About Us

where heart speaks to heart


We take pride in our reputation as a warm and welcoming community. We come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, which makes us a truly Catholic parish in its fullest sense. We do not presume or expect that everyone who comes here fits in with a preexisting template and we want everyone to feel there is a place for them here who is sincere in searching for, holding on to or deepening their faith in God, the joy of living and the promotion of love in every corner of the earth.


It may well be that ours is the first newly built Catholic Church to be dedicated to Blessed John Henry Newman following his Beatification by Pope Benedict XVI at Cofton Park, Birmingham on 19 September 2010.

 

The church occupies a prominent position on Knutsford Road, Warrington. It provides a home for a new parish established from two former parishes, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Augustine of Canterbury. We continue to honour our heritage and retain the parish records for both former parishes as we play our part in the continuing history of the Catholic community in Latchford, Grappenhall and Thelwall.

 

We are truly proud of our community, our traditions and our new church. We look to the future with renewed faith and confidence. We offer a word of welcome to you whether you visit us at church or by simply visiting this web site. May God bless you and all those you love.


Parish Ministry Team

Fr Peter Montgomery has been parish priest here since 2003. He comes from Stockport. Studied law at Manchester University and prepared for ordination at St Mary's College, Oscott. He was ordained priest in 1987 and has served in the parishes of Sacred Heart, Moreton, Saint Joseph's, Prenton, Saint Joseph's in Winsford was his first appointment as parish priest. Fr Peter also studied Canon Law and more recently was awarded an MA at Liverpool University in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions.

Deacon John Clowes has lived most of his life  in this area and has a professional background in the newspaper industry. He is at heart a family man and has also been a dedicated member of the St Vincent de Paul Society. He has served as a deacon at St Winefride's in Lymm as well as here in South Warrington. For a number of years he shared responsibility for the formation of deacons in the Diocese.

Sister Catherine Joy is a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition. Trained as a nurse, she has made a big impact in a variety of ministries including parish work in Sale, Winsford and here in South Warrington. She has also held responsibility for communities at Liverpool and Bowdon Vale. She was School Chaplain at Saint Nicholas, Hartford for several years.


The following message greets visitors to Coventry Cathedral and it reflects the kind of church that Pope Francis wants us to be:

 

"We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down-at-heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You're welcome here if you're just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don't care if you're more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or haven't been to church since Christmas 10 years ago. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome keep-fit moms, football dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you're having problems, are down in the dumps or don't like organized religion. We're not that keen on it either. We offer welcome to those who think the Earth is flat, work too hard, don't work, can't spell, or are here because Granny is visiting and wanted to come to the cathedral. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the Ring Road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters and you!"


Parish Prayer

Lord God

Your house is a place of welcome

a place of nourishment

A place of forgiveness, healing and peace.

Give us voices uplifted in praise

and hearts ready to welcome all you call.

Instil in us the desire to serve.

Unite in bonds of faith, hope and love

all members of our community.

Grant us grace upon grace

to build the temple of your spirit

creating its beauty from the holiness of our lives.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen. PCM