27th of September 2020

We will be celebrating the traditional Forty Hours devotion of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the weekend of 10th / 11th October.
The plan is to hold this in the parish hall, making cleaning and control easier for stewards. The blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm, finishing with Benediction. A limited number of places will be set up in the hall. If you wish to put your name down for a half hour slot, please do so on the schedule in the porch at the back of church or ring / text the number in this weeks bulletin.

Hospice 200 Club:
As you may know, St Joseph’s has supported Trinity Hospice for more than 30 years via the Hospice Fund 200 Club. Annual subscriptions are normally collected in October but COVID restrictions will prevent us from doing so this year. Trinity Hospice is suffering financially in 2020 and our Hospice Fund Committee therefore propose to set up a ‘Just Giving’ page as an alternative means of fundraising in 2020, to accept voluntary donations during the month of October. More details will be provided next week to explain how donations can be made.

The Voice for October:
The October edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available online.

New Covid-19 Instructions:
After the latest instructions from the government, the following are the restrictions that apply to us from Monday 28th September:
For Mass in church, we can continue to accommodate as many as the COVID-19 risk assessment allows. Following the government’s instructions, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies.
For funerals this remains up to 30. Please note further limits on the number of attendees are in place at other individual venues to ensure COVID-secure guidelines are met, e.g. Lytham Park Crematorium, where a maximum of 10 mourners are allowed to attend a service in the chapel. The limit for graveside services is 30 people as long as social distancing is observed. Social distancing should be observed during attendance, including getting to and from the grounds. Face coverings must be worn unless exempted. For baptisms, a maximum of 6 people, not including the minister, will be able to attend. For further information on restrictions regarding all other matters, go to

Children’s Liturgy Resource:
Here is a link to a useful resource for Children’s Liturgy online. There is an outline of a service that can be led by an adult for use at home or over the internet via Zoom:

Pilgrimage Of Reparation & Prayer For The Sanctity Of Life:
This is a ‘virtual’ pilgrimage to Walsingham, and is available on 27th September 2020. For those interested please check out the following links: It can be accessed via YouTube on Walsingham Catholic TV: or at the Basilica live stream: stream/ Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day:

CAFOD Appeal:
CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. You can donate at to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal:

St Joseph’s Care:
If you, or someone you know is in need, St Joseph’s Care has a helpline and we have volunteers who will be in a position to provide basic support such as shopping. The number is: 07840 112 265 (9am – 7pm daily). We thank those extra volunteers who have given their names and are prepared to provide help for those who need it.

ALSO:We continue to support needy families in the South Shore area with food and clothing vouchers. Contributions towards this can be deposited in the safe at the back of church or put in an envelope clearly marked St Joseph’s Care and posted through the presbytery door or dropped in the basket as you leave church at weekend.

Burkina Faso:
Normally we would have an annual fundraising which would be open for private donation from June until September but because of the pandemic this has not been possible. Instead we will collect any donations for this cause from next weekend and close the appeal at the end of September. Donations should be placed in an envelope and placed in the collection basket or dropped through the presbytery door. Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Joseph’s (Burkina Faso)’. Thank you for any support you can give to support this Bernardine Mission.

In conjunction with local churches we are currently supporting the foodbank which is helping people in our immediate community, any donations should be left in the basket at the back of church. Items particularly requested at this time are Long Life Full Fat Milk, Cereals, Tinned Potatoes and Tinned Tomatoes, Tea and Coffee

Praying The Luminous Mysteries:
During this time of pandemic, on a Thursday at noon depending on the weather a few of us have met to say the Luminous mysteries of the rosary with Our Lady in the Memorial garden. It feels good to be together to pray. However, the weather has turned decidedly chilly, so we will meet in the Hall every Thursday. Why don’t you come and join us.

Catholic Alpha: What Is Alpha?
Alpha is a parish tool for evangelisation based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. The program is run all over the world by Christians of all traditions, sharing the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Everyone is welcome. Millions of people have experienced Alpha in over 100 countries and over 100 languages around the globe. Our course is aimed at everyone, but will be delivered from a Catholic perspective. So, whether you are a long standing Catholic but have never had any religious education after school, or maybe someone who doesn’t feel they have any faith at all, you will be made more than welcome. Each session consists of a chance to: CONNECT with one another; WATCH an interesting, thought provoking film; and DISCUSS different topics each week dealing with faith. It is an 11-week course where you can bring friends for a conversation about faith, life and God. Starting at 7pm, sessions last no longer than an hour. The first session is planned online for Thursday 10th September. If you would like to join us please email

Living ‘Laudato Si’:
‘Your Parish and Your Planet’ – Zoom Retreat 16-19 October (led from Boarbank Hall). No fee but voluntary donations welcome. Guest speakers and lots of practical advice. To apply, simply email Sr Margaret Atkins on

“All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.”

Church Re-opening
St Joseph’s is now open for public Mass for Sundays. The 6 pm Vigil Mass and the 9.15 am morning Mass are now celebrated publicly. The Sunday afternoon Mass will continue to be celebrated privately, and will be the only Mass for Sunday recorded and posted online. We are also open for Mass on Wednesday a 12 noon. Because of necessary restrictions for social distancing, seating capacity is limited in church. We must also keep a register of people who attend Mass. This is kept securely, with the contact details retained for 21 days for the purposes of possible track and trace enquiries. We thank those parishioners who help steward at each Mass and make it possible for us to have public Mass on Sunday in the week.

Face masks & coverings:
The government has announced that from next Saturday, 8th August, the wearing of face masks will be mandatory in most public indoor venues – this includes places of worship. (See the government document here).  Please ensure that when you come from Saturday the 8th of August evening onwards you have a mask or face covering with you. This, like all the other aspects of living with the pandemic, is unfortunate, but we must follow instructions intended to protect everyone’s safety.

54-DAY NOVENA: Are you at peace, or confused or worried? You are invited to take part in something positive that everyone can do. Pray the 54-day Novena from 15th August (the Assumption) until 7th October (Feast of the Holy Rosary). It is urgent that we pray for God’s peace and blessing in our troubled and confused world. Go to: for a video on the Novena.
For further information go to:

Church Collection:
During this time of locked churches, the most serious impact is that of not being able to go to church for Mass or for prayer. The latter we hope to alleviate in a few weeks, the former will be some time longer. Even though we are closed, there are still expenses that have to be met. We are very grateful for those who have put envelopes through the letter box or have sent cheques, etc. If anyone wishes to set up a standing order arrangement, or just make payments via online banking, please contact Fr David.

Mass Intentions:
may be posted through the door at St Joseph’s Presbytery

Online Masses:
Here, for recordings of Mass here at St Joseph’s..

A Prayer to your Guardian Angel:
Dear Guardian Angel, go for me to the church, there kneel down at Mass for me. At the Offertory, take me to God, and offer Him my service: What I am, what I have, offer as my gift. At the Consecration, with your seraphic strength, adore my Saviour truly present, praying for those who have loved me, for those who have offended me, and for those now deceased, that the blood of Jesus may purify them all. During Holy Communion, bring to me the Body and Blood of Jesus uniting Him with me in spirit, so that my heart may become His dwelling place. Plead with Him, that through His sacrifice all people throughout the world may be saved. When the Mass ends, bring home to me and to every home, the Lord’s blessing. Amen.

An Act of Perfect Contrition:
This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again. The following or similar formula should be used:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God have mercy.

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.