William Pearsall SJ

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A Meditation for EpiphanyThis Sunday 7th January at 8.10 am Radio 4 will be broadcasting its regular Sunday Worship programme from the Jesuit church of the Holy Name in Manchester.The programme will offer a reflection on the universality of the Christian message at the start of the season of Epiphany.Hymns will include 'As with gladness men of old' and 'Hail Redeemer, King Divine!' alongside carols for choir including Cornelius' 'The Three Kings' and Thomas Hewitt Jones' 'What child is this?'....
Amy and Fr William
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester are seeking to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, with the help of Heritage Lottery funding.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  In the early 1960s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester University spread out along Oxford Road and the Holy Name became the...
Fr Pearsall SJ with visitors in the organ loft
Last weekend saw the national celebration of Heritage Open Day – the largest festival of history and culture in the UK, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.This year two of our Jesuit churches participated: St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool and the Holy Name in Manchester.The Holy Name has just reopened following...
Mark Pearce, Ashlyn Whitty of the HLF and Fr William
The Holy Name Church in Manchester is undergoing something of a transformation during July and August.  The interior is swathed in polythene sheeting and the church is closed for two months while essential works are undertaken to remove asbestos from the undercroft.The church, which has a Grade 1 heritage listing,  was built in 1871 and has been a familiar landmark on Manchester’s Oxford Road, now at the heart of the University campus but then in a crowded residential district. ...
Candles for victims of terror attack
The Holy Name Church opened early this morning as the Manchester Universities Catholic chaplaincy team responded to the news of the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last night.Fr William Pearsall SJ visited fellow chaplains at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, a block away from the Holy Name, to offer support, and a team of students is now cooking for anxious waiting relatives and hospital staff who are working round the clock with badly injured survivors of the bombing.“The church is...
One Night ACN event Holy Name Church 2015
Last Sunday 17th April, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) gave a talk at the Holy Name Church in Manchester to raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.John Pontifex, the Head of Press and Information at ACN, spoke about his eye-witness encounters with Christians suffering for their faith in Iraq and Syria, where the ultimatum is so often ‘convert or die.’ During a moving talk to a full congregation, Pontifex displayed images of desecrated icons,...
On Monday 2nd February we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation. This commemorates the occasion when Mary and Joseph brought their new-born child to the Temple in Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord.  Not all mothers and fathers have been able to present their new-born child to the Lord in the way that Mary and Joseph could.  As we hold the story of Mary and Joseph before us, we also offer a way for those who have been touched by the loss of an unborn child to come together...
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On Sunday 1st February we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation. This commemorates the occasion when Mary and Joseph brought their new-born child to the Temple in Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord.  On this day we bless the candles which are to be used in the church during the coming year, the “Light which has come into the world” radiates around us. We begin to welcome the lengthening days which herald the end of winter.For several years now Farm Street Church has also marked this...