Sanctuary Window at Holy Cross

Welcome to our parish website

The parish of St John Paul II was formed on 29th November 2018 from the amalgamation of the former parishes of Holy Cross, St Matthew and St Gilbert, Eccles, and St Mary, Eccles, and is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford. The parish is administered from Holy Cross, where the parish priest lives. Masses are regularly celebrated in the churches of Holy Cross and St Mary, though parishioners will join together for some larger "family" celebrations at Holy Cross church which is big enough to accommodate 500 people with ease. The presbytery at St Gilbert's, one of the former constituent parishes, is now the residence of a small community of Franciscan 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 November 2018 as first parish priest of the new parish, having previously served for about 3½ years at Holy Cross, St Matthew's and St Gilbert's. 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.

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.

Our Churches

Holy Cross, 370 Liverpool Road, Patricroft, M30 8QD

St Mary's, Oxford Street, Eccles, M30 0LU

Usual Service Times

(All Services are currently suspended because of the Coronavirus Pandemic)

Sunday Masses

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

Friday 6.30-6.50pm at Holy Cross
Saturday 11.00-11.50am at St Mary's
Saturday 5.45-6.05pm at Holy Cross
or at any reasonable time on request


(For weekday Mass times and other services, please see the parish newsletter)

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