to Holy Infant's Parish

Founded in 1877, the Catholic Parish of The Holy Infant and St Anthony serves the community of Astley Bridge and the surrounding areas.

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'Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.'

St Anthony of Padua


Our Patron

The Holy Infant and St Anthony

The saint most often seen in artwork holding the Infant Jesus in his arms is our patron St Anthony of Padua. The story is told that one day, while reading the Scriptures, he received an apparition. The Infant Jesus appeared resting on the pages of the Scriptures and in his arms. The Word of God appeared to the man who had dedicated his whole life to preaching the Gospel. For this reason, many images of St Anthony depict him holding a Bible alongside the Infant Jesus.