Community

Celebrating Liturgy

Altar Linen

Wash and iron the small towels and purificators needed each week. Men or women are needed for this very practical mission in our Parish. Collect on Sunday, deliver back in pristine condition before the weekend – a simple yet essential task well done.

Contact: Christine Slater 07954 332651

Altar Servers

There is a wonderful tradition of Altar Service at St. Peter’s and the current team do an excellent job. They are a great asset to the liturgical life of the Parish and play a vital role on Sundays and Holy Days. New members are always welcome, once a child (boy or girl) has made their First Holy Communion they are eligible to join the team after attending a training session. You will notice some of our Servers wearing medals. This is because they have been enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen, the patron of Servers. 

Contact: Fr Peter 0161 483 3476

Church Cleaners

What a lot of sticky fingers we bring to Church! Never mind. Just as long as we can keep the cleaning team rotas beavering away, unseen and largely unsung by most of us, we’ll still be slithering off our benches come next Sunday. Hard work, but go at your own pace. It keeps you fit and is a wonderful niche for any parishioners who think ‘I’d just like to do something practical to help.’ Male and female help useful, especially around Christmas and Easter times.

Contact: Margaret King 0161 483 4584

Eucharistic Ministers

We need approximately 60 parishioners to carry out this vital ministry on rota. Because of its central part in the Mass, ministers renew their commitment periodically. In addition, some ministers volunteer to take the Eucharist to housebound parishioners. We are always pleased to see more volunteers. More people are becoming housebound and ideally we need 24 ministers to operate on a three week rota. This ministry is open to anybody after Confirmation. Please speak to Father Peter if you are interested in this ministry.

Contact: Maureen Horton 0161 483 1590 (Housebound)/ Tony Martin 0161 483 7720 (Church)

Flower Arrangers

These are seriously talented and creative people. Several different styles are seen; often modern and minimalist; sometimes Latin and opulent; always professional and uncluttered. What a wonderful variety they produce for us each week. They give large feast days and special celebrations a joyful setting for our worship. You probably need some creative fingers and/or experience to join this work, but all the teams are so friendly they will give you a hand to know what’s what.

Contacts: Collette Christie 0161 427 4982

Lay-led Liturgy

When Fr. Peter is unavailable on a weekday to serve Mass the Lay Community come together to hold a service of worship.

Contact: Rachel McKay 0161 487 1659

Adult and Junior Choirs

The Junior Choir is open to boys and girls from the age of 7. As well as singing regularly at Mass, the choir frequently perform in special services, concerts, entertainments and festivals, sometimes with the adult choir. Practices are on Friday 5.30pm – 6.30pm in term time.

The Adult Choir sings regularly at Mass on Sundays and special feast days and takes part in concerts and festivals with considerable success. Practices are on Thursday, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. There is no audition required for either choir – just come along to a practice and give it a try.

Contact: Eileen Rigg 01625 872948

Folk Group

We’ve been together now for over 30 years (well, some of us). We play/sing most Sundays, at the 10:00am Mass; not at all in August. Young musicians are welcome to join us after they reach Grade 3 in their instrumental exams. That way, we don’t have regular weekly practices, as most of our members are able to pick up new pieces quickly. We also play and sing at big feast days and celebrations.

Contact: Steph Leyden 0161 456 6285

Piety Stall

The Piety Stall is open before and after each Sunday Mass. We would welcome extra helpers. Small items and cards for all occasions are available from the Sacristy.

Contact: Parish Office admin@stpetershazelgrove.org.uk

Readers

We are always looking for people to read at Sunday or weekday Masses If you would consider putting your name on the rota for Sundays please contact Fr Peter. 

Contact: Fr Peter admin@stpetershazelgrove.org.uk

Welcomers and stewarding

A small group focussed on trying to make our church community as welcoming and as safe as possible for visitors and parishioners. We’ve created leaflets to explain what happens at Mass, at funerals and at baptisms. If you’d be interested in joining us, you’d be very welcome – of course! 

