Shrewsbury ... shall be a name 'as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost'

Blessed John Henry Newman, 1852

Catholic Associations

Other Associations

ARCHCONFRATERNITY OF ST STEPHEN FOR ALTAR SERVERS

Diocesan Director:  Canon Jonathan Mitchell, Cathedral House, 11 Belmont,  Shrewsbury SY1 1TE. Tel: 01743 362366.

Email: canon.jonathan@shrewsburycathedral.co.uk

ASSOCIATION FOR THE PASTORAL CARE OF THE MENTALLY ILL

A national, ecumenical voluntary community based charity which seeks to offer friendship and support to those with a mental illness and their relatives and carers, by the provision of volunteer befrienders, localised branch activities and information on pastoral care. For further information contact the APCMI, The Crypt, Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street, London WCIH 8JU.

Tel: 01483 38936.

ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH

Diocesan Director:  Rev Simon O’Connor, St Joseph’s, Woodford Lane, Winsford CW7 2JS

Tel 01606 543877

Email: stjosephwinsford2012@hotmail.co.uk

ASSOCIATION OF BLIND CATHOLICS

To enable persons with a visual impairment to lead a full and active life within the Church. The ABC offers a Daisy CD and cassette lending library and a monthly Catholic Talking Newspaper for an annual subscription of £1 , plus organising retreats and gatherings.

Assistant Secretary:    Paul Questier, 58 Oakwood Rd, Horley, Surrey RH6 7BU.

Tel: 01293 772104

ASSOCIATION OF INTER-CHURCH FAMILIES

The Association exists to support families where husband & wife are practising members of different denominations. It encourages them to strengthen their family unity whilst remaining loyal to their own Christian traditions. Local groups:-

Diocesan Contact:   Mr & Mrs P. Mayles, Five Oaks, Street Hey La, Willaston, Neston CH64 1SS.

Tel: 0151-327 7196. Email: mayles@fsmail.net

Website: www.interchurchfamilies.org.uk

ASSOCIATION OF SEPARATED AND DIVORCED CATHOLICS

A federation of lay support groups to provide mutual help and spiritual support to those who have experienced the pain of marriage breakdown.

Helpline:  0113 264 0638

Email: cl.townsend@btinternet.com

Media Contact:  01225 754320

Website: www.asdcengland.org.uk

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE

A weekend programme which seeks to help separated, divorced and bereaved people to make a gentle closure on the past and start life afresh. Weekends are held annually in the Spring and Autumn. For further information write to Kath Harding, 11 Walkden Avenue East, Wigan WN1 2DX.

Tel: 01942 246542

Email: kathharding@blueyonder.co.uk

CATHOLIC ARCHIVES SOCIETY

The Catholic Archive Society promotes and advises on listing, management and preservation of records of dioceses, religious foundations and institutions of the Catholic Church. It does not collect or store archives.

Chair:  Margaret Harcourt Williams, Innyngs House, Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5PL.

Secretary: Sarah Maspero, 50A Gordon Road, Fareham,

Hampshire P016 7SP

Email:  sarah.maspero@gmail.com

Website: www.catholic-history.org

CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (CARJ)

An agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, an independent charity and a membership organisation. The objective of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) is to promote racial justice in the Church and in society. We work to ensure that racism and racial inequality are eradicated. We do this through advocacy, education and programmes including: Racial Justice Sunday (RJS) by raising awareness about a different racial justice issue each year and providing RJS resources to parishes. RJS is on the second Sunday in September every year; Training groups in parishes, dioceses, religious orders and others about racial justice issues to empower and support them in their work and ministries; Outreach to ethnic minority communities, including Gypsies, Roma & Travellers. We organise the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Support Network and publish the Newsletter Pilgrim Catholic; Countering Political Extremism, including racist politics and organisations working with other Christian denominations. We have produced resources working ecumenically and provide support to enable churches to counter extremism in their localities; a Schools Project to support Ethnic Minority students to reach their potential; an Urban Network to support those involved in the Church’s work with disadvantaged urban communities. Meetings focus on public policy issues e.g. affordable housing, homelessness, equalities, migration and community cohesion.

