Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph Church, Prescot
|Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph|
|OS grid reference||SJ4641392711|
|Founder(s)||Society of Jesus|
|Dedication||St Mary and St Joseph|
|Functional status||Parish church|
|Heritage designation||Grade II listed|
|Designated||19 March 1987|
|Architect(s)||Joseph Aloysius Hansom|
Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in Prescot, Merseyside. It was built in 1856-57 by the Society of Jesus, and is now in the Prescot deanery of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. It is a Grade II listed building, designed by Joseph Aloysius Hansom, and is next to the Church of St Mary on Vicarage Place in the centre of Prescot.
From the English Reformation until 1857, the Catholic population of Prescot had to travel to an area of the town called Portico, two miles from the town centre. From 1790, there was Our Lady Help of Christians Church. The Catholics were so numerous, that in 1583 the Bishop of Chester, William Chaderton, wrote to the Privy Council:
Truly the Papists in these parts are lately growing so stubborn and contemptuous that in my opinion it were very requisite that their Lordships did write a very earnest letter to my good Lord the Earl of Derby, myself, and the rest of Her Majesty's Commissioners ... to deal seriously and roundly with them (the Papists of Prescot) otherwise there can be no reformation.
In 1856, six years after the restoration of the English Catholic hierarchy and the creation of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the Jesuits founded a church in the centre of Prescot and asked Joseph Aloysius Hansom to design it for them. He also designed Church of St. Walburge in Preston, St Joseph's Church in Leigh, St Beuno's Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Tremeirchion and the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Manchester for the Jesuits. The building was opened for worship a year later.
On 28 September 1932, the church was taken into the care of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. At the time, many churches served by the Jesuits were being given to their respective dioceses. Within the same year both Holy Cross Church in St Helens, Merseyside and St John's Church in Wigan were handed over to the archdiocese.
The church has a Mass at 6:15pm on Saturday evening for Sunday and another Mass at 11:00am Sunday morning. There are weekday Masses at 9:15am from Monday to Wednesday and at 12 noon from Thursday to Saturday.
Both the Our Lady of Help of Christians and Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph churches have a relationship with Our Lady's Primary School in Prescot, whose mission statement states ' What we hoped to achieve in all that we do is as a living community of God'.
- British listed buildings retrieved 1 September 2013
- Deaneries from Archdiocese of Liverpool retrieved 1 September 2013
- British History Online retrieved 1 September 2013
- Society of Jesus (October 1932). "Province News". Letters and Notices. 47: 243.
- Catholic Directory retrieved 1 September 2013
- About us from OurLadysPrescot.com retrieved 11 March 2014