News 14th January 2018

Tea & Coffee:
in the Hall after 9.15am Mass

Preparation For First Holy Communion:
Any children in Year 3 or above who do not attend St. Peter’s School but would like to make their First Holy Communion in 2018 please make contact with the school on 734658 for details or collect a form from the back of church. The preparation programme will start with a Parent Information and Enrolment Session at 6.00pm on Wednesday 28th February in St. Peter’s School Hall.

The Crib:
The Christmas season ends with the Baptism of the Lord, which falls this year on Monday, directly after the Epiphany. Although the main decorations will come down this week, the Crib will remain until after the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on 2nd February.

Society For The Unborn Child (SPUC)
ill be making the annual White Flower appeal at all Masses this weekend. Please be generous in supporting the work they do campaign for life issues.

Churches Together In Ansdell:
United service at the Well Church on Wednesday 17 January at 7:30 pm. Please come along and support if you can

Burns Night:
Get out your dancing shoes. We welcome back the Festival Ceilidh Band to celebrate Burns Night in the Church Hall on Friday 26th January at 7 pm. There will be the traditional piping in of the Haggis and a hotpot supper and BYO drinks. Tickets adults £10 Children £2.

Unwanted Present Sale:
We shall be having an Unwanted Present Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 27 January in the Hall, all proceeds to church funds. Please leave good quality items in the wicker basket from next weekend. Entry is free.

Information Evening Re Blackpool Samaritans
on Saturday 27th 10:30am and Wed. 31st Jan. at 7.00pm will take place at Blackpool Samaritans Branch1 6 Edward St. FY1 1BA. Please contact Recruitment number 07948703210 to let them know the date you will be attending.

Calling All Former Winckley Square Convent Pupils:
our Annual Reunion is planned for Saturday 10th February 1pm until 4pm at Our Lady and St. Edwards Parish Centre, Marlborough Ave, Fulwood, Preston PR2 QUE, please tell your friends.

Lancaster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage 19Th To 28Th July:
See the poster and leaflets at the back of Church or go to

National Eucharistic Congress:
This will be held in Liverpool in September and plans are already undenivay. Please see the poster at the back of church which provides details of diocesan preparatory talks to which everyone is invited.

Church Maintenance:
Work on the floor is in progress. It will take time to complete the re-setting of the tiles and it might mean that some areas will need to be roped off. Please bear with us as we undertake this important and necessary work. We are also still experiencing some leakages as a result of the theft of lead from the church roof.

It’s A New Year So Why Not Try Something New?
Come and pray the mysteries of light at noon each Thursday at Our Lady’s altar at 12.00pm. Wanda.

Parish Council:
Outreach and care for those in need have been twin aims for our Parish in 2017 and through St Joseph’s Care we have surpassed our wildest dreams supporting many and varied initiatives during the year. We are immensely grateful to everyone for your tremendous support shown in; volunteer help, financial offerings and prayers. You all deserve a real pat on the back — thank you!

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

Dates This Week:

  • Thursday 7.00pm Bell Ringing

Altar Servers Residential Retreat:
Fri 23rd to Sat 24th Feb at Castlerigg. Year 6 upwards. See poster at back of church and details on notice board in Sacristy.

Favourite Songs Of Praise:
2nd February 2018. In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking you to let us know your favourite hymn and why it’s special to you. Your responses will form the programme for a concert in church with St Joseph’s choir and a visiting choir from St Kentigern’s in Blackpool. Pop the date in your diary’and look out for the sheets to give us your special hymn information.

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.