St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
Tel 01298 23777

Phil Rod and Cardinal Bo

Rod and Phil with Cardinal Bo (keynote speaker at Brightlights)

EUCHARIST CELEBRATIONS (normally) - - - Saturday 7.00pm, - - - Sunday 10.00am - - - Polish Community Saturday 5.00pm

Readers rota 2017 (23kb)
Cashiers rota (165kb)

IF YOU ARE IN URGENT NEED OF A PRIEST  Contact Canon Bowdren, St Charles Rectory, Woolley Bridge Road, Hadfield SK13 1PQ. Tel 01457 852351.


SATURDAY               5.00 p.m.     Our Polish Community
                  6.40 p.m.    Confessions
  7.00 p.m.    First Eucharist of Sunday – John Howard - RIP 

                 10.00 a.m.    Service of Word and Sacrament by Deacon Owen
6.00 p.m. Taize Service with Holy Communion at Buxton Methodist Church. This is a meditative service, with simple music, bread, wine and periods of prayerful quiet.

OFFERTORY   April 15th/16th - £792.66p – Many, many thanks

MONDAY            10-11.00 a.m.    An hour of quiet, private prayer.  “I bless the LORD who gives me counsel.. I keep the LORD always before me..” (Psalms 16 7-8)

                  7.00 p.m.    Session 6 for our Confirmation Candidates.

WEDNESDAY          10.30 a.m.    Valerie Diane Ashcroft – celebrated by Fr Bowdren



SATURDAY             12.45 p.m.    Special Spring Lunch in the Parish Centre        
  5.00 p.m.     Our Polish Community
                  6.40 p.m.    Confessions
  7.00 p.m.    People of the Parish – Celebrated by Canon Bernard  

SUNDAY(30th April)       9.40 a.m.    Confessions  
10.00 a.m.    Basil Howard - RIP – Celebrated by Canon Bernard
Coffee after Mass for the Lourdes Pilgrimage Volunteers.

( SUNDAY 7TH MAY  - Please note that the Sunday Eucharist will be at 9.00 a.m. )

SPONSORED WALK FOR RETIRED PRIEST APPEAL 23 MAY – 10 JUNE Starting on 23rd May one of two limbs of a diocesan sponsored ‘church to church’ walk will pass through our Parish.  The lead walkers will be John and Gillian Fernandez.  They are asking our Parish to be involved in the event on 25 May by providing a welcome, hospitality (some overnight), transport of luggage, water and light lunches, and for some local walkers to take part in the walk. WE DESPERATELY NEED SOMEONE TO LIAISE WITH THE WALK ORGANISERS AND TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES HERE IN ST ANNE’S (this could be done by a couple of people?) Please consider getting involved and contact Margaret Swift 01298 23527, or Bruce Thomson, 01298 26406.  

GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTION COLLECTION  Very grateful thanks for all involved in a very reflective spiritual occasion, a total of £332.27 was collected for Christian Aid.

WALK OF WITNESS Thank you to all involved.  A remarkable event which is believed to have reached out to the wider community and prompted questions about the real meaning of Easter. Thanks to all involved, those who walked and to Peter for carrying the cross. 

Can you spare an hour to welcome visitors or help in the cafe at Buxton Methodist Church on Spring Fair Day, Monday, 1st May, as part of the Churches Together contribution to this community event?  Sheet at the back of church or let Kate MacLean know what you are able to offer Tel 78276, mobile 07753 896848, Thank you.

PHILIP ETCHELLS ON HIS GAP YEAR AT THE BRIARS In June I am doing the Three Peaks Challenge for the Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service (NDCYS) who I am currently a volunteer for at the Briars.  NDCYS provides social and spiritual direction for young people between the ages of 10-18.  The service allows young people to build up their confidence and relationships with each other – something which is offered in very few places.  NDCYS sows the seeds of good in young people that stay for life.  If you feel you can donate anything to our cause my page is

IF YOU ARE IN URGENT NEED OF A PRIEST  Contact Canon Bowdren, St Charles Rectory, Woolley Bridge Road, Hadfield SK13 1PQ. Tel 01457 852351.


