Corona Virus

Following the publication of a letter from the President and Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, all public acts of worship have been suspended from Friday 20th March. You can read the full letter here

Whilst we do not yet offer online live streaming of our Mass celebrations there are other churches that do. 

At present Live Streaming of masses is available from different churches the nearest one we are aware of is at St Vincent’s, Over Hulton.  They already live stream.  please follow the link to live stream services.  Their website is


Sunday mass at St Vincent’s is at 10.00am.


Walsingham is also live streaming all its services – their website

Further options can be found here: 

If you would like to make a donation to Our Lady's Haigh please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.

If you would like to make a donation to Holy Family, New Springs please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.

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This weekend’s Masses (5th & 6th September 2020): the Vigil Mass will be on Saturday at 6.00pm and the Sunday Mass at 9.30am, both at Our Lady’s. Sunday Mass returns to Holy Family this weekend at 11.15am. However, all parishioners are reminded that, at present, there is still no obligation to attend Mass.


There are no mid-week Masses planned for the near future.

The Parish of Haigh, Aspull & Blackrod

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was founded in the mid 1850's and is part of the R.C. Diocese of Salford. The Church was blessed and opened in 1858, the year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes. The Church was re-ordered in the 1990's and several new stained-glass windows were installed, some made in Blackrod, and are an interesting feature of the Church.

Holy Family Parish, New Springs, was funded from Our Lady's in 1898 and in 2009 clebrated the Golden Jubilee of its Church. The community of Blackrod, Bolton, had a chapel-of-ease from 1960 to 2009 when St. Andrews Church Hall was closed.

All three areas - Haigh & Aspull, Blackrod and New Springs are now served from Our Lady's.

Rev Kevin Foulkes

48 Haigh Road
Wigan WN2 1YA

TEL: 01942 516732

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Sacrament of Reconciliation


11:30 - 12 noon

As announced


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A Parish History    ~   1858-2018

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Mr Livesey & Mr West have worked with local parishioners to produce a book about the history of our parish and school, they have kindly allowed us to reproduce an electronic version of their book, available on the Parish Page, CLICK HERE to read it.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the book CLICK HERE



It is a privilege and honour to write the forward to the Parish History of Our Lady’s Parish, on its 160th Anniversary.


It has also been a privilege and honour, and a pleasure, to serve as Our Lady’s Parish Priest since 1997 – following in the footsteps of my twenty-six predecessors.


Saint Peter writes ‘He is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house.’ (Peter 2:3-5)


We are the living stones of this Christian community – commissioned as ‘missionary disciples’ to be Christ’s ‘ambassadors’ (St. Paul Cor. 5:20) in loving witness, worship and service to our community.


There have been many changes over these 160 years – in the Church, Society, Education and the design of Our Lady’s Church. The priests and people of Our Lady’s Parish have experienced many joyful family and Parish celebrations but also wars, peace, poverty and economic depressions, through twelve Pontificates and six Reigns – and we too are facing a challenging time for the Catholic Church. Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman wrote that ‘To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often’.


And so, building on and celebrating our heritage – the stones of Our Lady’s Church, and the ‘living stones’ of our dedicated, faithful and often courageous priests, parishioners and teachers in our Parish School we can face the future with confidence. We do so knowing that Jesus, Our Risen Lord, has promised to be with his Church forever. (Matthew 28:20)


I commend this publication to be read and enjoyed by everyone.


Many thanks to Phil Livesey and Neil West for their initiative to begin and to bring this book to completion and to all who have collaborated with them, with their own very interesting and often amusing memories! God bless you all.


Fr Kevin C. Foulkes

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Thoughts for the 25th Sunday of the Year.
The earliest civil record of my dad’s family in Manchester was from a late 18th Century Trade Directory, where a Richard Foulkes was recorded as “Shoemaker and teacher”. Church marriage records show that several generations of the family were married at the Collegiate Parish Church of Manchester, now the Anglican Cathedral, when large numbers of couples were married together because, as Manchester grew into “Cottonopolis”, there were still very few churches in the city. Some were later built, financed from compensation after the Napoleonic Wars.

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Thoughts for the 24th Sunday of the Year.
A school friend of mine, we have kept in touch for many years, is now semi-retired and living in London. His careers included: scientific research for a doctorate; teaching; the headship of a private school; an Ofsted Inspector; and running his own trouble-shooting tutorial services in some of the most deprived high schools in London. He now provides free on-line scientific lessons and tutorials for several poor schools in Africa, with “classes” of 200 to 300 pupils! And in his “spare time” he continues his work, of many years, for the Samaritans.
Occasionally, he asks me questions related to faith and religion: ‘What would you do if’? Many relate to the Seal of Confession and how easily a priest could be compromised into colluding with criminality, especially in the area of safeguarding.

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A close friend of mine, a whizz on the computer and internet, and very involved in the life of her own Anglican Parish also enjoys researching family history, her own and others. Recently, she repeated her offer to research mine, not, of course, of my adopted parents, Anne and Harry, but my natural, biological parents. My cousin, Paul, like me adopted, is now retired in Edinburgh Diocese. He was adopted by my aunt, my mother’s sister, and he did investigate his own biological background some years ago...

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Thoughts for the 22nd Sunday of the Year.
After last weekend’s great profession of faith by St Peter, “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God” and the words of Jesus, “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church …”, we learn this weekend the true cost of being a disciple when Jesus tells Peter and the disciples, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me”...

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