About Us

We are a vibrant community and come together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ in our two churches of St Ethelbert’s and St William’s here in Bolton.  We are part of the Diocese of Salford. Our Parish Priest is Fr Morrough O’Brien. In 2017 our two churches of  St. Ethelbert’s and St. William’s were amalgamated and we became the new parish of Christ the Redeemer. Masses are split between the two churches. The parish leadership is shared between those responsible for various ministries and groups in the life of the parish. This website will showcase the many groups in our parish along with a point of contact for that group should you wish to get involved. Our parish relies on the generosity of our volunteers sharing their God given gifts and talents for the building up of our community.

We are linked with our Roman Catholic Primary Schools; St Ethelbert’s, St William’s and St Bernard’s and our Roman Catholic Secondary Schools: St Joseph’s and Mount St Joseph’s.

You will find a large, mixed and varied congregation who participate in all sorts of parish activities and functions. We have many different groups.

We invite you to come and share in our beautiful worship of God through our various services and ministries.


Below is information on the Sacraments. Unfortunately at this time Baptisms, Weddings, Holy Communion and conession is not available due to COVID-19.


Infant Baptisms are generally celebrated on a Saturday (St Ethelbert’s) and on a Sunday (St William’s). Parents and Godparents are asked to participate in a pre-baptismal meeting. Infants should be baptised within the first few weeks after birth.  Please see Fr Morrough for a baptism pack and an initial chat.


Congratulations on your engagement! A minimum of six months advanced planning and preparation is required. There is always a Marriage Preparation course required.   Please contact Fr Morrough for more information.

Holy Communion

For the sick or housebound: Please inform us if someone is needing Holy Communion at home, or wishes to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.


If you or someone you know wants to learn more about the Church and so receive the sacraments please see Fr Morrough.

Sacrament of the Sick

If you or someone you know would welcome a visit from the priest to give the sacrament of the sick, please speak to Fr. Morrough.


If a parishioner has died, please speak to Father Morrough to make arrangements for any service.   May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

First Holy Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation

See Sacramental Programme and Welcome.