Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes—there will be a Mass for all those going to Lourdes in Lowe House this Monday 14th July at 7pm. This will be followed by a meeting in the parish hall.

Carillon Recital—Saturday 19th July at 2pm at Lowe House by Anthony Brookes with music to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. Admission free. Tour of tower included.

Holy Cross School will be holding a Summer Fayre next Friday, 18th July at 3.30pm. All welcome.

Mary Willcock, who passed away earlier this year, left a bequest of £1000 to Holy Cross Church. We thank Mary for her kindness and generosity. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

St Helens Foodbank—As this week’s list is rather long, please see the notice boards for further information. Many thanks for your continued generosity and support. Please bring any donations to the parish office.

The Friends of the Sacred Heart Coffee Morning will take place in Holy Cross parish hall on Thursday 17th July, starting at 9.30am. All welcome.

Prayer Group Mass—in Lowe House parish hall this Thursday, 17th, at 7.30pm.

Annual CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving takes place this Wednesday, 16th, at 7.30pm in St Oswald’s Church, Old Swan, Liverpool, and celebrated by Archbishop McMahon. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

Next Sunday’s readings:
First Reading:Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Second Reading:Romans 8:26-27
Gospel:Matthew 13:24-43

Retiring Collections:
This week: Apostleship of the Sea
Next week: Archdiocesan Lourdes Sick Fund
The retiring collection will be used to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea, whose team of chaplains and ship visitors welcome and support the seafarers while they are in port. If you are a taxpayer please use the Gift Aid envelopes which can be found at the back of church.

The Keralese Community of St Helens welcome parishioners to join them for a celebration of Mass next Saturday at 3pm in Holy Cross with Mar Raphael Thattil (Auxiliary Bishop of Thrissur) Please see
notice board for further details.

Faith Fest 2014—A week of exciting workshops and
opportunities to explore prayer, taking place across St Helens at a venue near you from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th September. Call Jonathan at LACE on 0151 522 1040. Replies received before 14th July guarantee a place.

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. Closing date is 20th July.

Salvation Prayer Circle Special Intentions for July: Thanksgiving for the blessing of Fr. Colin in our parish and for the blessing of Fr. Tom which is to come. For the Pope’s intentions for the month: that sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth; that the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.

Archdiocese of Liverpool Order of Deacons—an open meeting at the Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool this Wednesday 16th at 7pm on the subject of becoming a Deacon. This is for men thinking about serving in the ordained ministry of Deacon. Wives welcome.

Honeycomb Group—It is hoped to establish in Lowe House parish a number of groups to meet together regularly to read scripture & pray together, to help us become aware of the importance of the Word of God in our lives & to help with adult education & faith formation. Groups will meet together occasionally, also for Mass or a service and will keep an eye out for other parishioners/visitors who may need help. If interested, please come along to the working sacristy after 11am Mass this Sunday.

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 next 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