The Parish has a wide range of groups for you to get involved with:

Association for the Propagation of the Faith

This international Association supports, through prayer and sacrifice, all the mission dioceses of the world. As Pope John Paul II said, ‘No Christian community is faithful to its duty unless it is missionary. If it is not missionary, it is not even a Christian community! … The poor are hungry for God, not just for bread and freedom.’

In our Parish, Association members assist the missions with their prayers and the famous ‘little red boxes’. These are small red mission boxes held at home and provide greatly needed financial support for the Association. If you would like to contribute in any way, please ring the Parish treasurer, Mr. R. Cavey on 798 0898.

Brownies, Rainbows & Guides

The Brownies and Guides are both members of the Guide Association and meet in groups called Packs, usually aged between 7-10. The 13th Prestwich (Our Lady of Grace) Brownies Pack meets every Wednesday evening during the school term between 6.30-8.00pm.

If you would like your daughter to join the 13th Pack of the Brownies, please ring Mrs. Veronica Bainbridge on 798 8549.

The 8th Prestwich (Our Lady of Grace) Brownies Pack meets every Monday, between 6.00-7.30pm whilst the 8th Pack of the Guides meets between 7.00-8.30pm in the Upper Hall. The leader of the Brownies is Ms. Catherine Routh who you can call on 07825 790006.

If you would like your daughter to join the 8th Pack of the Guides please ring Sarah Thompson on 07387 103735 or Tasha Routh on 07715 320880.

CAFOD

CAFODThe Parish supports CAFOD’s work in several ways. We raise funds through the ‘Starving World’ boxes and with collections in Mass twice a year for their FastDays. We also run a Traidcraft stall on the first Sunday of each month after both Masses in the Parish Hall that sells an excellent selection of fairly traded goods. If you would like to get involved in either (or both!) of these initiatives you are welcome to contact Vin & Sue Allerton on 773 3318. You can also visit CAFOD’s main website www.cafod.org.uk for more information.

 

The Catenian Association

The Catenian AssociationThe North Manchester & Middleton Circle of The Catenian Association meets each month at Pike Fold Golf Club, Hills Lane, Unsworth, Bury BL9 8QP. It is open to practising members of the Church and you must be sponsored by an existing Catenian and have a sound business or professional status. The Secretary is Mr Peter Hood, 0161 799 1044 website www.circle168.co.uk

Caritas

Caritas Diocese of Salford is the principal social welfare charity of our diocese. Caritas’s mission is to eradicate poverty and disadvantage in the diocesan communities through one-to-one support of families and individuals.
Caritas House, Nobby Stiles Drive, Collyhurst, Manchester, M4 4JF
0161 817 2250
www.caritassalford.org.uk
@CaritasSalford

Catholic Family Care

Formerly known as the Catholic Needlework Guild, this organisation provides new clothes for those in need. Each member is asked to contribute two new garments and 50p annually. Mrs. Maureen Makin is the contact for this parish.

Catholic Truth SocietyCatholic Truth Society

The CTS is the Catholic bookshop for the Diocese of Salford. Known as Cathedral Centre Books, it is at Cathedral Centre, Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP. Tel: 0161 817 2208, [email protected]

Catholic Women’s League, Whitefield

Catholic Women's League of Whitefield & the DistrictThe object of the League is to promote and support charitable works at parish, diocesan and national levels. Their meetings are held at St. Bernadette’s Social Club on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm. All ladies are welcome.

Churches Together in Prestwich

Churches Together in PrestwichThis initiative seeks to promote Churches of all denominations working towards Christian Unity. As Pope John Paul II said, ‘What we can do together we should not do apart.’ The Council meets throughout the year on a regular basis. Our Lady of Grace is represented by Fr. Allen, Thomas Allen, Paul-Thomas Allen and Catherine Swinburne. Activities include joint prayer, a Good Friday Walk of Witness, joint support for Christian Aid and unity services.

Marriage Care

Formerly known as the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, Marriage Care aims to help those starting out on married life to begin it well, to sustain it and enrich their relationship throughout its course. A confidential counselling and appointments service is available by calling 0845 603 9216.

Marriage Preparation

As soon as you have decided to get married, it is important you talk to your local parish priest to make all the necessary arrangements. At least 6 months notice must be given.

Please contact the Presbytery for further details. 

Parent / Child Group

This group meets in The Cottage every Friday morning during term time between 10.30 and 12 Noon. Parents with children are warmly invited to attend but places need to be booked. The Facebook page, Our Lady of Grace Parent adn Toddler Group gives details.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourladyofgraceplaygroup

 

Prayer Group

The Prayer Group meets fortnightly on Mondays, 7.00 – 8.00 in the cottage. All are welcome.

Sacramental Programme

In the Sacramental Programme, children receive instruction from a dedicated band of catechists who enable them, with the help of parents and the school, to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Penance and Holy Communion. The parents meet at the same time as the children for a separate discussion about their child’s/children’s instruction. The meetings take place in the Hall. Those parishioners who are involved also serve as Prayer Partners for the children. The leaders are Jacqueline Edgar and Mark Kehoe.

Safeguarding Commission

Our Lady of Grace Safeguarding Commission is located at the Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford M3 6DP. The Diocesan Director is Dawn Lundergan (817 2206) whilst our Parish Representative is Robert O’ Rourke (773 2324).

SVP Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a group that works together mainly at Parish level helping people in need. The Society was founded in the 1830s, by a young man called Frederick Ozanam, to alleviate at least some of the suffering of very poor people. It is now a world wide organisation. Our patron is St Vincent de Paul who himself had tackled many forms of poverty in an earlier age.

People are poor where, through lack of resources, they are excluded from ordinary living patterns and face a constant battle to live with dignity. Poverty includes loneliness, the inability to organise a home, being an orphan, having no aim in life, any kind of sickness or depression or being mentally ill, as well as having severe learning difficulties, being homeless, unemployed or suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction. Prostitution can also be poverty as can bereavement and the inability to cope with problems. These are only some examples identified in our societies. Christ said: “You have the poor with you always” (Matt 26,11).

If you would like to respond to the challenge of giving some help where it is needed in this area you are most welcome to join the local conference at Our Lady of Grace. Membership is open to women and men, young and old, of any denomination. All that is required is that members accept fully the Christian ethics of the Society and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. We hope to help in reducing prejudice and to foster understanding between races and cultures. The SVP respects religious liberty and values all people. The motto of the organisation is “Turning concern into Action”

Meetings are held fortnightly. Please contact: Mrs M Makin (President) through the Presbytery on (0161) 773 2324. 

Walsingham Association

Website: www.walsingham.org.uk