Welcome to our parish website
The parish of Holy Cross, St Matthew and St Gilbert, and the parish of St Mary, are a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford. Holy Cross, St Matthew's and St Gilbert's parish was formed in 2010 when St Gilbert's church in Brookhouse was closed and its parish joined with the already amalgamated parishes of St Matthew, Winton and Holy Cross, Patricroft. The parish is administered from Holy Cross, where the parish priest lives. Masses are regularly celebrated in the churches of Holy Cross and St Matthew, though on major feasts parishioners join together for single celebrations at Holy Cross church which is large enough to accommodate 500 people with ease. The presbytery at St Gilbert's is now the residence of a small community of Fransiscan Missionaries of St Joseph, with Sister Jenny giving invaluable service to the parish from there as "Parish Sister". The Parish Priest, Fr Martin Collins, was appointed by bishop John Arnold in April 2015. Committees of parishioners work hard to maintain the smooth running of the parish, and assist in the planning and running of activities both spiritual and social. Our secretary, Marie, can be contacted in the parish office on Mondays or Tuesdays between 10am and 4pm, with Sister Jenny normally available on Wednesdays when classes are organised for those preparing to bring their children for Baptism. Come along to Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday and find a warm welcome in this large, family-friendly parish.
From 8th October 2018, with the retirement of Fr Robert Livesey after 18 years of faithful service to the people of St Mary's parish, a process was set in motion for the amalgamation of the two parishes into one. Sadly, this process has also involved the closure of St Matthew's church. Our website will be extended and adapted iin the weeks to come to serve all our communies equally, but please bear with us as the process will take a little time!
Look through the pages to learn more about the way we attempt to fulfil our mission, in Christ's name, here in Eccles and its surrounding districts.
Holy Cross, 370 Liverpool Road, Patricroft, M30 8QD
St Mary's, Oxford Street, Eccles, M30 0LU
Saturday (vigil) 6.15pm at Holy Cross
Sunday 9.30am at St Mary's
Sunday 11.00am at Holy Cross
Sunday 6.15pm at St Mary's
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Please check the parish newsletter for up-to-date information as there are variations in time and venue during the amalgamation process
(For weekday Mass times and other services, please see the parish newsletter)