Sunday School Nativity 2017

This year, we decided that rather than dress up and act out the Christmas story, we would make a representation of the story ourselves. Given a choice of Lego, junk, modelling clay, paper chains and tissue paper, we chose to build each scene using Lego, supported by Plasticine. We also used...

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Clergy News…Farewells and Hellos

Farewell to Team Rector The Farewell Service for Revd Canon Dr Chris Bracegirdle will be on Sunday 25th March, at 3pm at St Bartholomew’s. Chris’s final services in the Westhoughton team will be on Easter Day. Welcome to David We are pleased to welcome David Cieszynski to St Katharine’s for a...

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Bellringers on Tour!!

  It was lovely to welcome the Bolton branch of the Lancashire Bellringers Association to ring in our tower once again on 20th January during our Coffee Morning.  Our ringers and the rest of the branch will be heading off to Liverpool in March to ring the Cathedral bells which...

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Lighting Up Blackrod!

Community Carol Singing and Lighting up the Christmas Tree Tuesday 5th December at 6.30pm. The Mayor of Blackrod will be switching on the lights on Blackrod’s Christmas Tree, on the green opposite Blackrod Library, with singing of carols accompanied by Rhapsody Community Choir. Everyone is welcome to join in and is warmly...

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Memories of a Choirboy at Harvest Festival!

Sitting back in church and listening to the recording of the Harvest Service from all those years ago reminded me of so many people and how life at St Katharine’s had changed! I had joined the church choir in 1946, and fellow choristers at the time were Cliff and Eric...

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Harvest Festival 1951…The 78s

Some months ago, Angela brought an album of 78rpm records into the vicarage, and asked if I could record them to CD. It seemed that the discs contained a recording of a Harvest Festival Communion service, which had been broadcast by the BBC. The records were owned by Mr. Frank...

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Putting the churchyard to bed!

  It’s that time of year again when we have to make sure all the pathways are clear and the churchyard is tidy.  If you can spare and hour or so on Saturday 21st October it would be appreciated. The coffee morning will be running so chance for tea and...

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Five, we mean, six Peaks Challenge!

  Back in April 2016 our world was turned upside down when we lost our Dad to complications caused by diabetes and sepsis.  He was in intensive care for less than 48 hours when we had the devastating news that there was nothing more they could do.  At first, we...

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Men’s Fellowship

It is most odd that Hanns Johst said; “Whenever I hear the word culture I release the safety-catch of my Browning”.  In complete contrast, whenever members of the Men’s Fellowship hear the same word, we take a train into Manchester to absorb and delight in it. It really is amazing...

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FOSK – Afternoon Delight!

Well who’d have believed we would have such a lovely afternoon? Saturday morning was a washout, lunchtime it was still pouring!  At about 1.30 the rain stopped, the tables and chairs were dried off even though we didn’t think for one minute that it had finished raining, 1.45 – a...

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