November news from around the Archdiocese

Prayer gardens inaugurated at two St Helens schools

• St Julie's primary school in Eccleston, St Helens has marked its 50th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm. Concelebrating with the Archbishop were parish priest Canon Tom Neylon and assistant priest Father Liam Collister together with past pupils of St Julie's: Father Andrew Rowlands, Father John Heneghan and Father Dominic Curran.

The Mass was attended by children and staff, alumni and former teachers, governors and parishioners. Also among the congregation were two Sisters of Notre Dame whose presence attested to that Order's huge contribution to Catholic education in St Helens over many decades. Following the Mass, and a brief stop for refreshments in the parish hall, the Archbishop blessed and formally opened a new prayer garden dedicated to Our Lady and St Julie in the school grounds.

• Bishop Tom Williams has blessed and opened a new spirituality garden at St Anne and Blessed Dominic primary school in Sutton, St Helens. The garden, which will be used for quiet prayer and reflection, was planned and designed by pupils and staff and has as its centrepiece a specially designed sculpture.

• On the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, 100 people attended a short service in Standish Street in central Liverpool, at the site of the former Holy Cross Church, in tribute to parishioner Mary Riley who died in June. Deacon Geoff Adams from nearby St Sylvester’s parish in Vauxhall blessed a plaque at the Pieta shrine in her memory.

Born in 1948, Mary had received meritorious service medals from the Canadian and US governments during a 23-year residence in Ottawa, Canada, where she worked for both countries' defence agencies. At the time she was also actively engaged in pastoral work as a eucharistic minister. Upon returning to Liverpool in 2000, and following the closure of Holy Cross in 2001, she gave her full support to her new parish of Our Lady of Reconciliation, touching countless lives by taking Holy Communion to the housebound and care homes, and helping with 'little church'. For her annual holiday she would spend a month in Lourdes. At her funeral Mass, Father Graeme Dunne had said: "Our community has lost a wonderful friend but God has another Saint."