News 22nd October 2017

Tea & Coffee:
in the Hall after 9.15am Mass

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.

Hospice 200 Club:
£12.00 Subscriptions will be collected for the 200 club, on the following weekends at all Masses Sat/Sun 21/22nd October and 28/29th October. Old and New members welcome. As we have been given a number of Raffle Prizes to be drawn for the Hospice, we will sell raffle tickets at these Masses in advance of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Solemn Exposition:
Our weekend of Solemn Exposition begins at 9:30am on Saturday next and concludes with a Holy Hour from 3.30-4.30pm on Sunday, finishing with Benediction. It is very important that someone is in church throughout the time the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. Please can you confirm your willingness to spend some time in prayer by entering your name against a time slot on the sheet at the back of church.

Thank You:
Fr Kevin Lowry’s sister Anne has asked me to pass on her grateful thanks, and that of their father Tom, to all the parishioners who helped in any way at the Requiem Mass of her brother this last Wednesday. The church was full of priests and people and Anne said how impressed she was with how well everyone worked to ensure that all went well at the Mass, especially considering all the confusion caused by the roadworks outside. It was heartening to see so many gathered for Mass for this well-loved and now much missed priest.

Parish Council Annual Report:
Copies are available at the back of church. Minutes of the Parish AGM will be available very soon.

Parish Ball:
Bookings for the Annual Parish Ball on Friday 10th November at Fylde Rugby Club are being taken now. Tickets £35 each. Tables of 10/12 can be reserved. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Details from Joe Waters, Emma Cox or Christine Woods on the numbers in this weeks bulleti. Black Tie optional. Entertainment by Helen Jayne Duo.

Christmas Day:
Following our request for volunteers to help with this outreach venture of opening the Hall on Christmas Day, 10 people have come forward. We are hoping to open the Hall from 11am for a few hours for anyone wanting some company. A warm welcome is guaranteed with festive nibbles on offer, music and good conversation. If you are interested in lending a hand please can you pop your contact details in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Day’ and place in the Offertory basket next week. – St Joseph’s Care in action.

Castlerigg Manor:
Fr. John Moriarty and Patricia Benson are very grateful for all the glass jars from St. Joseph’s parishioners which are delivered to Castlerigg by Pauline and Bill. They are used for artwork and much appreciated.

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 on the number in this weeks bulletin.

Church Floor:
Work on the floor is in progress. It will take time to complete the resetting of the tiles and I’t might mean that some areas will need to be roped off. Please bear with us as we undertake this important and necessary work.

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. 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.

Suggestion Box:
Thank you for the comments received. If you have any ideas or suggestions please drop us a note in the box on the windowsill at the back of church.

Don’t forget to let the Catholic Chaplaincy team know if you or a member of your family is admitted to hospital.

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.

Dates This Week:

  • Thursday 12.00pm Gathering to pray the Mysteries of Light in Church.
  • Thursday 7.00pm Bell Ringing.
  • Friday 7.30pm Choir


Entertainers. Can you or do you know anyone who can sing, play music (we have a great organ) or entertain in any other way? We would welcome you to share our talents on a Friday afternoon with a very friendly relaxed audience. Your reward – immense satisfaction & appreciation & a slice of cake and tea. Please ring Margaret on the number in this weeks bulletin.

Many Thanks
to all the people who helped in any way, baking cakes, serving tea and coffee, donating raffle prizes, selling tickets and helping in so many ways at the Macmillan coffee morning. Thanks to your wonderful generosity we were able to send £450.00 for this good cause.

Petition To The Holy Father:
Please consider signing the petition for the Pope to perform the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, together with bishops around the world, as Our Lady of Fatima requested after the apparitions at Fatima in the last century. This has not been done to date as Our Lady requested, and the conversion of Russia has not taken place. It is heaven’s will that su_ch a consecration to our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will bring about the conversion of that unfortunate nation and usher in a pen‘od of much needed peace for the world.

Burkina Faso: 
This year’s appeal is now closed. The total sum raised was £1525 which will be forwarded to the Bernardine Sisters as soon as possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Remembrance Garden:
The garden area has now been replanted with roses so a big thank you to our volunteers who have created a fitting memorial for all those whose Ashes are interred in the grounds.

The Hall:
Hand sanitiser dispensers have now been installed and we would encourage all users of the Hall to make use of them. Please also note the new arrangement for the storage of chairs which should be replaced in the same way after use – thank you.

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.

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

Catholic Certificate In Religious Studies 2017-2018:
If you are interested see poster at the back of church.