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Welcome to St Joseph's Catholic Church, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes.


SJA Logo Colour AltThe site has been designed to help you find information about activities in the Catholic parish of St Joseph's in Ansdell, Lytham St Annes.

Each week, this page is refreshed with parish news. The Feasts & Intentions page is also refreshed weekly with both mass times (including any weekly changes) and which feasts and intentions are being celebrated each day of the coming week.

Whether you are moving into the parish, are passing through or are just curious to know more about us, here you will find a wealth of information about our Catholic Community; our worship of God; and our service to the wider community alongside the other Christian Churches in Ansdell and Fairhaven.

We hope that you enjoy the site and welcome any feedback you may have.



New This Week (27 / 28 September 2014)

Tea & Coffee:
Tea & coffee is served in the Hall after 9.00am Mass this Sunday and most Sundays. A great opportunity to come and meet other parishioners. Everyone is welcome.
Please pray for Daniel Green & Leanne Howe who will be married here on Friday 3rd October at 12.30pm and also for Richard Waters & Anna Feeney and Jennifer Lindsay & Liam Cowgill who were married here this weekend.
Bell Restoration Fund:
The fund continues to grow and this week stands at £26,665 just £8,335 short of our target of £35,000. This is a tremendous effort and your support is greatly appreciated - thank you. Envelopes for private donation continue to be available at the back of Church.
Don't forget the concert on Friday 3 October at 7pm given by the Girls’ Choir from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool. Ticket £6 on sale this weekend or pay on the door. It promises to be very special.
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day:
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is on Friday, 3rd October. Please take an envelope and return it next week-end as an act of solidarity with disadvantaged areas of the world, and with future generations everywhere. You are always most generous – it is much appreciated and will support CAFOD working on our behalf to enable the poor and vulnerable worldwide to improve their lives.
Men's Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast:
The next men's ecumenical prayer breakfast is at St. Paul’s Shop, Woodlands Road at 8.15am next Saturday 4th October. New members welcome. The meeting lasts about an hour with scripture, prayer for the local community, and a continental breakfast. 
We will be collecting Food & Toiletries for the Food Bank at St. Cuthbert’s Blackpool & Cenacolo House Dodding Green, Kendal. The next collection of tins, dried food, toothpaste & toilet soap will be after every Mass over weekend of 4/5 October & will be donated to Cenacolo. Please be generous.
St. Peter's School Harvest School: 
On Wednesday 8th October we will be holding our annual Harvest celebration and would like to invite any of St Joseph’s Senior Citizens and/or grandparents to join us. It starts at 1:30pm in the School Hall. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment. 
Would all those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2015 please put their details on the sheet at the back of Church. The preparation programme will take place over the coming months – details to follow.
Hospice 200 Club:
Subscriptions for the 200 Club are due shortly. The collections will be on the weekends of:-18th/19th.October, 25th/26th October and 1st/2nd. November. Subscription is still £12.00 for the year and, as usual, there will be 2 Draws in the year. Last year we sent £1,850 00 to the Hospice. New members are always welcome. Just see the Committee members at the back of Church on any of the 3 weekends. Thank you.
Faith And Light: 
On Saturday 4th October our Faith & Light Community will be celebrating our 15th Birthday. As usual we will meet at 2.00pm. We will have Mass at 2.30pm in the hall and this will be open to the parish. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Base Youth Team: 
We are currently looking for new team leaders to join the Base Youth Group. It is a very informal, relaxed environment where the children from years 6 - 8 can catch up with their friends. Fortnightly meetings (Thurs 7 - 8:30pm) in term time at St Joseph’s Parish hall. We provide a variety of fun activities including a tuck shop. If you have the time and enthusiasm to join us please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Check out our website: http://www.st-josephsansdell.net/youth-clubIf we do not get any volunteers we may not be able to run the group this year! Please contact Fr. David.
Wednesday Word: 
The Wednesday Word is available from the back of church to help prepare for next Sunday’s readings.
Dates This Week:
  • Tue 7.30pm Faith & Light Core Mtg 
  • Thu 6.30pm SVP Meeting
  • Thu 7.00pm Bell Ringing
  • Fri 7.30pm Choir
Climate Change Summit: 
September is the traditional month to celebrate harvest, now often known as Creation Time. Please pray that world leaders put the good of creation and those who live in poverty at the heart of their decisions at this week’s summit in New York. And lead us all to play our own part in Living Simply, by making changes to better love our global neighbours and care for God’s creation.
