Closure of St Joseph's Church - Irlam

Last week St Joseph’s Church Irlam received a copy of Bishop Arnold’s letter which outlined the proposals for consultation on the re-structuring of Parishes within the Diocese of Salford.


Parishioners are all very concerned about the suggested closure of the St Joseph the Worker Church. They recognise that there is a need for change and that the likelihood of a merger with St Teresa’s is inevitable. The main concern is keeping open the Church so that  Parishioners can continue to worship and attend Mass within their own Parish Community.


The loss of our Church would have a significant effect upon the school who use it on a weekly basis and it is an integral part of the Children’s Catholic education. The school have written to all parents who are supporting the objection to the closure.


Parishioners are urging as many people as possible to respond the consultation to show the Diocese we are serious in their desire to keep St Joseph’s Church open.


Responses can be made by collecting a petition after Mass or by sending a longer response email to:

There is also an online survey :

Or you can write to:

Consultation, Wardley Hall, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2ND


“Together as God’s children we will, love, learn, grow, inspire, Let your light shine”.


  • To work together with families as the first educators of their children.
  • To create a happy Roman Catholic atmosphere in which everyone can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.
  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating environment in which everyone is encouraged to develop his or her full potential.
  • To promote self-discipline in an atmosphere which fosters respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people.
  • This school is committed to encouraging the children to develop into responsible members of the school community in preparation for their role as adult members of society. In helping us to achieve this goal we anticipate the co-operation of all our parents.
  • To support all members of the community in their faith journey.

St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX