Bereavement Group

Commenced on the 30th September 1991 with Lena Davis and Peggy Stewart going to Ushaw College for a weekend course organized by Fr. Cunningham. We started a befriender group with bereavement support . Now the bereavement group consists of Lena Davis  tel. 0161-728-4889; Pat Barratt; tel. 789-1792; Nora McDonald; 794-4478;

We have meetings with Father Paul who lends support and on an occasion of bereavement informs the family that a member of the bereavement group will visit them after the funeral with a card and an offer of support. We do not consider ourselves counselors, simply a listening ear in the spirit of confidentiality. We are anxious to learn if this is beneficial to the parish and bereaved and would appreciate any feedback from the families we have visited.

The first Mass for the recently deceased of the parish was held at Saint Charles Church on the 24th Nov. 2000 with the offer of a cup of tea in the presbytery after where people could talk about their bereaved. This has now become an annual event and is always very well attended.

It is an outreach group of the parish. On the occasion of bereavement in the parish, the Bereavement group will send a sympathy card on behalf of the parish community.

In the month of November we organise the Mass for the bereaved of the parish and recieve support from volunteers which we gracious appreciate.

To find out more about this group or to speak with us about a bereavement visit please email

St Charles' Parish, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL 
Assistant Priest: Fr. Gavin Landers BA(Hons) STB

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:

The Week Ahead

 Sunday 25 March .  Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Mass 6.00pm (eve), 8.45am and 11.00am.   

 Monday 26 March.    Monday of Holy Week.  8.30am Mass.     

Tuesday 27 March  Tuesday of Holy Week. 8.30am Mass .  

 Wednesday  28 March.  Wednesday of Holy Week. 8.30am Mass.

Thursday  29 March.    Maundy Thursday.    7.00pm Mass of the Lord Supper.

 Friday  30 March.   Good Friday.  12.15pm    Walk of Witness in Swinton Precinct. 3.00pm celebration of the Lord's Passion.

 Saturday 31 March.  Holy Saturday.   No Mass in Saint Mary's cemetery chapel today.  (no 6.00pm Mass this evening)                                       8.30pm Mass of the Easter Vigil.

Sunday 1 April.  Easter Sunday. 7.00am   Dawn service on Town Hall steps.   Mass  8.45am and 11.00am. 





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