I am not a very religious person. But one of my closest friends during university was. She used to go all the Sunday masses with regularity, attend church charity events, give away part of her monthly earnings to charity and spend weekly quality time with her “church friends”. She used to go to this church in particular.
So one thing that I can say about it is that the Holy Name Church is not just an architectural pin on the map, but a lively social hub. Another thing that I love about the friendly approach of this parish is the fact that inside the church you have banners explaining where the donation money goes and what the future plans of the church are.
The church was built more than 130 years ago and is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, as its initial plan was to reflect the same style as the Jesuit church in Rome. Its current positioning though is quite interesting and to some extent weird. Across the street people are queuing for concerts at the Manchester Academy hall and located next to this is the main building of the University of Manchester student union – so you can imagine the parties going on on this street. Probably this is exactly what makes the Holy Name Church, as described on their website, serve “the University community in Manchester”. Oh, and you can follow the church news on Twitter here.