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.

Government Advice Update: Social gatherings

Following the Government’s updated advice on social gatherings of no more
than six people meeting from 14 th September, may we point out that this does
not affect coming to Mass.

Mass is NOT a social gathering. We continue to celebrate Mass in our churches socially distanced, maintaining all the appropriate safety protocols in order to continue to do so. Please continue to book your place for mass as normal.

Fr Gordon Abbs, Parish Priest.
9th September 2020

Increased capacity for mass

In view of the low number of “walk-ups” to 9am Sunday mass, the slight relaxation in distancing requirements, booking capacity has been increased from 50 to 60.

Mass has reached capacity in recent weeks, so it is possible that if you arrive without a reservation, you may regrettably be turned away

Click here to book a place.

For those of you considering coming back to church, but are still unsure, we have made a short video showing how mass at St Lewis looks now.

Note the spacing between people – those sitting close to each other are family groups. Also, everyone is wearing masks, and remains seated throughout the service. As per recommendations, there is no singing during mass, since this is thought to spread droplets more widely. Communion is taken at the end, after which everybody proceeds directly out of church via the sacristy. Hand sanitiser is available both before and after.

The church has reached capacity in recent weeks, so if you do wish to attend, please let us know via https://stlewis.co.uk/mass-attendance-reservation/, or by phone on 01942 273851.

Sunday Mass resumed in mid-July; numbers however will be strictly limited, and we ask that you register to attend mass, to control numbers, and to assist in contact tracing, should it be necessary.

Please click here to read the detailed guidance and how to register to attend.

 

The renovated statue of Our Lady is now in place in the cemetery. Please click here for more details.

Thanks to all who helped bring this project to completion.

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:

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.

Loretta Walker who is in hospital with cancer.

Sophie Tinley (daughter-in-law of Bill Tinley) has Myeloma bone marrow cancer and is receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and is awaiting a stem cell transplant.

Nurse Paula (Salford Royal) who is sorely  in need of our prayers and comfort at this time.

Margaret Whelan who has moved to Ashton Heath Nursing home.

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.

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.

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

Lately dead:  Joyce Davies, Margaret Wiszowaty, Fr Bernard Eager

Parish team

Fr Gordon Abbs

Fr Gordon Abbs

Deacon Derek Morris

Deacon Derek Morris

Deacon Derek Morris

Elizabeth Casey
Parish administrator