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'! Before the Mass you will be given a hymn book by one of our welcomers, Order of Mass cards are also available so that you can follow the different parts of the service. If you have any questions please just ask.
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! During Sunday Mass there is usually a Children's Liturgy, this is where younger children go to a different part of the church to listen to a reading, say a prayer and take part in an activity which is age appropriate. Parents and carers are very welcome to accompany children. We also have two child friendly resources boxes, one located in the front porch at St John the Evangelist Church and one located in the Scared Heart Chapel at the back of St Winefride's Church. Parents and carers with young children are very welcome to use materials from the resources boxes. We are always looking at ways to make our churches more family and child friendly so please 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 welcomers.
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, our parish priest, always likes to meet new people so please come up and say hello. On most Sundays after Mass, tea/coffee and cake is usually served in the church halls so please join us for some refreshments. New parishioners are also invited to a welcome meal, please see our latest newsletter for details of when the next welcome meal will take place.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith you might like to come along to one of our Sycamore sessions. Starting in November 2019, Sycamore is an introduction to Christianity and the bigger questions in life. It is a welcoming, informal space where people can discuss, ask questions or just listen.
If you are interested in the possibility of becoming a Catholic or would like to explore your Catholic faith more deeply, please see our Catholic Faith page for further information.