St Mary and St Michael's Catholic Parish

Bonds, Garstang, UK

St Mary and St Michaels Catholic Parish GarstangM


Fr Tom Butler

Welcome to the parish website of St Mary and St Michael's, Garstang.


Our parish is our parishioners - so this website will be about people.


The parish serves the market town of Garstang and its environs. Garstang is in Lancashire in the North West of England, approximately halfway between the cities of Preston and Lancaster. A weekly market has been held in the town since the year 1310!! It is mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is referred to as ‘Cherestanc’. The church of St Mary and St Michael was built in 1858 and is situated just outside the town boundary, across the River Wyre in Barnacre-with-Bonds, in the shadow of the Bowland Fells.

What the Parish is about - our Vision

Our Parish wishes to be:

  • a loving, Christian community, guided by the Holy Spirit and challenged by gospel values
  • a community of joy, which reaches out and welcomes the poor in spirit
  • a community where we can develop our spiritual life and relationship with Christ.

The parish campus is made up of


(opposite aerial photos from the tower)

The Parish serves the Catholic community of this area by providing a vibrant, worshipping, praying community.


The Parish Vision, hanging over the pulpit in the church, is a statement drawn up by parishioners in 2002, when the parish formed its first Parish Development Group.