St Gregory's school needs you!

St Gregory’s Primary School are initiating a new improvement plan, focusing on six key themes:

·         Educational Achievement/Curriculum

·         Catholic Ethos

·         Community Engagement

·         Finance and Personnel

·         Safety and Welfare

·         Facilities and Environment

The staff and governors are currently assembling teams of staff, governors, parents and the wider community to focus on each of these themes. They would very much like to involve parishioners in this process of improvement. If you would like to get involved in any of the teams described above, please contact (Head of School) or (Chair of School Governors). 

Please take some time to read the full letter below and think about whether you could volunteer in our school. Thank you.

imageLetter to Parishioners.docx

Alpha online

imageAlpha online leaflet.pdf

Have a look at the flyer and consider whether you would like to join the online sessions.

St Gregorys in lockdown

An uplifting lockdown message from all of the children and staff at our parish primary school

Parishioners meet Rector Major


Several parishioners travelled to Thornleigh College last Wednesday to attend a ceremony of rededication conducted by The Rector Major Don Angel Fernandez Artime. 

After the service everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch.

Chicks for Francis House


These fabulous chicks were part of our parish's response to the Francis House Children’s Hospice Easter Appeal.

We sent over 100 chickens and a clutch of creme eggs. The hospice emailed to say: ‘Many thanks for your lovely selection of Easter chicks received this week at Francis House! Please pass on our thanks to all those who helped to knit the brood from St Gregory’s Church in Bollington.' 


Pancake party in aid of Christians against Poverty

The pancake party last Sunday after mass was a great success and so well attended!

We had 4 frying pans going, 2 professional chefs, we got through a dozen eggs and 1.5lbs of flour and made 72 pancakes!


It was great fun and we raised £65.48 (+ gift aid) for ’Christians against Poverty’.

Thanks to everyone who helped. Especially Nick, Sharon, Oonagh and Anna and Mike for all the washing up!


Backpack success!


Thank you to everyone who kindly contributed to the Mary's meals backpack project.

We collected 27 backpacks including stationary, towels, shoes, toothbrushes etc.

The backpacks were collected by Mary's meals and taken to Scotland then they will be shipped to Malawi. This will be the first gift the children will have received and will give them the basic tools for learning.

Thank you to everyone.


Fr Martin and Fr Tony celebrate a total of 75 years as Salesians!

Congratulations to Fr Martin who celebrates is 25 anniversary of priesthood and to Fr Tony who celebrates 50 years of being a Salesian.

We thank them for their ministries and we pray that God will bless them both.


Crafts for the church

Is anyone who enjoys craft or art interested in getting together to discuss creating some new decorations for our lovely building, for example banners, hangings, or focal points to reflect the seasons of the church and feast days?  We could start small! Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4th July at approximately 10am (after mass). Contact the .



The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from the 79 September 2018. Entitled ‘Adoremus’ this is a unique opportunity for the church to gather and reflect on the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. We are invited to attend any part of this three day historic event.

Friday 7 September: Symposium Day. Exploring the place of Eucharistic Adoration. Focus especially for catechists, teachers, RE Coordinators, Musicians, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Saturday 8 September: Congress Day. Reflecting on the centrality of the Eucharist with Keynote speaker Bishop Robert Barron.

Sunday 9 September: Pilgrimage Day. Masses, Eucharistic Procession, Benediction with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

Details of the programme (there’s some great stuff) can be found on but will be posted on a flipchart at the back of church next week. Please indicate there if you are interested, then the Faith Development Group will look at organising transport etc.


Fun French evening!


Thank you to all who came to the French evening last week and all who contributed—helping on the night, bringing food etc.

The evening was a lovely family event and raised £195 for our Parish funds.

 A BIG thank you to Mandy and Dermot Rafferty for organising this event.



Thank you for filling out the census for Our Mission Together

Fr Tony would like to thank everyone for filling out the census for Our Mission Together over the last two weekends.

You will be hearing more about Our Mission Together in our Parish after Easter.


