Parish Groups

Welcome to information about our Parish Groups

Altar Servers

We have a wonderful team of Altar Servers.

You can join them if you have made your 1st Communion and are in Year 4 or above.

Contact at St. Teresa’s:   John Russell 01772 740090

Contact at St. Oswald’s:   Please contact the Presbytery

Contact at St. Mary Magdalen’s: Dorothy Power 01772 742927

APF – Mill Hill Missions – St. Joseph’s Missionary Society

We are an international fellowship of Catholic missionaries dedicated to announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people throughout the world. The mission and work of the Mill Hill Missionaries find expressions in various forms and ways. The last Chapter in 2005 redefined mission as the heart of the Society and challenged all members to live out the priorities of the Society in their respective ministries, responding appropriately to the challenges of secularisation and globalisation in the local churches where they serve.

Contact:   Dennis Conlon 01772 743909


We are aware that bereavement is a very personal time. We are not here to intrude on your privacy, but if there are times when help is needed we provide: A rosary prayed with the family, an evening before the funeral. Home visits. A monthly drop-in. We listen if you wish to talk and share memories of your loved one who has died. The team is here to help all our parishioners and others who may need support in any bereavement by any loss, miscarriage, stillbirth or suicide. We are not councillors, just a group of parishioners who have received training for this ministry. We have also experienced the grief of the death of a loved one. You may prefer to have a one-to-one meeting with one of our care team.

Our monthly drop-in, is an open invitation for anyone, to come along for a cup of tea and company. Bereavement Groups are held in both St. Teresa’s and St. Oswald’s.

Contact: Bereavement Group 07396 597517


The Catenians are an association of Catholic laymen who are committed to their faith, their families, to those in need and to each other. Our primary purpose is to establish a network of friends, which enhances their family life, strengthens their faith and sustains them in difficult times. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those in need. Our friendships are developed through meeting together locally once a month and enjoying a varied programme of social events together with our families and the widows of members

Contact:        Peter Gildert            0785 4209272        [email protected]

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Food Bank

Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank require Volunteers to help: With access to a vehicle to transport food from the Food Store at St. Teresa’s to Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive (usually on Monday morning). To help distribute food on a Friday morning from 9:30 am to 12 noon at Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, (on a Rota basis). If you can help in anyway please, 

Contact:      Tony Fitzpatrick on 01772 747777


The Knights of St. Columba is an organisation for Catholic men with over 300 Councils in Britain. We meet every month in St. Teresa’s church meeting room. Our motto is “Charity Unity and Fraternity”. We support our priest, members and their families. We also raise funds for local, national and international charities. We organise social events and support other groups within our parishes.

Contact:      Peter Jones   01772 743953

                    Andrew 01772 743085      

                    John 01772 751034    [email protected]

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Choir – St. Oswald’s       

“Do you enjoy singing? and would love to join a choir? We, at St. Oswald’s, would welcome you to join us. We meet on Tuesday evening 7:30 – 9:00 pm and sing on 3 out of 4 Saturday evenings for Mass. It is not necessary to be able to read music

Contact:        Sheila Pooley           [email protected]

Music Group  –  St. Oswald’s 

We are a group of singers and musicians who play at Mass on the last weekend of the month and other occasions including Christmas Eve, first Holy Communion, etc. We practice Tuesday 6:45-7:30 pm. All musical abilities welcome.           

Contact:        Jane Mann   07706 526605        [email protected]

Parent and Toddler Group

St. Mary Magdalen’s Parent & Toddler group age 0 – 4 years, is run every term time Tuesday from 9:15 – 11:15 am.  We provide healthy snack, tea/coffee healthy snack £2 per family

Contact:        Ilona Ramm 01772 929933        [email protected] 

St. Oswald’s Ladies  

St. Oswald’s Ladies, meet on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 pm, in the Parish Hall on Chapel Lane, Longton (next to the Church).  We try to provide a variety of speakers and entertainment.  Admission is £1 which includes refreshment and raffle.  We also have summer and Christmas prize Bingo nights and fundraising coffee mornings. We would welcome new members and visitors to our group.  Our events are advertised in the weekly parishes’ newsletter.

Contacts:      Margaret Kearns    01772 614264                                  

St. Teresa’s Ladies Association

The aim is to promote friendship amongst the ladies of the Parish, whilst at the same time
raising money for local charities and worthwhile causes. We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month in St. Teresa’s Parish Hall for a social evening of talks, films, shows and demonstrations.

Contact:        Sue McDonough     01772 741633    [email protected]

St. Teresa’s Parish Centre

The centre can provide an ideal venue for all types of parties and functions from Wedding Parties to Christenings, Birthdays, Anniversaries and Funerals.
Contact:      01772 743523

SVP – St. Mary Magdalen and St. Teresa. 

We welcome all parishioners to either join or feel free to offer their services whenever they wish. We visit the housebound or those in Care/Nursing Homes who have no or very few other visitors. We provide transport to Church, clinic appointments, hospital appointments, etc. for those who would not otherwise be able to attend independently.
Contact:      Catherine Jones       01772 740569           [email protected]
                    Paul Kearney           0780 1358 197 (St. Teresa’s + St. Mary Magdalen)

St. Oswald’s Caritas

Formed in 2017 this group, which is affiliated to the Catholic Caritas Organisation, aims to be the caring hands and heart of St. Oswald’s Parish. 

We welcome all parishioners to either join or feel free to offer their services whenever they wish. We visit the housebound or those in Care/Nursing Homes who have no or very few other visitors. We provide transport to Church, clinic appointments, hospital appointments, etc. for those who would not otherwise be able to attend
independently. We provide a regular lunch club for anyone who wishes to attend and enjoy the company of others… We have a close link with Galloway’s Society for the Blind providing assistance and friendship to those with all forms of visual impairment. We have members who take communion to the housebound. We
raise money for those in need via any suitable means, e.g. Church collections, Bingo, etc.

Our aim is to deepen and strengthen our own faith and promote a sense of spiritually. Our work is to seek and find people in need, of all faiths or none, and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our work. We meet from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm on alternate Wednesdays

Contact:   Stephen Bates    [email protected]

4th Penwortham Brownies

We meet in the Scout hut behind church, term time only. Monday’s 6:00 pm tile 7:30 pm. Open to girls aged 7-10.

Contact:        Jill Georgeson    [email protected]

8th Penwortham St. Teresa`s Scouts

Contact:        John Topping           [email protected]

Flower Arranging Team – St Teresa’s

We are a small friendly group of ladies who organise the flowers in St.  Teresa’s Church throughout the Liturgical Year. We meet, during the day, in the meeting room at the rear of  the Church to discuss the flowers for forthcoming weeks and  organise the flower rota

Contact:        Mrs Helen Charnock          01772 743078


St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School          

St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School

St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School

All Hallows Catholic High School

Welcomers and Collectors 

We consider that it is important that everyone is personally welcomed as they come into our churches. Each Sunday at Mass there are people to greet you and hand out Mass books and newsletters.

At each Mass we make a gift to God for the work of His church in the local area. Collectors help this to happen at each of the Masses.

We are always looking for new people to take up these roles so get in touch if this is something you can get involved in.

Children’s Liturgy Catechists

At Mass at 5:00 pm in St. Oswald’s, 9:30 am in St. Teresa’s and 11:00 am at St. Mary Magdalen’s; children can take part in their own Liturgy of the Word. This helps children understand the readings at their own level. The catechists prepare suitable materials each week that help children to actively engage in God’s Word.

You can join this team by speaking to one of the catechists.

Contact:    St Oswald’s  – Helen Cross