Episcopal Chair of CARJ: Rt Rev Patrick Lynch

Chair: Mrs Yogi Sutton

National Coordinator: Miss Rosie Bairwal

Address: CARJ, 9 Henry Road, London, N4 2LH. Tel: 020 8802 8080  Fax: 020 8211 0808

E-mail: info@carj.org.uk  Website: www.carj.org.uk

CATHOLIC FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

Exists to help those with Catholic ancestry to research their family history in England and Wales; makes accessible official records relating to Catholic families; and publishes ‘Catholic Ancestor’ magazine and a regional newsletter. Meetings are held in various places in the Midlands and North-West regions.

NW Secretary:  Mrs J Smith, 10 Irving Close, Woodsmoor, Stockport SK2 7DX

Website: www.catholic-history.org.uk

CATHOLIC GUIDE GUILD

Membership is open to all Catholic members of the Girl Guide Association and endeavours to encourage a greater appreciation of faith through Guide training with the inclusion of the Ki-Ro Scheme.

Chairman: Vacant

Advisory Council Rep: Mrs Catherine Bedford, 27 Bristol Dr, Great Sutton,

Ellesmere Port CH66 2HR. Tel: 0151-339 9718.

Treasurer: Post to be directed to the Chairman.

Chaplain: Vacant.

CATHOLIC HANDICAPPED FELLOWSHIP

Shrewsbury Diocesan Committee:

Diocesan Chaplain:     Rev John P. Daly.

Honorary Secretary  Jane Christley, 18 Rycroft Road, Meols, Wirral CH47 9RQ

Tel: 0151-632 4891

Hon Treasurer: Mr T Fitzgerald, 3 Howbeck Cl, Prenton, Wirral CH43 6TH.

Tel: 0151-652 9623.

The Fellowship exists to give practical and spiritual support to all Catholic Handicapped Persons and their families. Membership is also open to all who are willing to help by prayers and active work. Annual Diocesan Mass in Chester in Summer. Annual Diocesan Carol Service in St Catherine’s Hoylake. Contact Secretary as above for any further information.

CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Formerly Guild of Catholic Doctors, membership is open to all Catholic health-care workers. It provides a forum to meet and discuss moral and ethical matters relating to health. There are branches of the association in both Manchester and Liverpool and meetings are held regularly in both cities.

Further details from:      Email: cmamanchester@gmail.com.

Dr Raymond Ahearn.

Email: ahearnraymond@hotmail.com (Liverpool).

CATHOLIC NATIONAL LIBRARY

The Catholic National Library is a major theological and historical reference and lending library containing 70,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals. Formerly known as the Catholic Central Library based in London, we are now in larger premises at St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough. We are able to post books to any part of the British Isles to our members, as well as answering email and phone requests. Full details on our website at http://www.catholic-library.org.uk, or brochure available on request by writing to:

Mrs Joan Bond (Librarian), Catholic National Library, St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough, Hants GU14 7NQ.

Tel: 01252 543818

CARITAS SOCIAL ACTION NETWORK (CSAN)

The official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action. We are a family of social action charities collectively known as the Caritas network which is supported by the CSAN team. The Caritas network works for the most vulnerable people of society across England and Wales, providing support for families and children, the elderly, the homeless, refugees, the disabled and prisoners. The national team of CSAN, based in London, works to strengthen and facilitate the network, conduct policy and advocacy work and use its ‘voice’ at a national level. CSAN is a member of Caritas Interntionalis, within the Caritas Europa group.

Chair of Trustees: Rt Rev Terence Drainey

Vice-Chair: Mrs Margaret Dight

Chief Executive: Helen O’Brien

CSAN Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB

Tel: 020-7870 2210 Email: admin@csan.org.uk  Website: www.csan.org.uk

DYMPNA CENTRE

Primarily for those in church ministry or the consecrated life, who need to reflect. Offers meetings for discernment, spiritual direction, counselling and listening.

Rev Terry McGrath, The Dympna Centre, Parkside House, 17 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LF.

Tel: 01423 817515.

Email: thedympnacentre@hotmail.com

Website: www.thedympnacentre.co.uk

ENCOURAGE

A spiritual support group for homosexual Catholics wishing to live according to the teaching of the Church. EnCourage meets regularly and offers confidential group and personal support. Write to:

The EnCourage Trust, Box 3745, London N2 8LW or Email: wincobankuni@aol.com

Website: www.encouragetrust.org.uk

also: couragerc.org/ and encouragelondon@yahoo.co.uk or call 07799 216623.

