Welcome & history of our parish

Welcome to our beloved parish and church, dedicated to Our Lady and Saint Christopher.  We wish you grace and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Our parish, comprising Bredbury, Romiley and Woodley, developed from St. Joseph’s, Stockport when in 1912 the Sisters of Charity D’Evron arrived at Harrytown Hall and opened a Mass centre and school. Father Griffin was the first parish priest and the sisters gave us the land on which our buildings now stand. The present church was dedicated by Bishop Moriarty in 1932. Later, in 1952, the adjacent Parish House was completed, then in 1965 our parish school, St. Christopher’s, and in 1966 the Parish Centre behind the church.

 

Because of the rapid growth in urban housing, the church was extended in 1967 and for a while we even had two extra Mass centres: a scout hut in Cherry Tree, Romiley, and the Civic Hall in Woodley. In 1980, the church sanctuary was reordered in line with the post-Vatican II liturgical requirements, with a new altar and centre aisle, as well as two side aisles. The new altar was blessed by Bishop Joseph Gray on 11 November 1981.

 

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