A link with the past . . . .

The Crucifix that hangs on the rear wall of St. Jude's Church holds a special significance for our parishioners.

It provides a meaningful link with our 'mother parish'. . . . .

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As you approach St. Jude's Church travelling from Wigan along Poolstock Lane, you will see the beautiful Crucifix hanging on the church wall that overlooks Our Lady's Grotto.

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The dark wood of the Cross stands out in simple, sharp contrast against the pale colour of the brick wall, and it looks as if it had been made for that place. However, it was, in fact, made long ago. It is from the sacristy of St. Joseph's Church, Caroline Street, Wigan, where it hung during the time of Father Shee and, indeed, for many years before that.

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At the closure of the old church, it was removed for safe-keeping to St. Jude's, and, at first, during the weeks of Lent, it stood in the Sanctuary of the church and was venerated during Holy Week.

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For some time, Father MacNally had wished to find a permanent home for the old Cross, but there was nowhere it could be erected in St. Jude's building. Eventually, he came up with the idea of placing it on an external wall, but before this could be done both the wood of the Cross and the Corpus had to be renovated and made weatherproof.

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Accordingly, the Cross was entrusted to Hayes and Finch Ltd., Liverpool, who specialise in church furnishings. The existing paint and polish were removed, the wood sealed and treated with lacquer to preserve it against severe weather conditions, and it was given a mahogany finish. Also, a new fibreglass Corpus with a stone finish was made and bolted onto the wood. All this work cost a total of 495.85.

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On Monday, 28th July 1997, four men of St. Jude's Parish secured the Cross to the wall of the church.