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Welcome to Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride’s.

The Parish has been in existence for over 100 years. The Marist Fathers (The Society of Mary) first established a Catholic Mission in a temporary chapel in Kew Gardens Road in 1898. The church was opened in 1906 and was served by the Marist Fathers until 1984.

Our church is dedicated both to Our Lady of Loreto and Saint Winefride. This double dedication arises because the Founder of the Society of Mary had made a pilgrimage to the Loreto shrine in Italy in 1833 immediately after asking for papal approval to establish the Society; and Saint Winefride was the favourite saint of one of this church’s principal local benefactors. The Church was opened in 1906 and the side aisles, baptistery and chapels were added in 1968. Remodelling of the sanctuary took place in 1977 and – in celebration of the centenary – the church was refurbished and decorated in 1998.

clergy-support-fund-campaignArchbishop Peter Smith would like every Catholic in the Diocese to have an opportunity to hear about the needs of sick and retired priests and how you can lend your support to the fundraising campaign to raise £4.5m over the next four years.  This is a major priority for our Diocese.

Please look out for announcements in the newsletter and in the Narthex.

A priest will normally retire from full time parish ministry when he reaches 75 years of age. Many continue to work in some form of ministry. When a priest resigns from his parish ministry or a full time ecclesiastical appointment the Diocesan Finance Office establishes his likely income and needs on an individual basis and ensures he has sufficient financial resources to afford the necessities of life, live in properly heated and adequately maintained accommodation and can pay for some recreation and travel.

There are currently 69 retired priests in our Diocese and this number is expected to increase to about 93 by 2018. The costs of supporting them are currently met by the Diocese, partly through an annual contribution from each parish, but the increase in numbers will create more pressure on these costs. A summary of the costs, income and shortfall over five years is given below.

Sick and retired diocesan priests – Summary of income and costs

Year 2014 2018
Estimated number of retired priests 70 93
Estimated Income 495,000 495,000
Estimated Expenditure 1,297,000 1,477,000
Shortfall 802,000 982,000
Cumulative shortfall over 5 years 4,505,000

 

St. Winefride’s at work; the Parish Handbook.

St. Winefride’s at work: the Parish Handbook has now been added to this website within the Parish Documents section (see left).

Parish Plan (2013 – 2016)

The Parish Plan (2013 – 2016) has now been added to this website within the Parish Documents section (see left).