On October 1 2007, the parishes of Holy Angels in Hale Barns, St Hugh and St John in Timperley (formerly the parishes of St Hugh of Lincoln and St John the Baptist), and St Vincent de Paul in Altrincham, were brought together to form the Altrincham Pastoral Area.

A Leadership Team of clergy and lay people from these parishes meet regularly to promote ways in which we can share resources, deepen our understanding of faith and support each other as we face the challenges of the future together. A key responsibility for the team is to work collaboratively to discern and address the pastoral needs of our parish communities so enabling us to continue growing in God’s love. Over the next five years, we aim to work towards four central objectives, which are:

  • to develop a sense of community between the three parishes;
  • progress an ethos of support between the parishes;
  • collaborate on appropriate pastoral activities; and
  • maintain and develop further relationships between the schools, parishes, and communities within the Altrincham Pastoral Area.

Over the last three years, the Altrincham Pastoral Team has been responsible for organising a number of activities within the area that has helped further these objectives, for example: an annual pastoral area Mass; reconciliation services in Advent and Lent; a formal programme of adult education; and a series of talks by guest speakers on various areas of ministry.

In the coming year, a number of initiatives and activities will be undertaken, including the implementation of the Home, School, and Parish initiative and the Wednesday Word in our schools and parishes. Please keep an eye on the ‘events’ page that details forthcoming events and initiatives organised with the Altrincham Pastoral Area.