Phased reopening of churches - Looking towards the reopening of churches for private prayer

I have today been notified that the Archbishop has put in place a procedure to enable churches to reopen for private prayer once the government allow this. I have responded to ask that Holy Cross be one o...

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Introduction to Lectio Divina

May 19, 2020 – May 20, 2020

At 7.30pm this evening Dave Lawson will be beginning a series of sessions of Lectio Divina, which is a way of praying with and reflecting on Scripture. The sessions will be each Tuesday evening for the next few weeks, and they begin tonight with “Introduction to Lectio Divina”. If you’re interest...

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It is now possible to give to our parish online!

Our regular ways of contributing to the work of the parish aren’t really feasible at the moment, so the diocese have made Standing Orders, Bank Transfers, and now text and online giving possible.

The Archdiocesan online giving website is now rea...

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Text giving is now available for parishes in the diocese and the details below are ready to use for accepting both one-off and regular donations.

There are four different amounts that you can give by text, ranging from £10 to £2. Details are below:

Text HOLYX to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost...

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The Holy Father has today issued a letter to the faithful for the month of May in which he encourages us to pray the Rosary. He has also included two prayers which we can say in union with him during the month.

To access the letter and prayers please follow the link below.

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Giving during lockdown

For those who wish to make donations to the parish at this time, the diocese have now provided a standing order form with our parish bank account details included.

The details in the form can also be used to set up a standing order or a single payment using online bankin...

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[deadline extended to 18 May] FROM THE SYNOD 2020 OFFICE:

Dear friends,

In the light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be.

During these days of isolation and social distancing we are experiencing different ways of being Chu...

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From the Tyburn Sisters in London (via a kind parishioner):

Prayer against the Corona Virus

Most Glorious Queen of Heaven and Mother of God,
You whom the Blessed Trinity has crowned with unequalled glory.
You are the Sovereign Queen over all God’s Creation.
I place myself and all my loved ones ...

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4 months ago
I have been attending the Thursday evening Holy Hour and the Faith Discussion Group for the past year. The Holy Hour is the perfect opportunity for reflection and prayer with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The discussion group that follows is a friendly group led by Father Jonathan, usually delving into scripture. Father’s enthusiasm is infectious! I’d recommend anyone to come along.
- Sunny G
3 months ago
This is most spectacular church in St.Helens! It’s outward appearance may not be as grand as Lowe House but the interior is stunning. Like any Catholic Church should be, the sanctuary (altar) truly is a space where Earth and Heaven meet. Thankfully, those who use Vatican II (incorrectly I may add) as an excuse to reorder Catholic Churches and remove beautiful altars, haven’t got their hands on this church! If I were the Parish Priest, I would remove the forward facing altar altogether, and use the majestic and heavenly high altar, bringing the whole congregation closer to the Real Presence of Jesus in the tabernacle. Above the high altar, where it’s painted blue (around the rose window), many years ago, there used to be beautiful murals of the heavenly realm. I again would urge the Parish Priest to investigate the possibility of reinstating these.
- Gavin S
a year 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

About us


In line with the requirements of HM Government announced by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23 March 2020, Holy Cross and all places of worship have been closed for a minimum of three weeks.

Please note that all public acts of worship have been suspended as of the evening of Friday 20 March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • There are no public Masses at present. Mass continues to be said in private for those intentions that have been requested.
  • the Parish Office will be closed to visitors in person from Monday 23 March 2020; please call us on 01744 22077 and we will get back to you when we can.
  • Baptisms, Weddings and First Holy Communions may not take place during the current crisis except in very exceptional circumstances.
  • For Funerals, these cannot take place in church at present, but a service can be held at the graveside or in the Crematorium chapel, with a service in church once these are permitted. Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office if you have any queries.

Information about the architecture of the church can be found here on the Taking Stock website. 

Reporting abuse
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased. 
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.  
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net - contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at admin@csas.uk.net

Privacy, cookies and data protection
The Parish of The Most Holy Cross and St Helen at St Helens is a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool (a Registered Charity). The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool is committed to keeping your personal data secure. Please see our privacy notice on the archdiocesan website at www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk. Details of the archdiocesan cookie policy are also available there. 
Your rights under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) include your right to be forgotten, to access to and portability of your data, to restrict the use of your data, and to rectification of inaccuracies and erasure of data in so far as this is not prevented by legitimate requirements to retain your data. You can communicate with us (or the Archdiocese of Liverpool) regarding any aspect of your data; the parish can be reached through the contact details or contact button above, or through holycrosssthelens+gdpr@gmail.com.

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