Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes—The coach will depart from Holy Cross church this Friday, 25th at 6.30am. Please make sure that you are by the church (Corporation Street side) no later than 6.15am.
Suitcases can be left at Holy Cross presbytery on Thursday if desired. Please call between 9.00am and 4.30pm. If anyone would like us to take petitions to Lourdes for them, please leave them at the parish office by Thursday.
During the pilgrimage the parish office will b e closed from Friday 25th July and will re-open on Monday 4th August.

Knitters Needed—Fish and Chip Babies—Please can you knit a
simple all-in-one jumper for new-born babies in Africa (most of them have AIDS), who are going home wrapped in newspaper (hence the name). Africa is very cold at night, so your help is urgently needed. Patterns and wool (if required) are available at the back of church.

St Helens Foodbank—The following items are now urgently needed:
Sponge puddings/Tinned vegetables (not peas)/
Biscuits/Pasta sauces/ Pasta in sauces/
Coffee/Super Noodles/Packets Savoury Rice/
Tomato Ketchup/Brown Sauce/
Dog Food/Cat Food/
Toilet rolls/Toothpaste/Toothbrushes/Baby Wipes
Many thanks for your continued generosity and support. Please bring any donations to the parish office.

Family Walks—the next walk will take place next Sunday, 27th July. Please meet in the porch at Lowe House after the 11am Mass. Please bring a packed lunch, waterproof jacket and suitable footwear.

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

Next Sunday’s readings:
First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Second Reading:Romans 8:28-30
Gospel:Matthew 13:44-52

Retiring Collections:
This week: Archdiocesan Lourdes Sick Fund
Next week: Day for Life

Sacraments of First Communion & Confirmation (Year 4)—Planning sessions, at which parents and children must attend, will begin in September. If your child has been baptised and would like to celebrate the Sacraments next year, application forms can be collected after Mass at either Holy Cross or Lowe House church.

Please note: there will be NO tea/coffee in Lowe House parish hall after the 11.00am Mass next Sunday, 27th.

We welcome into God’s family:
Jack Anthony Matson and Ella Louise Brown, who will be baptised at Lowe House this Sunday. Please remember them and their
families in your prayers.

All One Family Sharing Together—A Celebration Mass for and with Disabled People—at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday 21st September at 3pm. Principal celebrant is Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. For further information, please contact Karen on 0151 261 2041 or Rose on 07795963466 (Nugent Care).

Children’s Liturgy—Lowe House Little Church needs people to lead and help at the 11am Mass each Sunday. Volunteers will be trained & resources are available to help with the sessions. The role of leader is to plan, prepare & deliver a session & helpers are needed to sit in on each session. Leaders & helpers will be part of a rota system. If you are interested, there is a short meeting after the 11am Mass this Sunday 20th, in the working sacristy for further information. No qualifications necessary, just faith, & the children are lovely. There is also a session on Children’s Liturgy on September 14th at 12.45pm in Lowe House as part of Faith Fest, which you may want to book onto on.

Forthcoming weddings:
Lowe House:
Friday, 1st August12.30pm
David Bond & Judith Meehan
Saturday, 9th August 1.00pm
Paul Ainge & Chantelle McConnell

Foreign money—if anyone has any foreign money old/new/coins/notes) they wish to dispose of, it can be handed in at the parish office or the repository at Holy Cross. All money collected will be sent to Nugent Care. Last year a total of £4200 was raised for Nugent Care projects and training.