Newsletter

We offer a warm welcome to Fr. Sean Riley and Fr. Tom Gagie who will be taking over the responsibility for Holy Cross and St. Mary’s, Lowe House respectively from this Friday, 5th September.

Fr. Colin’s last Masses will be this Wednesday, 3rd, at Holy Cross at 12.15pm and this Thursday at Lowe House at 9.15am. We send him all our best wishes as he begins his new responsibilities in Leigh.

From this coming Saturday (6th September) there will be no morning Mass at Lowe House. We will be having Morning Prayers and Rosary at 9am.

Heritage Guided Tours of Holy Cross church on Saturday 13th September at 10am and 2pm. Admission free. For more information please John Wainwright on 07518140690 (mobile) or 01744 675022 (work).

Mrs. Lucy Curran would like to say a special thank you to Fr. Colin for a lovely Mass last Sunday and thanks to everyone who sent so many cards and gifts to make her 90th birthday so special. May God bless you all.

“Live at the Hall” – an autumn concert presented by the St Helens Singers supported by Warrington Light Opera at St Helens Town Hall on Thursday 11th September. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8, available from (01744) 612485.

Blood Donor Sessions this Monday 1st September at St Helens Rugby Club, Langtree Park. Sessions from 10.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.15pm. Please ring 0300 123 2323 for an appointment.

Next Sunday’s readings:
First Reading:Ezekiel 33:7-9
Second Reading:Romans 13:8-10
Gospel:Matthew 18:15-20
Retiring Collections:
This week: Church Maintenance
Next week: WaterAid

Faith Fest 2014 celebrating, renewing and exploring ministry in our Pastoral Area. A week of exciting workshops and opportunities to explore prayer will be taking place across St Helens from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th September.

Carillon Recital at Lowe House on Saturday 20th September, starting at 2pm, given by Christine Currah. Gates open from 1.30pm. Admission free.

The Catenian Rosary Group are collecting rosaries to missions in Third World countries in Africa, as well as to aboriginals in Australia and islands in the Pacific. If anyone has any rosaries they would like to donate, these can be sent to: Brother Michael Blackburn, 164 Green Park Road, Halifax, W. Yorks, HX3 0SP.

Discovering your vocation in life—Dear young friends, only Jesus knows what definite service he has in mind for you. Be open to his voice resounding in the depths of your heart. Even now, his heart is speaking to your heart.” (Benedict XVI, Hyde Park Vigil 2010). A discernment group for young men, aged 15-21, who are discerning a vocation to the Priesthood or religious life, next Sunday September 7th at 3pm at St Charles Borromeo, Aigburth,
Liverpool. Please contact Fr James Preston on 0151 727 2493 for more information.

Knitters Needed—Fish and Chip Babies—they are still in need of
knitted blankets. If anyone can help, we would be very grateful These can also be handed in at the parish office.

Willowbrook Hospice 5k Walk of Hope (with a Wags and Wellies Twist) – Saturday 27th September at 10am at Sankey Valley Rangers Centre, Blackbrook Road. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Walking boots and suitable clothing
essential. See notice board for details.

“A Sacramental Perspective” – a module of the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership offered in association with Liverpool Hope University and open to all. Sessions take place from 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesdays 9th/16th/23rd/30th September at Liverpool Hope University in the Eden Building. Cost £60. Book online at: www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/Courses-Events

Divorced/Separated Support from the Archdiocesan Marriage and Family Life Department (Pastoral Formation). Meetings for people who are divorced or separated or experiencing the breakdown of a marriage or long-term relationship start mid-September. Contact Frances on 0151 727 2195.

Forthcoming weddings:
Lowe House
Saturday 6th September12.00pm
Neil Muldoon & Joanne Dixon
Saturday 13th September 12.00pm
Christopher Richardson & Rosemarie Kenrick

St Helens Foodbank—the following items are needed:
Sugar/Coffee
Tinned Fruit/Tinned Veg (not peas)
Instant Mash Potatoes
Biscuits/Sponge Puddings
Super Noodles/Savoury Rice
Toilet rolls/Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
Thank you for your generosity and continued support.

The Knitters and Stitchers of all kinds will restart their meetings in September after their Summer break. They meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month in St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall from 7.30pm till about 9.30pm. Everyone is welcome to join in an informal couple of hours knitting and nattering.

We welcome into God’s family:
Keisha Rose Pearson, who will be baptised at Holy Cross this Sunday. Please remember her and her family in your prayers.