The Most Holy Cross and Saint Helen

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The Ascension of Our Lord

May 30, 2019 – May 30, 2019

There will be two Masses to celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation. The first is, as normal, at 12.15pm, and the second is at 7pm. Please remember that all Catholics are under an obligation to attend Mass on this day.

Posted on 23-Mar-2019

Synod 2020 - fill in the survey online, pick up a form from the back of church, or come along to a Synod 2020 listening and discernment meetings in the parish. The first meeting was in Church on Tuesday 14 May; keep an eye on this page and on the newsletter for more Listening Gatherings.

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Alpha in a Catholic Context

May 26, 2019 – May 26, 2019

Our next Alpha course starts on Sunday 26 May 2019, and then every Sunday evening from 9 June to 11 August. To register please sign up below or call 07584 422283. We'll be meeting in the church hall, which is next to the presbytery on Corporation Street - come along and find out more!

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Thursday Evenings with No Name

23-May-2019 – 23-May-2019

Our Thursday evening discipleship and faith formation programme will continue with the next in our series of catechetical talks, on Thursday 23rd May.
Please note that there will be no meeting on Thursday 30th May as it is the Ascension, a Holy Day of Obligation. Why not come to the 7pm Mass inst...

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a month ago
The most beautiful Altar Reredos it is possible to see. Thank God it is still protected and giving glory to God and inspiration to us all. A wonderful church I remember from the 1970s. A sacred place of exquisite beauty. One of the most delightful Catholic churches in the whole of England.
- Irish I
a month ago
😀A beautiful church which, unusually, is open every day.
- Fran L
a year ago

About us

This beautiful church in the centre of St Helens is open daily, including from 9am to 4pm on weekdays, offering a sacred space that welcomes all. There are entrances to the church on Corporation Street (with steps) and on Parade Street (level access via a gate further up from the main gate). We are easy to find, situated right next to the bus station, and a short walk from St Helens Central train station. There is a small car park at the rear of the Presbytery on Parade Street, and on street parking there too. Parking in St Helens is free on Sundays!

  • Mass is at 12.15pm, Monday to Friday, including bank holiday Mondays (with Confessions from 11.30am-12pm).
  • Sunday Masses are at 6.45pm on Saturday (with Confessions from 6-6.30pm) and 9.30am on Sunday (followed by tea and toast in the Hall).
  • Holy Days of Obligation and major Solemnities have Mass at 12.15pm and 7pm (only 12.15pm on Saturdays, as the 6.45pm Mass is of Sunday).
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament before Mass, Monday to Friday; after Mass until 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday; Thursday evenings between 6pm and 7pm; and before Mass on Saturday evening.
  • Confessions (the Sacrament of Reconciliation) are from 11.30am-12pm Monday to Friday, Thursday evening from 6-7pm, and from 6-6.30pm on Saturdays. Please do not be afraid to ask if you need Confession at other times.
  • The Rosary is prayed before weekday Masses and at lunchtime on Saturdays.
  • Evening Prayer from the Divine Office is said on weekday afternoons at about 4pm.
  • An induction loop is installed for the hard of hearing.
  • The Parish Office is in the Presbytery next to the church on Corporation Street, and is open Monday to Friday from 10.15am to 3.45pm. Level access to the presbytery is through the car park at the back of the presbytery on Parade Street.
  • For baptisms, please speak to the parish priest after Mass (except Monday and Wednesday). Weddings and funerals can be arranged through the Parish Office. 

Details of our regular Masses, as well as those in other churches, can be found at

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Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1EF
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tue:9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed:9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu:9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri:9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat:11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sun:9:00 – 11:00 am