News 18th March 2018

Tea & Coffee:
in the Hall after 9.15am Mass

Prayer For Bishop-Elect:
Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus to shepherd your people and the Holy Spirit to make them one. Send your Holy Spirit to anoint our Bishop-Elect, Canon Paul Swarbrick, that he may continue the work of renewal in the Church and unite our parishes, priests and people in love, truth and wisdom. Give him a true shepherd’s heart like that of Jesus, that he may give strength to the weak, heal the broken-hearted, console the lonely, bring back the wandering and be a power against the evil of our day. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Enrolment For First Holy Communion:
Children will be enrolled on to the First Holy Communion Programme at the 9.15am Mass today. Please keep them, their families, and our catechists in your prayers during the weeks ahead.

Solemnity Of St. Joseph:
This week we celebrate our patronal feast day with Mass at 9am on Monday: Please note there will not be a Mass on Tuesday this week.

Deanery Lenten Reconciliation Service:
This will be held here this Tuesday at 7pm when a number of priests will be available to hear individual confessions.

Lent Lunches:
Churches Together In Ansdell Lent Lunch this Wednesday – hosted by St. Paul’s at 12 noon.

Friends Of The Hospice Coffee Morning:
Friends of the Hospice in Lytham St. Annes are holding a Coffee Morning in St. Joseph’s Hall, on Saturday, 24th March, 10 – 11.30am. Stalls tea/coffee and cakes. Everyone welcome. Please try to support this well deserved Charity. All proceeds to Trinity Hospice and Brian House. Thank you.

Palm Sunday:
Any parishioners who have garden greenery for the Easter Arch on Palm Sunday please ring the number in this weeks bulletin. Please leave cuttings at the back of church or ring if you need help with collection.

Foodbank Collection:
We will bring forward our April collection to next weekend, Palm Sunday, as 1 April is Easter Sunday. Our collection will be for St Cuthbert’s Blackpool. Teabags, sugar, individually wrapped biscuits, pasta, pasta sauces, soup and toiletries are particularly asked for. The St Joseph’s Care proceeds from our Lent Lunches will go towards making up Easter parcels for those in greatest need and helped from St Cuthbert’s drop-in centre. Thank you for your continued support.

Foundation Governor:
The Governing Body of St Peter’s Catholic Primary School require a Foundation Governor. The role of the Governing Body is to support the Headteacher in leading our successful Catholic primary school. Skills and experiences brought from across all sectors would be greatly valued (e.g. finance, law, business, health & safety, premises) Foundation Governors are required to be Catholic and to commit to half termly meetings during term time. If you wish to be considered for the post then please contact Fr David or Mrs Heyes (Headteacher St Peter’s School 01253 734658) for more information.

Youth – CORE:
We now meet on alternate Thursdays, at 6pm to 7.30pm. It is for Years 7 to 11, and 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. We are immensely grateful for the two further volunteers that have stepped fonrvard to help. Please contact Simon via the number in this weeks bulletin if you would like to help as a volunteer and for all other enquiries.

Offertory Envelopes:
New envelopes for the new tax year available now for collection at the back of church. If you would like a box of envelopes or are interested in Planned Giving please ring David Barker for more information via the number in this weeks bulletin.

Red Mission Boxes:
Spring Collection. Boxes will be collected and emptied this month. A huge thank you for the £2516.60 collected during 2017. Spare boxes will be available at the back of church , this weekend. I encourage you to take one and support our missionary priests and sisters around the world. Thank you. Contact Pat Ormond via the number in this weeks bulletin.

Attention Calling All Donors Of Used Stamps:
Unfortunately the company I have been using for the Used Stamps for St Peter’s School is ceasing trading at the end of April. Please hunt out all stamps. The last collection of stamps from Church will be Sunday 1st April. Thank you all so much for your support of this fundraising scheme, together we have so far raised £248.51.

Lourdes 2018.
Anyone wishing to go to Lourdes this year as a pilgrim/helper, sick person or as part of the youth team should let Fr David know. Travel forms available at the back of church. We already have 3 people from the Parish making the trip, why not join them. If you are going to Lourdes in Yr 10 and under age 25? The Catenian Association Bursary Fund will give you £75 towards your costs, no strings attached. To apply just go to and click on Bursary.

Bags For Easter:
Following our Lent Lunch last Friday, with the talk from St Cuthbert’s Food Bank, – St Joseph’s Care will be supporting St Cuthbert’s initiative to provide food bags for those in need this Easter, in a similar way to the effort to provide food hampers for Christmas. The money raised at the lunch will go towards buying the required supplies. Your generosity and support are helping to provide relief for our brothers and sisters locally who are struggling to make ends meet.


Livesimply award update :
27th February 2018  – 5 years ago we as a parish committed to living simply. Some of you may not have been part of our community then. We were invited to reaffirm our commitment and the Parish Council on behalf of the parish have shown to CAFOD how we continue to do so. We have just received our Certificate of Thanks to mark 5 years since we achieved the Iivesimply award and to celebrate our ongoing commitment to: live simply live sustainably with creation live in solidarity with those living in poverty. We can also individually commit to making one simple change to our lifestyle in what we eat, drink, do, wear and drive. All these life choices affect creation and all the people of this planet. You could switch to renewable energy, introduce a meat free day to your week, ditch plastic bags, or invest in a reusable coffee cup. I am sure you will have many ideas of your own. it might seem like something small but together our actions are immensely powerful.

National Eucharistic Congress:
This will be held in Liverpool in September and plans are already underway. Please see the poster at the back of church which provides details of diocesan preparatory talks to which everyone is invited. Dave and Olive Yates have very kindly agreed to represent the parish at the Congress.

St Joseph’s Care:
Don’t forget 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.

Parish Hall:
Please ensure that the outer door to the Hall is securely locked on leaving thank you.

Social Group:
If you have any ideas for future events and would like to join our vibrant team please get in touch with Joe Waters via the number in this weeks bulletin.

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.

During Lent
We will gather to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries at noon each Thursday at Our Lady’s altar at 12.00pm.

Dates This Week:

  • Thursday 7.00pm Bell Ringing

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.

Suggestion Box:
We welcome your comments and feedback. Please drop us your note in the box on the windowsill at the back of church.

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.

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