Greeters (Apparitors)  

For over 20 years now greeters (also known as) apparitors have welcomed the congregation to the various weekend Masses – although personnel have changed over the years.

Each Sunday, at the 11 o’clock Mass, two greeters welcome parishioners and give out the weekly newsletters whilst a third, who is inside the church also welcomes, and hands out the hymn books.

We arrange for 4 people to collect the offertory monies and for this to be taken to the altar and on the odd occasion arrange for the bread and wine to be taken up to the altar also.

At the Saturday evening and early Sunday Masses there is only one greeter whilst an apparitor arranges for the collection to be organised and taken to the altar.

The retiring collection is also the responsibility of the apparitors, who arrange for the monies to be taken to the counting room.

We would welcome new members to to the group and in particular to assist at the Saturday 6pm and Sunday 8.45am Masses.

To find out more or to join our group please email

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

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:



Saint Charles' and Saint Mark's churches are now closed for the next few weeks.

Please note, Masses will only be streamed for the time being.

 The Week Ahead …..

 Sunday 10 January.      Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. Streamed Mass - 10.00am                                   

Monday 11 January .     Weekday in Ordinary Time.  10.00am Streamed Mass.  12.00noon Funeral service for Edward Foy RIP (In Saint Charles)

Tuesday 12 January. Weekday in Ordinary Time. 8.30am Streamed Mass.  10.30am. Funeral Mass for Frank Flynn RIP (In Saint Charles)

Wednesday 13 January.   Weekday in Ordinary Time.   7.00pm.  Streamed Mass.

Thursday 14 January.  Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr. 8.30am Streamed Mass.

 Friday 15 January.  Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr. 10.00am Streamed Mass.

 Saturday 16 January.    Weekday in Ordinary Time. No Mass in parish today.

Sunday  17 January.     Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  10.00am. Streamed Mass


All Masses in Saint Charles church will now be live streamed.  Access is by clicking the words at the top of this page or consult newsletter for more details.


More details of parish events in weekly Newsletter.