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The "Cor et Lumen Christi" Community based here in the North West, are hosting a "Life in the Spirit" event at Saint Walburge's Hall in Preston over Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of November. "The weekend conference is an opportunity to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to draw closer to the heavenly Father so that, walking in step with Jesus his Son, we can share the power and love of the Holy Spirit. The weekend will include inspirational talks, joyful praise, intimate worship, Holy Mass, prayer for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and an Open Healing Service at 6.00pm on the Saturday evening."

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An opportunity for young people aged 18+ to meet with Regional Church Leaders of all denominations to share how they see Church and faith in the future. There will be an opportunity to have your say and to ask questions of the Church Leaders. When? Next Saturday the 3rd of November at 10.00am for coffee with a 10.30am start and lasting until 4.00pm. Lunch is included and the whole day is free of charge. Where? Animate Youth Ministry, Lowe House, 99 Crab Street, St. Helens, WA10 2BE (about a 10 minute walk from St. Helens Central train station).

To book a place please contact Elisabeth by email at or by phone on 0151 709 0125. When booking please let them know your name, age, denomination and any special dietary requirements for lunch.


Congratulations to Pearse McDonagh from Holy Family Parish who was recently accepted by Archbishop Malcolm to begin the process of discernment and formation with a view to serving in the Archdiocese of Liverpool as a Permanent Deacon. The process begins with a year of discernment and introduction to study (which Pearse will enter into from September) followed by a three-year course of academic, pastoral and spiritual formation. During this time the candidate is formally admitted as a Candidate for Ordination and will receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, before eventual ordination and service as a Deacon. Please hold Pearse, his wife Nicola, and their two boys, in your prayers.


Tickets are on sale before and after Mass each Sunday for this year's Christmas Raffle at Holy Family. Please take some tickets home with you to sell among your family and friends.

Donations of any quality items to use as extra prizes would be most welcome, as would any items (tins, bottles, gifts) to include in hampers. Please bring them to Mass with you and give them to Muriel or Mary at the back of church.