Procession is blessed by sunshine

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The autumn sunshine blessed families and individuals, young and old, who took part in the annual St Helens Family Rosary procession, a local tradition stretching back 55 years.

Again numbering in the hundreds, the procession on Sunday was led by Bishop Rev. John Rawsthorne and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Couns David and Jeanette Banks, together with other local clergy.

The Procession wound its way up Church Street, Ormskirk Street, Barrow Street, via the Town Hall Piazza to Corporation Street then North Road, arriving on this occasion at St. Mary’s, Lowe House church.

During the Procession, decades of the Holy Rosary were recited for a number of intentions -local, national and world-wide, including the family, youth, sanctity of life from conception to natural death, relief of unemployment, relief from disease and famine 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 this year was for peace in the Middle East - especially Syria, Iraq and The Holy Land and for refugees from these conflicts. The Procession concluded with the traditional sung Benediction service.

Rt Rev Bishop John Rawsthorne speaks to the procession

Rt Rev Bishop John Rawsthorne speaks to the procession