Shortly after being installed as 11th Bishop of Salford, our bishop launched the diocesan consultation. It sought to establish people's opinion about a wide range of issues, such as governance of the diocese, sacraments (First Holy Communion and Confirmation) and lay participation. It was accompanied by a series of pastoral letters and a number of decisions followed.
The consultation report, presenting summary of responses and decisions made was published in November 2015. It also introduced plans to close half of the parishes in the diocese but outlined further consultation process. Document outlining further proposed plans for restructuring of the parishes in the diocese was published in July 2016, for a 3-month consultation period ending on 14th October 2016.
Outcome for St Joseph's
In January 2017 it was announced that in case of St Joseph's, Longsight parish it is proposed it will amalgamate with the parish of St Edward's, Rusholme.
Pastoral letters & Reports
|April 2017||Pastoral Letter - 5th Sunday of Lent|
|January 2017||Pastoral letter for our Parish - outcome of the consultation|
|November 2016||Pastoral letter for Advent 2016|
|June 2016||Pastoral letter - 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|January 2016||Pastoral letter for Caritas Sunday|
|November 2015||Response to the consultation|
|September 2015||First response to the consultation|
|June 2015||Six Months in...|
|February 2015||For the beginning of Lent|
|December 2014||First greetings|
|January 2017||Restructuring parishes - plan|
|July 2016||Restructuring parishes - proposal for consultation|
|November 2015||Consultation Report (summary)|
|November 2015||Consultation report (full)|
Parish statistics and boundaries
Independent research, which utilised publicly available data, was conducted to provide a better understanding of the socio-demographic characteristics of the parish and deanery population. Summaries and full reports are available via links below:
Parish statistics report (PDF)
Statistics for the diocese (website)
Subsequently a website containing boundary maps and descriptions for all current parishes and proposed amalgamations was produced.