Holy Rosary Church


School links with the parishes

Holy Rosary School is proud of its strong links with our local parishes.

The school is served mainly by the Parish of the Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary Presbytery and Parish Office
Altway, Aintree, Liverpool L10 2LG
Tel: 0151 526 8468; email: holyrosary@rcaolp.co.uk; www: .holyrosarychurch.co.uk

The Parish Priest is Fr Vin McShane who is also our Chair of Governors

In addition to attending weekly masses with their families, pupils often attend mass during school hours. Some of these take place in church and some in the school.

When we have mass in school the chalice of the founder Parish Priest of Holy Rosary, Fr John Gillan, is used:


From our Parish History:

“The need for a mission in the area was first identified in 1939, but nothing could be done during the war years. In September 1947 Archbishop Downey appointed Fr John Gillan as priest-in-charge. Fr John took up lodgings in 34 Radley Drive. In October 1947 the parish was placed under the patronage of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sadly, in October 1954 after laying the foundations of the parish, Fr Gillan retired due to ill-health. Fr Gillan was succeeded by Fr Meehan, under whose guidance the old farmhouse was put to use as the presbytery and in time the parish centre, church, infant school, junior School and finally, a new presbytery were all constructed. Building on the church actually commenced on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25th March 1955. The following October the foundation stone was laid and blessed by Archbishop Godfrey. On the 7th October 1956, appropriately on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the church was finally opened.”

Children also visit church as part of their Come and See religious education scheme, where they learn about, for example, the symbols of Baptism. Children also take part in services at Christmas and Easter, and celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, here at Holy Rosary church.

Pictures and prayers written by the children can often be seen inside the Church, and warm relationships are formed between the pupils and Fr. Vin, who has question and answer sessions with the children and other members of the parish community.

Weekend Mass times at Holy Rosary Church are as follows:

Saturday 6pm; Sunday 10.30am – this Mass includes Little Church and is followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. Sunday 5.15pm.

We also have some families who are from the parish of The Holy Redeemer and St Kentigern, Waddicar Lane, Melling, L31 1BS

The Parish Priest is Fr Des Seddon who is a Foundation Governor of our School.

Fr Des can be contacted as follows:

St Mary’s Presbytery, Prescot Rd, Aughton, Ormskirk, L39 6TA.

Tel: 01696 4221126 or desmond.seddon@btinternet.com

Mass at Holy Redeemer, is at 10.30am on Sunday.

Sacramental Preparation. Children are prepared for the sacraments through the archdiocesan scheme With You Always. Parents can find out more information by visiting the Liverpool Archdiocese website.

The school has recently begun “The Minnie Vinnies”. This is a group started by the parish St Vincent De Paul Group (SVP). They are a group of parishioners who meet on the first Monday of each month in the meeting room at 7.00pm. Their aims are to provide practical support to those in need, e.g. Foodbank, visits, accompanying to appointments. The Minnie Vinnies do similar things, suitable to their age group, such as sending Easter and Christmas cards to our sick and housebound parishioners. You’ll hear more about their activities on the School Newsletter.

School levy:  The Catholic Church in our country is allowed to run its’ own schools by agreeing to pay towards the building costs and repairs. As less and less people are coming to church and making donations, we ask that parents contribute to the School Levy Fund. Without this levy we will be unable to have a say in how we run our schools, hence the importance of this voluntary contribution.


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