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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 (20 / 21 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 Richard Waters & Anna Feeney who will be married here on Friday 26th September at 1.30pm; and for Jennifer Lindsay & Liam Cowgill to be married here on Saturday 27th Sept at 1pm.
Bell Restoration Appeal: 
A big thank you to all who have supported the appeal for our bells. The special collection last weekend raised £902.09. After additional private donations and commercial sponsorship the overall total has now reached £21,311. This is significant progress to our target of £35,000. 
Our ' Bells Whisky' bottle will be out this week for any odd £1 coins you can spare and private donation envelopes are still available at the back of church. 
Tickets continue to be on sale at all Masses for the Concert on 3 October given by the Girls Choir of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. This is the first time the Choir will have performed on the Fylde coast so please do support the event. Tickets are only £6 and include a glass of wine. 
100th Anniversary: 
This weekend marks 100 years since the first Mass was celebrated in our beautiful church of St Joseph's. To mark this occasion the 6pm Vigil Mass will be celebrated in thanksgiving for all our benefactors both living and dead. In addition there is a display at the back of church with pictures of the early days, please take some time to have a look.
St. Peter’s 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. 
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.
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.
Tea And Chat: 
There will be no Tea and Chat on Friday September 26th. The next one will be on October 10th and as usual anyone is welcome to drop in between 2.00pm and 4.00pm for a cuppa and homemade cakes.
Stella Matutina Care Home: 
Stella Matutina Care Home are having afternoon tea & entertainment at 2.30pm on Fri 26th September in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. 
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
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.
Vocations Discernment Weekend: 
Do you think God may be calling you to something more in your life? Ever thought of the Priesthood? 19th - 21st September at Our Lady & St Joseph's Carlisle, there will be a weekend for those discerning a vocation to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Lancaster. For more info contact Fr John Millar (Assistant Vocations Director) email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or see this weeks bulletin for phone contact details.
Switched On Swing: 
Get your feet a tapping at a Big Band Night in Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre. 63 St Albans Rd. 20 Piece Big Band, Cabaret and Bar. Saturday 20th September , doors open at 6.45pm. Admission £5. Telephone Ann to reserve tickets and any further information. Please see this weeks bulletin for phone contact details. 
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.
Layton Hill Convent/St.Joseph’s College Reunion: 
Layton Hill Convent/St.Joseph’s College Reunion is for pupils from 1976-83 (i.e. the last intake of both schools before they merged to become St Mary's) The reunion is to be held at the Catholic Club on Queen St, Blackpool on Saturday 27th Sept 2014. We can be contacted on facebook or via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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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