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Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show 150 150 mhamer

Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at Thornleigh College in Bolton with Steve Royle and Fr Frankie MulgrewJimmy Cricket is appearing in a special event at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton in aid of CAFOD – the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.

In what will be a unique evening of comedy entertainment, Jimmy will be joined on stage by special guest comedian Steve Royle, who regularly hosts a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire and featured in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show.

The evening will be hosted by comedian-turned-Catholic priest, Fr Frankie Mulgrew – Jimmy’s younger son – and there will be the odd surprise on show from pupils who attend the college.

This event is in aid of CAFOD who stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture.

Through CAFOD’s local church partners around the world, they help people directly in their own communities and campaign for global justice.

Tickets for this night of fun and frivolity on Thursday 11 May are priced at £8 and £5 and are available from the reception at Thornleigh College (01204) 301 351.

Idyllic Lancashire village is setting for fundraiser 150 150 mhamer

Idyllic Lancashire village is setting for fundraiser

Jimmy Cricket with the St Mary's Parish Hall show organising committee

Jimmy Cricket recently visited the small rural community of Sabden in the Ribble Valley to appear at a fundraiser.

Jimmy Cricket

Lourdes fundraiser is Mulgrew family affair 150 150 mhamer

Lourdes fundraiser is Mulgrew family affair

Charity comedy night for pilgrimage to Lourdes 150 150 mhamer

Charity comedy night for pilgrimage to Lourdes

Sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to Lourdes

Veteran entertainer Jimmy Cricket is appearing in a charity show in Greater Manchester on Friday (29 April).

The comedy night in Bury is being staged to raise much-needed funds to send sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to the famous shrine of Lourdes in the South of France (last year’s group are pictured above).

Jimmy’s daughter, comedienne Katie Mulgrew, will host the show! The line-up has a further family twist as Jimmy’s son, former comedian Frankie Doodle – who left the stage for the pulpit and who is now Fr Frankie Mulgrew – will also be performing.

The list of entertainers is completed by special guest comedian Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire’s Saturday morning show.

Friday at the Fusiliers will be held in the function suite of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury town centre.

Tickets for the event, priced £12 in advance and £13 on the door, are available from the museum in person, on (0161) 763 8950 or via email at enquiries@fusiliermuseum.com 

For more information on the event, please contact the event organiser Dom Hyndman at domihy@yahoo.co.uk

Pope Francis: Fr Frankie meets the Bishop of Rome 150 150 mhamer

Pope Francis: Fr Frankie meets the Bishop of Rome

Jimmy Cricket’s son Fr Frankie Mulgrew recently had the honour of meeting Pope Francis.

Fr Frankie, who has been a catholic priest for almost three years and is currently assistant priest at St Joseph’s Church in Blackburn, went on a January break to Rome after a busy time over the Christmas season.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew meets Pope Francis

While on holiday in Rome, Fr Frankie attended a papal audience and arrived at the Vatican with a picture of a special project he had been working on called the Mercy Bus. After the audience had concluded, Fr Frankie approached Pope Francis for a blessing for his project, which the Holy Father duly did.

The Mercy Bus project is an activity Fr Frankie has been heavily involved with and is very passionate about. It is a bus which has been commissioned by the Salford Diocese to tour around its various regions every Saturday afternoon throughout the period of Lent – a special time within the Catholic calendar. Wherever the bus stops, it will offer those who visit it the chance to meet a priest for a chat or to take part in an act of confession.

The places the bus has already visited or is still to visit include: Salford, Bolton, Burnley, Blackburn, Bury, Ashton-under-Lyne and north and south Manchester. The project also ties in with the current Jubilee Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis himself launched last December.

Cricket team to turn out in aid of Bury fundraiser 150 150 mhamer

Cricket team to turn out in aid of Bury fundraiser

Friday at the Fusiliers will be held on Friday 29 April in the function suite of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury Town CentreA unique event in aid of charity will see the much-loved comedian Jimmy Cricket take to the stage with both his son and daughter!

The show at the Fusiliers Museum in Bury Town Centre, Greater Manchester, will not only feature Jimmy, but his daughter, the comedienne Katie Mulgrew, and also his son, former comedian Frankie Doodle – who left the stage for the pulpit and is now Fr Frankie Mulgrew.

Special guest comedian Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire’s Saturday morning show, who many may also recognise from his association with TV funnyman Peter Kay, completes the line-up.

The event at 7.30pm on Friday 29 April is being staged to raise much-needed funds to send sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to the famous shrine of Lourdes in the south of France.

Event organiser Dom Hynman said: “I am thrilled to have been able to put together such a wonderful and unique line-up for this event.

“It hopefully will mean we should sell enough tickets to allow a very special young person to be able to travel to Lourdes on this summer’s pilgrimage, which will give them a truly wonderful experience.”

The director of the Salford Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, Rev Michael Jones, said: “Each year the Children’s and Family group bring a number of very sick children along as part of our pilgrimage.

“Without the funds raised to enable the group to do this, the numbers who are able to come would be significantly reduced. So I encourage many people to support this event, as each young person who is able to come with us has a remarkable and truly uplifting time while at Lourdes.”

Tickets for the event are priced £12 in advance and £13 on the door and are available from the museum in person, on tel: (0161) 763 8950 or via email: enquiries@fusiliermuseum.com

For more information on the event, please contact the event organiser Dom Hyndman at domihy@yahoo.co.uk

Fr Frankie Mulgrew talks about laughter & his faith 150 150 mhamer

Fr Frankie Mulgrew talks about laughter & his faith

The Catholic Universe masthead

The younger son of famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket is the subject of a feature in a recent edition of The Universe, the Catholic national newspaper.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, who is based in Blackburn, East Lancashire, talks about laughter – he was a comedian like his dad before being ordained two years ago – and his faith in the article which was published on 17 July.

The Universe newspaper is one of the most read Catholic publications in the UK and so it was quite a coup for Fr Frankie to have the entire back page devoted to him. The article was headlined: Laugh – and God laughs along with you.

Fr Frankie is quoted in The Universe as saying: “My parents, both of them, are just full of joy and happiness, so from early doors we were on the road with my dad and I guess that was our life, that was our childhood.

“You’re on the road, in dressing rooms, backstage and waiting for your dad to come off and go to the next gig.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, son of Jimmy Cricket, is featured in The Catholic Universe

“You’re in that environment and meeting other comedians. My home was always filled with lots of laughter and happiness.”

He is currently the assistant priest at St Joseph’s RC church in Blackburn and also the part-time Roman Catholic chaplain at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The comic-turned-priest, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle (younger sister Katie is a stand-up comedian),  also talks in the article about a book he has had published about God and humour.

He compiled and edited Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud), which includes contributions from famous entertainers Ken Dodd, Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine, Jo Brand, Milton Jones and the late Frank Carson.

All proceeds from sales of the book go towards the charity Mary’s Meals, an organisation which supports school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.