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Welcome to Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride



The church of Our Lady of Loreto & St. Winefride (generally referred to as St. Winefride’s Church) was opened in 1906 to serve the local Roman Catholic community. We are a family-friendly church and welcome people of all ages to join us. In addition to our weekly church services we have a number of other activities aimed at developing our faith and our community. For example, a Children’s Liturgy and regular Parish Coffee Mornings.

History

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.

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).