Fr Nathaniel Onwuekwe joined us at the end of August 2020. He was ordained a Catholic Priest on 5th July 2008 in Nigeria.
Fr Nathaniel studied in Switzerland and has a doctorate in Moral Theology. Fr Nathaniel has provided pastoral supply to several parishes in the Diocese, including a short while at Northampton Cathedral before being made Parish Priest here at St Anthony's.
Rev Paul Lipscomb
The Parish Liturgy Group meets to plan and coordinate the celebration of Mass and Feast Days. The Group also supports the Priest in all Liturgical aspects of the Parish.
Contact: Sue Hayes
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are appointed every year to offer the Holy Eucharist in the Parish.
Our Ministers of the Word are appointed every Easter to proclaim the Word at Mass in church.
Contact: Anne Dyer
We have a wonderful team of Altar Servers of boys and girls from Age 7 upwards. They serve at the Vigil Mass on Saturday and on Sunday. If you are interested in your son or daughter learning more about this role, please see our Lead Server.
Conact: Lanre Sanni
The Children's Liturgy Group runs during term-time at the 10.30 Mass on Sundays and it operates as an alternative Liturgy of the Word for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 that is easy to understand. Pre-school children are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by an adult. At the start of Mass, Fr Nathaniel invites the children to come forward and accept the Book of the Word. The children then process out to the Crypt. They may act out a Gospel story, make a card, sing or talk about the Word of God. The children return to the Church in time for the Offertory Procession when they rejoin their families.
Contact: Deborah Jeyarajah
St Anthony's Music Group meets every Wednesday at 6.30pm in the Crypt. It comprises of guitarists, singers and percussionists. The Group meets to practice and plan the music for the forthcoming Mass on a Sunday. We have a number of children and adults and are always looking for more members. Due to COVID-19 is this currently suspended.
Contact: Catherine Hayes
We have a small group of dedicated parishioners who willingly give up their time on a regular basis to help with preparing people young and old for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and RCIA. To find out more about these Sacraments, click the link below.
The Accompanied Prayer Group normally meets in the crypt on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Each meeting starts with an informal get-together over tea and coffee at 11.00, before prayers from 11.30 to 12.30. (There are no meetings in August). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting is currently suspended.
Contact: Rochdale Alexis
St Anthony's prayer group usually meet every Thursday afternoon in the Crypt. Prayer meeting are currently suspended due to COVID-19.
The last Fete was held in 2019. Well done and thank you! Thanks to all who contributed in so many ways, came and helped make this day such a splendid fundraising success.
Contact: David Picton/Anne Dyer
Our Church flowers are taken care of by Patsy Molloy on a weekly basis. If you are available to assist her in any way, please do contact her via the Parish Office.
Contact: Patsy Molloy
Our sanctuary and sacristy is looked after by our Sacristans.
Contact: Emma Barrion and Patsy Molloy
We have a big team of volunteers who help clean our church on a rota basis. If you would like to join them, please get in touch!
Contact: Parish Office
St Anthony's has beautiful grounds and these are looked after by a number of kind volunteers. If you are able to assist, please see Fr Nathaniel.
Every week we have volunteers that count the offertory collections, and take the money to the bank. There is a rota for performing this duty every Monday to share the responsibility between the volunteers.
Contact: Parish Office