Dennis Philip Higgins 1932 - 2017

Dennis Philip Higgins
Born 14 January 1932 Nottingham Parents: Ivy and William Higgins Brother: Arnold Higgins, married to Christine. 

Education: Primary School, Nottingham Grammar School, Nottingham   Work Experience.

Studied for the Priesthood: St Mary's College, Oscott, Birmingham Ordained Priest, 05 July 1972, at Holy Cross, Hucknall.

Assistant Priest: St Anne's, Ratcliffe on Trent, 1972 - 1973 Our Lady of Lourdes, Hackenthorpe, 1973 - 1977 St Bernadette's, Ashby, Scunthorpe, 1977 - 1980 St Patrick's Leicester, 1980 - 1985

Parish Priest: St Gregory's, Silby, 1985 - 1987 St Anne's, Buxton 1987 - 2017
" While appearing in the Clergy Review, I introduced the clergy chorus line - dancers, by rendering, "I was born under a   wandering star". As the dancers were awaiting their cue, they debated as to whether I would begin in the right key. I never did, until I got to "wheels were made for rollin'...   However my good friend, Father John Formby, assured me that I did have one thing in common with Jesus; He was born under a wandering star! The rest of the cast unanimously agreed. I have long since wondered why. Perhaps my star came to a halt in 1954 when I became a member of the Catholic Church. Having been reluctantly persuaded by my Parish Priest, to become sacristan to the local church, or he would be saddled with "another". I first realised some of the difficulties priests would have to endure.

In 1962, I decided there must be more to life than making money. I found myself in Aberystwyth, embarking on a two year course of Latin and Humanities. My second year saw me being virtually head cook and bottle washer, along with "holding the prior's hand" whenever the cooks decided to leave. This was an invaluable experience. In 1964, I entered Grove Park, a starter year, before going to St Mary's College, Oscott. From a group of twenty students, we literally knocked together a Football Team to beat an Oscotian Eleven, the first time ever! Drawing the short straw, I had to be the first up each morning and go round to wake the others with " Benedicamus Domino". On feast days, I had to sing it! After the next two years in Oscott, I decided to take two years off. This proved to be quite fortutious; when I returned, the whole procedure had changed. no longer was it a case of what sort of priest you are going to be, but rather asking the question, "what sort of priest are you going to be?"  That was not the end of it all.

Forty years later, I still find myself wandering and wondering. There are still questions to be asked and answered. So there you are. Now should there be any chaps out there wandering and wondering, give it a go. As Father Dandia SJ said to me, " Don't worry, if God wants you as a priest , you will be a priest." Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

D P Higgins, from his 
Ruby Jubilee of Ordination 05 July 2012

Link to video download  "I was born under a   wandering star".


