St. Joseph’s, Withnell, founded in 1884, is the highest parish in the Liverpool Archdiocese. This moorland church stands 850 feet (259 m) above sea level, looking out to Darwen Tower, Withnell Moor, Belmont Moor, Great Hill and Winter Hill.
There is a strong sense of belonging and parishioners are encouraged to be involved in all areas, whether through the Permanent Diaconate, Eucharistic Ministry, reading at Mass, or helping with social events.
The church was re-ordered in 1994, when the altar rail was removed and the altar and tabernacle were re-positioned.
We hope that you would agree that it provides a prayerful atmosphere.
What do we do as a “Moorland Sanctuary”?
Sunday Mass is very much Family oriented with the children bringing up the Offertory and having their own brief Homily from Fr. based on the Gospel Tableau.
Harvest Mass: Last Sunday of September. In thanksgiving to the Lord for his goodness to us. Goods brought go to the Chorley Food Bank.
Tea and Coffee on a regular basis. It is especially popular with the older Parishioners who can stay and have a natter, and who may not have much opportunity of getting out in the week.
Deacons, Eucharistic Ministers are all of value in helping the Priest, together with Readers, Counters etc.
Our Flower Arrangers Paula and Julie produce fantastic displays at principle times in the Liturgical Year.