Burkina Faso: 
Whilst we have not proposed a specific appeal for Burkina Faso this year, a number of people continue to make generous donations for this excellent evangelisation initiative by the Bernardine Community in Bafor. The 2014 fund remains open for private donation (please put any offerings in an envelope clearly marked Burkina Faso and place in the offertory collection). The fund closes at the end of Oct and a presentation to the Bernardines of the amount raised will be arranged for sometime in November.
The new Tabor Carmelite Retreat House programme is now out. You can get a copy from here (pdf).
Mass Times at Holy Family Freckleton and St. Anne’s Westby: 
Please note that from 7th Sept Sunday Masses at Holy Family Freckleton will be at 6.30pm Vigil & 10.45am Sunday. Sunday Mass at St. Anne’s Westby will be at 8.45am.
Piety Shop: 
We have a wide selection of cards for all occasions and we also have a small selection of rosary beads and other gifts for sale at the back of church.
Please contact Fr. David if you would like to arrange a Baptism. Two preparation meetings are usually required. The practice of celebrating some Baptisms during a Sunday Mass is encouraged and the children being Baptised outside of Mass will be welcomed into the community at Mass on a previous Sunday with a short rite. We hope that all who request a Baptism for their children at St. Joseph’s will feel welcome and become valued members of our parish and of the Catholic Church.
Letting Of Church Hall: 
If you know of any organisation interested please go to the Hall Bookings page on this website, here.
Lytham St Annes Catenians congratulate St Peter's Church in Lytham on celebrating its 175 year anniversary. This iconic church has been the spiritual and social focus of generations of families, of clergy, and of religious orders and groups in its local area. Club Days, Rose Queens, Fetes etc have made for rich and lasting traditions. Many of the other long established churches and parishes in the wider region enjoy the same traditions and like St Peter's continue to do a marvellous job in the community. This year it is St Peter's turn to reach an historic milestone. To the present generation of parishioners...enjoy the celebrations."
Parish Choir: 
Congratulations to members of our choir – past and present – which celebrates its Silver Jubilee around this time. We thank all those who are, or have been, involved in any way with the choir and the wonderful music they have provided for our parish liturgy. Ad multos annos!
Mass Time Change: 
If you weren't alredy aware, the Mass for Tuesdays has moved from 7.00pm to 9.00am. This decision has been taken because we were left with only one weekday morning Mass after the link with St Peter’s. From 10th June there will be two: Tuesday and Friday. 
Parish Walk: 
Pictures from the last Parish walk can be seen here.
Help is needed in the guest house from Sept 2014 – July 2015. Would suite someone wanting to improve their English skills or someone looking for a Gap Year experience. See details at the back of Church. www.hyning.org
Hospital Admissions: 
If you or your dependants are admitted into hospital please ask the ward staff to inform the R.C. Chaplain, otherwise a visit cannot be guaranteed. These days, due to data protection legislation, we cannot guarantee that names of Catholics will be passed onto the Chaplain unless consent is given. The Chaplain and his team are always pleased to visit if they know you are there.
St Peter's Lytham 175th Anniversary:
In 1838 the first stone of St Peter's Church was laid and the Church was opened on 1st August 1839. During 2014 St Peter's will not only be marking their 175th Anniversary with a variety of fabulous events to bring the whole extended Parish family together in true Lancastrian style (there really will be something for everybody), but they will also be leaving a lasting legacy for future generations. St Peter's have published a special bulletin that is aimed to keep you all up to date with the planning and preparations for the celebrations, and also how you can get involved. You can find copy of that bulletin here.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has recognised the work of the SVP with a ‘Big Society Award’. The hope would be that this award will help to attract more members for the SVP, more funding, and helps them to be taken more seriously when they speak on behalf of those living in poverty. It should allow them to be more effective in preaching the Good News, as St Francis says: “if necessary using words”
The recycling bins behind the church hall are always available for use if you want to avoid storing cardboard, paper, bottles & jars for the fortnightly collection. It’s all part of our LiveSimply project in association with CAFOD.
Contact Details
Fr. David Burns
Parish Priest
The Presbytery
St. Joseph's Catholic Church,
16 Woodlands Road,
Lytham St Annes,
Tel: 01253 737037
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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