Church Cleaners  

One of the things people notice on entering St Charles Church is that it is always clean and tidy. That’s despite the quite heavy yse that is made of the church at weekend Masses, weekday Masses and all the other incidental uses that the church building is put to, such as prayer days, talks, weddings, funerals, ecumenical services and all sorts of other celebrations. The building quickly gets dirty and untidy.

The response to that is a team of dedicated volunteers who clean the church building every week. We try to split the volunteers into teams of four and we have a rota so that each team cleans every fourth week. What day of the week this is done is decided by each individual team, and we tend to take 30-40 minutes each week: not a long time, but plenty to give the church a quick vacuuming and dusting. At Christmas and Easter, we have ” The Big Clean” when all the teams come together to give the building a more thorough cleaning.

As you might imagine, the team of church cleaners would be so grateful if more volunteers would come forward; it is a way of getting to know more members of our community as well as providing a very useful service. It can also be really good fun!

To find out more or to volunteer as a church cleaner, please email us at today!

St Ambrose Barlow, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:



 The Week Ahead …..

 Sunday 22 November.   Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. World Youth Day.   10.00am Zoom Mass.  (access code in newsletter)                                     

Monday 23 November .    10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Mark's church open for private prayer.

Tuesday 24 November.   Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, martyrs. 10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Charles church open for private prayer.

Wednesday 25 November.  Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr. 10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Charles church open for private prayer.

Thursday 26 November.  Weekday in Ordinary Time.    10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Charles church open for private prayer.

 Friday 27 November.    Weekday in Ordinary Time. 10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Mark's church open for private prayer. 12.30pm Funeral Mass in Saint Charles church for Mavis Helena Roberts RIP.

 Saturday 28 November.    No Mass in the parish this Saturday, including Saint Mary's chapel, Wardley

Sunday 29  November.  First Sunday in Advent.    11.15am Mass live-streamed from Saint Charles church. Details for access in next week's newsletter..


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