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Mornington Road, Rochdale

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The following groups meet on either a regular or an occasional basis (or are planned for revival soon) in Holy Family Parish: Friendship Group, SVP, Sacramental Programme, Children's Liturgy, Choir, Social Committee, Pilgrimage Group, Walking Group, Rosary Group and Prayer Group. Information can be found below.
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Friendship Group 



Above: Friendship Group Christmas Dinner, 2012

This new group formed after the completion of the new Family Room with its kitchen and other facilities. It also takes advantage of the old choir loft, now re-designated the "Upper Room" and set out for prayer and quiet.

 

Members gather together for a time of prayer followed by discussion, social activity and lunch cooked on the premises. Those who attend are asked for a small donation to cover the cost of lunch and to provide the group with its own funds. New members will always be made most welcome.

 

The group meets fortnightly (except in the cold winter period) on alternate Thursdays from 11.30am - 2.00pm.


 


 
SVP


In 2004, the Society of St Vincent de Paul celebrated 50 years activity in Kirkholt, and Mgr Quinlan (VG) represented the Bishop at their celebrations, beginning with concelebrated Mass. The SVP is a very practical arm of the Church, seeking out people who are lonely or in need and visiting with practical advice and support. If the need arises, they will find food, clothing or furnishings to provide people with the necessities of life. New members are always welcome to join, and find this ministry both prayerful and rewarding.


Whilst active and "on call" at all times, the group meets up about once a fortnight as announced, usually in members' homes.




Sacramental Programme

 
Above: Our First Communion group, Summer 2010

Mainly involving Year 3 children, this group follows the guidelines of Salford Diocese in preparation of our children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. Any families wishing to enroll should make contact with the Parish, ideally in the Summer term before their child is due to enter Year 3, but we are always willing to help at other times. (Registration for the programme can be completed online - just visit the Sacramental Programme page and follow the links).
 
Meetings take place when announced, normally on Wednesdays, from 6.30 - 7.30pm, with the children meeting with "Catechists" (Faith sharers) in the Family Room, whilst parents meet in the Sacristy. However, the most important aspect of the programme is the regular participation in the Mass of all those preparing for the Sacraments, and it is always wonderful to see families take this commitment so seriously.

The Sacramental Programme also links closely with Children's Liturgy group, and with the whole-parish celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent and Lent.

 

 
All our parish activities involving children strive to adhere to the guidelines of the Salford Diocese Safeguarding Commission, so that their motto - "SAFE IN OUR CARE" - can be a reality for the children at every stage.
 

 
Children's Liturgy

This group is well established in the parish, and has proved a very positive influence on parish life. For the first part of Sunday's Masses, (the Liturgy of the Word), those children who wish are invited to the Sacristy at the front of the church, (under sixes to a room at the rear), where the Scriptures will be adapted in a way to make them more accessible to the younger members of the congregation, and where they will take part in various art and craft activities supported by able helpers and young Mums. They will present their work to the rest of the congregation when they return, after the Creed, and usually lead a prayer upon their return.

 

Not only does this make the Mass more relevant to the children, it also enables parents to take a fuller part in worship, as they know their children are being cared for nearby and are not getting restless.



 
Prayer Group

 

Above: the new "Upper Room" (formerly the choir loft)


This small group used to meet on an occasional basis in a private house in the parish, where members called to mind the needs of the world, and those of our parish community. More recently, this vocation of prayer has been continued by the Friendship Group at its fortnightly meetings, and by the Rosary Group.

Rosary Group

This group meets to pray the Rosary on Tuesdays of May and October - the traditional months of Our Lady - either in the Church or the Sacristy. Times are announced in the parish newsletter. At other times of the year, the group normally meets on Mondays in private houses at 7.30pm, as announced. It is usually available on the Parish Facebook Live. 



Music Group




Above: New Musicians' Bay (2006)
 
Musical development is ongoing in the parish, and new ideas are always welcome. More singers or instrumentalists who would like to join would always be made most welcome at rehearsals. At major festivals, we have been blessed by the addition of friends from outside the parish who have brought their own gifts and skills and greatly enhanced the
celebrations. At Christmas 2007, the music group consisted of organ and piano, 2 guitars, violin, viola, and oboe with a good number of singers and two soloists. Our number of instrumentalists has reduced a little since then, but still the major occasions find them well rehearsed and greatly enhancing our liturgy.

The choir from Holy Family Primary School also regularly takes part at Christmas time and on a number of other occasions throughout the year, and never fail to impress both with their singing and their excellent behaviour.

One of our main soloists since the age of 10, Liam McNally, reached national fame in 2010 by reaching the finals of the TV talent show, "Britain's Got Talent." Whilst not a "resident" parishioner, his involvement and support remain greatly appreciated by all of us.

The Music Group meets to rehearse as announced.



 

Social Committee


 

Above: Family Room, our "social centre"

 

This group is at present seeking new members! Social events are important to any community, and a parish is no exception. The Social Committee is responsible for the planning and organisation of events ranging from fairs to cheese & wine evenings, quiz nights to ???

 

Many events have been well supported, both by parishioners and by friends from other local churches and elsewhere, and the new Family Room has greatly broadened the possibilities, and the facilities too. (See Photo Gallery).

 

We are most grateful to our Primary School for the support which they give, in particular taking the lead in the revival, since 2005, of the parish Christmas Fair. This takes place in the school hall and acheives great success through the willing efforts of the headteacher and all the staff, along with members of the parish Social Committee and other helpers.


This Social Committee meets as announced.




Pilgrimage Group


Pilgrimage to Lourdes, October 1992


 

 

 

 


A group from the parish has gone away together, about once a year, for a time of prayer and renewal. A favoured venue in recent times has been Walsingham, the National Shrine of England, but after a break of a couple of years summer of 2008 saw the parish well represented on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The Friendship Group was largely instrumental in planning this venture, as also the most recent pilgrimage to date to Oberammergau, visiting the renowned Passion Play in 2010. (See Photo Gallery).



Walking Group


 

Above: Walking Group at Ingleton


A group of all ages who meet outside the Church and travel by car to different venues for a walk, fresh air, a chat - and just a relaxed afternoon! Neither serious nor strenuous. (So we claim...!) See Photo Gallery.

 

This group has not met up recently - perhaps you may be interested in a revival?