The New Stained Glass Windownew window

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Here is the proposed design for the stained-glass window. The parish team have already suggested that they make the pit-head of the coal mine a bit bigger and the weaver’s shuttle a little smaller. Any other comments, please email Father Phil before the meeting on Tuesday 8th January 2019. philip_sumner@tiscali.co.uk

The First Mass of Christmas 2018

1st Mass of Christmas 2018

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Christmas 2018 saw the very first 'First Mass of Christmas' of our new parish; The Parish of Our Lady and St Patrick. The church was standing room only and there was not a lot of that.
The Folk Group and the Filipino, African and Indian choirs sang parts of the Mass while 'Nostro Coro', our parish choir, sang carols before Mass and also sang 'Silent Night' in german with a guitar accompaniment by our Parish Organist to celebrate its 200th anniversary.
We also had a duet from two of our younger parishioners. They sang 'O Holy Night' as Father Phil and the atlar servers processed into church.

The 5th Annual International Music Festival 2018

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For the last 5 years the various groups within our church community have gathered to celebrate the diversity of our community. This year's festival saw a growth in the work done with our youth groups and highlighted some real talent among our younger parishioners. Next year's will be on the 30th November. Put the date in your diary now!

Maggies Cultures Walk 2018

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Wow, just wow!  I’m actually a little lost for words – you absolutely blew us all away on Friday with your stunning church and you magnificent and moving performances. 

I really can’t thank you enough for your generosity of giving up your evenings to support our event, providing such a delicious spread, and for just being so incredibly welcoming.  Not to mention, the incredibly kind donations made to Maggie’s by you and your parishioners – I’ll let you know once we’ve counted up and have a grand total for the amount raised.  I’ll also send a thank you note that you can share with everyone.    

I have to tell you that our visit to St Patricks was by far a crowd favourite!  It also went down very well on Facebook, we took a live video whilst you were performing and it’s been seen by 2500 people and has received a lot of love!  I think everyone can’t believe that you’re right on their doorsteps and yet they have never stepped inside and seen the beauty of the church or heard the glorious sounds of your choir. 

I’m delighted to share that the evening was a really big success for us on many levels – we have a lot of very happy supporters and we’re on track to raise £10,000 from the event too, which is just an amazing sum of money for our Centre.  This all really wouldn’t have been possible without your generous support – so thank you!

Family Funday

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Many thanks to so many people, too numerous to mention individually, who organised and helped in any way to make the day another success. The warm and dry weather was a perfect setting for another afternoon of fun events and food. The highlight being the Tug of War. A great time was had by all.

The last Mass at St Mary'sst marys

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The 3rd June 2018 saw the last Mass being celebrated at St Mary's. Bishop John Arnold concelebrated the Mass with Father Phil. While it was sad to see the church close, it was uplifting to see the parishioners supported by those from the surrounding parishes.

The Redecoration of St Patrick's Church - July 2017

Our sincere thanks to the decorators, Bernard Watson, Clare Watson and their team, and to Neil Blake and his team from Anthony J. Smith, Ltd., who have carried out the electrical installation. Both the decorators and the electricians have gone the extra mile to accommodate our existing commitments as a Parish. In the face of many problems, they have also all done an amazing job, of which they can be truly proud. Our thanks also to John Cowdall and Joe Burke from the Historic Churches Commission. They have rightly always insisted on high quality schemes or projects, but have given so generously of their time to speed through our applications. Finally, our thanks to Vicky Saunders and Amy Jones from the Bernard Taylor Partnership (our architects), who have guided us through the whole process with good humour and considerable professionalism.

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The 4th Annual International Music Festival 2017

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For the fourth of our music festivals we had the pleasure of listening to our various groups that perform regularly at services. We were also pleased welcome a new friend, Mohibur Miah who played a specially composed piece on Sitar for us.

March 2015

New Bishop

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Things got a bit busy in March with the planned Deanery Lenten Station Mass on St. Patrick's Day and the last minute visit from our new Bishop, on the Sunday before it. Did we panic? Not at all.

Oldham Carnival 2014

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On the 22nd June 2014 the Filipinos community took part in the 114th Oldham Carnival. They entertained the crowds with their music and dancing.

Sister Eileen's Retirement

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In May 2013 Sister Eileen made the difficult decision to retire. She had served the Parish and the Local Community for over 10 years. Even though she didn't want any fuss at all it didn't quite happen that way and while there were lots of smiles it was very sad to see her leave.

150th Anniversary

150th Anniversary

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2008 saw the 150th Anniversary of Catholic Worship on st Patrick's Site. below are some pictures from the Anniversary Mass and Jubilee Ball.

The BBC come to St Patrick's

Sunday Worship

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On Sunday 9th September 2007 the parish made history when the BBC came to record their Sunday Worship broadcast from St Patrick's. The programme was recorded on the previous tuesday evening and a great vote of thanks is due to all who participated.

St Mary's Gallery 2007

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St Patrick's Gallery 2007

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