Bishop Vincent Malone was the Celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday 26 September as parishioners from Holy Family parish, Cronton celebrated the centenary of their church.
The church, which was built through the bequest of the Stapleton-Bretherton family of Rainhill Hall (now Loyola Hall), was opened on Monday 15 August 1910 to serve the people of the village of Cronton and was built with sandstone taken from Rainhill Quarry. 250 people attended the Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving which was followed by a celebration in the parish centre.
‘It has been great to celebrate 100 years of Catholic life in Cronton,’ said parish priest Father Matthew Nunes. ‘As we give thanks for all that has gone before we can build on that faithfulness for the future.’
To mark the centenary the parish community raised funds to help clean and restore the Stations of the Cross and the statues of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady. The church bell, which had remained silent for a number of years, has also been restored.