Newsletter

Parish Priest – Rev. Father SPM Riley BA, BA(Theol.), STB

NEW email: holycrossandsainthelencatholic@gmail.com
‘phone: (01744) 22077 fax: (01744) 23416
Twitter@catholicsthelen

New Parish Office Hours 
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12.00pm/

1.15pm—4.30pm
Please come to the presbytery door on
Corporation Street 
Any news items for the Newsletter by Wednesday at 4pm

There will be three Masses offered in suffrage for the Faithful Departed at Holy Cross Church on Monday November.3rd
The church will open at 9am,
9.30am – Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form
12.15pm – Holy Mass in English
4.45pm – Recited Evening Prayer of the Dead & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
The church will close at 5pm and re-open at 6.20pm
7pm – Sung Mass
Confessions will be heard before each Mass.

As November is the month of the Holy Souls, Masses during this month will be for the repose of the souls of those on our Pious Lists. Masses for anniversaries etc will be said at a later date.

November Pious List—the names of your deceased relatives and friends will be included in all masses for the Holy Souls celebrated during November. Envelopes are now available at the back of church

Retiring Collections:
This week: LAMP
Next week: DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal

The Women’s Confraternity at Holy Cross will be holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 22nd November in Holy Cross parish hall, starting at 1.30pm.

For the Solemnity of All Saints
Evening Prayer and Solemn Benediction at 3pm Sunday – All Welcome!

Carmelite Cards are now on sale in the Repository.

Sr. Hannah—We are sad to hear of the departure of Sister Hannah in mid-November. She returns to her Mother-House in Dublin. Preparations are being made to celebrate her 20 years of pastoral work with a Mass on the evening of Tuesday 18th November. All welcome. She is an inspiration to us all.

Christmas Memorial Candles – if anyone would like to buy a candle to burn during the Christmas Octave in memory of a loved one who had died, or for a particular intention, of for your family. These eight-day candles, labelled with the names of your loved ones, will decorate the Church with their gentle light and be for us a reminder of all the prayers that we should offer during the great Christmas feast. Price Five pounds. Please take an envelope and return
BEFORE Wednesday December 17th to ensure a
candle.

Sheila Labdon will be 60 on 18th November and wishes to invite all her friends from Lowe House & Holy Cross churches to her party at Ruskin Drive on 14th November, from 7.30pm.
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Anyone interested in knowing more about the Catholic Faith, or if you know anybody who is considering becoming a Catholic, a group will be formed in the next few weeks…please email Father at the presbytery for more information about the RCIA process, the
parish email is
holycrossandsainthelencatholic@gmail.com
We already have a few people expressing interest…off we go!!!

St Thomas of Canterbury & St Mary’s, Lowe House

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for our parishioners who have died during the last year will be held at St. Thomas of Canterbury church this Friday 7th at 7.30pm, and at St Mary’s, Lowe House this Saturday 8th at 12pm to remember all those who have died during the past 12 months and whose funerals were conducted at our
churches. There will be light refreshments served in the parish hall after each Mass. All welcome.

November Pious List—the names of your deceased relatives and friends will be included in all masses for the Holy Souls celebrated during November. Envelopes are now available at the back of church.

St Helens Foodbank—As they are still inundated with Harvest Festival donations, and do not have enough storage space, they would be grateful if you do not send any food etc. for the next 2 weeks.

Loose Threads St Helens will be holding a Christmas Fair in Holy Cross parish hall on Tuesday 18th November, from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Entrance £1, including tea/coffee/biscuits. All proceeds to Willowbrook Hospice.

November Rosary—The Rosary said before the weekday Masses in November at St Thomas of Canterbury will be said for the Holy Souls. If you wish the Rosary to be said for a deceased family member of friend please sign up on the list at the back of church.

Windleshaw Third World Aid—The total raised in September was £143.97. Many thanks.

We welcome into God’s family:
Isabelle Anne Davies & Luke Short-Ratcliffe who will be baptised at Lowe House this Sunday.

Next week’s readings:
1st Reading:Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
2nd Reading:Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
Gospel: John 2:13-22

Retiring Collections
This week: LAMP
Next week: DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal

The Women’s Confraternity at Holy Cross will be holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 22nd November in Holy Cross parish hall, starting at 1.00pm.

Lowe House—Parking—the new restrictions come into force from this Monday, 3rd November and the area will be patrolled from 10am, Mondays to Fridays. Permits will be needed for anyone working in the church on weekdays, e.g. counters, flower arrangers, cleaners. Car parks and meters around the church are free on Sundays and after 6pm on weekdays, so permits are not needed for these times. Please note, having a permit does not guarantee a parking space.

There will be three Masses offered in suffrage for the Faithful Departed at Holy Cross Church on Monday November.3rd
The church will open at 9am,
9.30am – Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form
12.15pm – Holy Mass in English
4.45pm – Recited Evening Prayer of the Dead and
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
The church will close at 5pm and re-open at 6.20pm
7pm – Sung MassChristmas Cards, Calendars, Diaries & Willowbrook Calendars all on sale in the repository at St Thomas of Canterbury. All at reasonable prices.

Animate Pilgrimages 2015/2016:
Archdiocese of Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes—23rd-31st July. For young people aged 15-25. Cost £490. Application forms available from 5th November. Download from www.animateyouth.org
Youth Pilgrimage to Holy Land—26th Oct-2nd Nov.
For young people aged 15+. Cost £1000 (including all transport/accommodation/meals. Application forms & itinerary can be found on website.
World Youth Day 2016 –Krakow-20th July-3rd Aug. For young people aged 18+. Cost £1200 (including all transport/accommodation/meals. For more information please email admin@animateyouth.co.uk or ring 01744 740460.

CAFOD Christmas World Gift catalogues are available at the back of church. By choosing a World Gift you are helping to make a real difference to communities living in developing countries.

Blood Donor Sessions will be held on Monday 10th November at St Helens Rugby Club, Langtree Park. Sessions will take place from 2pm to 4pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Please call 0300 123 2323 for appointment.

My Day by Day” booklets for November are available at the back of Lowe House church, price £1.00.

Sheila Labdon will be 60 on 18th November and wishes to invite all her friends from Lowe House & Holy Cross churches to her party at Ruskin Drive on 14th November, from 7.30pm.

Newsletter Items—if anyone has any items for the newsletter please send them to Marilyn in the parish office. Email address is:
mroberts@holycrossandlowehouse.co.uk.
New Parish Office Hours 
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12.00pm/

1.15pm—4.30pm