Welcome to the parish of St Lewis’ in Croft, affiliated to the parish of St Catherine of Siena and All Saints, and part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.

We hope you will find this website informative and useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require anything further: Email: lgcadmin@rcaol.org.uk, Telephone 01942 273851

If you wish to know more about any of the boxes below, simply click on the heading and the box will expand with the relevant information.

Deaneries and Deans – November 2021

Following the recent consultation the Archbishop has now approved the new deanery structure for the archdiocese and appointed deans for the new deaneries. These changes will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent (28 November 2021). Click here for more details.

Parish council and SVP minutes

Minutes for the recent parish council and SVP meetings are available here.

After the meeting of Synod 2020 in June this year, work began on preparing a pastoral plan which would guide the archdiocese in the years to come based on the outcomes of the Synod. This plan will be launched next weekend. Every parishioner will get a postcard giving details of how to access the plan and an invitation to a meeting to hear about it. Copies of the plan will be available online and at Pauline Books and Media from next weekend. Please pray this week for open hearts to receive with grateful thanks the fruits of much listening, discerning and work that is Synod 2020.

To find out more, you are welcome to any of these open meetings:

Saturday 4th Dec 11.00am – 12.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Leyland

Tuesday 7th Dec 7.00pm – 8.30pm in Holy Rosary Church, Aintree.

Thursday 9th Dec 7.00pm – 8.30pm on Zoom

The link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421512557?pwd=SVd5cFhtQ0dwUFJzQjhLSlQ5VjJJQT09 .

Meeting ID: 864 2151 2557
Passcode: 132667

With the start of phase four of the easing of lockdown restrictions, our rules for attending mass will also be eased, although we will not be going completely back to normal. Click here for details.

Most notably, signing up in advance for mass is no longer required, and the video masses will be discontinued.


St Lewis’ has an active SVP conference which can help local people in a variety of ways. Please click here if you think we can help you, you are interesting in joining us, or just want more information.

I mentioned to you last week the Diocese’s concern that Parishes at present have no weekly income, but we still have bills to pay. They have come up with three different ways in which you can safely and digitally give to your Parish, should you so wish.

  1. By standing order. You will be able to download and print a standing order form instructing your bank to pay weekly/monthly the amount you wish to give to the Parish. Just fill in the form, post it to me (at All Saints) and after I’ve copied it for our records I’ll send it off to your bank. Just follow this link.
  2. Online: By following this link you can give on a weekly basis whatever you wish. Those of you who have given to Cafod on line will be familiar with this type of giving.
  3. You can give by text: Just as you would for, say Children in Need or Comic Relief.
    Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message.
    Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70450 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message.
    Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70460 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
    Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70470 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.

    By sending it to STLEWISNOINFO I am presuming that you will not want to receive the marketing information that automatically comes with all this. If you’d rather receive the info then text: STLEWIS to the relevant number and you will receive all the bumf!

  4. Finally, you could simply pop your offertory envelope through the letter box at the presbytery when you are passing, or wait until we can all go back to mass. If you didn’t manage to pick up the envelopes before the lock-down and you want them, simply ring me and I’ll drop them through your letter box!

Many thanks,
Fr Gordon

For details of services to be streamed from the cathedral, click here, for other churches around the world see churchservices.tv.

For Parish videoed Masses and services click here.

To see recent issues for the Catholic Pictorial, go to https://issuu.com/cpmmmedia.com. A direct link to the issue for October 2021 is https://bit.ly/3DprINZ.

Our Prayerboard

I have asked a number of people if they would find it useful having a prayerboard on the front page. Whilst we are all in need at the moment, there are some with particular needs whom we can pray for. I have asked their permission and invited them to not just post names but also where possible details of people’s illness so that our prayers can be focussed. So many of us feel helpless at the moment, but as Christians we know we can do one thing: pray that God’s healing hand can touch our lives and those in most need. Do please send me names and, where appropriate details of people we can pray for.

Please Pray for:

Jean Jones who has had major bowel surgery

Kathleen Varkulis who is very poorly in Warrington General Hospital.

Helen Morgan (Pat Ferguson’s sister) who is due to start 6 weeks intensive Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stage 3 carcinoma of the lung.

Margaret Owens who has just been diagnosed with blood cancer.

Don Seddon who has Bowel Cancer and is in Christie’s Hospital.

Brian Parr who is recovering in hospital after major surgery.

Pemberlina Smith who is suffering from breast cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Margaret Kirkham whose who has had her radiotherapy treatment – her tumour is greatly reduced.

Sophie Tinley (daughter-in-law of Bill Tinley) has Myeloma bone marrow cancer. Sophie’s double transplant has been a success and she is eligible for a new treatment which will give her an increased chance of remission.

Karl and Joy Ward – Karl has non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Joy has ovarian cancer.

Lily Kennedy (daughter of Shaun Kennedy and Katie Gaskell) suffering from 22 Chromosome Duplication.

Ken Morris (Linda’s husband) receiving treatment for prostate cancer and lymphoma.

Parish team

Fr Gordon Abbs

Fr Gordon Abbs

Deacon Derek Morris

Deacon Derek Morris

Deacon Derek Morris

Elizabeth Casey
Parish administrator