St Stephen’s


Formed in 1952 under the care of Fr Dillon, the Parish celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2002. For a history of the parish, please refer to the chapter on the home page ‘Parish history.’

The church serves a mixed area comprising both private and social housing, much of which was built at the time of the establishment of the Parish. It also includes two hospitals and a number of nursing homes. Attached to the church is a Parish Primary School. For a number of years the Catholic High School English Martyrs was also a part of the Parish, until it’s closure in the late 1980’s.  The attached Parish Social Club was closed at the end of April 2012.

As with most Parishes St Stephen’s has undergone quite rapid change in the last 10 years. Falling attendance at Mass, coupled with a reduction in the number of serving priests has meant a reduction in the number of Sunday Masses from three to one. In addition mass during the week is no longer celebrated daily, but on Tuesday and Friday and alternate Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

St Stephens Church Orford 020On the first Friday of the month, following morning mass we have holy hour and benediction.

The Parish Council, drawing on members from all three communities, meets at the presbytery every six weeks or so to discuss the progress of the Parish and highlight any topical concerns for both the Parish and the wider community of Warrington.