Procession of faith and prayer in St Helens

Church in Middle East is special intention

Families and individuals, young and old, braved the wind and rain to take part in the St Helens annual family Rosary procession on Sunday 6 October.

This year’s procession was led by Emeritus Bishop John Rawsthorne, deputising for Auxiliary Bishop Tom Williams, and the Deputy Mayor of St Helens, Cllr Paul McQuade.

On their route from Church Street via the Town Hall Piazza to St Mary’s, Lowe House, the walkers recited decades of the Rosary for a number of intentions, including 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 Blessed Dominic Barberi and Mother Elizabeth Prout, both of whom are buried at Sutton.

A particular intention was for peace in the Middle East and for refugees from these conflicts. The procession concluded with the traditional sung Benediction service, celebrated by the Bishop.