Holy Cross and St. Helen
Parish Priest – Rev. Father SPM Riley BA, BA(Theol.), STB

NEW email:
‘phone: (01744) 22077 fax: (01744) 23416

New Parish Office Hours 
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Please come to the presbytery door on Corporation Street 
Any news items for the Newsletter by Wednesday at 4pm

Evening Prayer and Benediction TODAY AT 3.00PM. Please come and spend a little time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as we offer thanks for the founders, benefactors and parishioners and priests past and present, and commend our parish’s future mission to His Eucharistic Heart. All welcome! Tell your friends.

Parish Reception after 9.30am Mass on this Sunday to celebrate the parish Feast day—do come in and say hello and enjoy a cup of tea.

The Second Collection last week and this week go to the emergency appeal for the suffering Christians in Iraq to help alleviate their suffering. Please be as generous as you are able and thank you for your generosity so far.

St Helens Foodbank—Please see the notice board for a list of items needed this week.

Carillon Recital at Lowe House next Saturday 20th, starting at 2pm, given by Christine Currah. Gates open from 1.30pm
Admission free. Unfortunately, due to major work in the
organ loft, we are unable to hold any tours of the tower.

Message from Fr. Colin: Dear friends at Holy Cross and Lowe House, greetings from sunny Leigh. I just wanted to say a huge thank you once again for all the support, friendship and kindness you have showed to me over the past five years, and for all the cards, gifts and good wishes I received in my final weeks in St Helens. As always, your great generosity is overwhelming . I have just finished my first week in Leigh and have been offered a warm welcome by the parishioners of St. Joseph’s. I am keeping you all in my prayers, Thanks again, much love and God Bless.Fr. Colin

This weekend the Catholic Church in England and Wales will be celebrating Racial Justice Sunday. It is a day on which all Christians are called to earnestly pray for and end to racism and racial equality. Please pray for this intention in your own prayers. The Catholic Church in England and Wales is contributing to the efforts to overcome racial justice in our nation through the pioneering work of the Bishops’ Conference Office for
Migration. This work has seen a unique partnership forged between the Church and the statutory authorities in combatting human
trafficking and modern-day forms of slavery, and supporting some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people. If you would like more information, please go to:

The Friends of the Sacred Heart will be holding their monthly Coffee Morning in Holy Cross parish hall on Thursday, 25th September. All welcome

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

Windleshaw Third World Aid (St Marian’s Fund) – 3.8.14-4.9.14—The total amount is a magnificent £206.25. Many thanks to all. A cheque for £1000 will be sent to the Fund to help feed the poor children of the Lima slums.

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.

Prayer Ministry Team will be available for prayer after the 11.00am Mass in the Chapel at Lowe House on 14th & 28th September.

Prayer Group Mass: Due to unforeseen circumstances the date for this month’s Mass in Lowe House parish hall has been changed. Date to be confirmed next week.

The Catenian Rosary Group: Since 2009 the Catenians have been sending rosaries to Aboriginals in Australia and the poor in the Third World. They have appealed for support and ask that if parishioners have any spare rosaries, could they please send them to:
Michael Blackburn, 164 Green Park Road, Halifax, W. Yorks, HX3 0SP.

An Appeal for Used Catholic Magazines.
Writing to “Africa” (the St Patrick’s Missionaries Magazine) Lino Camilleri appealed for Catholic literature for a group he runs. He would be very grateful for your help. A few address labels are at the back of St. Thomas’ church. Email address is:

Family Walks—the next walk will take place on Sunday September 28th. Please meet in the porch at Lowe House after the 11am Mass. Please bring a packed lunch, waterproof jacket and suitable footwear.

Next Sunday’s readings:
1st Reading:Isaiah 55:6-9
2nd Reading:Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

Eucharistic Ministers of St Thomas’ – Please sign up for Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Ordo in the sacristy.

St Helens Foodbank—the following items are needed:
Sugar/Orange Juice/Milk
Tinned Fruit/Tinned Fish
Instant Mash/
Shampoo/Deodorant/Shower Gel
Thank you for your generosity and continued support. Items can be handed in at the parish office during office hours.

Youth Conference 1st November from 10am to 6.00pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral for all those aged 16+. For more information please call 0151 440 2015 or visit the website:

.Newsletter Items—if anyone has any items for the newsletter please send them to Marilyn in the parish office. The email address is:

Saturday Fever—You are invited to come along to Lowe House church on Saturday 27th September when the church will be open from 12.00 noon till 5.00pm. There will be an opportunity to quietly reflect, pray, light a candle and complete a prayer card and to watch before the Blessed Sacrament. Free refreshments will be
available, and also a children’s activity room and the
repository will be open. The Prayer Ministry Team will also be available for prayer. Call in at any time for a few minutes or a couple of hours—you are very welcome!

Salvation Prayer Circle—Can members please pray for the following intentions during September: for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the parish and local community at the Saturday Fever event; for the Pope’s intentions: that the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life and that Christians, inspired by the Word of God may serve the poor and suffering.

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.