News 20th May 2018

Tea & Coffee:
in the Hall after 9.15am Mass

May Procession:
TODAY at 12 noon, followed by a Picnic Lunch. Children and families are all particularly invited to take part. Please do come along and support our young people whose initiative it was to hold a procession.

Important Notice Offertory Envelope No. 69
Please will the holder of the box of envelopes numbered 69 contact Fr. David as soon as possible.

Gift Aid:
If you donated your collections to the church by Gift Aid last tax year please collect your letter from the back of church giving details of your donations and the amount the church received back from the tax man relating to your gift aid. All the letters are in sealed envelopes and named.

Hospice 200 Club:
The 2nd Draw for the 200 Club will be today, Sun 20th May, after 9.15am Mass in the Hall. Raffle & Sale of Cakes.

Castlerigg Weekend For Families…
Fri 25th to Sun 27th May. The Family Weekend provides a great opportunity for families to spend time together, meet other families and draw closer to God. Come and take the opportunity to be fed spiritually and physically, whilst taking some time out. Go to for details

Young Families:
We will be working with St Peter’s on a joint float for Club Day. The chosen theme is: ‘Building Our Faith – Brick by Brick’ based on the greatness of Our Lord, and the talents we bring to Church.


Hospice 200 Club:
The 2nd Draw for the 200 Club will be on Sunday 20th May after 9.15am Mass in the Hall. There will be a raffle and a Sale of Cakes. Donations of cakes to the Hall before Mass or ring Pat on the number in this weeks bulletin.

End Of May Devotion:
at St. Mary’s Fernyhalgh and Ladyewell at 11am on Thursday 31“t May. See poster for details.

Day Of Renewal:
at St. Clare’s Sharrow Green Lane, Fulwood on Saturday 9th June 10am to 4pm. See poster for details.

Blackpool Samaritans:
Information and Recruitment. Sessions are on Saturday 26th May at 10:30am and Wednesday 30th May at 7pm They will take place at Blackpool Samaritans Branch, 16 Edward St.FY1 1BA. Please contact the Team to let them know you will be going on 07948703210.

A shortened practice session followed by a mini organ recital by Chris Sumner raised £40 for St Peter’s Bell Restoration Fund last Thursday evening.

Can You Help?
Do you know anyone who can sing, play music, tell funny stones or interesting life stories or experiences for about half an hour to entertain fairly informally about thirty people at Tea and Chat? If so, please ring the number in this weeks bulletin for a chat.

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.

The Eucharistic Congress is to be held in Liverpool in September. Olive and Dave Yates will be representing the parish at the event. Our Liturgy team is planning a Eucharistic celebration (that will involve the whole Deanery) to coincide with the closing ceremony in Liverpool. To learn more about the Congress and the Blessed Sacrament please consider buying a copy of Adoremus Extra from the Repository. It is filled with 124 pages dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament with 45 contributors from all walks of life. A must read! We have a limited supply of 30 copies available at a reduced price of £3. First come first served.

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.

From The Sisters Of The Cross & Passion:
Dominic Barberi and Ignatius Spencer are two great priests of the Passionist Order who worked tirelessly for the conversion of England to the Catholic faith in the 19th century. Blessed Dominic was involved in the conversion of John Henry Newman, and Fr Spencer proposed a Crusade of Prayer for the conversion of England. Copies of books and prayer cards for each of these great Catholic figures can be found at the back of church. Please take copies and read about them and pray that their work may continue to bear fruit in our country today.

Family BBQ:
Sunday 8th July Family BBQ, 12 noon onwards in the Church gardens. Further details to follow.

Lourdes 2018.
Bishop Paul Swarbrick will lead his first pilgrimage in July. So far we have 2 adults and 2 members of our youth making the trip. Please give it some thought and if you would like to go as a sick person, youth helper or pilgrim please let Fr David know. Travel forms available 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.

Our Lady Star Of The Sea
Parish Summer Ball in the Parish Centre – 9th June 2018. 3 course meal, live entertainment. 7pm for 7:30pm. Carriages at midnight. Tickets £25. Early bird discount for tickets purchased before 13th May – £22. Come alone/bring a friend/book a table. Tickets available by calling Cathy on last  weeks bulletin.

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

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

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.

St. Bede’s School
A Senior Midday Supervisor is required, Mon to Fri, 1 hr 10 mins per day, 5 hrs 50 mins per week, term time only. £8.55 per hour. Also, the school are looking for invigilators for the summer exams. £8.45 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Goodall at the School Office, tel. 737174.

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.