News 15th July 2018


Sunday Morning Coffee:
There will be no Tea/Coffee after 9.15am Mass during July & August.

Burkina Faso:
This year we would like to raise £1,000 towards evangelisatlon and formation within the local community as well as ongoing maintenance costs. As usual, the appeal is by private donation, envelopes can be found at the back of church and should be returned via the Offertory basket. Please make cheques payable to St Joseph’s Ansdell ‘Burkina Faso’. The appeal will remain open until September. Thank you for donations received so far totalling £668.65. It is worth noting that every single penny goes to the Sisters in Burkina, there are no administration fees etc.,

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.

Adoremus: National Eucharistic Congress September 2018
On Sunday 9 September we shall be hosting a deanery Blessed Sacrament Procession to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Congress. Please make a note in your diary so that as many people as possible join in this momentous event.

From now until the Congress we will be focusing on different aspects of ‘Adoremus‘ in our spiritual reflections in the bulletin.

In the repository we still have one or two copies of ‘Adoremus Extra. It is filled with 124 pages dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament with 45 contributors from all walks of life. This is a must read and available atna reduced price of £3.

Dave and Olive Yates are travelling to Liverpool to represent the Parish at the actual Congress – they will attend one or two of the seminars being held as well as taking part in the closing day celebrations.

Youth Core:
We are now meeting on alternate Thursdays from 6pm to 7.30pm. If you are in Years 7 to 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 Is £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.

Lytham Catholic Club
are holding a beer festival 19th to 22nd July in aid of Club Funds. Entry is free. All Parishioners, family and friends are welcome. Thurs 6pm ‘til late, Fri to Sun 2pm ‘til late.

CAFOD It’s great news …….
our CAFOD Lent donations 2018 from all sources exceeded £4.2 million! This is truly wonderful because every Family Fast Day offering will be matched by the UK Government. We have planned projects to help 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea. This will mean that fewer parents will struggle to grow vegetables to help feed their families and more children will become healthier and more likely to attend school. At CAFOD, our mission is to work alongside the world’s poorest people. Thank you for helping us to carry out our mission.

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

Message From The Liturgy Group:
Please keep Sunday 8th September free from 2.00pm. More to come!

Robert Thompson has been installed as President of Lytham St Annes Catenians and his President’s Mass is being celebrated this weekend at 6pm on Saturday. Catenians are active in many parishes in Blackpool and the Fylde area and if you would like to know what the Catenians do for the youth, for charity, for fundraising for local good causes and for details of our social activities contact

Stephen Talbutt:
Last year we had a seminarian with us for a few months — Stephen Talbutt. Stephen is ordained to the diaconate this coming Saturday at Oscott College in Birmingham. Please keep him in your prayers. God willing, he will be ordained to the priesthood for our diocese next year.

Sue Shakespeare’s Macmillan Mighty Lake District Hike
on the 14th July. Sue (Chairman‘of St Peter’s PPC) is hiking 26 miles up and down the hills around Lake Ullswater to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. She is hiking in memory of Maureen Newsham. If you would like to s‘ponsor’Sue, go to her JustGiving page at: If you prefer please place your donation in an envelope clearly marked Sue’s Hike (St Peter’s), with Gift Aid details, if appropriate, and place it in the offertory plate. Rest in peace Maureen.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick:
Photographs of the Episcopal Ordination can be viewed on the notice board and our Parish facebook page. Please continue to pray for Bishop Paul as he embarks on this important ministry of leading the faithful of the Diocese of Lancaster. To see all the photographs taken by the official photographer go to

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.