You might be visiting our site because you're new to our parish, perhaps you haven't been to church before and are interested to know more, perhaps it's been a while since you've been to Mass. Whatever your reasons, you are very welcome and we hope you find the information below helpful:
What happens at Mass?
If you haven't been to a Mass before, it can seem a bit confusing at first so please don't worry about getting things 'wrong'! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, if you would like to attend a Mass you need to register online beforehand - just go to our Mass Times page for information. We know that for lots of reasons, not everyone is able to come to church at the moment so you are very welcome to watch any of our live streamed Masses and Holy Hours via our Facebook page. If you'd like to know which services will be live streamed, just take a look at our latest newsletter on the homepage.
At the beginning of Mass, we acknowledge what we have done wrong and ask God for His mercy. The service is then divided into two main parts, the first part is the Liturgy of the Word where we listen to readings from the Bible (Scripture) and then to a homily which reflects on the readings and tries to connect them to our daily lives and to the teachings of the Church. We respond by professing our faith and by praying for others.
The second part is the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and its main focus is the holiest and most sacred part of the Mass, Holy Eucharist. This is a re-enactment of the Last Supper, the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before his arrest, and eventual crucifixion. At the meal Jesus ate bread and wine and instructed his disciples to do the same in memory of him. During this part of the Mass we come forward to receive the body (bread) and blood (wine) of Jesus Christ. If you are not Catholic you are still very welcome to come forward for a blessing.
Can I bring my children?
Of course, children are very welcome indeed! Whilst our children's liturgy, which usually happens during the Sunday Mass, is not running at the moment due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we are always looking at ways to make our churches more family and child friendly so please get in touch and let us have your ideas and suggestions.
Is there disabled access?
Yes, both churches have disabled access. At St Winefride's Church there is a ramp outside the main entrance of the church. At St John the Evangelist's Church, there is a ramp in to the church hall. You can then go into the main church via a connecting door to your left. If you need any assistance, please ask one of our stewards.
Is there parking?
Yes, there is a small car park at St John the Evangelist's Church. There is also a car park at St Winefride's Church Hall, next to St Winefride's Church. It is possible to park on the road near both churches but please respect our neighbours and park responsibly, thank you!
What if I want to know more?
Father Paul Grogan and Father Peter Morkah, our parish priests, always like to meet new people so come up and say hello - but please do it outside the church in a safe and socially distanced way! You can pick up a copy of our latest newsletter in church or contact the Parish Office to be added to our mailing list to receive it via email.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith or the possibility of becoming a Catholic, please see our Catholic Faith page for further information.