Contact: Fr Peter admin@stpetershazelgrove.org.uk

Creating Social Activity

Book Club

Parishioners are invited to join us on the third Tuesday of each month in the Member's Lounge of the parish centre at 7.30 pm to enjoy lively conversation about the books we have read and an even livelier discussion about the books we want to read in the month ahead. We are a small group of avid readers who are happy to read a range of books − please come and join us even if you do not get the time to read all the books we choose. We are happy to receive recommendations, so if you have a read a particularly good book please do get in touch.

Contact: Alison McGarr 07792 107152

Men's Group

The Men’s Group has had a few successful forays to the Blue Nile restaurant and one to Mr Ali’s. Our next outing was to be soon but for the Corona virus shutdown; it was going to be at Zayaan’s but that will just have to wait. It’s been good to have a bit of time for the fellas to get together because they have such a hard life and Fr Peter comes along when he can. All are welcome. 

Contact: John McKay 07715 362403 mckay7897@hotmail.com

Parish Newsletter

If you’d like something to be considered for inclusion in the newsletter please let us know.

Contact: Parish Office - admin@stpetershazelgrove.org.uk

St. Philip’s Friendship Group

Meets every Friday, 10am – 12noon at St. Philip’s. Facilities are available to share skills and talents – knitting, crocheting, sewing, card making, painting – playing cards, dominoes or board games – or just chatting over a cup of tea or coffee. It is open to anyone of any age, nationality, faith or none. Every first Friday of the month, those who wish may stay for soup lunch. Come along.

Teas and Coffee after 10am Mass

A rota of volunteers serve tea, coffee and biscuits after I0:00am Mass on Sundays. It is an opportunity to make new friends and meet people in our parish family and for the children to play together. Money raised through donations for tea and coffee goes to support the work of Mary’s Meals and other charities that we support. If you have ideas of how you would like to use the opportunity, e.g. to hold a bake sale, please come along and let us know. If you are new to the parish please come along – we would be very pleased to meet you.

Contact: Rachel McKay 07724 749217

Theatre Group

Trips are arranged at frequent intervals to the­atrical productions in Manchester. Return travel  is by coach from the church car park to the theatre.  Shows are advertised in the Newsletter and sign-up sheets for names of those who are interested are posted at the back of church.

All prices, unless stated otherwise, include coach from Church.

Contact: Tony Martin 0161 483 7720

The Catenian Association

The Catenians are an 10,500 strong international brotherhood of Catholic men who value faith, family, friendship and fun and who meet socially each month. There are over 300 groups – known as circles – world wide and gatherings regularly involve wives, children and families.

Catenians enjoy bonds of friendship, support each other including access to a Benevolent Fund, have care for widows of deceased members, offer bursaries to help young Catholics seeking to help others and are active in promoting vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. Catenians invariably play an active part in parish life.

The nearest Circle to St. Peter’s is the Ringway Circle and meets at Hazel Grove Golf Club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8pm. Feel free to come along. Further details can be found here.

Walking Group

We enjoy regular local walks of easy / medium difficulty one Sunday each month, after 8:30am Mass. Stimulating exercise and friendly chat as we go. If we lose our way, we soon get back on track – no hassle! Well behaved dogs are welcome. The first walk of every new year ends with a meal at a local hostelry.

Contact: Tony and Brenda Martin 0161 483 7720

Exploring Faith

Alpha

Is the idea of faith new to you? Are you looking to find your way back to God? Or would you like to re-visit faith after not being involved for a while? Maybe you’ve been through tough times and you’re not sure what it’s all about any more. You might simply fancy a refresher of your faith. If any such situation sounds like yours, then Alpha is a good place to begin.

So, what is Alpha? Well, it’s not so much a course, more an experience! It’s an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment. Gathering once a week over a ten week period, each Alpha brings together people from every walk of life. Alpha is for everyone and anyone - whatever your denomination or background. (Over 29 million people across the globe have been to Alpha.)

