News

17th November 2019

Tea And Coffee:

Tea and coffee are generally served after 9.15am Mass on Sunday every week. Come and enjoy a cuppa with friends. Everyone is welcome.

Little Joes Craft Club Is Back!

Come into the hall after Mass on Sunday and join in wrt’h the fun crafts for little fingers. All children welcome. It is free of charge with toast and juice available. See you there.

Msgr Peter Cookson RIP:
Msgr Cookson died on Friday 8th November. May his soul rest in peace. His requiem mass will be on Mon 25th Nov at 11am at Liverpool Cathedral. If anyone would like to go to the funeral please put your name on the list at the back of church. it enough people want to attend, we can organise a coach for the day. Mass here on Friday 22nd Nov will be for Mgr Cookson, and will be at 10am. His body will be buried at Saltcotes cemetery on Sat 30th Nov at 12noon.

Hospice 200 Club Draw:
It is almost time for the November Draw which this year is to take place during a Fund Raising event on Friday 22nd November in the church hall. It promises to be a good evening with entertainment provided by St. Peter’s school choir, a Hot Pot supper and a quiz. Tickets £6 for adults £2 for children on sale from this weekend at church or from Dennis via the number in this weeks bulletin.

Parish Council:
There will be a meeting of the new Parish Council on Tuesday 12 Nov in the Presbytery at 7:30pm. Photographs of the new PC will be posted on the noticeboard in due course.

Repository:
Christmas cards now on sale, boxed sets and single cards. We also have a stock of 2020 Catholic diaries that include The Order of Mass.

Mission 2020:

A big thank you to all those who have completed the volunteer sheets (3 more received this week), we are most grateful and will be in touch soon. There is still time for you to add your name to the list, please complete one of the forms that are available and drop into the offertory basket.

Have you any ideas or suggestions that you would like us to cover during our Parish Mission? Just leave any thoughts in the Suggestion Box on the windowsill at the back of church.

Please can Eucharistic Ministers take a Prayer Card to all our housebound communicants.

Please also pray our Mission Prayer every day, as a family, if at all possible

Missio:
There is a letter in the Sacristy for Miss W Dalton regarding the Red Box direct debit form.

Foodbank
This weekend we continue our weekly collections for St Cuthbert’s SVP. We shall have our Christmas collection for Cenacolo over the weekend of 30Nov/1Dec. Warm socks, gloves, etc., mens toiletries and food items very welcome. Thank you for your continued very generous offerings for our two charities, your offerings really do make a difference.

Women Together In The Diocese Of Lancaster:
are having their annual day for Advent on Saturday 23rd November 10.303m-3.30pm at Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre, Preston. See the poster at the back of church for full details.

Covenant Books:
Nativity Crib Festival 21st to 24th Nov See poster for details.

Stella Matutina:
invite you to their Christmas Markets, with Festive Afternoon Tea on Sat 7th Dec from 2 – 4pm. Christmas cards & gifts and tombola. See notice in the church porch.

An Invitation:
On Friday 22nd November there is an event in the hall to celebrate 20 years of Tea and Chat and especially to thank the drivers and helpers past and present without whom it could not happen. (taxiing, washing up, serving, assisting with disabilities and befriending). A If you have ever helped in any way, we invite you to join us. Please ring this weeks bulletin before October 26th for us to have numbers and for lifts. B It would be lovely if some younger members of the parish could make the day “work free” for our helpers, by setting up tables, serving tea and washing up. If you could help please ring this weeks bulletin.

Advent:
A limited number of the popular Advent Extra is available from the Repository at a reduced price of £1.50. Also available is Advent Celebrate a publication especially for children at £1 only which includes an Advent Calendar.

Prayer Intentions:
Once a month, starting with the first Sunday of Advent, the prayer intentions placed on the Board at the back of church and received on Facebook, will be gathered up, placed in a basket and offered up into the hands of Mary at the Thursday Rosary at noon and then before the altar at the Saturday Vigil Mass and Sunday Masses.

Christmas Dinner:
Now we have our volunteers in place our Christmas Dinner Guest List is now open, please pass the word on. If you would like to join us for a 3 course Christmas Dinner please sign up on the list at the back of church. The list will remain open until 10 December. We are grateful for the kind and generous donation received this week to offset costs for this event.