ENGLISH CATHOLIC HISTORY ASSOCIATION

The Association aims to advance the education of the public in English Catholic History, including promoting interest and encouraging research into the Catholic History of England and Wales and helping to preserve relevant documents. Regular meetings and visits are arranged and members receive a quarterly newsletter.

Secretary:  Mrs Angela Hodges, 45 High Street, Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset TA14 6PR

Tel: 01935 823928

Email: secretary@echa.org.uk

Website: www.echa.org.uk

FAMILY HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Registered Office:      Marcus House, Marcus Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 3NY.

Tel: 0151-647 5000

Fax: 0151-647 5007.

Email: familyha@btconnnect.com

Chairman: Mr R Hamilton.

Secretary/Chief Executive: Mr Keith Molony.

LIFE-LIGHT HOME STUDY COURSES

To promote Catholic Adult Religious Education, a team of laity provide courses by post in the different areas of the theology of Vatican II. Courses leading to the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (formerly Catholic Teachers Certificate) are also provided. Details from: Chris Harris, 28 Laurel Drive, Stockton, Southam CV47 8FB. Tel: 01926 810798. Email: lifelight@btinternet.com

MOTHERS PRAYERS OF THE SOLACE COMMUNITY

Founded in 1995 by two grandmothers to encourage mothers to meet in small weekly prayer groups (2 to 8 mothers) and pray for the well-being of their children. “Mothers Prayers” has now spread to 105 countries.

To find out more information, especially about your nearest group, please use the contact details overleaf:

1) Mothers Prayers of the Solace Community, PO Box 416, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6WE.

Tel/Fax: 01959 532505. Email: office@motherprayers.org

2) Mothers Prayers Office (England and Wales), PO Box 98, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 4BB.

Email: carolyn@mothersprayers.org

NORTH WEST CATHOLIC HISTORY SOCIETY

To promote interest in the Catholic history of the region by issuing a journal and occasional publications. Conferences are also organised. Subscriptions are £15 p.a.

Chairman: Mr J. Davies

Treasurer: Mr B.T. Farrimond, 11 Tower Hill, Ormskirk L39 2EE.

Tel: 01695-575038. Email: brianfarrimond@mailbolt.com

Website: www.catholic-history.org.uk

Secretary: Mrs Linda Forster, 1 Rydal Avenue, Freckleton, Preston PR4 1DT

OUR LADY’S CATECHISTS

An association of men and women who are qualified to give religious instruction. We work in Parishes and also by distant learning. Our postal and on-line courses include our Foundation Course leading to a qualification Certificate for training parish catechists, or as a personal development course only. Our Diploma Course which provides more academic training enabling catechist to lead parish programmes. “Catholicism Made Simple” a basic introduction to the faith for adults and youths; A Children’s Section which provides Courses and lesson leaflets for parents or catechists working with children at non-Catholic schools and to prepare children for First Sacraments. Our latest Course is Mysteries of the Christian Life based on the twenty decades of the Rosary.

Diocesan Representative: Miss J. McCarthy, 38 Camrose Close, Runcorn Cheshire WA7 5NS.

Tel: 01928 560198

Website: www.ourladyscatechists.wordpress.com

OUT THERE – Supporting Families of Prisoners

This is a project of the Daughters of Charity offering support, information telephone contact and home visits to the families of prisoners, during the period from arrest to release, within the Greater Manchester area.

Address: 2a Powell Street, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 7QQ

Tel: 0161-232 8986

PROJECT 2030 – THE TWENTYSOMETHINGS AND THE THIRTYSOMETHINGS

The Twentysomethings and The Thirtysomethings groups enable young Catholics in their 20s and 30s to get together at a social and spiritual level. Events include: pilgrimages; trips; holidays; Masses; Retreats; walks and parties.

National Office:St John’s, 266 Wellington Road North, Stockport SK4 2QR

For details contact: Rev Hugh Hanley (Director) at: hugh@project2030.eu or 07530 926 497.