No matter where Alpha takes place, the format is the same: we begin by eating a meal together, we listen to a talk and then we gather in small groups for discussion. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions too hostile, too silly or too simple; Alpha has no pre-requisites whatsoever. We come together with one another just as we are, free to be ourselves. Follow this link. 

Alpha runs in the daytime and evening at various times during the year. We hope to see you soon.

Contact: Rachel McKay 07724 749217.

Baptism Programme

Contact: Anne-Marie Galogly or Karen Haines (justasec55@hotmail.com)

Confirmation Programme

Contact: Father Peter 0161 483 3476

First Sacraments Preparation

Contact: Teresa Thiele 07778 848709

Marriage Preparation

Contact: Teresa Thiele 07778 848709

RCIA

This programme follows the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults into the Catholic faith. We call it the Enquirers’ Group and it is for any non-Catholic interested in becoming fully initiated into the Catholic faith. Meetings take place between September and Pentecost and all meetings are as an LPA (Local Pastoral Area) group and the venue will be advertised in the newsletter.

Contact: Tony Martin 0161 483 7720

Vocations

Contact: Father Peter

Sharing Faith

CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration)

The CaFE course is a series of sessions exploring various aspects of Catholicism. The course is held in the parish centre meeting room, in a relaxed setting, starting with a prayer, video and then ending with group discussion. Coffee and refreshments are served.

Contact: Rachel McKay 0161 487 1659

Centering Prayer as taught by Fr Thomas Keating OCSO

Centring prayer is prayer of the heart – God may be loved but not thought, Come and rest in Him. We gather every Tuesday in the Parish Centre at 11.15am. All are welcome.

Contact: Mike O’Malley 0161 483 8296

Churches Together in Hazel Grove 

This brings together representatives from the Christian churches in our town for shared prayer, action and fellowship. Committee members meet regularly and help to organise such events as worship and scripture study during Christian Unity Week, Lent, Pentecost and other key moments, plus the Covenant Renewal Service, which commits the churches to striving towards greater unity. Anybody interested is welcome to join our representatives on the committee.

Contact: Cath Smith: 0161 612 3592

Footsteps

A series of presentations by a variety of speakers who can help us as we journey in our Christian faith. All are welcome to join us in our parish centre in an informal, friendly, café-style setting, to listen, chat, reflect and take whatever spiritual and actual refreshment is on offer each night.

Our events in 2023 will all be on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm on the following dates:

9 February, 16 March, 27 April, 8 June, 13 July, 7 September, 12 October.

Contact : Anne-Marie Bailey 0161 456 2213 or send an Email to footsteps2020@mail.com

Guided Prayer

Contact: Mike O’Malley 0161 483 8296

LPA Liaison

Contact: Julie Williams 0161 285 0244

Mothers’ Prayers

Contact: Teresa Thiele 07778 848709

Praise and Worship

Contact: Laura Small 01625 876752

Rosary Groups 

The Rosary Group meets fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Sacristy (entry via the back door, up the steps) at 7.30pm.  We are a friendly group and pray the Rosary reflectively using music and scripture. All are welcome - no experience of praying the Rosary before is needed!

Contact: Laura Small 01625 876752

Scripture Group

The Scripture Group meets at 7.30pm in the parish centre every second and fourth Wednesday evening throughout the year, with a break in August and during the period of Lent to give us the opportunity to attend the Churches Together services. Over the 20+ years we’ve been meeting, we have listened to recorded talks from a wide variety of international and local speakers; we also consider the readings for the following Sunday, putting them in context of both their place in scripture and in our daily lives. Ours is a friendly and informal group; it includes people from other denominations and is always lively, informative and enriching.

Contact: Michael O’Malley 0161 483 8296

Supporting Families and Youth

Bereavement Support

Here is a Bereavement Support Pack.

