About Us


The Parish of Blessed James Bell is part of the Warrington Pastoral Area in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.

The Parish was established on 1 May 2018 from the three former parishes of St Benedict’s (founded in 1902), St Mary’s (founded in 1877) and St Oswald’s (founded in 1929), Warrington.

The Parish serves the Catholic community in the town centre and to the East of Warrington (Orford and Padgate).


The Parish is served by the following clergy:

Parish Priest               Fr Dave Heywood

Deacons                       Revv Michael Birchall, David Boyle and Tony Kerrigan


Parish Office
The Parish Office is based at St Benedict’s and is open Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Administrator           Mrs Celia Baxter


Priestly Fraternity of St Peter
The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), who celebrate the Eucharist and the other sacraments according to the liturgical books in force in 1962, serve St Mary’s Shrine in the town centre.

Rector                           Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP

Assistant                     Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP

Secretary                    Mrs Jane Wright


Polish Community
The Polish community in Warrington celebrate Mass at 3.30 pm every Sunday at St Oswald’s in their native language.  Additional special services are held at St Oswald’s over the Easter and Christmas period.



On Tuesday 1 May 2018, the three parishes of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s merged into the new Parish of Blessed James Bell. The new parish incorporates three Churches (St Benedict’s, St Mary’s Shrine & St Oswald’s), two Catholic Primary Schools (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s), two Parish Centres (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s) and one Parish Office (based at St Benedict’s).

Mass of Inauguration of the New Parish of Blessed James Bell


Clergy from the Pastoral Area enter with Archbishop Malcolm


The Archbishop welcomes everyone and leads us in prayer:



Presentation of Canonical Decree merging the three parishes into one new parish:

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Renewing our Baptism as we set out as a new community:


Presentation of new Parish Registers and Seal:


Some of our altar servers with the Archbishop:


With many thanks to Kevin Holt for the superb photographs.