Hospital:
If you, or someone you know, is going into Blackpool Victoria Hospital please infonn the RC Chaplain on 01253 956299 giving the name as known by the hospital and the ward. Should the Chaplain be required urgently please ask the ward staff to contact the on-call RC Chaplain.

Rosary:
We meet at noon on Thursdays in church to recite the Rosary. This is a very prayerful and contemplative time and everyone is welcome.

Bookcase / Shelving:

We are grateful for the donation of three bookcases, one that has already been delivered and two that are on the way. These will provide the parish with proper storage facilities for our Parish Mass Books. They are currently stored in plastic boxes under the ringing chamber. We should have sufficient furniture now.

Teaching:
Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like a job where no two days are the same? Have you considered training to be a teacher? If you are, or soon to be, a graduate, the Catholic Teaching Alliance, based in Preston, offers bespoke PGCE training in Early Primary, Primary, Secondary and Secondary 14-19 (Post 16). With over 60 schools in the alliance we are able to offer a range of experiences in a variety of locations. Please contact us forfurther infonnation on 01772 326931 or cta@olchs.lancs.sch.uk

Pedestrian Path Lights:

The lights from Woodlands Rd to the Hall have been temporarily disconnected, this is due to vandalism which has exposed some wiring. Replacement lighting is currently being investigated.

St. Joseph’s Care:
Thank you — your efforts are really making a difference to those living in the margins in the wider community who are often living in desperate circumstances. Providing help without judging people is a real charitable action.

We are also here to help when you most need it! Helpline open each day from 9am until 7pm Tel: 07840 112 265.

We are always looking for more volunteers to ‘man’ the telephone or help out from time to time with lifts and odd jobs. 80, if you think you could spare an hour here and there please complete the volunteer form at the back of church.

Parking:
we would be grateful if you could avoid parking over the bus stop on Blackpool Road and over the white T-bars at each of our entrances. We had a complaint from a wheelchair user recently that she was hampered leaving the bus because a car was parked over the bus stop and cars were parked over the T bars and where the kerbs have been lowered.

Property:
The re-varnishing of our entrance doors is now complete. We are grateful to Lytham Forge who waived their invoice for the refurbishment of the door handles.

Altar Servers: 

We are looking for more volunteers (from age 8 to 80) to join our committed team. Full training will be given, don’t be shy, this is a great way of serving the Lord and the parish. Just leave your details in the Sacristry or speak to one of the servers.

Bellringing:
If you are interested in learning to ring, age no barrier, then contact Richard on the number in this weeks bulletin or just come along to a practice session held each Thursday at 7 pm. This is a really social group who enjoy the art of bellringing in a relaxed and friendly environment. Why not give it a try!

Hospital:
Please don’t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged.

CCTV:
We now have coverage externally covering the Hall and the rear of the church as well internally within the Narthex (behind the screen) and the main body of the church. Images are being recorded but viewing of coverage is limited to investigating any misdemeanour.

Piety Stall:
General cards are available as well as rosary beads, prayer books, prayer cards and small gifts..

Canonisation:
Pope Francis has announced that Cardinal Newman will be canonised in Rome on Sunday 13 October 2019.

More On Safeguarding:
We all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults that maybe at risk. It is for this reason that The Catholic Safeguarding Commission have worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community of England and Wales. The e-learning programme is available to all members of the Catholic Community free of charge. By providing an opportunity to access this free on line training at a time that suits will help individuals . familiarise themselves with safe guarding matters, helping to create a nurturing and safer environment. The Child Exploitation & Online Safety programme will be of particular interest to parents or indeed grandparents, who will be keen to understand how children and young people use technology and better understand the associated risks. Each programme is modular and divided into its sizeable format, to access this training email elearningsafguardinglrcd.org.uk to register your interest. Your e mail should contain your name e mail address the name of your parish and your role e.g. Parent volunteer etc. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare. Then you will receive a welcome email from EduCare where you will set your own password. Then you will have instant access to the training programmes.

St. Joseph’s Care:
Here to help when you most need it! Helpline open each day from 9am until 7pm Tel: 07840 112 265. Thank you for your continued generosity via the after-Mass collections which are enabling us to support local needs as well as reach out into the wider community and provide help to those who find themselves in desperate circumstances. If you would like to volunteer and help out from time to time please complete the volunteer form at the back of church.

Hospital:
Please don‘t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged. Also 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.

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.

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.