First communion mass


Last week we saw some of younger parishioners take part in the mass as part of the first communion programme.

Thank you to parents and catechists for supporting the children through this programme.

Lenten lunch feeds 16 children for 1 year


Well we had a lovely lunch together with a choice of 6 delicious soups and a selection of wonderful loaves of bread donated by the coop. 

The soup went down very well with many people going for seconds.  Cynthia’s leek and potato was in particularly high demand!  Afterwards we watched the very inspiring film Generation Hope all about Mary’s meals. 

On the day we raised £124.10 with an additional donation from someone in the parish bringing the total to £224.10!  That’s another 16 children who will be fed for an entire year! 

Thank you to all who attended and made it such a huge success and to the big team of helpers.

St John Bosco celebration


Thank you to all parishioners, and especially to our enthusiastic school children, for joining together to make our celebration of the feast of St John Bosco such a special occasion. Many thanks to those who made the splendid sandwiches and cakes and helped out on the day.

Parish meeting to create action plan


On Sunday 7 January there was a parish meeting to collate all our ideas for future activities in the parish under the headings:

·        Faith: liturgy, workshop and spiritual development

·        Community: parish, schools, Savio House

·        Parish administration: Maintenance, policy and communication

The Parish Council has drafted key aims for our Parish under each of the above headings (please see sheet below or the website) but HOW we achieve these aims and WHAT we do is up to everyone.


1.   Please add to the ideas for Parish activities by emailing the

The Parish Council would like to create subcommittees representing our three key themes of Faith, Community and Parish administration.  These committees will meet a few times a year to discuss, plan, action our parish activities. 

Whether you have 1 hour spare a month or are retired please consider putting yourself forward for one (or more) of these committees.

Thank you!

Paul Kerryson (Chair of Parish Council)

PS  Have a look at our full mission and aims by clicking here

Bereavement support group

Notes from a parishioner who attended the support group...

“The bereavement support group meeting was lovely. After coffee and homemade biscuits, Fr Tony gently led us, enabling us to share our own stories of grief and loss. We learned from one another and supported each other as we listened. imageAt the close of the meeting we lit candles for our loved ones and Fr read a passage of scripture and gave us some reflection notes to take home.

We will meet again in May.”


Christmas fair success

A BIG thank you to all those who made our first joint St Gregory's church and school Christmas Fair an enormous success. Well done to Father Tony and school Head, Mr Daley for bringing us all together. 

Thank you to Liz and Loraine and the team whose hard work ensured that the new look, new time and new ideas all worked so well. The stalls, interactive games, wonderful catering of mulled wine, cakes and the ‘Xavier special’ turkey and cranberry rolls all brought a fresh appeal to the occasion.  It was great to see Fr Bob Coupe open the event.

Lastly a big thank you to all the parishioners, parents, teachers, stall holders, those who donated the many items and indeed everyone who supported this important event- the Fair was packed out for the entire two hours and we raised over £4000 for our parish and school communities!

Paul Kerryson (Parish Council Chair)

A prayer to share


From November we will be emailing a daily ‘prayer to share’ to all parishioners who gave their email contact details earlier in the year.

The prayers have been written by members of the congregation—old and young.

If you do not have an email address you will be able to pick up paper copies of the daily ‘prayers to share’ at the back of church.  If you would like to write some short prayers please see Fr Tony. 

If you don’t want to receive our ‘prayer to share’ please leave a message with Pat.


Welcome to the new Savio House team for 2017-2018!


Welcome to the new volunteers who have joined the Savio House team for this year: Jaison Lukose, Indigo Thornton, Pavel Schnirch and Piri Pinter. We wish them well and look forward to meeting them at St Gregory’s over the coming weeks. Pictured here from L to R are the full Savio House team: (back) Fr Tony, Fr Martin, Chris, Fr Cyril and Br Michael; (middle) Jaison, Indigo, Ryan, Pavel and Piri; and (front) Fr Roman

Father Tony becomes our Parish Shepherd

Dear Parishioners


After a year of hard work and uncertainty in the Parish about whether we would have our own priest, our prayers have been answered and we are truly blessed that Father Tony is taking on the role of ministering to us here at St Gregory’s. 

