16th of February 2020

Sunday Morning Coffee:
Bacon Barms with tea and coffee continue thanks to our young families who have come together to cover the rota. Lots of people came into the Hall after Mass last Sunday so why not I come, enjoy the chat and grab a late breakfast with us.

The God Who Speaks:
We are looking for a design of a new banner to celebrate this Year of the Word. If this is something that speaks to you, please leave your designs in the Sacristy by the end of February. Thank you.

Thank you for your fantastic contributions for last weekend. We continue or weekly collections for St Cuthbert’s in South Shore. Tins of soup, tomatoes, beans and rice pudding particularly requested.

Young People’s Stations Of The Cross:
In this Year of the Word: The God Who Speaks, meditating on the Stations of the Cross is a wonderful way of praying, which once committed to paint is a great way of sharing our faith. Please keep the paintings up to A4 size and leave them in the Sacristy by the end of February with your name and age attached. We are all excited to see how you will be inspired. Thank you.

Lectio Divina in LENT In this ‘Year of the Word’
Lectio is a way of discovering more of scripture in a personal way. You are invited to come and try for yourself at 10.00am for a 10.30am start on Saturday 22″d February. Please bring along your Bible. Additionally. during Lent, weekly sessions of Lectio Divina are going to be held in the Parish Hall on Friday mornings commencing at 10.00am on Friday 28th February after Mass.

Our Parish Mission 2020: 14 – 22 March  – ‘The God who speaks’

Our Volunteers meeting will be held next Sunday at 11am in the Hall. Karen Shurety of the Sion Community and a colleague will be on hand to answer any questions.

The mission will provide us with a great opportunity to fully maximise this pastoral year of ‘The God Who Speaks’ so that our parish can continue to thrive into the new decade. Please continue to pray for its success and reflect on how you may be able to share your skills for the benefit of the parish.

The programme for the week is now taking shape and we should be in a position to release the details very soon. Everyone, whatever parish, denomination, church goer or not is welcome to attend any of the ’ services or events. So please spread the word.

The Sion Community will be running a Mission for St Peter’s School before our parish mission and we pray that children, staff and parents benefit fully from this week that will focus on their particular needs.

Tea And Chat Concert Time!
Wendy Ashton is back to sing to us and with us on Friday 21st February at 2.00pm in the Hall. All are. welcome. Bring a friend.

The Winckley Square Convent Annual Reunion:
Venue; Our Lady and St. Edwards Parish Hall, Marlborough Drive, Fulwood, Preston.PR2 9UE on Saturday 22nd February 1pm until 4pm Please tell your friends and encourage attendance.

Day Of Renewal:
Saturday 29th February 10.00am to 4.00pm “Be renewed in the Lord” at St. Clare’s Church, Fulwood, Preston. See the poster for full details.

World Day Of Prayer:
Friday 6th March 2.00pm at St. Annes Parish Church. Meetings on Feb 21St . to sort out readers etc. and Feb 28th for a full rehearsal. Both at 2.00pm in the Church.

Card Making Day 10am until 4pm on Tuesday 10th March. £18 includes all materials and a hot lunch. Phone 01524 732684 to book a place or contact

20th – 22nd March Young Adults Retreat £65 per person. 9th – 12th April Easter Retreat £70 per person. See the posters at the back of church for full details.

Fleetwood Trust:
Canon Alf Hayes advises us of the latest developments of the community project. In particular he draws our attention to the Faith in the Community bit, which is St Wulstan’s part. . Work has started on ‘The Pantry’ and they are hopefully looking to move in about May time. The website is

The Hall:
The new arrangements for the Hall are now in place. Thank you for your patience whilst all this has been sorted. — Parish groups and individual parishioners wishing to make a booking should contact the Parish Office (open Wed and Fri mornings),

  • Users are reminded that chairs and tables should be returned to where they were taken from and stacked appropriately.
  • A Health and Safety notice including responsibilities for Users has now been posted on the notice board in the Hall porch area. Please can Group leaders collect a copy from the Sacristy. Private parishioner reservations will receive a copy when booking the Hall.
  • Any identified maintenance issues should be recorded on the sheet provided.
  • Any accidents/near misses should be recorded in the accident book provided.

Copies of the Lancaster Diocesan Directory 2020 are now on sale. £3.50 each.

If you, or someone you know, is going into Blackpool Victoria Hospital please inform 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.

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 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.

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.

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.