The annual St Helens family rosary procession - one of the longest established dates on the borough’s religious calender - will take place in St Helens at the start of next month.
Led by the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Rt Rev Thomas Williams, the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors David and Jeanette Banks, together with other clergy, the 56th St Helens Annual Family Rosary Procession takes place on Sunday, October 2 at 3pm from the town centre.
Participants should assemble in Church Square at 2.45pm. Following local, national and international prayer intentions, the Procession passes through the town centre reciting the Holy Rosary, ending with a Benediction service on this occasion at the church of Holy Cross and St Helen.
The vast majority of the Procession takes place on pedestrian or pavement areas with road crossings being done as far as possible at controlled pedestrian crossings.
Starting at Church Square, this year’s route proceeds around Parish Church, up Church Street and Ormskirk Street, turning into Barrow Street, then Victoria Square.
After crossing over on to the Town Hall Piazza, it turns right along Corporation Street for a short distance, then left at the corner of Wesley House into Vincent Street.
At the next road junction the Procession turns right into Parade Street, continuing along crossing over Charles Street until it arrives at Holy Cross and St Helen RC church where there is both level and stepped access.
All those whose faith embraces the practice of reciting the Holy Rosary are invited to attend.
Participants are reminded to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather on the day and that all children and young people taking part in the Procession are to be accompanied by and in the care of a parent or guardian.
Any wheelchair participants are asked to wear appropriate protective clothing and should ensure their safety belt is secured.
The origin of the St Helens Annual Rosary Procession dates back to the late 1950s, when Holy Cross parishioner, Mr Martin Byrne, was seriously ill and pledged in prayer that if he recovered, he would ensure that an Annual Rosary Procession was initiated in the town.
As history shows, both of these events happened and the tradition has carried on unbroken to this day. Sadly, Martin is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on in the form of the Annual Family Rosary Procession in St Helens.