His hard-work, inspiring homilies, good humour and endless enthusiasm have been present for the past year together with the backup of all the Salesians at Savio House.

We owe Father Tony, Father Roman, Father Cyril, and all the Salesians a huge debt of gratitude and we pray for Father Tony and for our communities of St Gregory's and Savio House as we start a new journey together.

Paul Kerryson (Chair of Parish Council)

Barnabus collections

Dear all our friends at St Gregorys Church,

From all of us at Barnabus, a huge thank you for your recent clothes and food donation. 

This is a very welcome donation at a time when we really need it. Every week, we see more and more new people at the Beacon, our drop in centre in Manchester, all seeking our help with food, clothing, accommodation as well as health and addiction problems.  The rise in homelessness and poverty means that your gift will go a long way in helping us to help them.

Your support allows us to continue our vital work with the homeless of Manchester, which may include many other aspects, such as help with mental health and addictions, as well as help in trying to organise benefits or emergency accommodation.

We are also currently running ReNu, a furniture 'up-cycle' project that allows homeless people to acquire new skills in restoring old furniture.  As well as this project, we also run an allotment project.

We have a lot of very exciting fundraising opportunities coming up for anyone who wishes to get involved and help to raise some money for us.  Barnabus relies on our great team of volunteers who are vital to how we can achieve our goals. If you ever find yourself looking to volunteer to get a firsthand experience of the work we do and of the projects we run, please email

Thank you again from all of us here at Barnabus and we wish you every success in all that you undertake.


45 Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3LY; Tel: 0161 237 3223; Email:  

Tea and cakes

On Wednesday 12 July a number of parishioners shared conversation and cake at Jose’s house. 


It was a lovely afternoon, full of smiles and laughter. 

60th anniversary celebrations


Thank you to everyone who came along to our parish celebrations and to all those who helped to make this such a special occasion. We hope you enjoy looking at some photographs from the day: 60th anniversary photos

Church decorating finished


As you can see our church has been decorated and is looking beautiful.  Take a moment to look around you when you are at mass and give thanks. Perhaps you will notice the wonderful stained glass windows above the altar for the first time (see photo left).

You will also hear our new sound system-so no more straining to hear what is being said!

A huge thank you to all the workmen involved in the decorating, stonework and installing the sound system.  They worked so hard to ensure we are in church this weekend.

A big job like this doesn’t just happen so thanks to ALL those involved in the organisation of this work.  But special thanks to Alistair McNulty who has managed the entire project magnificently.

And finally, thanks to all those who prepared the church to be ready for our weekend masses.


Confirmation group raise money for ECH


Well done to our confirmation group who held a cake sale last weekend and raised nearly £300 for East Cheshire Hospice.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting our young people and thanks to Francesca and those who helped organise the event.

Concert for Batten disease

On Thursday we were entertained by the Thomas Cranmer Choir conducted by Mr Keith Yearsley MBE.

The evening was a wonderful feast of singing, music, and drama all performed by the multi-talented choir.  We were treated to some old favourites like Panis Angelicus alongside a wonderful flute solo of 'Danny Boy' and then some folk guitar.

imageThe evening was a fundraising event for Batten disease - a rare, fatal inherited disease of the neurosystem which usually starts in childhood.  Life expectancy for such children is short.  Raising money for research into the disease is vital to finding a cure.

Thank you to June for organising the evening, to the choir who performed so beautifully, to the audience who supported the event and to all those who make cakes which were enjoyed after the concert.

Congratulations to Freya and Ryan


Congratulations and best wishes to Freya and Ryan from Savio House, who were confirmed at our Easter Vigil service. 
May the light of the Holy Spirit inspire you, guide you, and fill you with the joy of Jesus Christ.