where heart speaks to heart
A new chapter has opened in the story of the Catholic community in Latchford, Grappenhall and Thelwall. Since the opening of our new church in June 2010 something new began and generations to come will add to this ongoing story.
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.
Prior to this the story was lived by parishioners of two parishes and we are indeed fortunate that David Forrest, one of our former parishioners, took the time and care to prepare and publish two volumes of history representing the history of the Catholic community in and around Latchford over more than a century. We are pleased and proud to make these available to a wider audience as PDF files.
Our parish archivist and historian, Tricia Peters, has taken on her father's work and is collating material so that this story will continue to be recorded.
Another parishioner, Philomena McCarthy worked with Tricia to publish a booklet giving information about the preparation for, building and opening of the new church.
The only Catholic Church in Warrington south of the river Mersey during World War One was at St Mary Street. Following the war a memorial was placed there as a mark of respect for those who had given their lives in active service. This memorial is still the focus of an act of remembrance each 11 November.
This photograph shows the site on which Blessed John Henry Newman Church now stands. It dates from the 1930's.