Posted on Nov 13, 2020

Holy Cross and Saint Helen Catholic Church

Churches of St Peter and St Paul, Haresfinch and St Patrick, Clinkham Wood.
In the months between lockdown, consultations took place in the parishes of St Peter and St Paul, Haresfinch and St Patrick, Clinkham Wood, and in the wider St Helens Pastoral area, regarding the future of the two churches - in light of these discussions, further consultations took place with the Archdiocesan Council of Priests and the archdiocesan trustees, and the decision was taken to close both churches.
Pastoral provision for the parishes of St Peter and Paul will now be provided at Holy Cross, St Helens and for those from St Patrick's at St Mary's, Birchley.
The church buildings were closed in line with government regulations in March and will remain closed as it is now impractical to re-open them. When current restrictions allow, Masses of thanksgiving and of hope for the future will be celebrated at Holy Cross for the parishioners of St Peter and Paul and at St Mary's, Birchley for the parishioners of St Patrick's.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
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