John the Baptist, the hitherto separate SVP Conferences also decided to unite. Apart from providing help and support to needy parishioners, the Conference also is twinned with three Conferences in India: Nitya Sahaya Matha, Nellikunam; Mary Martha, Edakkunam, Kanjirapilly CC; and Ss Peter & Paul, Pudur, Uthumanur. In addition, other funds and charitable causes are supported provided they are established by or linked to the SVP: e.g. David Young’s Charity which provides grants for people in need, hardship or distress; the SVP Disaster Fund; work in Sudan; and other special funds established to assist SVP projects. The Conference meets on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm in the porch of St Hugh of Lincoln Church, 314 Manchester Rd, West Timperley, Altrincham, WA14 5NB.
The SVP Charity Shop, 136 Moorcroft Road, Northern Moor, M23 0AH, Tel. 0161 998 3507. Open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and on Saturday from 10.00am to 3.00pm, but closed all day Wednesday and Sunday.
The SVP Furniture Unit can be contacted through the above number.
Serra International GB
is the British arm of Serra International, a lay organisation within the Roman Catholic Church, charged by the Holy See to promote vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious, or Vowed, Life.
Serra exists world-wide with some 24,000 members working through:
Please contact Fr. Munroe for further information and contact details.
provides help and support to thousands of women and men each year. Its core services are Caring, Education, Housing and the Fertility Care Programme. It offers free, confidential information, counselling and support for women contemplating abortion, suffering after pregnancy loss or struggling to cope after abortion.
It has a nationwide network of care centres, a free national helpline open 6 days a week (0800 915 4600) and a ‘text-to-talk’ service (0778 620 0330).
LIFE can also provide financial and practical help and support before and after birth. It runs a network of baby shops, which can supply baby clothes and equipment, and its care centres can also supply clothes and equipment to anyone who might need help.
Parish contact: Madeleine Ingram, Tel. 0161 980 8972
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (S.P.U.C.)
is a U.K. based non-profit-making organisation established to affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception, and to defend and protect human life generally.
While SPUC is primarily an educational and lobbying organisation, it also responds to requests for assistance from expectant mothers facing difficulties.
Parish contact: Brendan Coyle, Tel. 0161 972 0476.
The Catenian Association
An international brotherhood of Catholic men who value Faith, Family, Friendship and Fun. They meet socially at least once a month and their gatherings regularly involve wives, children and families.
They support each other including, access to a Benevolent Fund if required, care for widows of deceased members, offer bursaries to young Catholics who wish to help others, and are active in promoting Vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Contact: John Crosby, Tel: 0161 973 0809
There are two local circles:-
The Brooklands Circle. Circle Number: 196. Inaugurated: Apr 20 1961.
North Cheshire Circle. Circle Number: 154. Inaugurated: Nov 20 1950.
Knights of St Columba (K.S.C.)
The Knights of St Columba are an Order of Catholic Laymen dedicated to the Service of the Church and fellow man.
The Organisation, which is non-political and essentially democratic, exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church, and at the same time to work for the spiritual and material good of its members and their families.
The K.S.C. is not a secret society; there are no passwords, handshakes, etc.
The Order is completely open and potential members may attend meetings. Admission ceremonies often take place in Church during Mass.
Parish Contact: Tony Mottram, Tel. 0161 980 3115.
Catholic Women’s League (C.W.L.)
The Catholic Women’s League was founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher.
The League encourages its members to work both in the parish and in the wider community. Members are also concerned with issues on a national and international level.
The local group meets once a month in Westleigh, St Vincent’s, on Groby Road, Altrincham.
Parish contact is Madeleine Ingram, Tel. 0161 980 8972
A national organisation whose members meet regularly in local “circles” to discuss and develop their understanding of the Christian faith. Most are Catholics, but baptised Christians of other traditions are warmly welcome as Associate Members. The Association was founded in 1942. The original aim was to answer the needs of Catholic graduates, but is now open to all Christians who seek to promote the aim of an educated laity. The Association takes its name from Cardinal John Henry Newman who wanted “an intelligent and well-instructed laity” and whose cause for canonisation is progressing well.
The local group is called the Manchester and North Cheshire Circle. Meetings are normally held in the Autumn and during the Spring/Summer months at the Quaker Meeting House, Cooper Street, Stockport, SK1 3QL, located at the corner of Higher Hillgate and Longshut Lane. Most meetings are held on a Tuesday evening with occasional daytime meetings or trips. There is also an annual Manchester Newman Lecture, which is normally held in May at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, which is at the rear of the Central Library.
Visitors are welcome to attend meetings. For more information, contact Michael Crawley on 0161 973 9333.
Note: All prayer groups meet in the Church
This is a parish-based ministry responding to the needs of the recently bereaved by offering emotional and practical support through prayer, practical help and advice.
Contact Beyond through the Parish Office
Morning Prayer of the Church
9.15am Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (immediately before the 9.30am Mass)
Living Waters Prayer Group
The Living Waters Prayer Group meets on Monday evenings (except bank holidays) at 7.30pm. All are welcome to this informal group worship whose primary purpose is to praise and worship God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. A second purpose is, through sharing Scripture, experience and charismatic gifts, to deepen our faith and build up the body of Christ.
Contact: Eddie Drozdziak 0161 962 9459 or Brenda Ackroyd 0161 980 5647.
Mothers Prayers was formed to help those mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren, and to find the support they needed. It began in England in 1995, and quickly spread around the world. It has the support and blessing of Christian leaders of all Denominations. For more information, go to www.mothersprayers.org.
One Parish Group meets every second Wednesday at approximately 8.00pm. Newcomers always welcome. For more information, please contact Marion Evans, Tel. 0161 962 1868.
Another group meets at 1.30pm each Monday, to pray for their own and the world’s children. All mothers welcome. Contacts: Mary Ashley 0161 980 2058 or Teresa Turner 0161 980 7829.
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