Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. The Bishops have now closed our churches to the public until further notice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Catholic Bishops Conference

The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. The Bishops have now closed our churches to the public until further notice. Adoration and Papal Blessing Join Pope Francis as he prays on the steps of St Peter's basilica on Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome).

The information below applies to practice outside of the Covid-19 Pandemic:

In line with The Prime Minister’s statement no churches in the Diocese should open again until these restrictions are lifted. This means further restrictions on weddings and baptisms, none of which should now take place.

Please encourage your parishioners to live our Faith in a different way. They can create somewhere in their homes that they and their family can go to pray during these days and remind them that although the Church building may be closed, the Church continues in each of us.

Private mass can still be offered and I am thankful to all those who have been able to make this available via streaming.

These are unprecedented times and it vital that we all do our part to protect the most vulnerable.


The Right Reverend John Stanley Kenneth Arnold, Eleventh Bishop of Salford 

Mon 23rd March 2020

Helping the people of Westhoughton know Jesus, grow in faith, and go into the world equipped to serve…




Until the confessional is compliant with safeguarding regulations, Confessions will be on request.


 “For all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:27

For all enquiries concerning Baptism or reception into the Roman Catholic Church, please contact our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Barry Lomax, by visiting the Church, or by telephone, 01942 812174.

The Diocesan policy requires the following: That all those seeking Baptism for their child must be Roman Catholic and live within the parish boundary; anyone being asked to be a sponsor must be over 16 years and (at least one) must be a Baptised and Confirmed Roman Catholic. Parents would need to attend Mass for 6 consecutive weeks, and after that time they would then be invited onto the parish Baptismal course. Upon completion of the course, and if they still wish to continue, they would be given an application form, and once this form is completed fully, a date agreeable to them and Fr Barry will be fixed in the parish diary for the actual celebration to take place. This fulfils and satisfies the requirements of the Diocese.

We, by Baptism, are immersed in that inexhaustible source of life which is the death of Jesus, the greatest act of love in all of history; and thanks to this love we can live a new life, no longer at the mercy of evil, of sin and of death, but in communion with God and with our brothers and sisters. (Pope Francis)


Visiting the sick

If you, or anyone you know in the parish, needs a visit from a priest, Holy Communion or Anointing, please contact our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Barry Lomax, by visiting the Church, or by telephone, 01942 812174.




Contact Fr Barry Lomax for more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programme.

R.C.I.A. or Ordo Initiationis Christianae Adultorum (OICA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.


The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church…. “The desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an inspiration to the Church”. As a response to that desire, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”. Pope Francis, Amoria Laetitia


For those wishing to arrange a wedding, please contact Fr Barry Lomax at the earliest opportunity. At least 6 months notice is required.




Sacramental Programme

The Sacramental Programme runs each year, and full dates are below.

Registration for the Reconciliation & First Eucharist programme is made each Summer. Details are published on the Parish Bulletin and via our Primary School.

For more information, please see Fr Barry Lomax, or contact the Sacramental  Programme co-ordinator, Mrs Maryrose Walsh.



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Welcome to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Westhoughton!

These pages provide an opportunity to a look at what is going on here as well as a way of communicating information. This parish is alive and active and you are welcome to be a part of it!

Central to our life are the Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist which are well attended, family friendly and have a variety of people exercising the different ministries within the Church. From this flow many activities to help us live out the words at the end of our Sunday celebration to, “Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord“.

New ideas are being implemented whilst trying to ensure that what is good is not lost. There are close links with our primary & secondary schools, Sacred Heart & St Joseph’s, as well as with the local community.

This parish has a rich heritage and tradition, a diverse background, a sense of vitality and celebration underpinned with faith, and a hope-filled future.

The centre of this community is Christ Himself, and there is a place here for you!


Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Barry Lomax

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Centre

8 Lord Street




Tel: 01942 812174

Diocese of Salford Reg. Charity No. 250037



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