News 16th September 2018

Tea And Coffee:
Tea and Coffee is served in the Hall behind the Church every Sunday after the 9.15am Mass. Come and enjoy a cuppa with friends. All welcome.

Burkina Faso:
The 2018 appeal is now closed. if you still have an envelope please return it via the offertory basket as soon as possible. A final total will be available soon when a cheque will be taken by hand to the Bernardine Sisters at Hyning. Thank you for your tremendous support which will enable the Burkina community to buy a new vehicle to transport yoghurt to the surrounding towns and villages.

Home Mission Sunday:
Each year on the third Sunday of September, we celebrate Home Mission Sunday. On this day the Bishops invite parishes to pray for the mission of the Church in England and Wales. There is a second collection today to support the Bishops’ work of evangelisation.

A big thank you to the Liturgy Team, Altar Sewers, Musicians and all who attended our deanery Eucharistic Procession last weekend. It was good to see so many people in attendance and share in the graces of the Blessed Sacrament.

APF Red Boxes:
Please collect your emptied boxes from the Sacristy this weekend.

Parish AGM:
Our Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 17 October at 7:30pm in the Hall. We hope that as many parishioners as possible attend this meeting, tea and coffee will be served from 7pm. Nominations for election to the Parish Council are welcome and a sheet for this purpose can be found at the back of church.

Fylde Deanery meeting on Monday 17th September at 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Refreshments served at 6.45pm. Our Harvest Fast Day in October to be discussed. All will be most welcome at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Thank you.

The Cross And Passion Convent:
at 19 East Beach, Lytham, are having coffee and cakes on Friday 21st September at 11am. Cost £2.50.

On 22nd September
Wanda K. will be walking a half marathon in London in aid of Freedom from Torture. They are the UK’s only human n’ghts charity dedicated to the support and protection of torture survivors. They have centres in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow where they offer psychological and physical therapies, creative projects, forensic documentation of torture and practical assistance, as well as campaigning for survivors’ rights in the UK and internationally. If you would like to sponsor Wanda please complete the sponsorship form at the back of church.

The Xaverian Missioneries
have moved into the former Carmelite Retreat Centre at Tabor on Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, and are having an Open Day on Sun 23rd Sept from 12 noon until 4pm. Explanation of what the Xaverians will be offering, a BBQ, international food and family games.

Evening With An Eastern Flavour:
on Thursday 27th September in The Institute, Wrea Green in aid of St. Anne’s Westby. See the poster for full details.

Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Saturday 29th September 10 ‘til 12. “Make it or fake it” but please come and enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. All contributors very welcome.

Rosary Under The Cross:
Sunday 7 October at 3pm on the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary. We will gather beneath the Hanging Cross at the front of the Sanctuary.

Yes, it is not that far away… We are hoping to open the Hall and provide Christmas Dinner again for anyone on their own or just in need of a bit of company. Once again we are looking for volunteers to help on the day and with the preparations, please add your name to the list at the back of church if you would like to be involved.

Youth Core:
Meeting on alternate Thursdays from 6 – 7.30pm. If you are in Years 7 – 11 we will be pleased to see you. You don’t need to be in St Joseph‘s Parish to attend. So far we have…Pool. Table Tennis, Retro Games consoles, Tuck Shop, Board Games, and much more. Entrance Fee lS £1. Please contact Simon on the number in this weeks bulletin. If you would like to help as a volunteer and for all other enquiries.

St. Joseph’s Care:
Don’t forget that you are only a phone call away from some help. If you need any help or support please call us on 07840 112 265 between 9am and 7pm any day. Our list of volunteer helpers is currently being refreshed and all are ready to offer what support they can.

Suggestion Box:
We welcome any ideas or suggestions, just drop a note in the box on the windowsill at the back of church.

Where There Is A Will:
Please remember St Joseph’s in your Will— even the smallest sum can help our parish mission locally. Suggested wording: I Give the sum of £…. to the Parish Priest for the time being of the Catholic Church of St Joseph’s, Ansdell for general use within the Parish (or state a specific purpose) – thank you.

Don’t forget to let the Catholic Chaplaincy team know if you or a member of your family is admitted to hospital, whether it be Blackpool Vic, Clifton, or the Hospice, or any other hospital. Often, the faith of the person is not recorded when they are admitted, especially at times like these when nurses are overstretched. This makes the chaplains role very difficult when visiting wards. The best approach is to inform your parish priest of the details so that these can be passed on to the chaplain of the hospital where your family member is staying.

Little Joes:
Little Joes club meets every Sunday after Mass at 10am until 11am in the church hall, for children in preschool to Year 6. Little Joes is a great place to make new friends, have fun and make all sorts of crafts to take home with you. We have regular social events for everyone to get together too. Little Joes reaches out to our community with the message of God’s love for people and through this, positive relationships are built with families. If you have any questions please contact Emma Cox via the number in this weeks bulletin (front page).

St. Joseph’s Care:
We are very thankful and fortunate to have a team of telephone operators who ‘man’ our helpline 10 hrs a day and a team of volunteers who give up their time to provide assistance in all sorts of ways when needed. We are also now making outbound calls to our housebound parishioners just to say hello and ensure that they have everything they need. Your generous after Mass offerings are continuing to help us provide direct and practical assistance to those in need within our local community Please continue to support St Joseph’s Care as we strive to allow Christ to work through us so that we can make a real difference. Through St Joseph’s Care we are fulfilling our mission of evangelisation in the local community.

Taking An Active Part In The Parish:
Remember your talent is God’s gift to you and what you do with it is your gift to God. Please consider in what way you might be able to help the parish, practically, administratively or spiritually. Just drop your details in the Suggestion Box and someone will get in touch with you.

Lost Property:
Our lost property box is located in the Sacristry. Please note that items will be retained for 3 months before being disposed of.

St Joseph’s Facebook Page:
We now have over 300 people regularly following us on Facebook which is allowing us to reach out to those in the wider community and fulfil our parish commitment to evangelisation. In the last couple of months we have been able to help a number of people who have sought assistance through this medium.

Used Postage Stamps And Supermarket Vouchers:
Thank you for your continued donations of used postage stamps. St. Peter’s school are very grateful for all your support. The school will be collecting stamps for many years to come. The stamps provide a good source of revenue which is used to further enhance learning for the whole school. Thank you.