Chris Bracegirdle – Celebrating 30 years.

On 28th September, I shall be celebrating the 30th anniversary of my ordination as priest. In thanksgiving to God for all that I have been given over the years in ordained ministry, there will be a Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s parish church, Westhoughton on Wednesday 28th September, 7.30pm and I...

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Forget Me Not

It was wonderful to see a good crowd of supporters attending the short service of remembrance at the cenotaph when the remaining 22 soldiers who died following the First World War were remembered. The omission came to light during the research for the book and copies are still available from...

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Bellringers Urgently Needed

Mike Kay, our Tower Captain, and friends opened up the ringing room over the Scarecrow weekend to give visitors a taste of what campanology was all about! There was a steady stream of visitors most of the time the tower was open and hopefully some of those will be inspired...

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Forget Me Not

The Blackrod men who gave their lives in the First World War The research carried out by members of Blackrod Community Group during the writing of this wonderful book has revealed a further 22 Blackrod born soldiers whose names do not appear on our village war memorial.  These names have...

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PCC News – The Appointment of Priest-in-Charge and a Change of Services

St Katharine’s PCC is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Angela Wynne as Priest-in-Charge of St Katharine, Blackrod and Assistant Curate in the Daisy Hill, Westhoughton & Wingates Team Ministry.  Angela is currently SSM Associate Priest at Christ Church, Charnock Richard and St Mary the Virgin, Eccleston, in...

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Musings from the Retirement Service for Bishop Chris

Bolton Parish Church May 15th 2016 Is there a collective noun for bishops I wonder?  Sitting with the small contingent representing St Katharine’s in a packed St Peters Parish church, we were at the north side of the church where the procession at the start of the service entered, and...

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Women’s World Day of Prayer update

Friday 4th March turned out to be one of the worst days of this winter, with lots of snow in the morning.  I was very apprehensive whether any people would turn up for the service in the afternoon.  In the event we were pleased to welcome four ladies – two...

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Women’s World Day of Prayer 2016

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 4th March 2016 “Receive children. Receive me” This year’s service is to be held at St Katharine’s Church on Friday 4th March at 2.30pm followed by afternoon tea.  The service has been planned by the women of Cuba. Women’s World Day of Prayer is...

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Lent Meditations 2016

St Katharine’s will be hosting the Meditations for Lent this year, led by the retired clergy, and with Father Kevin and Revd Gill Sharp.  The season of Lent starts with Ash Wednesday which is on 10th February this year. The dates for the meditations will be Wednesdays 17th February, 24th...

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