St Catherine's is an established and thriving Catholic parish on School Lane in Didsbury, part of the Diocese of Salford www.salforddiocese.net.
The Church shares a space with a primary school
(St Catherine's) and a Community Centre. Together they sustain a diverse community which includes people of all ages and backgrounds.
The St Catherine's community prides itself in its inclusivity and welcome to new people. Our priest is Father John Hitchen and the parish sits within the diocese of Salford. It also proudly supports The Barlow RC High School.
Visitors are welcome at all our services and Parish Groups are always seeking new members and volunteers. Please come along and join us. Also please get in touch with your comments, feedback and suggestions about this website using the form below.
COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP GROUP: Great news on two fronts! Home Office final approval is expected in the next few weeks and we have now secured a family house less than a mile from St Catherine’s. This will be available shortly.
Fundraising continues Many thanks to those who have contributed by signing a standing order, by making a one-off donation, or in the recent “bucket“ collection. The next event? A Ladies Fashion Show and Pop-up Shop with your favourite high street brands at 50% off! Thursday 20th September in the Community Centre, 7:30pm. Tickets
available shortly after Mass and via this Update.
What’s next? Making sure that the family home is prepared and furnished. This means three tasks to be completed before the family arrive in Didsbury; a decorating team will need to paint the interior; we’re looking for a team of about 10 parishioners who will complete this task in one weekend!! Paint provided, but great if the decorators come equipped with rollers and brushes.
Similarly, a gardening team to work on a large garden which we are assured will have been largely cleared...probably an opportunity for pruning and grass cutting...more details later! And finally an appeal for furniture, suitable and in good condition for a small family home.
If you can help: by joining one of the teams; by making a donation or signing a standing order; by buying a ticket for the Ladies Fashion Show; or by offering furniture, please complete and RETURN THE FORM BELOW, in the collection or to the presbytery, and we’ll be in touch. THANK YOU!
IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT COMMUNITY CENTRE (28/7/18):
Recent inspection of the hall floor has revealed extensive damp, with possible dry rot. We have arranged for a full damp survey to be made as soon as possible, to verify the extent of the damage.
It seems likely that extensive repairs to the flooring in the hall and possibly lounge will be necessary which are likely to take at least 6 weeks. In the meantime, we have been told that the community centre is unsafe to use, and will therefore be closed to all users until further notice.
This has come as quite a shock, but safety has to be paramount. No bookings for use of the Community Centre in the next 6 weeks or so will be taken. Contact will be made to all who have booked the centre over the summer, to advise them of the closure.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.
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Parish Coffee morning: 1st Friday of the month, 11am to 1.30pm, Community Centre. All proceeds to Parish funds. Everyone is welcome.