Streets thronged by town’s Family Rosary Procession

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Around 120 people - including an increasing number of families - turned out on Sunday to support the annual St Helens Family Rosary Procession.

Led jointly by Fr Colin Fealey, parish priest of Holy Cross Church, and St Mary’s, Lowe House Church, and Fr Jim Matthews, formerly of Holy Cross Church, the procession made its ways from the town centre to St Mary’s, Lowe House.

Lowe House Church Rosary procession from Church Square.

Lowe House Church Rosary procession from Church Square.

During the procession, decades of the Holy Rosary were recited for a number of intentions, including the family, sanctity of life, relief of unemployment and the progression of the Sainthood causes for Passionists, Blessed Dominic Barberi and Mother Elizabeth Prout, both of whom are buried at Sutton.

A particular intention was said for peace in the Middle East - especially Syria.

The procession concluded with the traditional sung Benediction service, celebrated by Frs Fealey and Matthews. During his Homily, Fr Matthews highlighted the need for Faith within the family.

Paul Gaskell, senior organiser of the procession, said: “The organisers would like to thank participants for their continuing presence and express their gratitude to St John Ambulance and St Helens police for their support in making this annual St Helens tradition possible.”

Next year’s procession will take place on Sunday, October 5, processing to Holy Cross Church.