Contact: Helen Lyons 07854 928072

TOAST (Time on a Sunday Together)

The group aims to explain the Gospel stories to young children in ways meaningful to them. We operate during the Sunday Mass during term time. We meet at 9:30 in the parish centre on Sunday mornings. We pray and then the children work with day’s Gospel in a way suited to them.

Contact: Teresa Thiele 07778 848709

Little Fishes

Contact: Anne Wroe 07763 387001

The Alpha Marriage Course

Run once a year this course is suitable for all married couples and is a practical guide to an even more successful relationship. It involves seven sessions over seven weeks and a lovely meal is provided at each session. There is no group work involved and all presentation is done via DVD.

Contact: David/Laura Small 01625 876752

SPY - St Peter's Youth

SPY meetings take place on the 2nd Sunday evening of each month at 7.15pm in the parish meeting room. All young people who attend secondary school or 6th form are invited to join us for an evening of fun, games and faith exploration. New members are very welcome.

Contact: David Small 01625 876752.

Outreaching in the Community

Hospital Chaplaincy

Contact: Chaplaincy Office 0161 419 5889, In Emergency (Hospital switchboard will bleep) 0161 483 1010

Justice and Peace

St. Peter’s Justice & Peace meet in the Parish Centre at 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month, except August. The group aims to raise awareness in the Parish about peace and justice issues including homelessness, global poverty, fairtrade, human rights and many other issues. The group also raises money and activates support for local, national and international charities. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Carmel O’Malley 0161 483 8296

LAMBS (Less-Able in Mind and Body) 

We have been running this happy social group one Sunday afternoon a month since 1994. Its main aim is to put the needs of the less­ able before anything else.  About 20-30 members are welcomed, along with their families, friends and carers. We laugh, we dance, we smile, we dance some more, we make new friends, we dance again and we eat delicious food donated by kind parishioners. This is a group which touches many individuals in our parish. Our celebrations for special occasions bring in many helpers, but if you can ‘t get along, sending in some food would be a great help to us. Meetings are on the last Sunday of the month (except Bank Holidays) from 4.00-6.00pm.

Contacts: Jackie Mackay 0161 483 6348
Kath Coll 0161 456 0881

Lenten Lunches

Each Lent a small team gets together to serve soup-and-a-roll, with tea and coffee, after midday Friday Mass. It started a few years ago as a fund-raiser, and continues to support the Mission in Peru where Fr Ned Wall spent five years.  Now it’s just as much a social occasion, although generous donations always bring us back to the primary aim of this Lenten event. (All soup is home made, so if you have a favourite recipe and a large pan, that might be your way to help for one day).

Contact: Helen Lyons 07854 928 072, Jackie Mackay 0161 483 6348

Missio (Mission Boxes)

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (Missio) is an easy way of contributing to the mission work of the Church throughout the world. If you would like a red collecting box for those spare coins, then please phone Margaret.

Contact: Margaret King 0161 483 4584 or Fiona Preece 0161 456 4319

St Peter's Helpers

Hello. We are St Peter's Helpers, a group of parishioners from St Peter's Catholic Church, Hazel Grove, who want to join up support to everyone who needs it. We were set up in March 2020 to provide support to people through Covid 19, but have now become a larger team of Friends to help with friendship, social contact and support of different kinds.

Our mission is to:

  • Offer emergency practical support to those in need.

  • Offer friendship, a welcoming community and support to all who need it in our community. 

  • Offer signposting to other organisations to help with specific needs. 

  • To reduce isolation and enable everyone to contribute their talents and gifts.

https://sites.google.com/view/st-peters-helpers/home 

Parish Priest: Fr Peter Sharrocks
Deacon: Rev John McKay 

Parish Office:
admin@stpetershazelgrove.org.uk

St Peter's Church, 16 Green Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4EA
0161 483 3476

St Philip's Church, Half Moon Lane, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5LB
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