Groups

MISSIO     This is what used to be known as the Association for the Propagation of the Faith or APF. It is well established in the parish.

Members support the Missions firstly by their prayers and secondly by means of the red mission boxes in which they save money for the Missions. If you would like to join in this valuable contribution to the missionary outreach of the Church, please speak to the Missio Secretary, Steve Whalley, or Fr. John.

PIETY STALL     There is a Piety Stall which is open after Mass on Sundays for the sale of Mass cards, greetings cards, rosaries, statues, holy pictures, etc. Special items can be ordered if they are not in stock. Please speak to Father John if you would like to see a catalogue.

COFFEE MORNINGS     A fundraising Coffee Morning is held each Thursday after Mass in the Parish Hall, supporting the parish and many other charities such as The Catholic Children's Society, CAFOD, Rainbow Trust, The Lourdes Helpers, MacMillian Nurses, SVP, the Wellspring, St. Ann's Hospice etc. All are welcome to drop in for a coffee and a chat on Thursday mornings.

300 CLUB     A 300 Club was established some years ago to raise funds for the upkeep of the Parish Hall. Members pay £12 per year for each number they have in the draw. The draw takes place in the Hall after Mass on the third Sunday of the month. There are three winners every month, each receiving £20. Three times a year there is a £50 bonus draw in which there are two winners. Please see Chris Hall or Fr. John if you would like to join.

PARISH FORUM       St. Chad's does not have a Parish Council as such, but there are regular meetings - open to all - where matters of interest can be discussed. Regular topics include a report from the Local Pastoral Area Team, liturgical matters, forthcoming events finances etc. No subject is off limits. These meetings provide a useful means of establishing two-way communication between Fr. John and the parish, enabling him to hear what parishioners are thinking, and keeping them abreast of what is going on in the parish. the Parish Forum meets about every two months, on a date agreed at the end of the previous meeting. The date is published in the weekly newsletter and notes from the meeting are provided as soon as possible afterwards for the benefit of parishioners unable to attend.

ST. CHAD'S PLAYERS     St. Chad's boasts its own drama group which stages a pantomime each January. For many years the group flourished under the leadership of the late Frank McGrath, and his work lives on in the annual pantomime. He wrote many original scripts, but they are regularly updated to remain fresh and topical. Members range in age from five year olds to grandparents. Many of the mature actors have been members since they were children. Besides the actors there is a whole army of musicians, wardrobe staff, make-up artists, stage managers, lighting technicians etc. New members are always welcome, whether on or off stage.  Please speak to Fr. John or one of the members if you would like to be involved.

Ministries

READERS     Readers exercise their ministry on a rota basis at every Mass, thus making present among us Christ who is the Word of God. There is always room for more readers and volunteers are asked to contact Mary McPeake or Fr. John.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION      A number of parishioners have been commissioned to assist at Mass by administering the chalice at Communion. A number of them also take Holy Communion to sick and housebound parishioners in their own homes.

MUSIC     St. Chad's has a small choir to enhance the liturgy on Sundays, under the leadership of Victoria Holmes. The choir is always ready to welcome new members, so if you like to sing there is room for you.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY       On Sunday mornings (during school term time) children are invited to assemble in the parish hall at the start of Mass, where catechists conduct the Liturgy of the Word at their level. The children join the rest of the congregation in church at the Offertory. If you have children at Mass, please take them into the hall at 9.45 am. When the children come into church at the offertory there are seats reserved for them at the front.  The catechists who conduct the Children's Liturgy all have DBS clearance for the safeguarding of children. If you would like to become a catechist for the Children's Liturgy or a rota basis, please contact Fr. John. 

CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS       Each year young people (Year 9 and above) are invited to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with parishioners from St. Ann's and Christ Church, our LPA partners. For several weeks beforehand a group of catechists meet with them each week, led by the chief catechist, Margaret Russell, in order to prepare them to receive this Sacrament. So that all three parishes can be accommodated. Confirmation usually takes place at our Lady's, Stockport on a date chosen by the Bishop.