The History of St Annes Roman Catholic Church, Terrace Road, BUXTON
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    In 2011, the Catholic Parish Church of Saint Anne in Buxton celebrated its 150th anniversary. However, the parish itself dates back to medieval times. Until the Reformation the parish was centred at the Well Chapel, near to the Crescent. This was closed in 1538 by Thomas Cromwell. Until the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829,(See note below) Catholics could not build churches for public celebrations. The few remaining Catholics in the area met in various private houses on spring Gardens, West Road and High Street.
In the twenty years between 1850 and 1870 the number of parishioners grew from sixty to over two hundred. Most of the new parishioners were Irish immigrants who came to work, first on the building of the railway, and later arrivals (mostly women) to be employed in the hotel trade. The arrival of the railway helped Buxton to grow as a tourist venue.
In 1852, as a temporary measure, a chapel was opened on Scarsdale Place. By 1860 there was felt to be a need for a more substantial church building and work began on the present day church on Terrace Road. The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Roskell, who returned on 16th July 1861,accompanied by the future Cardinal Manning, to open the building. The most prominent Catholic family in the area, the Grimshaws from Errwood Hall, helped to fund the building of the new church. The first parish priest for the new church, appointed in 1850, was Father Edward McGreevey. Before then Mass had been celebrated by visiting priests including Fr.O'Farrell from Leek, and Fr. Collins from New Mills.
Over time, due to the increasing population, it was felt that there would be sufficient demand for children to have a Catholic education. Father Hoeben, Parish Priest in 1885, rented a room in the old Town Hall where a small school was opened, with a Mr and Mrs Gordon as teachers. Saint Annes School moved to a new  building in Hardwick Square in 1887, with Mrs Elizabeth Gordon as the head  teacher. In 1891, the number of pupils averaged fifty-six and by 1903 the school had an average of one hundred and forty pupils. (Burton, Ivor, Education in Buxton Yesterday and Today page 6 unpublished paper Local studies Collection, Buxton Library)  The teaching staff included three Sisters of the Presentation Order, from the convent on Livesey Street in Manchester. (Kelly's Directory 1904) This community of religious sisters opened their convent in Hardwick Square in 1898, where they remained until 2005. In 1972  the school was relocated to Lightwood Road.  In 1959 a new  Catholic Secondary School dedicated to Saint Thomas More was opened on Palace Fields. The first headmaster was Mr Barton. Both schools have worked along with the church to help the Catholic Community to take its place in the town.
The Parish Centre in the old school on Hardwick Square hosts a variety of activities, from dog-obedience classes, to bridge, to Parish Council meetings and Social evenings. 
Saint Annes, therefore, continues to be a lively community. The Eucharist is celebrated in our church: Saturday 5.00pm (in Polish), Saturday 7.00pm, Sunday 10.00am.


Note to History of St Anne. Comments = There is a small mistake in your history.  It was the 1791 Second Catholic Relief ASct which allowed Catholics to build public chapels, not the 1829 Emancipation Act. In 1778 the First Relief Act allowed Mass to be said in private chapels and no longer imposed an automatic life imprisonment sentence on Catholic priests ion England; in 1791 the Second Relief Act allowed public chapels to be built. 1829 allowed Catholic to enter Parliament (both houses). Just thought you would like to have it right. ( grateful thanks to Olive Barnes via email )

Parish Audit 2014 (301kb)

St Annes Parish Priests

From 1837 Mass was celebrated in Buxton by visiting priests each week. A Father O'Farrell was named from 1848, but it was only in 1850 that the first resident priest was appointed.

Father Edward McGreevy 1850 - 1863 (ob. 22 June 1863)
Father William Margison 1863 - 1871
Father Michael O'Driscoll 1871 - 1873
Vacant 1873 - 1875
Father Joseph Reddington 1875
Father John Power 1875 - 1885
Canon John Theodore Hoeben 1885 - 1899 (ob. 11 Aug 1900)
Father Frederick Kind 1900 - 1927 (ob. 31 Mar 1927)
Father Luke A Prendergast 1928 - 1937 (ob. 29 Sept 1937)
Canon Arthur J Bird 1937 - 1941
Father John Toomey 1941 - 1942 (ob. 1 Feb 1942)
Canon Alfred Baldwin 1942 - 1956
Father Philip Morris 1956 - 1957
Father J Paul Klee 1957 - 1959
Father William McEnery 1959 - 1960
Canon David Ryan 1960 - 1967
Father Bernard Doran 1967 (probably only priest in charge)
Father Gerald Collins 1967 - 1971
Father Joseph Duggan 1971 - 1977
Father Andrew Murdoch 1977 - 1978
Father Paul Cullen 1978 - 1987
Father Dennis Higgins 1987 - 2017

LAUDATO SI (1003kb)

Places of worship in and around Buxton (147kb)