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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 (18 / 19 October 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.
Bell Restoration Fund - Good News! 
It is wonderful to advise that due to your very generous donations together with three grants, two commercial sponsorships and our recent social events, the target to raise £35,000 (75% of the total needed) towards the refurbishment of our bells has been achieved. Congratulations and sincere thanks to all that have made this possible. Proceeds from fundraising events already planned, the Sponsored Run, Unwanted Present Sale and Christmas Concert, will be used to fund the remaining balance of the total cost. We will now resubmit our application to the Diocesan Trustees to proceed with the works. A full breakdown of costs and funding is provided on the notice board at the back of church. 
Betty Tattersall RIP: 
Betty’s Requiem will be here on Tuesday 28th October at 10.30am.
Hospice 200 Club: 
Subscriptions for the 200 Club are due now. The collections will be this weekend 18th/19th October, and 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 to the Hospice. New members are always welcome. Just see the Committee members at the back of Church on any of the 3 week-ends. Thank you.
CAFOD Harvest Collection: 
Thank you for your fantastic generosity totalling £2033 so far. Gift Aid will add another £230 to that. A new CAFOD group has formed in the parish to learn about and support the amazing work CAFOD does to express our solidarity with people overseas. Contact Paul Kelly for more details. See this weeks bulletin for phone contact details.
Faith And Light: 
Many thanks to everyone who supported our coffee morning last Saturday. We made an excellent £381.
Red Mission Boxes: 
In 2013 £94,747 was collected via the Red Boxes in the Lancaster Diocese & £2,992,553 in England & Wales. These amazing totals are made up largely from loose change that we carry in our pockets & purses. If you haven’t got a Red Box & would like one please put your details on the list at the back of church or contact Pat Ormond, (see this weeks bulletin for phone contact details) & you will get one. Our small team of collectors collect, empty & count the money twice a year In September & March. Thank you for your generosity.
We are desperately in need of a volunteer to arrange the flowers each week. Magdalena Jones who has undertaken the task for the last few years is having to step down; we are very grateful to Magdalena for the service she has provided. If you think that you might be interested please leave your contact details in the Sacristy. 
Tea & Chat: 
The next Tea & Chat will be on Friday November 7th at 2.00pm. Please feel free to ‘drop in’. If you need a lift ring the number in this weeks bulletin.
Piety Stall: 
Christmas is coming... Christmas cards, ornaments & gifts will be on sale from the vigil Mass on Saturday November 1st along with our usual assortment of cards etc.
A reminder from Bill Drake - The next District Council Meeting of the SVP will take place on Tuesday 21 October commencing with Mass at 7.00pm at St. Alban’s Church.
Wednesday Word: 
The Wednesday Word is available from the back of church to help prepare for next Sunday’s readings.
Dates This Week:
  • Thu 7.00pm Bell Ringing
  • Fri 7.30pm Choir
Help / Flower Arranging: 
We are desperately in need of a volunteer to arrange the flowers each week. Magdelena Jones who has undertaken the task for the last few years is having to step down; we are very grateful to Magdelena for the service she has provided. If you think that you might be interested please leave your contact details in the Sacristy.
Live Simply: 
Last week the Mayor presented the parish with a community runners-up award from Ansdell in Bloom for our wild flower area. It was a lovely recognition of our parish commitment to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. The diversity of flowers is just one small way of caring for God's creation.
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.
The society operates in small groups called Conferences. They meet regularly to review their work as well as allocating future work in a spirit of prayer and mutual support. The work of a Conference is usually concentrated on local visiting. 
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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