Welcome to the parish of St Lewis’ in Croft, affiliated to the parishes 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

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Please find below a list of new clergy appointments.

From 1 July 2020

Fr Kevan O’Brien, parish priest, Holy Cross, St Helens

Fr Jonathan Brown, chaplain to Carmel, Allerton

From September 2020

Canon Thomas Neylon, parish priest and dean in Widnes (canon 517)

Fr Carl Mugan, parish priest in Widnes (canon 517)

Canon Michael Fitzsimons, parish priest, St John Fisher, Knowsley and St Columba, Huyton

Fr Philip Carr, parish priest, St Julie, Eccleston and English Martyrs, Haydock

Fr John Hindley, parish priest, St Philomena and Holy Name, Fazakerley

Fr Kevin McLoughlin, parish priest, Holy Family, Southport

Fr Leo Daley, parochial administrator, Our Lady and All Saints, Parbold in addition to St John the Evangelist, Burscough.

Fr Joseph Simionato FDP, parish priest, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Standish and St Bernadette, Shevington

Fr Bruce Walles, parish priest, Our Lady of Walsingham, Netherton in addition to St Benet, Netherton

Fr Michael Thompson, parish priest, St Mary, Castletown and St Columba, Port Erin

Fr Leo Cooper, parish priest, St Benedict, Hindley

Fr Kenny Hyde, parish priest, St Richard, Skelmersdale

Fr Dominic Risley, assistant priest, St Michael and All Angels, Kirkby

Deacon Peter Murphy, assistant priest, Metropolitan Cathedral

Deacon Paul Rooney to the parishes of St Austin’s, Thatto Heath and St Teresa, Devon Street, St Helens, the St Helens Pastoral Area and Liverpool Hope University


As a result of these changes, Fr Philip Gregory has been appointed dean of Upholland Pastoral Area, and Fr Martin Kershaw has been appointed dean of St Helens Pastoral Area.

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.

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

A number of people have asked if I could display The prayer for Spiritual Communion, since we are all so very much aware that the sacrament we celebrate on line is one that is currently denied to us.

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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:

Jeno Polger whose Parkinson’s disease is causing him to deteriorate.

Rita Charnock who is awaiting further tests.

Eileen Heaton who has now gone into Ashton Heath nursing home to continue her recovery.

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

Ken Knight who is seriously ill in hospital

Celia Redmond (sister of Pat Marsh) slowly recovering from Covid 19.

Brian Cannon who is suffering from coronavirus.

Sheila Pugh who is in hospital with coronavirus.

Shelagh Preston who has incurable pancreatic cancer (mother of Fr James Preston)

Freda Barter (aged 91) who is due to have a gall bladder op on Monday.

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

Margaret Kirkham whose chemotherapy hasn’t worked so will now receive radiotherapy.

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

Lately dead:  Ivy Tracey, Mary Begley and Marie Walsh.

Clergy team

Fr Gordon Abbs
Fr Gordon Abbs

Deacon Derek Morris
Deacon Derek Morris