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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 (30/31 August 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: 
Please support our Parish Family BBQ on Saturday 6 September, tickets (£6) and help us to raise the necessary funds to refurbish our bells – we can promise you good food, good wine and good company! 7.00 for 7.30pm. Come along, bring the family or some friends and enjoy a good night out!
 
Our next event will be on Friday 3 October – a Concert by the Cathedral of Christ the King Girls Choir – the first time the Girls will have performed on the Fylde Coast. Tickets £6 (inc refreshments) available from this weekend. 
 
Other planned events: 
  • 13/14 September special collection in church to mark the 100th anniversary of the first Mass being celebrated in our church of St Joseph’s 
  • 15 November, a coffee morning and unwanted present sale, more details later 
  • 10 December, a concert by the One Voice Community Choir who performed at the Eisteddfod earlier this year, tickets on sale end of October. 
Envelopes for private donation towards the Bell Restoration are still available at the back of church.
 
Faith & Light: 
There will be a Core Group Meeting on Tue 2nd September at 7.30pm, and a Faith & Light Meeting on Sat 6th September at 2.00pm, both will take place in the presbytery.
 
Annual Mission Appeal: 
Next weekend we will have the annual Mission Appeal, made this year by the SMA Fathers (Society of African Missions). There will be a retiring collection at all Sunday Masses to support their vital work in Africa. Please be as generous as you can with your prayers and offerings.
 
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 currently stands at £710.50 and 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.
 
St. Peter's Celebrations:
The 175th anniversary celebrations continue with a Black Tie Ball on 5th Sept, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. on the lawns of Lytham Hall. Tickets £50 to include four course dinner & dancing. Still a few tickets available. If interested contact Cath Powell. Phone number in this weeks bulletin
 
APF Boxes: 
The Sept collection starts next week. Collectors will be contacted shortly. Thank you in anticipation. Phone number in this weeks bulletin.
 
Castlerigg Manor BBQ: 
Castlerigg Manor are having a BBQ & Open Day on Sat 13th Sept. All ages welcome. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also, limited places are still available for the BIG WALK 4th-6th Sept. Cost £75. Details at www.castleriggmanor.co.uk.
Also, limited places are still available for the big walk 4th-6th Sept. Cost £75.
 
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) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the number in this weeks bulletin.
 
Men’s Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast 
The next Men’s Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at St. Paul’s Shop, Woodlands Road is at 8.15am next Sat 6th Sept. New members are always welcome. The meeting lasts about an hour with scripture, prayer for the local community, and continental breakfast. 
 
Foodbank: 
We will be collecting for the Food Bank at St. Cuthbert’s Blackpool & Cenacolo House, Kendal. The next collection of tins, dried food, toothpaste & toilet soap will be after every Mass next weekend 6/7 September & will be donated to St. Cuthbert’s. Please be generous
 
The Catholic Voice: 
Please collect your copy of the September edition as you leave church today
 
Wednesday Word:
Wednesday Word available from the back of church to help prepare for next Sunday’s readings.
 
Dates This Week
  • Tue 5.00pm PAT Meeting
  • Thu 6.30pm SVP Meeting 
  • 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 currently stands at £710.50 and remains open for private donation (please enclose any offerings in an envelope clearly marked Burkina Faso and place in the offertory collection). The fund will close at the end of October and a presentation to the Bernardine Sisters of the amount raised will be arranged for sometime in November.
 
Cleator Pilgrimage: 
The annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Cleator, to mark her birthday, will take place on Sunday 7th September. A coach has been booked which will leave St Peter’s after 10.30am Sunday Mass (approx. 11.30am) and will return about 8.30pm. The cost of the trip, including tea, will be £22. You will need to bring a packed lunch for the out-ward journey. If you wish to go, please put your name and contact number on the list in the church porch as soon as possible. Please support your parish by joining with us on this pilgrimage in honour of Our Blessed Lady. 
 
Our Lady’s Catholic College Lancaster:
are celebrating their Golden Jubilee with a Mass on 4th Sept at 7.30pm At the cathedral in Lancaster. See poster for details. 
 
Tabor: 
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.
 
Confirmation: 
If there are young people in year 7 or above interested in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please let Fr David know. The programme would begin around September time, and the intention is that Confirmation would be celebrated towards the end of the year.
 
Retreat In Daily Life: 
There will be an opportunity in September to focus on prayer and taking time out with the Lord. The Retreat in Daily Life will run from the 7th – 14th Sept, here at St Joseph’s. One of the prayer guides will be explaining what it is all about at the end of Masses this weekend.
 
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.
 
Baptism: 
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.
 
Catenians: 
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!
 
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-club.
 
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.
 
Hyning: 
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.
 
SVP: 
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”
 
Recycling: 
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,
Ansdell,
Lytham St Annes,
Lancashire
FY8 4EP
 
Tel: 01253 737037
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  
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