Catholics join Rosary rally in St Helens

By Paul Gaskell

Catholics young and old kept a St Helens tradition alive by taking part in the 58th annual family Rosary procession on Sunday 7 October.

Led by the Emeritus Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam, the Rt Rev John Rawsthorne, and the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillor Patricia Ireland and Mrs Lynn Glover, together with other local clergy, the procession followed a route through the centre of town which ended at the church of Holy Cross and St Helen.

During the procession, decades of the Holy Rosary were recited for the following intentions: the family, youth, sanctity of life from conception to natural death, relief from unemployment, relief from disease and famine, and the progression of the sainthood causes for Passionists Blessed Dominic Barberi and Mother Elizabeth Prout.

A particular intention was for peace in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Iraq and the Holy Land, and for the refugees from these conflicts.

The procession concluded with a sung Benediction service. During his short homily, Bishop John talked about the importance of offering Rosary prayers for the Pope. The organisers would like thank those who took part as well as St John Ambulance for their support.