Websites:  20s: www.twentysomethings.eu

30s: www.thirtysomethings.eu

SOCIETY OF ST GREGORY

A national Society which works to assist priests and people to celebrate the liturgy worthily. It encourages study and active participation by organising study days, conferences and an annual Summer School for all concerned with music and worship. A journal ‘Music and Liturgy’ is published regularly, meetings are arranged for composers.

Diocesan Representative: Rev Christopher Matthews, Diocesan Master of Liturgical Ceremonies

Sacred Heart and St Peter’s Presbytery, Floatshall Road, Baguley, Manchester M23 1HP

Email: shrewsbury@ssg.org.uk

Website: www.ssg.org.uk

SPRED (Special Religious Development)

Parish based groups which include children and adults with special needs. Our aim is to journey together in faith and love, sharing real life and spiritual experiences. These are celebrated within the group and the parish. Contact: Christine Prothero, c/o Holy Name Church. Tel: 0151-232 4130.

ST BARNABAS SOCIETY

For the assistance of clergy and religious from other denominations who come into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Headquarters:   Rev Richard Bickerstaff, 4 First Turn, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8AH. Tel: 01865 513377.

Email: stbarnabassociety@gmail.com

Website: stbarnabassociety.org.uk

ST LUKE’S CENTRE (A Ministry of Wellness and Healing)

The St Luke’s Centre is a psychological and educational support centre for priests, religious women and men and candidates for ministry or religious life. We offer psychological assessments, candidate assessments, workshops, outpatients therapy, continuing care post residential treatment, consultation services and conference facilities for leadership teams and diocesan bodies. The Centre works in collaboration with the Saint Luke Institute Maryland and has the full backing of COR and the Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Director: Rev Dr Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, St Luke’s Centre, Danesfield, Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8BT

Tel: 0161-226 4563

Email:info@stlukescentre.org.uk

Website: www.stlukescentre.org.uk

SURVIVE-MIVA (Missionary Vehicle Association)

SURVIVE-MIVA is a Catholic organisation which makes grants for transport to missionaries working in areas of great need.

Office: SURVIVE-MIVA, 5 Park Vale Rd, Aintree, Liverpool L9 2DG

Tel: 0151 523 3878

Fax: 0151 523 3841.

Email: info@survive-miva.org.

Website: www.survive-miva.org

VEILAUDIO

Provides a free postal lending service of audio books on cassette and CD for the blind, visually impaired and housebound. There are approximately 600 titles of a predominantly spiritual nature, plus a further 150 of a more recreational kind. The service is maintained by the Benedictines of Holy Trinity Monastery, St Mary’s Rd, East Hendred, Wantage OX12 8LF. Registered Charity No. 1108284.

Contact: The Librarian. Tel: 01235 821461; Email: veilaudio@benedictinenuns.org.uk. Website: www.benedictinenuns.org.uk

VOLUNTEER MISSIONARY MOVEMENT (VMM)

VMM recruits, prepares and sends Christians to work as lay missionaries in development projects linked with local churches in Africa and Central America.

Diocesan contact: Sam & Helen Corcoran, 7 Radbroke Close, Sandbach CW11 1YT

Tel: 01270 759154

Email: corcoran@ncla.co.uk

National Contact:        Alice Davidson, Volunteer Missionary Movement,  Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD.

Tel: 0151-291 3438.

Email: vmm@hope.ac.uk

VMM website: www.vmminternational.org

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMS

East Shropshire:    Mrs Cris Jones, 23 Manchester Drive, Apley, Telford TH 6XY.

Tel: 01952 253960.

YOUNG CHRISTIAN WORKERS

The Young Christian Workers (YCW) is an international movement for young people, run by young people. It aims to train and form young people (18-30) to make sense of their faith in their everyday lives and responsibilities so that they can act more fully in their own unique daily mission towards a more just and Christian society.

IMPACT! is a programme, developed by the YCW for young people between 14 and 17 years. It places strong emphasis on action led by the young people themselves and personal development. IMPACT! aims to help young people explore the link between faith and life in a way which is fun, innovative and empowers them to action. The programme is ideal for post confirmation groups, school groups and general church youth work.

National HQ: St Joseph’s, Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 4TY.

Tel: 020 8203 6290.

Email: info@ycwimpact.com

Website: www.ycwimpact.com