ALTAR SERVERS       So that the liturgy can be carried out with proper dignity, Altar Servers have an important role. Young people, any time after they have made their First Communion, are always welcome to become Servers. Please see  Fr. John.

FLOWERS & CLEANING      These ministries are two of the most unsung because we rarely see these people at work, and yet the fruit of their labors is apparent to all with a well-polished church and the altar adorned with flowers. 

Organisations

S.V.P.      The parish is fortunate to have a flourishing Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The SVP was founded in Paris in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and a group of fellow students. Frederic was a devout Catholic but he was challenged to demonstrate his faith by practical action. His response was to gather his friends, and with them to befriend the poor and underprivileged in the slums of Paris. Their aim was to befriend and support the poor, not necessarily to solve all their problems, or lift them out of poverty, but to walk with them and to provide what help they could. They placed themselves under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, a great French priest who had lived two centuries earlier, and who had dedicated his life to the service of the poor.

Members support one another as Blessed Frederic and his companions had done, by mutual friendship. As a group of friends, meeting regularly, they visit those in any sort of need. Poverty, in a material sense, is not the main issue as it was for the founding members in 19th century Paris. Loneliness, being housebound, needing a lift somewhere, needing a piece of furniture, are the sorts of need that we encounter today, but the SVP is proud of its saying: that no work of charity is foreign to the Society.

In our parish The SVP arranges once a year for housebound parishioners to be brought to one of the weekend Masses at which they are welcomed as members of the community, and given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. On another occasion these parishioners are brought to the hall to enjoy lunch together, all provided by the SVP. 

The work of the SVP does not stop at the boundaries of the parish. St. Chad's Conference is twinned with SVP Conferences in Sudan, Romania and India. We are able to give them financial support as well as corresponding and exchanging news about the work of the SVP in different countries.

St. Chad's SVP meets in the parish hall after Mass on Tuesday evenings. New members are always welcome. If you would like to join the SVP or just find out more, please speak to Fr. John or one of the members, or come along to a meeting on a Tuesday evening.

 

LOURDES GROUP      Each year a number of parishioners take part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, where in 1858 Our Lady appeared to a peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous on eighteen occasions. Our Lady's message was one of prayer and penance, but very quickly pilgrims experienced miraculous cures which established Lourdes as a centre for healing and inspiration for the sick. 

Each year our parish group of pilgrims includes a group of young people (16+) who, at their own expense, spend a week in Lourdes caring for sick and disabled pilgrims. The youngsters help to take the VIP's, as they call them, to and from the various services in wheelchairs, as well as taking them to cafes or to shops to buy souvenirs. The youth group has been taking part in the pilgrimage every year since 2000 under the leadership of Cathy Donnelly and Mary Higginson.

Schools

The Schools are shared between the three Cheadle Parishes

St. Chad's - St Ann's, Cheadle Hulme - and Christ Church, Heald Green.

Infant School

Cheadle Catholic Infant School, Conway Road, Heald Green, SK8 6DB

Tel.       0161 485 8733

email headteacher@cheadle-inf.stockport.sch.uk

website www.cheadle-inf.stockport.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs. Kirsty Lofthouse

 

Junior School

Cheadle Catholic Junior School, Conway Road, Heald Green, SK8 6DB

Tel.       0161 485 3754

email headteacher@cheadle-jun.stockport.sch.uk

website www.cheadlecatholic.co.uk

Headteacher: Mr. Kevin Platt

 

High School

St. James' Catholic High School, St. James' Way, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6PZ

Tel.      0161 486 9211

email office@stjameschs.org.uk

website www.stjamescatholichighschool.org.uk

Headteacher: Mr. Tim Beesley

 

Sixth Form College

Aquinas College, Nangreave Road, Stockport, SK2 6TH

Tel.       0161 483 3237

email

website www.aquinas.ac.uk

Principal: Mr. Danny Pearson


 

 

 

Contact Us:

Address: St. Chad's Presbytery, Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2AF

Tel: 0161 428 2480

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