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Our latest news and events are now posted on line for all to see.


Want to Learn about St Ethelbert?

St Ethelbert is our patron saint - we have a full section on his life, influence and legacy.


Parish Council Minutes

Full details of the parish council meetings, agenda and minutes can be found here.



Our latest fundraising activities are listed on line.


Welcome to St Ethelbert's RC Church in Bolton

Dear Visitors, Friends, and Parishioners

Welcome to St Ethelbert’s Website! I am so glad you found us on the web, and I hope that you will visit St Ethelbert’s Parish Church soon in person. We can’t wait to welcome you!

St Ethelbert’s is a Community of Faith: The original prayer to St Ethelbert, the first Christian King on these Isles says this: God, our Ruler and Guide, we honour you and our Patron King Ethelbert of Kent who, gently persuaded by the truth of your Gospel, encouraged others by their example of faith, hope and love to follow freely the path of discipleship;and we pray that we, like them, may show the goodness of your Word not only by our words but in our lives. That is what our Parish Family is all about: The path of discipleship through words and through our daily lives!

Our community celebrates the Holy Mass with reverence and active participation. The joy of Christ is evident within the hearts of the assembly when we raise our voices in praise and song! The Mass is at the centre of all that we do.

Opportunities for involvement and spiritual growth abound through our many ministries, activities, and outreach programmes. We strive to reach out to those in need around us, and we take seriously the Church’s call to Works of Mercy and Works of Justice. We love to help others, grow in faith and friendships, and have fun in the process!

At St Ethelbert’s, we value life-long learning. Part of growing closer to Christ means continually opening our hearts to learning more about the beauty and depth of our Catholic Faith! From our children’s ministry, Sacramental Programme, pastoral care in our Primary Schools, and many adult learning opportunities, we strive to never stop growing in faith!

Please take time to check out our website, and see some of what we have to offer.

We are always open to ways to serve you better, so please do not hesitate to contact me, our Parish Pastoral Councilor our ministry leaders by phone or by email - for details please see our Contact page.

We hope to hear from you soon!

In Jesus and Mary,
God bless,
Fr Duncan
Parish Priest and School Governor

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Please remember that attendance at ALL meetings is absolutely necessary. Please find a Babysitter for the Meetings.

For full details, please download our Welcome Meetings Pamphlet by clicking here.

Welcome Meetings Schedule 2016 Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality

Session 1: Tuesday, 23rd February [with Father Duncan]
Welcome, Mass and Church’s Year, Parish Activities, the Church building

Session 2: Monday, 29th February
Bible, Spiritual Reading, Life of the Saints, Pope Francis

Session 3: Monday 7th March
Daily Prayer and Rosary

Session 4: Monday, 14th March
Sacraments, especially Confession, Eucharist and prayer

Session 5: Tuesday, 22nd March [with Father Duncan]
Q&A, Where do we go from here?

Venue: Parish Room, St Ethelbert’s Church, Hawthorne Street, Bolton BL3 5RG

Time: 7.30pm until 9.00pm [including refreshments]

Thank you.