News 11th November 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.

November List:
Sheets are available at the back of church for you to enter the names of deceased relatives and friends you would like remembered at Mass during November. Please place your completed list in the basket at the front of the Sanctuary.

Hospice 200 Club:
The November draw will take place in the Hall on Sunday 18th November after 9.15am Mass. There will be a raffle and a cake stall. Cakes to be brought to the hall before Mass. Coffee/tea donations also for the Hospice. Thanks to everyone, old and new members, for their subscriptions.

Advent Extra:
Copies of this excellent publication are now available in the Repository. Get your copy today for just £1 :50 and make the most of Advent.

If you are in Year 7 or above and wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019, please give your details to Fr David ASAP.

Christmas Day:
We are offering hospitality for those in need of some company on Christmas Day. There is still time to volunteer to help, please see the sign-up sheet at the back of church. Please let anyone you think may benefit know that there is a warm welcome and a good meal available, free of charge, on Christmas Day. Full details on the poster displayed at the back of church.

Armistice Day – Sunday 11th November Ringing out for Peace – 100 years of Remembrance:
This Sunday we will ring our bells half-muffled prior to the 9.15am Mass in remembrance of all those who have lost their life in conflict. And then, in communion with Towers across the country, we will ring them again at 7.05pm Battle’s Over – Ringing out for peace! The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as our country and other nations reflect on events a century ago on the battlefields of Europe and at home in our factories and farms.

Are you are interested in learning to ring? Age no barrier. Contact Richard on the number in this weeks bulletin or just come along to a practice session held each Thursday at 7 pm

An Afternoon Concert:
We are so pleased and fortunate to welcome back well-known tenor Chris Dodd and some musical friends formerly of Lytham Operatic for what will be a superb concert followed by tea and homemade cakes. This will take place on Friday 23rd Nov at 2pm. Please ring the number in this weeks bulletin if transport is needed.

Women Together In The Diocese Of Lancaster Advent Day Of Prayer
on Sat. 1st December 10.30am to 3.30pm at Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston. See poster for full details at the back of church.

Carol Service At HMP Kirkham
on Thurs 13th Dec, 6 for 6.45pm with refreshments. Please sign up in the usual way at the back of church. You will need to take some photo ID on the night, but don’t take mobile phones. Let’s see if we can maintain our good record of supporting this event.

Parish Youth Club (Years 6 & 7 Only) CORE Youth Club is open again for the rest of 2018 on the following dates: 22nd November, 6th December, 13th December. All Year 6 and 7 pupils are welcome. Cost is £1 only per session, and a fun time is guaranteed! Please contact Simon on the number in this weeks bulletin if you would like further information.

We have heard from St Cuthbert’s SVP that the need for tinned food in particular is constant and growing. lt has been decided therefore to keep our foodbank collection open for November and December to help support this appeal for additional help. if you are able please can you bring a tin of soup or rice pudding each weekend and leave in the basket. If you can manage a bit more then toilet rolls, sanitary items, soap and toothpaste also welcome. We appreciate that your generosity to our monthly appeals is second to none but the poor and those in need, including children, are in our midst, please do what you can to help – thank you.

Prayer Cards:
There are prayer-cards at the back of Church with a prayer and information about Mother Mary Joseph of Jesus CP (Elizabeth Prout), the Foundress of the Cross & Passion Sisters.

St. Joseph’s Care:
Here to help when you most need it! Helpline open each day from 9am until 7pm Tel: 07840 112 265

The CAFOD Family Fast Day Collection: totalled £1163.54 of which about half was gift aided so will bring even more much needed funds. With grateful thanks for everyone’s generosity.

Piety Stall
Boxed Christmas, Overseas and Christmas Mass intention cards now on sale. Advent candles, calendars and small Christmas items also on sale. Our other items continue to be available such as rosary beads, children’s prayer books etc and a large selection of greetings cards.

St Joseph’s Care
This wonderful parish initiative goes from strength to strength thanks to your prayers, support and financial offerings. Every single penny raised goes to support those in most need. In addition to providing a seven day a week telephone help line we; keep in touch on a regular basis with members of our parish family who are housebound to ensure their physical and pastoral care is being looked after; support Tea and Chat; provide seasonal food parcels to those in most need in the wider community; enable the provision for Christmas Dinner and hospitality on Christmas Day for those on their own or in need of a bit of company and much, much, more. As we head into winter it is more important than ever that we are alert to the needs of others around us. St Joseph’s Care is here for everyone, if you are in need of help or support or know someone who is please just ‘phone 07840 112 265 line open from 9am until 7pm each day. Confidentiality assured.

Please don’t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged.

St. Peter’s School – Lunch Time Welfare Assistant required:
The Headteacher and Governors wish to appoint a lunch time Welfare Assistant to join our dedicated team. The post will involve the managing of the lunch time routines; supporting the children in the dining hall and on the playground. The successful candidate will be required to administer first aid. A commitment to completing training in first aid and safeguarding would be a requirement. The role is for 5 hours per week to cover the lunch hour. Salary: Grade 2 (LW) Closing Date for applications: 31 October 11:45am. Interview Date: 7th November 2018. For further information, please contact Mrs Heyes, Headteacher. 01253 734658.

Earlier this month Lytham St Annes Catenian Circle 89 celebrated a golden occasion – 50 years young and still going strong, with a celebration dinner at the Glendower Hotel for over 120 people. Two attendees on the night were there to receive their 50 years membership awards. President of the circle Robert Thompson would like to thank all the parishes, congregations and clergy for their continued support. Anyone who wants to find out more about what Catenians do locally, can drop an email to: to find out more.

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

Please don’t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged.

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.

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.